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Jake Gyllenhaal

Mostly Credited As: Jake Gyllenhaal
Sometimes Credited As: Jacob Gyllenhaal

Birth Name: Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal
Date Of Birth: December 19, 1980 (Age 33)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6' (1.82 m)

Jake Gyllenhaal


Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal was born on December 19, 1980 in Los Angeles California. His father is director Stephen Gyllenhaal, and his mother is producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner. His older sister is noted actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. His parents raised him and Maggie to be thankful for what they had, even holding his Bar Mitzvah in a homeless shelter so he understood how fortunate he was. Despite their privilege, he and his sister were expected to have summer jobs for their spending money, so he worked as a busboy and lifeguard.

He had Hollywood connections early due to his parents’ professions, and his first screen role was portraying Billy Crystal’s son in the film, City Slickers (1991). His parents felt school was a priority, so while he continued to take small roles and work in his parents’ films, he graduated from the Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles in 1998. He went to Columbia University where he studied Eastern religions and philosophy, but dropped out after just two years to pursue his acting career. He earned his first lead role in the 1999 film, October Sky, in which he played a young man hoping to win a science scholarship to escape life in the mines. The part was critically acclaimed, and is said to be Gyllenhaal's breakout performance.

His next big role, playing a troubled teen in the sleeper hit Donnie Darko, won him a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award for best actor. Gyllenhaal found success once again starring with Jennifer Aniston in 2002 film, The Good Girl, in which he played a younger man who enters into an affair with an older co-worker. After these critical triumphs, his transition to the big box-office hits soon followed. He starred in the 2004 summer blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow, then Jarhead in 2005, and signed on to play a homosexual cowboy who seduces Heath Ledger’s character in the controversial film, Brokeback Mountain. The risk paid off, and it earned Gyllenhaal an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Jake continues to work as a film actor, and also recently appeared as the host of Saturday Night Live. Romantically, Gyllenhaal has been linked to actress/singer Jenny Lewis, actresses Kirsten Dunst, and Reese Witherspoon. He has two dogs: a German shepherd rescued from a shelter, and a pug/beagle mix (both named after characters in his favorite novel, To Kill a Mockingbird). Gyllenhall was featured in People magazine as one of their "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2006.

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TV Appearances

Episode Cast Credits 

Conan (2010) 
  Jake Gyllenhaal, Judy Greer, the War on Drugs 04x157: (Oct/30/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Beach Blanket Bunker: The Untold Story of Hitler and His Prize Surfboard 02x147: (Sep/27/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  The Lion, the Witch, and the IKEA Aspelund Underbed Storage Box 01x68: (Mar/28/2011) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Queen Latifah Show (2013) 
  Jake Gyllenhaal 02x34: (Oct/30/2014) As Himself 
  Queen's Premiere Week: Jake Gyllenhaal, Lisa Kudrow, and Celebrity Chef Anne Thornton 01x05: (Sep/20/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  October 29, 2014 15x302: (Oct/29/2014) As Himself (Actor), [Interviewees]
  January 3, 2011 12x03: (Jan/03/2011) As Himself 

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) 
  Jake Gyllenhaal, Derek Hough, Fall Out Boy, Suzanne Vega 12x38: (Oct/29/2014) As Himself 
  Jake Gyllenhaal, Marc Cohn 05x33: (Oct/18/2007) As Himself 
  Jake Gyllenhaal/Carmen Electra 03x49: (Nov/10/2005) As Himself 

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014) 
  Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Reubens, She & Him, George Clinton 01x151: (Oct/29/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Good Morning America (1975) 
  Season 39, Episode 255 39x255: (Oct/24/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Matt Kearney, Jake Gyllenhaal 32x128: (Feb/28/2007) As Himself 

Q with Jian Ghomeshi (2008) 
  Jake Gyllenhaal - Tanya Tagaq - The New Pornographers 08x04: (Oct/19/2014) As Himself 

Lorraine (2010) 
  Series 4, Show 19 04x19: (Sep/26/2013) As Himself 
  Series 3, Show 60 03x60: (Nov/23/2012) As Himself 
  Series 3, Show 12 03x12: (Sep/18/2012) As Himself 

Inside the Actors Studio (1994) 
  Jake Gyllenhaal 19x03: (Sep/19/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (1996) 
  Jake Gyllenhaal 18x115: (Sep/17/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Jake Gyllenhaal 16x43: (Mar/30/2011) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Jake Gyllenhaal 12x133: (Oct/17/2007) As Himself 
  Jake Gyllenhaal 12x27: (Feb/28/2007) As Himself 

Watch and Listen (2012) 
  Watch - Episode 32 01x69: (Dec/02/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Graham Norton Show (2007) 
  Jake Gyllenhaal, Joan Rivers, Jeremy Clarkson, James May, Ke$ha 12x06: (Nov/30/2012) As Himself 

Anderson Live (2011) 
  Co-Host Retta | Jake Gyllenhaal | Michael Peña 02x10: (Sep/21/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Daybreak (2010) 
  September 10, 2012 03x06: (Sep/10/2012) As Himself 

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Jake Gyllenhaal, Sharon Osbourne, Neon Trees 19x181: (Aug/27/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Jake Gyllenhaal, Fran Lebowitz, Ne-Yo 18x44: (Nov/17/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Jake Gyllenhaal, Dr. Edward B. Overton 17x149: (May/24/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Jake Gyllenhaal, Connie Britton, 50 Cent 15x25: (Oct/15/2007) As Himself 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 59x01: (Feb/27/2011) As Presenter, [Featuring]
  The 78th Annual Academy Awards 54x01: (Mar/05/2006) As Nominee: Best Supporting Actor, [Co-Guest Stars]
  The 77th Annual Academy Awards 53x01: (Feb/27/2005) As Presenter, [Featuring]

Live From Studio Five (2009) 
  Series 2, Show 71 02x71: (Dec/20/2010) As Himself 
  Series 1, Show 162 01x162: (May/13/2010) As Himself 

GMTV (1993) 
  May 13, 2010 18x133: (May/13/2010) As Himself 

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001) 
  Jake Gyllenhaal, Lord Alan Sugar, Adam Lambert, The Drums 18x15: (May/07/2010) As Himself 
  Jake Gyllenhaal, Jools Holland, Katie Price, Peter Andre, Richard Hawley 13x06: (Oct/12/2007) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Elliott Gould, Jake Gyllenhaal, Janet Jackson, Jet 06x12: (May/28/2004) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Live with Kelly & Michael (1983) 
  Jake Gyllenhaal, Queen Latifah; Michael Gelman's exercise routine 26x85: (Dec/28/2007) As Himself 
  Jake Gyllenhaal 26x32: (Oct/16/2007) As Himself 
  Jake Gyllenhaal 24x45: (Nov/04/2005) As Himself 

Today (US) (1952) 
  Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Jordan 57x27: (Oct/16/2007) As Himself 

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Jake Gyllenhaal, Christina Hendricks, Ghostland Observatory 15x21: (Oct/16/2007) As Himself 
  Jake Gyllenhaal, Lance Armstrong, Bayside 14x99: (Feb/27/2007) As Himself 
  Jake Gyllenhaal, Neil Young 13x31: (Nov/03/2005) As Himself 

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  LeBron James/Kanye West 33x01: (Sep/29/2007) As Himself 
  Jake Gyllenhaal/The Shins 32x10: (Jan/13/2007) As Himself (Host) 

The Early Show (1999) 
  Jake Gyllenhaal. 08x130: (Mar/02/2007) As Himself 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Jake Gyllenhaal, Steve Irwin, Seether 14x83: (Jan/26/2006) As Himself 
  Jake Gyllenhaal, Steve Irwin, Seether 14x74: (Jan/13/2006) As Himself 
  Jake Gyllenhaal, Antonio Tarver, Nelly Furtado 12x160: (May/20/2004) As Himself 
  Jennifer Garner, Jake Gyllenhall, Erykah Badu 11x69: (Sep/27/2002) As Himself 

Good Day Live (2001) 
  Nicole Kidman; Jake Gyllenhaal 03x195: (Jun/04/2004) As Himself 

Last Call with Carson Daly (2002) 
  Jake Gyllenhaal, David Duchovny, Shakira, P.O.D. 01x108: (Sep/06/2002) As Himself 

Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) 
  Bop Gun 02x01: (Jan/06/1994) As Matt Ellison 
Trivia

Jake played the role of Jack Twist in the controversial film, Brokeback Mountain (2005) with Heath Ledger.

He starred as Anthony Swofford in the 2005 film, Jarhead - a role for which he had to put on several pounds of muscle.

Jake stars as Hal in the film, Proof (2005).

Heath Ledger nearly broke Jake's nose during the filming of Brokeback Mountain.

He acted alongside his big sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal, in the film, Donnie Darko.

His first love scene was with Jennifer Aniston in the film, The Good Girl.

Jake stars as Homer in the film, October Sky (1999).

Jake stars in The Moonlight Mile alongside Dustin Hoffman.

He is the godfather to Heath Ledger's daughter Matilda.

Jake's godmother is actress Jamie Lee Curtis.

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