HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Tuesday, September 18, actor and Golden Globe Nominee Jack Black was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Black received the honor just three days before the opening of his new movie, “The House With a Clock in Its Walls.” Black co-stars in the film alongside Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett. The film is directed by Eli Roth.
Black said that he was “embarrassed” and “nervous” about the ceremony, but also humbled by it. He said he dreamed about getting a star on the Walk of Fame since childhood. “If you get one of those stars on the sidewalk, that means you’ve made it and I feel like I’ve finally grasped that sweet brass ring! The question is, where do we go now?,” said Black.
The actor jokingly announced his retirement, receiving some “boos” from the audience.
“I got the thing! Why continue?,” Black said that he had grown out his “David Letterman beard” and joked that he’d be focusing on “diet and exercise” from now on.
Actor Mike White, who co-starred in the movie “School of Rock” with Black, said at the ceremony, “He loves people, he loves to be loved and people love him. What I think is the most impressive is that the legend that they love is incredibly close to the actual person that he is.”
Director Richard Linkletter, who worked with Black on “School of Rock” and “Bernie” said that the actor is a “massive colossus of talent.”
Since the start of Black’s career in 1992, he has racked up a total of 150 film credits, according to IMDB. He was born Thomas Jacob Black in Santa Monica, California in August 1969. He attended UCLA, where he was a member of Tim Robbin’s acting troupe. He marked his film debut in the 1992 film “Bob Roberts.”
Black is known for his role in films that include “Nacho Libre,” “King Kong” (2005), “Kung Fu Panda,” “Tropic Thunder,” “Shallow Hal,” “Goosebumps,” and recently in “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”