Jake Gyllenhaal Biography

Birthday: 1980-12-19
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California USA
Height: 6' (1.83 m)
Wiki Biography: Jacob "Jake" Gyllenhaal (last name pronounced jill-en-hall) was born in Los Angeles, California, on December 19, 1980 to director Stephen Gyllenhaal and producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner and is the brother of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who played his sister in Donnie Darko (2001). His father is of partial Swedish heritage and his mother is of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage. Jake made his film debut at age eleven in City Slickers (1991) playing Billy Crystal's son and began to establish himself as an up-and-coming actor in films like as October Sky (1999) before being cast in the title role in Donnie Darko (2001), for which he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best actor. Gyllenhaal's performance as a troubled psychotic won him excellent reviews, and the film quickly received cult status. He played opposite Jennifer Aniston in another Sundance favorite in The Good Girl (2002) and once again earned good reviews. Gyllenhaal also starred in the Walt Disney romantic comedy, Bubble Boy (2001) and in the science fiction blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow (2004) which also starred Dennis Quaid. Making his theater debut, Gyllenhaal appeared on the London stage with a starring role in Kenneth Lonergan's revival of "This Is Our Youth". The play, which had been a critical sensation on Broadway, ran for eight weeks in London's West End. Gyllenhaal's performance in Jarhead (2005) with Jamie Foxx came as a surprise to critics and fans, alike. Gyllenhaal played a markedly hostile, masculinely violent Marine during Gulf War I, while balancing this with the sensitive, vulnerable qualities of the lead character. Brokeback Mountain (2005), in which he co-starred with Australian actor Heath Ledger as sheep herders who fall in love in the 1960s and depicts their relationship over the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s. The film went on to win four Golden Globes, four BAFTA Awards and was nominated for a leading eight Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Gyllenhaal was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Brokeback Mountain (2005). Jake is also the godfather of Matilda Rose Ledger, daughter of actor Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams. Gyllenhaal's most notable relationship has been with actress Kirsten Dunst. He is friends with Maroon 5 front-man Adam Levine, having known him since kindergarten. He is close with his sister's boyfriend and Jarhead (2005) co-star, actor Peter Sarsgaard. Jake has two dogs: a German Shepherd named "Atticus" and a Puggle named "Boo Radley" after the characters of his favorite book, "To Kill A Mockingbird". Gyllenhaal's career is booming and he is considered one of the most promising actors of his generation.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Good Girl Holden Worther 2002 Comedy
Zodiac Robert Graysmith 2007 Crime
Mondenii Jack Twist 2008 Comedy
Brothers Tommy Cahill 2009 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Josh and S.A.M. 1993 Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A Dangerous Woman Edward 1993 Drama, Romance
October Sky Homer Hickam 1999 Drama, Family
Donnie Darko Donnie Darko 2001 0, Game Show, 0
Brother Tommy Cahill 2001
Bubble Boy Jimmy Livingston 2001 Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Lovely & Amazing Jordan 2001
Highway Pilot 2002
Moonlight Mile Joe Nast 2002 Biography
The Good Girl Holden Worther 2002 Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Day After Tomorrow Sam Hall 2004 Action, Adventure, Drama
Brokeback Mountain Jack Twist 2005 Biography
Jarhead Anthony Swofford 2005 Romance, 0
Proof Harold Dobbs - Hal 2005 0
Zodiac Robert Graysmith 2007 0, Game Show
Rendition Douglas Freeman 2007 0
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Dastan 2010 0, Biography
Love & Other Drugs Jamie Randall 2010 Biography, 0
Source Code Captain Colter Stevens 2011 Sport, Game Show, 0, 0
End of Watch Brian Taylor 2012 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Prisoners Detective Loki 2013 0, Game Show
Nailed Howard Birdwell 2014 Comedy, Romance
Southpaw Billy Hope 2015 Drama
Demolition Davis Mitchell 2016 0
Brothers Tommy Cahill 2018