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Jake Gyllenhaal

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Jake Gyllenhaal Biography

"Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal" (born December 19 1980) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. The son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner, Gyllenhaal began acting at 11 years old. 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, actor 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 'gay cowboy', in the controversial but highly lauded film "Brokeback Mountain".

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Jake Gyllenhaal Awards

2013 People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor End of Watch (2012). Nominated
2013 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor in an Action Movie End of Watch (2012). Nominated
2011 People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Action Star Nominated
2011 Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Love & Other Drugs (2010). Nominated
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Drama Brothers (2009/I). Nominated

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Jake Gyllenhaal Trivia

  • Son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner. Younger brother of Maggie Gyllenhaal. His godmother is Jamie Lee Curtis and godfather is Paul Newman.
  • Graduated Harvard-Westlake (private) high school. [1998]
  • Is of Swedish (noble) and Russian-Jewish descent.
  • His fans refer to themselves as "Gyllenhaalics".
  • He was awarded the 2002 London Evening Standard Theate Award for Outstanding Newcomer for his performance in This is Our Youth at the Garrick Theatre in London, England.
  • Was set to play Spiderman in Spider-Man 2 (2004) due to complications with Tobey Maguire. While he was preparing for the role, Maguire was back as Spiderman.
  • Attended high school with "Freaks and Geeks" (1999) star Jason Segel and Ayda Field.
  • Was named one of People Magazine's 50 Hottest Bachelors [2004].
  • Is close friends with Natalie Portman and Bryce Dallas Howard.
  • Went to elementary school with band members of Maroon 5.
  • On Phantom Planet's album "The Guest", lead singer Alex Greenwald lists him in his thank yous. Alex appeared with Jake in Donnie Darko (2001).
  • His favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird, and he has two dogs, Atticus and Boo named after the novel's main characters.
  • Auditioned for and was one of the top contenders for the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins (2005).
  • Before success as an actor, he worked as a lifeguard. He never had any life-saving incidents, but did perform one lesser rescue. A swimmer had been stung on the leg by a jellyfish, and Gyllenhaal helped relieve the pain of the stings by urinating on the swimmer's leg.
  • Although they broke up in July 2004, he and Kirsten Dunst had an on and off relationship up until 2006.
  • Gained five pounds of muscle for his role in Jarhead (2005).
  • When asked who his idols are he said Anthony Quinn, Paul Newman, Sean Penn, Bruce Springsteen and Bono.
  • Spent two years at Columbia University, where one of his professors was Robert Thurman, Uma Thurman's father.
  • Godfather of Matilda Ledger, born October 28, 2005 (daughter of actor Heath Ledger and actress Michelle Williams.
  • Was among the guests at Jessica Simpson's 25th birthday party.
  • He gave Kirsten Dunst a gray and white kitten for her birthday. She named the cat Sophie.
  • Ranked #48 on Premiere's 2006 "Power 50" list. It is his first appearance on the list.
  • His first four big roles were in movies with alliterated titles: Bubble Boy (2001), Donnie Darko (2001), Moonlight Mile (2002), The Good Girl (2002).
  • Invited to join AMPAS in 2006.
  • Studied acting with Ivana Chubbuck.
  • Along with sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal, he attended Camp Walt Whitman, an outdoors summer camp in Western New Hampshire.
  • Uncle of Ramona Sarsgaard, born October 3, 2006. She is the daughter of his older sister Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard.
  • His uncle, Anders Gyllenhaal, is senior vice president and executive editor of The Miami Herald in Miami, Florida.
  • Is good friends with Lance Armstrong and Matthew McConaughey.
  • Like all Gyllenhaals on the male line, he is a Swedish nobleman by birth right and is listed in the Swedish Almanac of Nobility ("Sveriges Ridderskaps och Adels Kalender" in Swedish).
  • Campaigned for the Democrats in the 2004 US election.
  • As of 2007, has starred in three movies where he played not only a real person, but the person who wrote the book upon which the film was based: Homer H. Hickam Jr. (October Sky (1999)), Anthony Swofford (Jarhead (2005)) and Robert Graysmith (Zodiac (2007)).
  • Voted #10 in Elle (France) Magazine's "15 Sexiest Men" poll (June 2007).
  • Had his Bar Mitzvah party at a homeless shelter, something his parents encouraged to help him recognize how privileged his own childhood had been (a Bar Mitzvah is the coming-of-age service that Jewish boys celebrate at age 13).
  • He appeared in a 1994 episode of "Homicide: Life on the Street" (1993), that was directed by his father, Stephen Gyllenhaal.
  • Was personally approved by Joe Namath to play the football legend in an upcoming biopic about the latter's life.
  • Was ranked #8 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actors list. (2008).
  • Very good friends with actress Jennifer Aniston.
  • Brother-in-law of Peter Sarsgaard.
  • He and sister Maggie Gyllenhaal are the first siblings to be Oscar-nominated for acting in the 21st century.
  • Parents Stephen Gyllenhaal and Naomi Foner divorced in 2009.
  • Had a childhood crush on Martha Plimpton. He met her when she appeared in Running on Empty (1988), which was written by Jake's mother Naomi Foner.
  • Appeared on the cover of GQ magazine three times: June '04, February '07 and May '10.
  • Was, along with Matt Damon, the studio's first choice for the role of Jake Sully in Avatar (2009), but director James Cameron chose to cast the (back then) more unknown Sam Worthington in the lead role instead.
  • Received his first driving lesson from his godfather, Paul Newman.
  • Childhood friend of Austin Nichols.

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Jake Gyllenhaal Photos

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    2013 Tony Awards - Arrivals

  • Jake Gyllenhaal and Duncan Jones

    "Source Code" ("Codigo Fuente") Madrid Photocall

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    "Source Code" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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    83rd Annual Academy Awards - Press Room

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    AFI Fest 2010 Opening Night Gala Screening of "Love & Other Drugs" - Arrivals

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    25th Anniversary FINCA Gala - Arrivals

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