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Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal

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    • December 19th, 1980
Jacob Benjamin "Jake" Gyllenhaal (born December 19, 1980) is a Swedish-American actor. A member of the Gyllenhaal family and the son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner, Gyllenhaal began acting as a child with a screen debut in City Slickers (1991), followed by roles in A Dangerous Woman (1993) and Homegrown (1998). His breakthrough performance was as Homer Hickam in October Sky (1999) and he garnered an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Male Lead for playing the title character in the indie cult hit Donnie Darko (2001), in which he played a psychologically troubled teenager alongside his older sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal. He subsequently appeared in another indie film, The Good Girl (2002) and the climate fiction-disaster film The Day After Tomorrow (2004), portraying a student caught in a cataclysmic climate event. In 2005, Gyllenhaal portrayed Anthony "Swoff" Swofford in Jarhead, Gwyneth Paltrow's love interest in Proof, and Jack Twist in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain. For his performance in Brokeback Mountain, he 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. Gyllenhaal received further recognition for roles in Zodiac (2007), Brothers (2009), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), Love & Other Drugs (2010), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Source Code (2011), End of Watch (2012), Prisoners, Enemy (both 2013), Nightcrawler (2014), Southpaw (2015) and Nocturnal Animals (2016). For Nightcrawler, his performance was widely acclaimed and received rave reviews from critics and 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.


Acting (45 Credits)

2022Ambulance as Will Sharp
2022The Son (2021) as Sonny Lofthus
2021The Guilty as Joe Bayler
2021Spirit Untamed as Jim Prescott (voice)
2019Velvet Buzzsaw as Morf Vandewalt
2019John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch as Mr. Music
2019Spider-Man: Far from Home as Quentin Beck / Mysterio
2018Wildlife as Jerry Brinson
2018The Sisters Brothers as John Morris
2017Life as Dr. David Jordan
2017Stronger as Jeff Bauman
2017Okja as Dr. Johnny Wilcox
2016Nocturnal Animals as Edward Sheffield / Tony Hastings
2015Everest as Scott Fischer
2015Demolition as Davis Mitchell
2015Southpaw as Billy 'The Great' Hope
2015Accidental Love as Howard Birdwell
2014Nightcrawler as Louis Bloom
2013Prisoners as Detective Loki
2013Enemy as Adam Bell / Anthony Claire
2012End of Watch as Brian Taylor
2011Source Code as Colter Stevens
2010Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time as Prince Dastan
2010Love & Other Drugs as Jamie Randall
2009Brothers as Tommy Cahill
2007Rendition as Douglas Freeman
2007Zodiac as Robert Graysmith
2005Brokeback Mountain as Jack Twist
2005Jarhead as Anthony Swofford
2005Proof as Harold 'Hal' Dobbs
2004The Day After Tomorrow as Sam Hall
2002Highway as Pilot Kelson
2002Moonlight Mile as Joe Nast
2002The Good Girl as Holden Worther
2001Donnie Darko as Donnie Darko
2001Bubble Boy as Jimmy Livingston
2001Lovely & Amazing as Jordan
1999October Sky as Homer Hickam
1998Homegrown as Jake
1993Josh and S.A.M. as Leon Coleman
1993A Dangerous Woman as Edward
1991City Slickers as Danny Robbins
The Helicopter Heist
The Anarchists vs ISIS

Himself (1 Credits)



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