Jake Gyllenhaal biography
Born on December 19, 1980, in Los Angeles, California, Jake Gyllenhaal worked as a child actor in films like City Slickers and A Dangerous Woman before starring in the indie classic Donnie Darko in 2001. He later starred opposite Heath Ledger in Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, for which Gyllenhaal received an Oscar nomination. Other films on the Gyllenhaal roster include Proof, Zodiac and Jarhead.
Actor Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal, better known as Jake Gyllenhaal, was born on December 19, 1980, in Los Angeles, California. The son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal, Jake and his sister, Maggie, have been acting since childhood. He graduated from Los Angeles' Harvard-Westlake High School and studied for a year at Columbia University in New York before dropping out to pursue acting.
In order to make the trandformation from child to adult actor, Gyllenhaal purposefully passed over teen fare for such films as 1999's October Sky and Drew Barrymore's Donnie Darko, for which he earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination. The roles that followed echoed in complexity: Jennifer Aniston's troubled love interest in 2002's The Good Girl, 2002's Lovely & Amazing and 2005's Brokeback Mountain, a love story of two cowboys caught in a homosexual liaison that earned him a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination in addition to winning him the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
In spring 2002, Gyllenhaal starred on the London stage in Kenneth Lonergan's revival of This Is Our Youth. The actor received an Evening Standard Theater Award for his portrayal.