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Michael Ian Black was born as Michael Ian Schwartz on the 12th August 1971, in Chicago, Illinois USA, and is a comedian, actor, writer, director, and poker player, but perhaps best known for his roles in numerous TV series including “The State” (1993-2009), “Ed” (2000-2004), and “Stella” (2005). Black’s career started in 1992.

Have you ever wondered how rich Michael Ian Black is, as of late 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Black’s net worth is as high as $1.5 million, an amount earned through his successful acting career. In addition to being a regular on television and film, Black is also an author, screenwriter, and director, which has improved his wealth too.

Michael Ian Black Net Worth $1.5 Million

Michael Ian Black was a son of Robert Schwartz, an executive, and Jill, a store owner, and grew up in Hillsborough Township, New Jersey. Black’s parents divorced when he was three, and his mother came out as a lesbian. He went to Hillsborough High School, and later studied at the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in New York and then at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, but dropped out after a while.

Black started his acting career in 1992 in the TV series called “You Wrote It, You Watch It”, playing various characters and writing them as well. From 1993 to 2009, Michael played in 27 episodes of MTV’s “The State” and established himself as a popular young comedian while the show helped him to increase his net worth significantly. In the mid 90’s, Black appeared in an episode of “NYPD Blue” (1994), and in the TV movie “The State’s 43rd Annual All-Star Halloween Special” (1995). He ended the decade with roles in the Primetime Emmy-nominated show called “Viva Variety” (1997-1999) and in Brian Lynch’s comedy “Big Helium Dog” (1999).

In the early 2000’s, Michael had parts in such movies as “Hey Neighbor” (2000), “The Bogus Witch Project” (2001), and in “Wet Hot American Summer” (2001), but his most notable role at the time came in 83 episodes of “Ed”, where he played Phil Stubbs from 2000 to 2004. He then appeared in “Soundtracks Live” (2004), “The Baxter” (2005) starring Michael Showalter, Elizabeth Banks, and Peter Dinklage, and in “Partner(s)” (2005). Also in 2005, Black played Michael in ten episodes of sketch comedy called “Stella”. BY the end of 2000’s, Black had played roles in “The Ten” (2007) starring Paul Rudd, Jessica Alba, and Winona Ryder, “Reno 911!: Miami” (2007), and in six episodes of “Reaper” (2008-2009).

Early in this decade, Black played Fleming in 11 episodes of “Backwash” (2010-2011), starred as Bill Tundle in 37 episodes of “Burning Love” (2012-2013), and also appeared in movies “Take Me Home Tonight” (2011) and “This Is 40” (2012) with Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. Most recently, Michael worked in “They Came Together” (2014) alongside Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, in seven episodes of “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” (2015), in 23 episodes of “The Jim Gaffigan Show” (2015-2016), and in “Another Period” (2015- ).

Michael Ian Black has recorded four albums and written several books including “My Custom Van: And 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays that Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face” (2008), “You’re Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations” (2012), and lately “Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but also my mom’s, which I know sounds weird)” (2016). He has also published such children books as “Chicken Cheeks” (2009), “A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea” (2011), “I’m Bored” (2012), “Naked!” (2014), and “A Child’s First Book of Trump” (2016).

Regarding his personal life, Michael Ian Black married Martha Anne Hagen in 1998 and has two children. Black is an atheist, and he currently lives in Redding, Connecticut.

Quick Facts

Birth date: August 12, 1971
Birth place: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height:5' 10½" (1.79 m)
Profession:Comedian
Education:Hillsborough High School, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
Nationality:American
Spouse:Martha Hagen
Children:Ruth Black, Elijah Black
Parents:Jill Schwartz, Robert Schwartz
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1While a guest on "Live with Regis & Kelly" in 2010, Bradley Cooper was asked which of the many actresses he has co-starred with was his favorite on-screen kisser. Instead of an actress, he chose Michael Ian Black, with whom he shared a love scene in Wet Hot American Summer (2001).
2Added his middle name, Ian, because there was already an actor named "Michael Black".
3Release of his children's book, "Chicken Cheeks: The Beginning of the Ends". [2009]
4Release of his book, "My Custom Van: And 50 Other Mind-blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face". [2008]
5Lives in Connecticut with his wife, Martha Hagen, and their two children. [2008]
6Is currently a member of the comedy troupe Stella (2005) with David Wain and Michael Showalter. They were all cast members on "The State". Stella played weekly shows at Fez Under Time Cafe in NYC until the Fez closed on February 1st, 2005. [2005]
7Real name is Michael Ian Schwartz, but changed his name to Michael Ian Black because there was already a popular actor named Michael Schwartz.
8His 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)'s uniting theme is the 3 members' Jewishness (Black, Michael Showalter, and David Wain).
9Has a daughter, Ruth, born 2003. She makes an appearance in the Stella (2005) short "Friendship."
10Was not the original choice to play Phil Stubbs on NBC's Ed (2000); fellow I Love the '80s (2002) commentator Donal Logue played the role in the first episode, but backed out due to scheduling conflicts. Donal Logue appeared in the early promotion for the series but the first episodes were re-shot to include Black.
11He is a middle child with an older sibling (brother) and a younger sibling (sister).
12Attended New York University but left before graduating.
13Son, Elijah, born 2001.
14Was the voice of the pets.com sock puppet.


Quotes

#Quote
1If you get an idea, you might as well stick with it until somebody calls you on it.
2Corporations do a lot of things well, but not run nations, for obvious reasons.
3Most of the time, you don't win anything on reality shows. You're booted off, or maybe you win $50,000, or $100,000, which isn't really life-changing. I don't know that it's worth it.
4My first real break was when my college sketch troupe, The State, was asked to contribute pieces for a new MTV show called 'You Wrote It, You Watch It.'
5Wish I could, through my own financial prestidigitation, transform a dollar bill into two, or two million. It is an awesome and mysterious skill.
6I definitely script things out. I definitely write things down and try to write jokes. Often, they're terrible. I often write terrible, terrible jokes.
7There's this misconception that comedy and music go together. They don't. Comedians can't compete with rock stars; they're just not on the same level. Rock stars will always be cooler. They will always get more girls.
8I think people hate me pretty much across the board, which is nice. I mean, it's a pretty evenhanded loathing among a certain amount of the critical population, which used to be about 80 percent. So now I've gotten to the point where I just don't worry about it that much. It used to be very upsetting, now it's only mildly upsetting.
9At this point, I feel fairly comfortable in terms of performance. I think having a sketch background actually helps a lot. Because my background is acting, and stand-up, in a lot of ways, is acting.
10Many, many people can write books. I just happen to be one of them.
11I don't think I was awake for much of my childhood. I did a lot of napping. This might have been a defensive measure against encroaching depression. Until about the age of eleven or twelve, I had zero interests other than trying to steal gumballs from supermarket gumball machines.
12Best strategy for a first date is to ask her questions. Just keeping asking her questions about herself. Her life, her job, her friends, her taste in movies and music and everything. People mostly just want to talk about themselves, so let her do that.
13People recognize me, but they don't know where from. Today I was in the elevator and somebody asked me if I worked for his company.
14I take it for what it is, and sometimes the criticism is actually useful and constructive and actually informs what I do, but most of the time, it's sort of mindless, or they're receiving something on a different frequency than I was sending it.
15I am a poker player, but I am not a good poker player. My favorite game is seven card stud, but I'll play hi/lo, Hold 'em, Razz, etc.
16There is no word for feeling nostalgic about the future, but that's what a parent's tears often are, a nostalgia for something that has not yet occurred. They are the pain of hope, the helplessness of hope, and finally, the surrender to hope.
17Your harshest critic is always going to be yourself. Don't ignore that critic but don't give it more attention than it deserves.
18The thing that I think is the most important is taking moments to express your appreciation to your partner. A thank you or a quick kiss can go a long way toward affirming your relationship and commitment to each other. That's not hard to do even when you're juggling insane careers and three kids.
19All the work that I do, whether or not it ends up being commercially successful or not, feels like the most important thing to me while I'm doing it. I try to take something away from every project, and so they all feel like milestones for one reason or another.
20My absolute favorite growing up was 'Super Friends.' The assemblage of so many mighty heroes in one place was, to me, mind-blowing. It was Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, and then sometimes Hawkman and some other, lesser heroes.
21I feel like my career has been a series of glowing obituaries.
22My tastes in all things lean towards the arty and boring. I like sports documentaries about Scrabble players, bands that play quiet, unassuming music, and TV shows that win awards. In that way, I am an elitist snob.
23I don't watch that much comedy. I think it's professional jealousy. That and a lack of support for my community.
24I am not a music snob. If anything, my musical taste is bad by any critical standards.
25I loved 'Dungeons & Dragons.' Actually, not so much the actual playing as the creation of characters and the opportunity to roll twenty-sided dice. I loved those pouches of dice Dungeon Masters would trundle around, loved choosing what I was going to be: warrior, wizard, dwarf, thief.
26Let me tell you, the life of a C list celebrity is pretty sweet. If I want to go to an Applebee's, all I have to do is, literally, walk in the door. They seat me as soon as the other people ahead of me are seated.
27I actually don't know anyone who wants to be famous for fame's sake, at least not anyone I respect. But you need to have a certain amount of power in order to be able to do what you want.
28I have a good family and I like to be home with them. The older I get, the lazier I get, and the more content I am to sit at home and eat string cheese.
29Whenever anyone asks me if I'm from a TV show, I say yes - no matter whether I've ever been on it. It just makes the conversation that much easier.
30Nothing is more satisfying to me than sitting in a dank room, hunched over a single flickering candle like Ebenezer Scrooge, and watching my ledgers fill themselves with ink.
31Separation is the worst. There's no good way to deal with it, other than to get on the phone and do Skype and try to visit.
32Well, I think my stand-up is often kind of visual. Not like Carrot Top visual, but visual.
33Lordy, lordy, lordy do I love money. It is a character flaw, no doubt, one that springs from a panicked childhood in which I always felt as if our family was only a couple missed child support payments from being tossed onto the pitiless streets of our suburban New Jersey town.
34Everybody has something they love to do. Do that thing.
35I honestly believe you can never tell if a relationship is going to last. In my own marriage, which is going on 14 years, I don't think of it as 'I'm going to be with this person forever.' Instead, I think of more like, 'I'll probably be with this person for the next six weeks. Then I'll re-evaluate.'


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Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1995CableACECableACE AwardsComedy SeriesThe State (1993)· Eileen Katz (executive producer)
· Mark Perez (supervising producer)
· Jim Sharp (producer)
· Jonathan K. Bendis (co-producer)
· Steven Starr (co-producer)
· Mark Gentile (studio director)
· Michael Dimich (studio director)
· Michael Patrick Jann (segment director/writer)
· David Wain (second unit director/writer)
· Kevin Allison (writer)
· Robert Ben Garant (writer)
· Todd Holoubek (writer)
· Kerri Kenney (writer)
· Thomas Lennon (writer)
· Joe Lo Truglio (writer)
· Ken Marino (writer)
· Michael Showalter (writer)


Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later2017TV Series filmingMcKinley
Another Period2015-2016TV SeriesPeepers
The Jim Gaffigan Show2015-2016TV SeriesDaniel
Inside Amy Schumer2013-2016TV SeriesMartin Daniels / Punchables Spokesman / Lawyer
Folk Hero & Funny Guy2016Randy
Slash2016/IDenis
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp2015TV SeriesMcKinley
Smosh: The Movie2015Steve YouTube
Deadbeat2015TV SeriesTJ
Us & Them2013-2014TV SeriesBrian
Beef2014TV SeriesLynn Vanderloo
Maron2014TV SeriesMichael Ian Black
They Came Together2014Trevor
You're Whole2012-2014TV SeriesRandall Tyree Mandersohn
GQ: How to Be a Man2013Video short
Hell Baby2013Dr. Marshall
Burning Love2012-2013TV SeriesBill Tundle
This Is 402012Accountant
Robot Chicken2011-2012TV SeriesMo-Larr Mr. Ollivander
Backwash2010-2011TV SeriesFleming
Take Me Home Tonight2011Pete Bering
CollegeHumor Originals2010TV SeriesSpeaker
Mercy2010TV SeriesMark Gunther
Reaper2008-2009TV SeriesSteve
The State1993-2009TV SeriesVarious
Birthday2008/IIShortMichael
The Xtacles2008TV SeriesChase Fontaine
Reno 911!2003-2008TV SeriesChris Kevin the Sex Offender
Wainy Days2007TV SeriesWaiter
Reno 911!: Miami2007Ron of Ron's Tattoo
The Ten2007Prison Guard Jamberg Saivon
Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker2006TV SeriesEZtech Executive / Hugh FitzSimmons
Tom Goes to the Mayor2005-2006TV SeriesDr. Ian Black
Partner(s)2005Christopher
Stella2005TV SeriesMichael
Alchemy2005/IJerry (voice)
The Baxter2005Ed
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2004TV SeriesStein
Ed2000-2004TV SeriesPhil Stubbs
Soundtracks Live2004TV MovieLong Duk Dong
Crank Yankers2003TV SeriesAl Foster #2 / Michael
Stella Shorts 1998-20022002VideoMichael
Teacher's Lounge2002TV SeriesJordan Doss (2002)
Wet Hot American Summer2001McKinley
The Bogus Witch Project2000TV MovieStephen Hawking (segment "In the Woods Segments")
Hey Neighbor2000TV MovieDoug
Big Helium Dog1999Martin Huber
Hercules1999TV Series
Random Play1999TV SeriesVarious
Viva Variety1997TV SeriesJohnny Blue Jeans
The Daily Show1997TV SeriesJohnny Blue Jeans
MTV: The State, Skits and Stickers1995VideoVarious
The State's 43rd Annual All-Star Halloween Special1995TV MovieVarious
NYPD Blue1994TV SeriesJoey Diaz
I'm Your Man1992Video GameParty Attendee (as Michael Schwartz)
You Wrote It, You Watch It1992TV SeriesVarious Characters
Cults: Saying No Under Pressure1991VideoMale Student (as Michael Schwartz)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Michael Ian Black: Noted Expert2016TV Movie
Beef2014TV Series
You're Whole2012-2014TV Series creator - 8 episodes
New York Stand-Up Show2012TV Series 1 episode
Stella: Live in Boston2009Video documentary writer
Michael & Michael Have Issues.TV Series creator - 7 episodes, 2009 writer - 2 episodes, 2009
The StateTV Series creator - 27 episodes, 1993 - 2009 writer - 27 episodes, 1993 - 2009
Birthday2008/IIShort writer
Comedy Central PresentsTV Series documentary series originated - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2004
Run, Fatboy, Run2007screenplay / story
Wainy Days2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Wedding Daze2006
StellaTV Series creator - 10 episodes, 2005 writer - 10 episodes, 2005
Stella Shorts 1998-20022002Video
Hey Neighbor2000TV Movie
Random Play1999TV Series additional writer - 3 episodes
Viva Variety1997TV Series writer - 16 episodes
The State's 43rd Annual All-Star Halloween Special1995TV Movie
I'm Your Man1992Video Game screenplay
You Wrote It, You Watch It1992TV Series

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Beef2014TV Series executive producer
You're Whole2012-2014TV Series executive producer - 8 episodes
Stella: Live in Boston2009Video documentary executive producer
Michael & Michael Have Issues.2009TV Series executive producer - 7 episodes
Birthday2008/IIShort executive producer
Comedy Central Presents2008TV Series documentary executive producer - 1 episode
Stella2005TV Series executive producer - 10 episodes
Hey Neighbor2000TV Movie executive producer
Viva Variety1997TV Series producer - 16 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stella: Live in Boston2009Video documentary performer: "The Friendship Rap" / writer: "The Friendship Rap"
The State1994-2009TV Series performer - 5 episodes
StellaTV Series performer - 6 episodes, 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2005

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Michael & Michael Have Issues.2009TV Series 2 episodes
Wainy Days2007TV Series 2 episodes
Wedding Daze2006
Stella Shorts 1998-20022002Video

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sleepwalk with Me2012the filmmakers wish to thank
Tom Goes to the Mayor2005TV Series special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Greg Gutfeld Show2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore2016TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Match Game2016TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Panelist
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2016TV SeriesHimself
Today2015-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Michael Ian Black: Noted Expert2016TV MovieHimself
Join or Die with Craig Ferguson2016TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest
Late Night with Seth Meyers2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Easiest Game Show Ever2016TV SeriesHimself - Host
CBS News Sunday Morning2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Made in Hollywood2015TV SeriesHimself
Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot2015DocumentaryHimself
Larry King Now2015TV SeriesHimself - guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Getting Doug with High2014TV SeriesHimself
The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
TakePart Live2014TV SeriesHimself - Host
Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles2014DocumentaryHimself
Riot2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest Captain
Ronan Farrow Daily2014TV SeriesHimself
Duck Quacks Don't Echo2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
@midnight2014TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
Sidewalks Entertainment2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Katie2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host2013TV SeriesHimself - Host
Gotham Comedy Live2013TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
Losing It with John Stamos2013TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Comedy Bang! Bang!2013TV SeriesHimself
Red Eye w/Tom Shillue2012-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist
The Burn with Jeff Ross2013TV SeriesHimself
Nantucket Film Festival's 2nd Comedy Roundtable2013TV MovieHimself - Host
New York Stand-Up Show2012TV SeriesHimself - Comedian
Late Show with David Letterman2005-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Big Morning Buzz Live2012TV SeriesHimself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2012TV SeriesHimself
The Morning After2012TV Series shortHimself - Guest Celebrity
Wanderlust2012Himself
Would You Rather...? with Graham Norton2012TV SeriesHimself
Rocco's Dinner Party2011TV SeriesHimself
Michael Ian Black: Very Famous2011TV MovieHimself
Late Night Republic2010TV SeriesHimself
The Benson Interruption2010TV SeriesHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2010TV SeriesHimself
A Night of 140 Tweets: A Celebrity Tweet-A-Thon for Haiti2010VideoHimself
Cubed2009TV SeriesHimself
Stella: Live in Boston2009Video documentaryMichael
Michael & Michael Have Issues.2009TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009TV SeriesHimself
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet2009TV SeriesHimself
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!2009TV SeriesHimself
The Michael Showalter Showalter2007-2008TV SeriesHimself
Reality Bites Back2008TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself - Contestant
I Love the New Millennium2008TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Comedy Central Presents2004-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
A Lawyer Walks Into a Bar...2007DocumentaryHimself
Tom Green's House Tonight2006TV SeriesHimself
I Love the '70s: Volume 22006TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Poker Showdown2003-2006TV SeriesHimself
Robot Chicken2006TV SeriesHimself / Mo-Larr / E! Entertainment Host
I Love Toys2006TV Series documentaryHimself
I Love the Holidays2005TV Special documentaryHimself
I Love the 80's 3-D2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2005TV SeriesHimself
Tom Goes to the Mayor2005TV SeriesHimself
I Love the '90s: Part Deux2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host
Spinal Tap Goes to 202004TV Movie documentaryHimself
I Love the '90s2004TV Series documentaryHimself
IFP Gotham Awards 20032003TV SpecialHimself - Host
VH1 Big in 032003TV SpecialHimself
I Love the '80s Strikes Back2003TV Series documentaryHimself
I Love the '70s2003TV Series documentaryHimself
The Michael Essany Show2003TV SeriesHimself
Pyramid2002-2003TV SeriesHimself
Reel Comedy2003TV SeriesHimself - Host
I Love the '80s2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Spy TV2001TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
Late Friday2001TV SeriesHimself - Host

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