Jack Black

by ethnic on December 25, 2007

Birth Name: Thomas Jacob Black

Place of Birth: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 28, 1969

Ethnicity:
*father – German, as well as Northern Irish, Scottish, English, remote French and Welsh (converted to Judaism)
*mother – Ashkenazi Jewish

Jack Black is an American actor, comedian, singer, producer, and writer. He has starred in the films Shallow Hal and School of Rock, among many others. He is one half of the comedy rock duo Tenacious D, alongside Kyle Gass.

Jack is the son of Judith Love Cohen, an aerospace engineer and author, and Thomas Black. His half-brother is engineer and scientist Neil Siegel. Jack’s paternal grandfather was of Northern Irish, Scottish, English, and extremely remote French and Welsh, ancestry, and Jack’s paternal grandmother was of German descent. Jack’s mother was from a Jewish family (of Russian Jewish descent). Jack’s father converted to Judaism when marrying Jack’s mother, and Jack was raised Jewish.

Jack’s surname may be derived from the Scottish name Blacksmith. He stated this on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Jack is married to artist, cellist, and singer Tanya Haden, with whom he has two children. Tanya’s mother was Jewish. Jack and Tanya are raising their children in the Jewish faith.

Jack’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Walter Black (the son of Thomas William Black and Maude Mary Hutt). Jack’s grandfather Thomas was born in Washington. Jack’s great-grandfather Thomas was the son of Charles Black, who was born in Ballisodare, Sligo County, Ireland, and of Margaret Roberts, who was born in Forfar, Angus, Scotland. Jack’s great-grandmother Maude was born in Smithville, Ontario, Canada, and was the daughter of Robert Alexander Hutt and Mary Elizabeth Davis; Maude was of English and Scottish descent.

Jack’s paternal grandmother was Gladys Rose Zachman (the daughter of Johann Zackmann/Zachmann/Zachman and Elizabeth Werle). Gladys was born in Washington. Johann was an ethnic German, from Thirhrata, Sutrilla, Bukovina, Romania, the son of Johann Zachmann and Anna Koenig/König/Konnack. Elizabeth was also an ethnic German, from Brigidau, Galizein, Ukraine, the daughter of Johann Philipp Werle and Phillipena Wendle/Wendell.

Jack’s maternal grandfather was named Morris Bernard Cohen. Morris was a Russian Jewish immigrant.

Jack’s maternal grandmother was Sarah Roisman (the daughter of Isadore Roisman and Bella). Sarah was a Russian Jewish immigrant.

Sources: Genealogies of Jack Black – http://famouskin.com
https://www.geni.com

Genealogies of Jack Black (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
http://humphrysfamilytree.com

Genealogy of Jack’s father – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Jack’s paternal great-grandmother, Maude Mary Hutt – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Jack’s paternal grandmother, Gladys Rose Zachman (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Jack’s paternal grandmother, Gladys Rose Zachman, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Jack’s maternal grandmother, Sarah Roisman, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

neiltennant December 10, 2017 at 2:37 pm

i always knew that he has more than just ANGLO

he is too dark to be just anglo

andrew December 10, 2017 at 4:23 pm
typepope May 29, 2018 at 4:38 am

Jack Black is lighter or on par with most Welsh.
Wales is in NW Europe, BTW…

bearboy September 18, 2017 at 6:23 pm
follers September 19, 2017 at 3:43 am

Late 1500s? I added it (which I’ll come to regret almost instantly, no doubt), but I just don’t understand the pre-occupation with extremely remote ancestors.

passingtime85 December 10, 2017 at 6:18 pm

I guess the “one drop rule” has extended past the original scope of African ancestry, at least in the minds of the current amateur genealogist.

follers December 10, 2017 at 6:34 pm

Not sure if true, but I always thought the one drop rule stopped at 1/32 black! Can you imagine if people stopped submitting ancestors more distant than 1/32? I’d be a lot happier.

andrew December 10, 2017 at 6:44 pm

follers, aren’t you the one who started submitting ancestors over 1/32?

follers December 10, 2017 at 6:48 pm

Many distant/remote ancestors of various degrees have been listed here since probably the beginning (before my time), but they usually weren’t qualified with a fraction.

When I submitted new profiles or added detailed genealogies to an existing page (like I did, for example, for Jack Black, in 2013), I often included these distant lineages if I happened to see them on a family tree that I was linking anyway. I didn’t usually include them if they were before the early 1600s. And I didn’t go looking for them.

Having said that, back when I couldn’t edit, I never went to the comments section of a page to submit a correction specifically only adding a small fraction (i.e. 1/128th) of ancestry. Never.

andrew December 10, 2017 at 7:53 pm

The point is that many white Americans have traceable heritage since the 1600s, and it would be a pity to omit these ancestral lines. I personally find more interesting the ones with Colonial ancestry rather than those who descend from recent immigrants

follers December 10, 2017 at 7:59 pm

They have traceable heritage well before that. You can go often go back more than a thousand years.

gel July 2, 2016 at 11:53 pm
bearboy July 2, 2016 at 4:45 pm

Jack Black’s the man! His best acting was on Yo Gabba Gabba. Don’t agree? watch this :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNb0z0Y1wVE

andrew October 17, 2015 at 7:40 am
Devotion October 16, 2015 at 8:50 pm

he looks south slavic, like serbian or croatian.

Jasmine March 28, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Interesting combo.

Haley January 28, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Cohen is a Hebrew surname. His mother maiden name is Cohen.

Angantyr September 29, 2011 at 3:11 am

”Blacksmith” is indeed ”Anglian”, however, much of Scotland is actually Anglic (especially the Eastern Lowlands) due to the fact that it was part of the kingdom of Northumbria before it was conquered by the kingdom of Alba (Gaelic Scotland), before Angle settlement in the lowlands, the land was Brythonic which is why Gaelic was never spoken as a majority language in the area. Jack Black’s father called indeed have been an ”Inglis” (the traditional name for the people of the area) ”Blacksmith”.

Brian September 28, 2011 at 8:40 am

Do you even know what Anglo is? Haha Jack Black is pathetic anyway!

Haley January 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm

That is very rude! Your pathetic!

Anna June 21, 2011 at 4:17 am

in polish interview with angelian jolie n jack black he admitted he is 1/16 or 1/8 polish

Angantyr September 29, 2011 at 3:33 am
rafa June 25, 2010 at 7:09 pm

probably english and jewish

Büzo Zagavic (BRONX ALBANIAN) May 17, 2010 at 9:49 pm

He is a Pathetic Waste of Human Life (P.S. ALBANIA FOREVER)

total23 June 1, 2010 at 4:14 pm

That’s Rude!

Haley January 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm

I agree, that is rude. Buzo your a pathetic waste of human life!

sammy im a girl May 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm

when i saw jack black i thought he was polish and like russian or something like that.

William January 5, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Oh yeah, Jack Black? Jew all day for sure.

viccck[: November 5, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Beautiful !

mzpreciousz April 11, 2009 at 4:45 am

He’s Jewish and Anglo cuz his dad doesn’t know what he is….

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