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Jake Gyllenhaal

Gyllenhaal attending the premiere of Proof.
Born Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal
December 19, 1980 (1980-12-19) (age 38)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present
Parents Stephen Gyllenhaal
Naomi Foner Gylllenhaal
Relatives Maggie Gyllenhaal (sister)

Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal[1] (born December 19, 1980) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. He has appeared in diverse roles since his first lead role in 1999's October Sky, followed by the 2001 cult hit Donnie Darko, in which he played a psychologically troubled teen and onscreen brother to his real-life sister, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. In the 2004 blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow he portrayed a student caught in a cataclysmic global cooling event, alongside Dennis Quaid as his father. He then played against type as a frustrated Marine in Jarhead (2005). The same year, he won critical acclaim portraying a role that entered popular shorthand as a "[[]] cowboy"[2][3] in the controversial but highly acclaimed film Brokeback Mountain.

Early life

His mother is screenwriter Naomi Foner. His father is director Stephen Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal began acting at 11 years old.


Year Title Role
1991 City Slickers Danny Robbins
1993 Josh and S.A.M. Leon
1999 October Sky Homer Hickam Jr.
2001 Donnie Darko Donald J. "Donnie" Darko
Bubble Boy Jimmy Livingston
Lovely & Amazing Jordan
2002 Highway Pilot Kelson
Moonlight Mile Joe Nast
The Good Girl Thomas 'Holden' Worther
2003 Abby Singer Himself (cameo)
2004 The Day After Tomorrow Sam Hall
2005 Brokeback Mountain Jack Twist
Jarhead Anthony Swofford ("Swoff")
Proof Harold 'Hal' Dobbs
2007 Zodiac Robert Graysmith
Rendition Douglas Freeman
2008 Brothers TBA
2009 Untitled Moon Project [4]


Year Group Award Result Film
2002 Young Hollywood Awards Breakthrough Performance - Male Won
Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead Nominated Donnie Darko
2003 Chlotrudis Awards Best Actor Won
DVD Exclusive Awards DVD Premiere Award, Best Actor Nominated Highway
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout Star - Male Nominated The Good Girl
2005 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actor Won Brokeback Mountain
2006 MTV Movie Awards Best Performance Won
Best Kiss Won
Screen Actors Guild Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Best Ensemble Nominated
Critics' Choice Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
BAFTA Best Supporting Actor Won
Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Satellite Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor Nominated Jarhead
National Arts Awards Young Artist Award for Artistic Excellence Won[5]


  1. Pronounced jill-en-hall 'dʒɪlənhɑl.
  2. Roger Ebert (2005-12-16). "Brokeback Mountain". Retrieved 2007-09-02.
  3. Scott Bowles (2006-01-09). USA Today. Retrieved 2007-09-02.
  4. "Jake Gyllenhaal Filmography". IMDb. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  5. "National Arts Awards". Retrieved 2007-11-11.

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