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Jake Gyllenhaal

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Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, California, to producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner (née Achs) and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. He is the brother of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who played his sister in Donnie Darko (2001). His godmother is actress Jamie Lee Curtis. His mother is from a Jewish family, and his father's ancestry includes Swedish, English, and Swiss-German. Gyllenhaal made his movie debut, at the age of eleven, in the comedy City Slickers (1991), playing Billy Crystal's character's son. He made an impact in various films in the late 1990s and early 2000s, in films such as October Sky (1999), his breakthrough performance, and as the title role in the cult phenomenon psychological thriller, Donnie Darko (2001), for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor, playing a psychologically troubled teenager. He followed this with roles encompassing many different genres, including the comedy film, the Disney romantic comedy, Bubble Boy (2001); opposite Jennifer Aniston in another Sundance favorite, The Good Girl (2002), as a young man grieving the death of his fiancée in Moonlight Mile (2002), and in the science fiction blockbuster, The Day After Tomorrow (2004), portraying a student caught in a cataclysmic climate event, opposite 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 was widely-received and played for eight weeks in London's West End. Gyllenhaal followed his successful theater en devour with a role in Jarhead (2005), playing Anthony "Swoff" Swofford, an aggressive and masculine but equally vulnerable and sensitive Marine during the Gulf War, and Proof (2005), as Gwyneth Paltrow's character's love interest. However, it was his follow-up performance that won critical acclaim in 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. For his role as Jack Twist, Gyllenhaal received critical acclaim and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture, and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Since then, he has acted in a wide range of movies, ranging from the critically-acclaimed thriller, Zodiac (2007), the drama Brothers (2009), playing opposite Tobey Maguire as the title siblings, in the action adventure film, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), sporting a bulked-up physique, and the box office hit, Love & Other Drugs (2010), in which he teamed up with Anne Hathaway, once again, and for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. In the 2010s, Gyllenhaal starred in several major films for which he received significant critical acclaim: science fiction thriller Source Code (2011), police drama End of Watch (2012), mystery Prisoners (2013), dark media satire Nightcrawler (2014), the boxing drama Southpaw (2015), and the dramedy Demolition (2015). For Nightcrawler, he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Gyllenhaal is the godfather of Matilda Ledger (aka Matilda Rose Ledger), daughter of the late actor Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams. Gyllenhaal's most significant personal relationships have been with actresses Kirsten Dunst and Reese Witherspoon. He is friends with Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, having known him since kindergarten. He is a good friend of his sister's husband and Jarhead (2005) co-star, actor Peter Sarsgaard.  See full bio on IMDb »

Jake Gyllenhaal And Marcus Mumford -- Hanging At Disneyland With Olaf (PHOTO)

Jake Gyllenhaal And Marcus Mumford
Hanging At Disneyland With Olaf

Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford took a break from touring to bro down with pal Jake Gyllenhaal at Disneyland on Monday, and they had the best excuse to get to the front of the… READ MORE >

Jake Gyllenhaal -- Not Moved by Jamie Foxx's National Anthem (VIDEO)

Jake Gyllenhaal
Not Moved By Jamie's National Anthem

8:20 AM PT -- Jake's rep tells TMZ the actor was not passing judgment on Jamie's performance, saying,  he and Antoine "were laughing at something completely unrelated to Jamie's… READ MORE >

- 785 days ago
Jake Gyllenhaal -- DUDE CAN FIGHT ... Says World Champion Co-Star

Jake Gyllenhaal
DUDE CAN FIGHT ... Says World Champion Co-Star

Jake Gyllenhaal is no boxing fraud -- the guy can brawl for real ... this according to a real deal ex-kickboxing champ who worked with Jake on his new boxing flick.  TMZ Sports… READ MORE >

- 785 days ago
Jake Gyllenhaal -- Scary Jacked ... For New Boxing Flick

Jake Gyllenhaal
Scary Jacked ... For New Boxing Flick

Jake Gyllenhaal is a beast.  The actor got insanely ripped for his role in the upcoming "Southpaw" flick ... a movie about a boxer who loses everything and has to fight to get his life… READ MORE >

- 822 days ago
What's The Big Frigin' Difference?!

What's The Big Frigin'

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- 933 days ago
Philip Seymour Hoffman's GF & Children -- Emotional Funeral Exit

Philip Seymour Hoffman
GF & Children Emotional Funeral Exit

Sad day in New York City Friday -- Philip Seymour Hoffman's longtime girlfriend Mimi O'Donnell and their 3 children just exited the Manhattan church where the actor's funeral just ended ... and it… READ MORE >

- 1235 days ago
Jake Gyllenhaal -- Check Out My New Bandages

Jake Gyllenhaal
Check Out My New Bandages

Jake Gyllenhaal trotted out his bandage-wrapped hand in Hollywood yesterday ... just days after he was rushed to an ER for slicing his mitt on a mirror.Jake attended a screening of "Prisoners"… READ MORE >

- 1318 days ago
Jake Gyllenhaal -- HOSPITALIZED .. Stitches After Punching Mirror

Jake Gyllenhaal
BLOODY KNUCKLES Actor Hospitalized

Jake Gyllenhaal socked a mirror on the L.A. set of his new movie -- slicing up his hand so badly, he was rushed to the hospital to be stitched up. It all went down Wednesday morning, according to… READ MORE >

- 1320 days ago
Howard Stern's Beetlejuice -- I Knocked Jake Gyllenhaal the F**k Out

Howard Stern's Beetlejuice
I Knocked Jake Gyllenhaal The F**k Out

Howard Stern fans are gonna LOVE this clip -- Jake Gyllenhaal, on the other hand, might not ... because his former co-star Beetlejuice is talking some serious smack.We ran into Beet in NYC… READ MORE >

- 1565 days ago
Jake Gyllenhaal Brings Out the Big Guns

Jake Gyllenhaal
Strapped and PACKING HEAT

Looking tough with his shaved head, Jake Gyllenhaal brought out the big guns to portray a cop on the set of his new flick "End of Watch" in L.A. the other day.Jake is definitely bulletproof. READ MORE >

- 2160 days ago
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