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Jake Gyllenhaal
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Gyllenhaal at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France
Born
Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal

December 19, 1980 (1980-12-19) (age 39)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Education Harvard-Westlake School
Alma mater Columbia University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present
Parent(s) Stephen Gyllenhaal
Naomi Foner
Relatives See Gyllenhaal family

Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal born December 19, 1980 is an 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 of 11 with a screen debut in City Slickers (1991).

Early life

Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, California. Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, his older sister, appeared with him in the film Donnie Darko. Gyllenhaal's father, is of Swedish and English descent, and is a descendant of the Swedish noble Gyllenhaal family. Jake's mother is Jewish, and was born in New York City.

Gyllenhaal has said that he considers himself Jewish. On his 13th birthday he volunteered at a homeless shelter because his parents wanted to give him a sense of gratitude for his privileged lifestyle. His parents insisted that he have summer jobs to support himself and he thus worked as a lifeguard and as a busboy at a restaurant operated by a family friend. Gyllenhaal said his parents encouraged artistic expression: "I do have parents who constantly supported me in certain ways. Definitely, it's in expression and creativity where my family has always been best at."

Career

As a child, Gyllenhaal was regularly exposed to filmmaking due to his family's deep ties to the industry. He made his acting debut as Billy Crystal's son in the 1991 comedy film City Slickers. His parents did not allow him to appear in the 1992 film The Mighty Ducks because it would have required him to leave home for two months. He was allowed to appear in his father's films several times. Gyllenhaal appeared in the 1993 film A Dangerous Woman (along with sister Maggie); in "Bop Gun", a 1994 episode of Homicide: Life on the Street; and in the 1998 comedy Homegrown. Along with their mother, Jake and Maggie appeared in two episodes of Molto Mario, an Italian cooking show on the Food Network. Prior to his senior year in high school, the only other film not directed by his father, in which Gyllenhaal was allowed to perform, was the 1993 film Josh and S.A.M., a little-known children's adventure.

Gyllenhaal graduated from the Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles in 1998, then attended Columbia University, where his sister was a senior and from which his mother had graduated, to study Eastern religions and philosophy. Gyllenhaal dropped out after two years to concentrate on acting but has expressed intentions to eventually finish his degree. Gyllenhaal's first lead role was in October Sky, Joe Johnston's 1999 adaptation of the Homer Hickam autobiography Rocket Boys, in which he portrayed a young man from West Virginia striving to win a science scholarship to avoid becoming a coal miner. The film earned $32 million and was described in the Sacramento News and Review as Gyllenhaal's "breakout performance".

Politics and other interests

Gyllenhaal is politically active. He shot a commercial for Rock the Vote and, along with his sister, visited the University of Southern California to encourage students to vote during the 2004 U.S. election. He also campaigned for Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry.

Raised in a family concerned with social issues, in 2003 Gyllenhaal participated in an advertising campaign by the American Civil Liberties Union, an organization his entire family strongly supports. Environmentally conscious, he recycles regularly, and said in an interview that he spends $400 a year to have trees planted in a Mozambique forest, partly to promote the Future Forests program.

Gyllenhaal is the Honorary Chair of the New Eyes for the Needy Advisory Board, and has signed on to help the TV fundraiser Stand Up to Cancer. Gyllenhaal is on the board of directors for the Anti-Recidivism Coalition and volunteered in California juvenile detention centers with Scott Budnick.

In his spare time, Gyllenhaal enjoys woodworking and cooking. When asked about being a Buddhist, he has said, "I am not a card-carrying Buddhist, but I do try to practice mindfulness" and that it is his goal to meditate every day.

Filmography

Title Year Role(s) Director(s) Budget Box office Ref.
USD
City Slickers 1991 Daniel Robbins Ron Underwood 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".26,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".179,033,791
Josh and S.A.M. 1993 Leon Coleman Billy Weber 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".18,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".1,640,220
A Dangerous Woman 1993 Edward Stephen Gyllenhaal Unknown 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".1,497,222
Homegrown 1998 Jake / Blue Kahan Stephen Gyllenhaal Unknown 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".77,910
October Sky 1999 Homer Hickam Joe Johnston 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".25,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".34,675,800
Donnie Darko 2001 Donnie Darko Richard Kelly 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".3,800,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".3,840,839
Bubble Boy 2001 Jimmy Livingston Blair Hayes 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".13,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".5,007,898


Lovely and Amazing 2001 Jordan Nicole Holofcener 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".250,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".4,677,852

Highway 2002 Pilot Kelson James Cox 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".14,000,000 N/A
The Good Girl 2002 Thomas "Holden" Worther Miguel Arteta 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".8,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".16,856,124
Moonlight Mile 2002 Joe Nast Brad Silberling 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".21,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".10,011,050
Jiminy Glick in Lalawood 2004 Himself Vadim Jean Unknown 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".36,039
The Day After Tomorrow 2004 Sam Hall Roland Emmerich 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".125,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".544,272,402
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers 2005 Narrator Michael Sporn Unknown N/A
Brokeback Mountain 2005 Jack Twist Ang Lee 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".14,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".178,062,759
Proof 2005 Harold "Hal" Dobbs John Madden 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".20,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".14,189,860
Jarhead 2005 Anthony "Swoff" Swofford Sam Mendes 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".72,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".96,889,998
Zodiac 2007 Robert Graysmith David Fincher 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".65,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".84,785,914
Rendition 2007 Douglas Freeman Gavin Hood 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".27,500,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".27,038,732

Brothers 2009 Tommy Cahill Jim Sheridan 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".26,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".43,318,349
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 2010 Dastan Mike Newell 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".200,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".336,365,676
Love & Other Drugs 2010 Jamie Randall Edward Zwick 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".30,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".102,820,008
Source Code 2011 Colter Stevens Duncan Jones 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".32,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".147,332,697
End of Watch 2012 Officer Taylor David Ayer 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".7,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".48,126,384
Prisoners 2013 Detective Loki Denis Villeneuve 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".46,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".122,126,687
Enemy 2013 Adam Bell / Anthony Clair Denis Villeneuve Unknown 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".3,396,726
Nightcrawler 2014 Louis "Lou" Bloom Dan Gilroy 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".8,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".38,697,217
Accidental Love 2015 Howard Birdwell David O. Russell 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".26,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".135,436
Southpaw 2015 Billy Hope Antoine Fuqua 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".30,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".91,970,827
Everest 2015 Scott Fischer Baltasar Kormákur 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".55,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".203,427,584
Demolition 2015 Davis Mitchell Jean-Marc Vallée 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".10,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".3,304,834
Nocturnal Animals 2016 Edward Sheffield / Tony Hastings Tom Ford 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".20,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".29,252,978
Life 2017 Dr. David Jordan Daniel Espinosa 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".58,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".100,541,806
Okja 2017 Dr. Johnny Wilcox Bong Joon-ho 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".50,000,000 N/A
Stronger 2017 Jeff Bauman David Gordon Green 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".30,000,000 0Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ","..Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character ",".5,800,158
Wildlife 2018 Jerry Brinson Paul Dano
The Sisters Brothers 2018 Hermann Kermit Warm Jacques Audiard
Velvet Buzzsaw 2018 Dan Gilroy

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