Birth Name: Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal
Date of Birth: December 19, 1980
Son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and writer/producer Naomi Foner, Jake
grew up in Los Angeles with his sister Maggie. He was sent to a private
high school, where he joined a band called Holeshot. After graduating in
1998, he attended Columbia University.
Living in the filmmaking state and having parents in the industry,
Gyllenhaal made his first appearance on the big screen at the age of 10 with
a small role in the film, City Slickers. He continued to gain
experience in the industry playing parts in his parents' films: A
Dangerous Woman (1993) and Homegrown (1998).
In the final year of the 20th century, he landed his first starring role as
Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik
launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes in the film October
Sky. Featured in nearly every scene, he emerged as a highly watchable
screen presence, giving a most compelling and sincere performance. With the
impressive performance under his belt, Gyllenhaal was launched into the
Hollywood limelight. Within the next couple of years, he had roles in a
number of films including starring roles in The Bubble Boy, Donnie
Darko, Highway (all 2001), and The Good Girl and Moonlight Mile (both 2002).
In 2004, he received an Audience Award nomination as Best International Actor at the IFTA Awards for The Day After Tomorrow. But it was his performance as a gay cowboy in the controversial film Brokeback Mountain (2005) that earned Gyllenhaal his first Academy Award nomination in the supporting actor category.
Since then, he has starred opposite Tobey Maguire in the drama Brothers (2009), played the title role in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) and a street cop in End of Watch (2012).
End of Watch
Love and Other Drugs (2010)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
The Day After Tomorrow
The Good Girl
Lovely & Amazing
Josh and S.A.M. (1993)
The Dangerous Woman (1993)
City Slickers (1991)