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Jake Gyllenhaal

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 ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 36 wins & 95 nominations. See more awards »

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Nightcrawler Louis Bloom
Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain Jack Twist
Prisoners Detective Loki
Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko Donnie Darko


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 2018 Rio (pre-production)
 2018 The Sisters Brothers (post-production)
Hermann Kermit Warm
 2018 Wildlife
Jerry Brinson
 2017/I Stronger
Jeff Bauman
 2017 Okja
Johnny Wilcox
 2017/I Life
David Jordan
 2016 Nocturnal Animals
Tony Hastings / Edward Sheffield
 2016 Inside Amy Schumer (TV Series)
Jake Gyllenhaal
- Fame (2016) ... Jake Gyllenhaal
 2015 Demolition
 2015 Everest
Scott Fischer
 2015 Southpaw
Billy Hope
 2015 Accidental Love
Howard Birdwell
 2014 Nightcrawler
Louis Bloom
 2013 Enemy
Adam + Anthony
 2013 Prisoners
Detective Loki
 2012 End of Watch
Brian Taylor
 2012 The Shoes: Time to Dance (Video short)
 2011 Source Code
Colter Stevens
 2010 Love & Other Drugs
Jamie Randall
 2009/I Brothers
Tommy Cahill
 2009 Jamie Foxx Ft. T-Pain: Blame It (Video short)
Jake Gyllenhaal
 2007 The Lonely Island: Iran So Far (Video short)
 2007 Rendition
Douglas Freeman
 2007 Zodiac
Robert Graysmith
 2005 Jarhead
Anthony Swofford
 2005 Proof
Harold Dobbs - Hal
 2005 Brokeback Mountain
Jack Twist
 2005 Between the Towers (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 2004 Jiminy Glick in Lalawood
Jake Gyllenhaal
 2004 The Day After Tomorrow
Sam Hall
 2002 Moonlight Mile
Joe Nast
 2002/I Highway
 2002 The Good Girl
Holden Worther
 2001 Lovely & Amazing
 2001 Bubble Boy
Jimmy Livingston
 2001 Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko
 1999 October Sky
Homer Hickam
 1998 Homegrown
Jake / Blue Kahan
 1994 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
Matt Ellison
- Bop Gun (1994) ... Matt Ellison
 1993 Josh and S.A.M.
Leon Coleman
 1993 A Dangerous Woman
Edward (as Jacob Gyllenhaal)
 1991 City Slickers
Danny Robbins
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He played the role of "Roland" in Nick Payne's "Constellations" on Broadway, co-starring Ruth Wilson and directed by Michael Longhurst, for which he was nominated for a Drama League Award. See more »

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9 Interviews | 19 Articles | 5 Pictorials | 16 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Jacob Gyllenhaal | Jake Gyllenhall


6' (1.83 m)

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We live in a sad time where actors are politicians and politicians are actors. See more »


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 adelskalender" in Swedish). See more »


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