The American actor Jacob Benjamin “Jake” Gyllenhaal was born on 19 December 1980.
Jake Gyllenhaal is the son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner, and even as a 10-year-old began Gyllenhaal to act.
He has performed in various roles since his first lead role in October Sky from 1999, followed by the self kultfilmhit Donnie Darko, in which he plays a mentally disturbed young man and also plays with his right sister, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal.
In science-fiction film from 2004, The Day After Tomorrow, which is about Earth hit by global cooling, he plays opposite Dennis Quaid as his character’s father.
In 2005 he received a lot of attention for his portrayal of a young and frustrated Marine in Jarhead. The same year he received more positive attention and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role as Jack Twist in the film Brokeback Mountain, in which he plays opposite Heath Ledger.
Other facts about Jake Gyllenhaal:
Gyllenhaal has promoted various political and social causes. He has appeared in a commercial for Rock the Vote, has appeared in a campaign for the Democratic Party in the U.S. presidential election in 2004, has supported ecological purposes and participated in a campaign in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union.
1991: City Slickers
1993: Josh and S.A.M.
1999: October Sky
2001: Donnie Darko
2001: Bubble Boy
2001: Lovely & Amazing
2002: Moonlight Mile
2002: The Good Girl
2003: Abby Singer
2004: The Day After Tomorrow
2005: Brokeback Mountain
2010: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
2010: Love and Other Drugs
2011: Source Code
2012: End of Watch
2013: An Enemy