Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black

Aug. 12th, 1971
Born in
Chicago, Illinois, USA
5' 11

Michael Ian Black's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Ed TV Show
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp TV Show
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
Another Period TV Show
Another Period
The Jim Gaffigan Show TV Show
The Jim Gaffigan Show
Tom Goes to the Mayor TV Show
Tom Goes to the Mayor
Michael and Michael Have Issues TV Show
Michael and Michael Have Issues
Burning Love TV Show
Burning Love
Stella TV Show
The Xtacles TV Show
The Xtacles
Would You Rather with Graham Norton TV Show
Would You Rather with Graham Norton
Duck Quacks Don't Echo TV Show
Duck Quacks Don't Echo
The Michael Essany Show TV Show
The Michael Essany Show
Reality Bites Back TV Show
Reality Bites Back
Spy TV TV Show
Spy TV
Viva Variety TV Show
Viva Variety

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Michael Ian Black was born in Chicago, Illinois, but his family moved to Hillsborough, New Jersey, when he was young. His parents divorced when he was 3. When he was 7, his father died during neurological surgery following a mysterious assault.

Michael attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts but left before graduation. It was there he met and joined the core group of the comedy group "The State", who had a short run with their own MTV show, "The State" (1993), before attempting a move to CBS in the mid-1990s; their make-or-break Halloween special fell short of expectations, and a CBS series never came into fruition. Since then Black has appeared as a regular on Comedy Central's "Reno 911!" (2003) starring Thomas Lennon (III), Robert Ben Garant and Kerri Kenney (I).

In addition to his regular television appearances, he also performs in the comedy group "Stella" (2005) with fellow State alumni Michael Showalter and David Wain.

  • Son, Elijah, born 2001.
  • Was not the original choice to play Phil Stubbs on NBC's _"Ed" (2000)_ (qv); fellow _"I Love the '80s" (2002)_ (qv) commentator 'Donal Logue' (qv) played the role in the first episode, but backed out due to scheduling conflicts. 'Donal Logue' (qv) appeared in the early promotion for the series but the first episodes were re-shot to include Black.
  • Was the voice of the pets.com sock puppet.
  • He is a middle child with an older sibling and a younger sibling.
  • His birth name, Schwartz, is derived from the German word "schwarz," which has the same meaning as his stage name, Black. He has joked that he dropped the name Schwartz because "I'm ashamed of my Jewishness." However, the comedy group _"Stella" (2005)_ (qv)'s uniting theme is the 3 members' Jewishness (Black, 'Michael Showalter' (qv), and 'David Wain' (qv)).
  • Has a daughter, Ruth, born 2003. She makes an appearance in the _"Stella" (2005)_ (qv) short "Friendship."
  • Attended New York University but left before graduating.
  • Real name is Michael Schwartz, but changed his name to Michael Ian Black because there was already a popular actor named Michael Schwartz.

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