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Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal
December 19, 1980
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Columbia University|
|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).
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."
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.
|City Slickers||1991||Daniel Robbins||Ron Underwood||26,000,000||179,033,791|
|Josh and S.A.M.||1993||Leon Coleman||Billy Weber||18,000,000||1,640,220|
|A Dangerous Woman||1993||Edward||Stephen Gyllenhaal||Unknown||1,497,222|
|Homegrown||1998||Jake / Blue Kahan||Stephen Gyllenhaal||Unknown||77,910|
|October Sky||1999||Homer Hickam||Joe Johnston||25,000,000||34,675,800|
|Donnie Darko||2001||Donnie Darko||Richard Kelly||3,800,000||3,840,839|
|Bubble Boy||2001||Jimmy Livingston||Blair Hayes||13,000,000||5,007,898|
|Lovely and Amazing||2001||Jordan||Nicole Holofcener||250,000||4,677,852|
|Highway||2002||Pilot Kelson||James Cox||14,000,000||N/A|
|The Good Girl||2002||Thomas "Holden" Worther||Miguel Arteta||8,000,000||16,856,124|
|Moonlight Mile||2002||Joe Nast||Brad Silberling||21,000,000||10,011,050|
|Jiminy Glick in Lalawood||2004||Himself||Vadim Jean||Unknown||36,039|
|The Day After Tomorrow||2004||Sam Hall||Roland Emmerich||125,000,000||544,272,402|
|The Man Who Walked Between the Towers||2005||Narrator||Michael Sporn||Unknown||N/A|
|Brokeback Mountain||2005||Jack Twist||Ang Lee||14,000,000||178,062,759|
|Proof||2005||Harold "Hal" Dobbs||John Madden||20,000,000||14,189,860|
|Jarhead||2005||Anthony "Swoff" Swofford||Sam Mendes||72,000,000||96,889,998|
|Zodiac||2007||Robert Graysmith||David Fincher||65,000,000||84,785,914|
|Rendition||2007||Douglas Freeman||Gavin Hood||27,500,000||27,038,732|
|Brothers||2009||Tommy Cahill||Jim Sheridan||26,000,000||43,318,349|
|Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time||2010||Dastan||Mike Newell||200,000,000||336,365,676|
|Love & Other Drugs||2010||Jamie Randall||Edward Zwick||30,000,000||102,820,008|
|Source Code||2011||Colter Stevens||Duncan Jones||32,000,000||147,332,697|
|End of Watch||2012||Officer Taylor||David Ayer||7,000,000||48,126,384|
|Prisoners||2013||Detective Loki||Denis Villeneuve||46,000,000||122,126,687|
|Enemy||2013||Adam Bell / Anthony Clair||Denis Villeneuve||Unknown||3,396,726|
|Nightcrawler||2014||Louis "Lou" Bloom||Dan Gilroy||8,000,000||38,697,217|
|Accidental Love||2015||Howard Birdwell||David O. Russell||26,000,000||135,436|
|Southpaw||2015||Billy Hope||Antoine Fuqua||30,000,000||91,970,827|
|Everest||2015||Scott Fischer||Baltasar Kormákur||55,000,000||203,427,584|
|Demolition||2015||Davis Mitchell||Jean-Marc Vallée||10,000,000||3,304,834|
|Nocturnal Animals||2016||Edward Sheffield / Tony Hastings||Tom Ford||20,000,000||29,252,978|
|Life||2017||Dr. David Jordan||Daniel Espinosa||58,000,000||100,541,806|
|Okja||2017||Dr. Johnny Wilcox||Bong Joon-ho||50,000,000||N/A|
|Stronger||2017||Jeff Bauman||David Gordon Green||30,000,000||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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