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Also Known As: Jacob Gyllenhaal, Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal Died:
Born: December 19, 1980 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, busboy, sous chef

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Despite his pedigree as a child of show biz, actor Jake Gyllenhaal earned his spot as one of Hollywood's leading performers purely by way of his merits. With screenwriter and director parents, and an equally talented and famous actor sister, Gyllenhaal used his inherent intelligence and sensitivity to make his name in independent films. As a teenager, Gyllenhaal lent a subtle, soulful sense of complicated youth to a number of acclaimed art-house titles, including "Donnie Darko" (2001), which emerged as a hit from the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and paved the way for his future career. As he matured into his twenties, Gyllenhaal was increasingly in demand for a wide range of material - from the small-town-set indie "The Good Girl" (2002) to Roland Emmerich's tentpole blockbuster "The Day After Tomorrow" (2004). He delivered one of his best performances in arguably the most controversial movie of his career, "Brokeback Mountain" (2005), which earned him his greatest critical acclaim to date. From there, Gyllenhaal developed into a prominent leading actor capable of turning in understated performances as he did as a San Francisco Chronicle reporter obsessively chasing down a killer in "Zodiac" (2007),...

Despite his pedigree as a child of show biz, actor Jake Gyllenhaal earned his spot as one of Hollywood's leading performers purely by way of his merits. With screenwriter and director parents, and an equally talented and famous actor sister, Gyllenhaal used his inherent intelligence and sensitivity to make his name in independent films. As a teenager, Gyllenhaal lent a subtle, soulful sense of complicated youth to a number of acclaimed art-house titles, including "Donnie Darko" (2001), which emerged as a hit from the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and paved the way for his future career. As he matured into his twenties, Gyllenhaal was increasingly in demand for a wide range of material - from the small-town-set indie "The Good Girl" (2002) to Roland Emmerich's tentpole blockbuster "The Day After Tomorrow" (2004). He delivered one of his best performances in arguably the most controversial movie of his career, "Brokeback Mountain" (2005), which earned him his greatest critical acclaim to date. From there, Gyllenhaal developed into a prominent leading actor capable of turning in understated performances as he did as a San Francisco Chronicle reporter obsessively chasing down a killer in "Zodiac" (2007), while holding his own opposite Meryl Streep and Alan Arkin in "Rendition" (2007). Though he stumbled in his first blockbuster starring role with "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" (2010), Gyllenhaal remained a bankable star possessing the ability to excel in a myriad of different film genres.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Demolition (2015)
2.
 Southpaw (2015)
3.
 Into the Woods (2014)
4.
 Enemy (2014)
5.
 Prisoners (2013)
6.
 End of Watch (2012)
7.
 Source Code (2011)
8.
10.
 Brothers (2009)
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Milestones close milestones

1991:
Made acting debut as Billy Crystal's son in "City Slickers"
1993:
Featured in the children's adventure film "Josh and S.A.M."
1993:
Landed small role in "A Dangerous Woman," directed by his father Stephen Gyllenhaal and scripted by his mother Naomi Foner
1994:
Appeared on an episode of "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC) as Robin Williams' son; episode was directed by his father Stephen
1998:
Again directed by his father in the feature "Homegrown"
1999:
Made starring debut in "October Sky" as a young man striving to win a science scholarship to avoid becoming a coal miner; film based on Joe Johnston's 1999 adaptation of the Homer Hickam autobiography <i>Rocket Boys</i>
2001:
Starred in cult favorite "Donnie Darko"; also co-starred sister Maggie Gyllenhaal
2001:
Played the title role in "Bubble Boy," about a young man born without an immune system and has lived his life inside a plastic bubble
2001:
Played Catherine Keener's love interest in "Lovely & Amazing"
2002:
Played a young man coping with the death of his fiancée and the grief of her parents in "Moonlight Mile"
2002:
Starred opposite Jennifer Aniston in "The Good Girl"
2002:
Made London stage debut in Kenneth Lonergan's revival of "This Is Our Youth"
2004:
Co-starred with Dennis Quaid in Roland Emmerich's blockbuster "The Day After Tomorrow"
2005:
Co-starred with Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins in "Proof," the film adaptation of David Auburn's play; directed by John Madden
2005:
Portrayed Marine Anthony Swofford in Sam Mendes' "Jarhead," based on Swofford's 2003 Gulf War memoir
2005:
Co-starred with Heath Ledger as young men who meet as sheep herders and embark upon a 30-year romantic and sexual relationship in Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain"; earned Oscar and SAG nominations for Best Supporting Actor
2007:
Made hosting debut on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
2007:
Portrayed <i>San Francisco Chronicle</i> reporter Robert Graysmith in David Fincher's serial killer thriller "Zodiac"
2007:
Played a CIA analyst opposite Meryl Streep, Alan Arkin, and Reese Witherspoon in "Rendition"
2009:
Co-starred with Tobey Maguire in Jim Sheridan's remake of "Brothers"
2010:
Played the lead character Dastan in "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time"
2010:
Co-starred with Anne Hathaway in Edward Zwick's "Love and Other Drugs"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture ¿ Musical or Comedy ("Love and Other Drugs")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture ¿ Musical or Comedy
2011:
Starred in action thriller "Source Code"
2012:
Cast opposite Michael Peña in cop drama "End of Watch"
2013:
Starred in "Prisoners" with Hugh Jackman
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Education

Harvard-Westlake School: Los Angeles , California - 1998
Columbia University: New York , New York - 1998 - 2000
Columbia University: New York , New York - 1998 - 2000

Notes

"We are a pretty dramatic, outspoken family. You had to do something to be heard and seen. I would have to break out in song just to vie. After a while, it becomes habit." --Jake Gyllenhaal quoted in NEWSDAY, February 23, 1999

He's not like those actors who are like, 'Look at me!' He has a peotic soul. He lets people come to him."- Aleksia Landeau (actress) People October 21,2002

"The truth is most of the films that make a lot of money no one remembers, and I'm not interested in making films that no one remembers."---Gyllenhaal BBC October 21, 2002

"I search for movies that are saying something, that have a lesson but are fun to watch," Gyllenhaal explained. "I love 'Indiana Jones' and 'E.T.,' and they have lessons in them. I'm not into making movies that are just for pure entertainment. I want to watch something that moves me or gets me going."---Gyllenhaal MTV March 12, 2004

"My desire is not to change who I am, ... I don't want to do that right now, I don't want people not to like me. It's just a message I want to put out there. I don't want to be something that I'm not."---Gyllenhaal GQ June 2004

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Jamie King. Model, actor. Reportedly dated in spring 2001.
companion:
Kirsten Dunst. Actress. Romantically linked in October 2002; announced breakup in July of 2004.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Stephen Gyllenhaal. Director.
mother:
Naomi Foner. Screenwriter.
sister:
Maggie Gyllenhaal. Actor. Born c. 1978; acted with brother in "Donnie Darko".

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