Jake Gyllenhaal

Actor, Busboy, Sous chef
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 ... Read more »
Born: 12/18/1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (53)

Accidental Love 2015 (Movie)

Howard Birdwell (Actor)

Demolition 2015 (Movie)

Davis Michael (Actor)

Everest 2015 (Movie)

Scott Fischer (Actor)

Southpaw 2015 (Movie)

Billy "The Great" Hope (Actor)

Conan 2011 - 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nightcrawler 2014 (Movie)

Louis Bloom (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2007, 2010, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

2012 NCLR ALMA Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Inside the Actors Studio 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Prisoners 2013 (Movie)

Detective Loki (Actor)

Spike Guys Choice 2013 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 67th Annual Tony Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Graham Norton Show 1993 - 1994, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

End of Watch 2012 (Movie)

Brian Taylor (Actor)

Enemy 2012 (Movie)

Adam + Anthony (Actor)

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Man vs. Wild 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Source Code 2011 (Movie)

Colter Stevens (Actor)

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Love and Other Drugs 2010 (Movie)

Jamie Randall (Actor)

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 2010 (Movie)

Dastan (Actor)

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Brothers 2009 (Movie)

Tommy Cahill (Actor)

Rendition 2007 (Movie)

Douglas Freeman (Actor)

The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Zodiac 2007 (Movie)

Robert Graysmith (Actor)

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

20th Independent Spirit Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Brokeback Mountain 2005 (Movie)

Jack Twist (Actor)

Jarhead 2005 (Movie)

Swoff (Actor)

Jiminy Glick in Lalawood 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Proof 2005 (Movie)

Hal (Actor)

The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

2004 IFP/Independent Spirit Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 MTV Movie Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Day After Tomorrow 2004 (Movie)

Sam Hall (Actor)

Lovely & Amazing 2002 (Movie)

Jordan (Actor)

Moonlight Mile 2002 (Movie)

Joe Nast (Actor)

Sizzlin' 16 of 2002 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Good Girl 2002 (Movie)

Holden Worther (Actor)

Donnie Darko 2001 (Movie)

Donnie Darko (Actor)

Highway 2001 (Movie)

Pilot (Actor)

The Bubble Boy 2001 (Movie)

Jimmy Livingston (Actor)

October Sky 1999 (Movie)

Homer Hickam (Actor)

Homegrown 1998 (Movie)

Blue Kahan (Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Dangerous Woman 1993 (Movie)

Patsy (Actor)

Josh and S.A.M. 1993 (Movie)

Leon Coleman (Actor)

City Slickers 1991 (Movie)

Daniel Robbins (Actor)
Producer (1)

Nightcrawler 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Jamie Lee Curtis Actor

Godmother

Kirsten Dunst Actor

Companion
Introduced by his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal, who co-starred with Dunst in "Mona Lisa Smile" (2003) Began dating in Fall of 2002 Announced breakup in July 2004 Rumored to have briefly reconciled in 2005 No longer together

Naomi Foner Actor

Mother
Foner's son Jake was born on Dec. 19, 1980 Earned an Academy Award nomination for "Running on Empty" (1988) Penned the screenplays for "Losing Isaiah" (1995) and "Bee Season" (2005) Married to Stephen Gyllenhaal for 32 years until their divorce was finalized in 2009

Maggie Gyllenhaal Actor

Sister
Born Nov. 16, 1977 Played brother and sister in "Donnie Darko" (2001)

Stephen Gyllenhaal Actor

Father
Directed "Losing Isaiah" (1995) and "Homegrown" (1998) Married to Naomi Foner for 32 years until their divorce was finalized in 2009

Jamie King

Companion
Rumored to have briefly dated in 2001 No longer together

Alyssa Miller Actor

Companion
Began dating in July 2013

Natalie Portman Actor

Companion
Rumored to have briefly dated in 2006

Peter Sarsgaard Actor

Brother-In-Law
Co-starred in "Jarhead" (2005)

Taylor Swift Actor

Companion
Began dating in October 2010 Reportedly split in January 2011

Reese Witherspoon Actor

Companion
Met while co-starring in the CIA thriller "Rendition" (2007) Dating since March 2007 Split in November 2009

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York 1998 - 2000
Dropped out after two years to concentrate on acting

Columbia University

New York , New York 1998 - 2000
Dropped out after two years to concentrate on acting

Harvard-Westlake School

Los Angeles , California 1998

Milestones

2013

Starred in "Prisoners" with Hugh Jackman

2012

Cast opposite Michael Peña in cop drama "End of Watch"

2011

Starred in action thriller "Source Code"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

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")

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"

2009

Co-starred with Tobey Maguire in Jim Sheridan's remake of "Brothers"

2007

Made hosting debut on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)

2007

Played a CIA analyst opposite Meryl Streep, Alan Arkin, and Reese Witherspoon in "Rendition"

2007

Portrayed San Francisco Chronicle reporter Robert Graysmith in David Fincher's serial killer thriller "Zodiac"

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

2005

Co-starred with Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins in "Proof," the film adaptation of David Auburn's play; directed by John Madden

2004

Co-starred with Dennis Quaid in Roland Emmerich's blockbuster "The Day After Tomorrow"

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"

2001

Starred in cult favorite "Donnie Darko"; also co-starred sister Maggie Gyllenhaal

2001

Played Catherine Keener's love interest in "Lovely & Amazing"

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

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 Rocket Boys

1998

Again directed by his father in the feature "Homegrown"

1994

Appeared on an episode of "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC) as Robin Williams' son; episode was directed by his father Stephen

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

1991

Made acting debut as Billy Crystal's son in "City Slickers"

Bonus Trivia

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"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." – Gyllenhaal quoted in Newsday, Feb. 23, 1999

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"My father directed and my mom wrote and produced. All we do is talk about art like we're f*ckin' Uta Hagen and her family." – Gyllenhaal to Vanity Fair magazine, May 2001

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"He's not like those actors who are like, 'Look at me!' He has a poetic soul. He lets people come to him." – actress Aleksia Landeau to People magazine, Oct. 21, 2002

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"In the end, it's about how hard it is to love somebody, to really be intimate, to really let go and be open to that, no matter what the context." – Gyllenhaal on why he took on the role in "Brokeback Mountain" to People magazine, Nov. 15, 2006

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"I think any successful marriage, even if it hasn't lasted for a lifetime, will create a sense of an ideal. But I don't have a fantasy. I know it's messy, is what I want to say." – Gyllenhaal to GQ magazine, May 2010

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