Gyllenhaal, Jake 1980–

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GYLLENHAAL, Jake 1980–

(Jacob Gyllenhaal)


Full name, Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal; born December 19, 1980, in Los Angeles, CA; son of Stephen Gyllenhaal (a director) and Naomi Foner (a screenwriter); brother of Maggie Gyllenhaal (an actress). Education: Attended Columbia University, 1998–2000. Religion: Zen Buddhism.

Addresses: Agent—Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager— Management 360, 9111 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Publicist—Wolf/Kasteler/Van Iden and Associates Public Relations, 335 North Maple Dr., Suite 351, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Career: Actor. Appeared in a public service announcement for Rock for the Vote, 2004; worked as a lifeguard, sous chef, and busperson.

Awards, Honors: YoungStar Award nomination, Hollywood Reporter, best performance by a young actor in a drama film, 1999, and Young Artist Award nomination, Young Artist Foundation, best performance in a feature film—leading young actor, 2000, both for October Sky; Independent Spirit Award nomination, Independent Features Project/West, best male lead, 2002, for Donnie Darko; London Evening Standard Theatre Award, outstanding newcomer, 2002, for This Is Our Youth; Young Hollywood Award, breakthrough performance—male, 2002; named one of "sizzlin' 16" entertainers of 2002, E! Entertainment Television Online, 2002; Golden Satellite Award nomination, International Press Academy, best performance by an actor in a supporting role, comedy or musical, and Teen Choice Award nominations, choice movie breakout star—male and choice movie liplock (with Jennifer Aniston), all 2003, for The Good Girl; DVD Premiere Award nomination, best actor, 2003, for Highway; Audience Award nomination, Irish Film and Television Academy Awards, best international actor, 2004, for The Day after Tomorrow.


Film Appearances:

Danny Robbins, City Slickers, Columbia, 1991. (As Jacob Gyllenhaal) Edward, A Dangerous Woman,

Gramercy Pictures, 1993.

Leon, Josh and S.A.M., Columbia, 1993.

Jake/Blue Kahan, Homegrown, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1998.

Homer Hickam, October Sky, MCA/Universal, 1999.

Title role, Donnie Darko, Newmarket Films, 2001.

Jimmy Livingston, Bubble Boy, Buena Vista, 2001.

Jordan, Lovely & Amazing, Lions Gate Films, 2001.

Joe Nast, Moonlight Mile, Buena Vista, 2002.

Pilot Kelson, Highway, New Line Cinema, 2002.

Thomas "Tom" and "Holden" Worther, The Good Girl,

Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2002.

Himself, Abby Singer, Wembly Hall Theatre Company, 2003.

Sam Hall, The Day after Tomorrow, Twentieth Century–Fox, 2004.

Jiminy Glick in La La Wood, Lalawood LLC, 2004.

Anthony "Swoff" Swofford, Jarhead, Universal, 2005.

Hal, Proof, Miramax, 2005.

Jack Twist, Brokeback Mountain, Focus Features, 2005.

Nautica, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2005.

Graysmith, Zodiac, Paramount, 2006.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Himself, MTV Movie Awards 2004 Pre–Show, MTV, 2004.

(In archive footage) Himself, All Access Celebrity Breakups 2005, VH1, 2005.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Sizzlin' 16 of 2002, E! Entertainment Television, 2002.

Himself, The 2003 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2003.

Presenter, The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, TNT, 2004.

Presenter, The 2004 IFP/Independent Spirit Awards, IFC, 2004.

Presenter, The 2004 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2004.

Presenter, The 77th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2005.

Presenter, The 20th Independent Spirit Awards, Bravo, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Matt Ellison, "Bop Gun," Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as H: LOTS and Homicide), NBC, 1994.

The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1999, 2002.

Himself, "Donnie Darko," Anatomy of a Scene, Sundance Channel, 2001.

Himself, "Young Hollywood: Players or Played Out?," Rank, E! Entertainment Television, 2002.

Himself, Last Call with Carson Daly, NBC, 2002.

Himself, Liquid News, BBC, 2002.

Himself, Today (also known as NBC News Today and The Today Show), NBC, 2002.

Himself, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2002.

Himself, "The Day after Tomorrow," HBO First Look, HBO, 2004.

(Archive footage) Himself, Celebrities Uncensored, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

Himself, Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (also known as Ellen and The Ellen DeGeneres Show), syndicated, 2004.

Himself, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, BBC, 2004.

Himself, On–Air With Ryan Seacrest, syndicated, 2004.

Himself, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2004.

Stage Appearances:

This Is Our Youth, Garrick Theatre, London, c. 2002.



Himself, "Moonlight Mile": A Journey to Screen (documentary), Buena Vista Home Video, 2003.

Himself, Donnie Darko: Production Diary (documentary), 2004.



Entertainment Weekly, July 5, 2002, p. 34; June 4, 2004, p. 28.

Glamour, November, 2002, pp. 249–50.

Interview, August, 2002, pp. 36–40; February, 2003.

People Weekly, June 7, 2004, p. 130; June 14, 2004, p. 77.