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            Jake Gyllenhaal

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            Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, California, to producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner (née Achs) and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. He is the brother of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who played his sister in Donnie Darko (2001). His godmother is actress Jamie Lee Curtis. His mother is from a Jewish family, and his father's ancestry ... See full bio »

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            Roles That Jake Gyllenhaal Almost Played

            Jake Gyllenhaal has famously donned a cowboy hat, combat gear, and even a bubble, but he's also missed out on a number of roles, including multiple superhero movies and a 90's classic.

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            Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 36 wins & 96 nominations. See more awards »

            Known For

            Nightcrawler Louis Bloom
            Brokeback Mountain Jack Twist
            Prisoners Detective Loki
            Donnie Darko Donnie Darko


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              Lake Success (TV Mini-Series) (announced)
            Barry Cohen
             2019 Spider-Man: Far from Home
            Quentin Beck / Mysterio
             2019 Velvet Buzzsaw
            Morf Vandewalt
             2018 The Day After Tomorrow: Deleted Scenes (Video short)
            Sam Hall
             2018 Les frères Sisters
            John Morris
             2018 Wildlife
            Jerry Brinson
             2017 Great Performers: Horror Show (Video short)
            The Damned
             2017/I Stronger
            Jeff Bauman
             2017 Okja
            Johnny Wilcox
             2017/I Life
            David Jordan
             2016 Nocturnal Animals
            Tony Hastings / Edward Sheffield
             2016 Inside Amy Schumer (TV Series)
            Jake Gyllenhaal
            - Fame (2016) ... Jake Gyllenhaal
             2015 Demolition
             2015 Everest
            Scott Fischer
             2015 Southpaw
            Billy Hope
             2015 Accidental Love
            Howard Birdwell
             2014 Nightcrawler
            Louis Bloom
             2014 Jay-Z Feat. Beyoncé: Part II - On the Run (Video short)
             2013 Enemy
            Adam + Anthony
             2013 Prisoners
            Detective Loki
             2012 End of Watch
            Brian Taylor
             2012 The Shoes: Time to Dance (Video short)
            The Killer
             2011 Source Code
            Colter Stevens
             2010 Love & Other Drugs
            Jamie Randall
             2010 Lego Prince of Persia Mini Movie (Video short)
             2009 Jamie Foxx Ft. T-Pain: Blame It (Video short)
            Jake Gyllenhaal
             2009/I Brothers
            Tommy Cahill
             2007 Rendition
            Douglas Freeman
             2007 Zodiac
            Robert Graysmith
             2005 Jarhead
            Anthony Swofford
             2005 Proof
            Harold Dobbs - Hal
             2005 Brokeback Mountain
            Jack Twist
             2005 The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (Short)
            Narrator (voice)
             2004 Jiminy Glick in Lalawood
            Jake Gyllenhaal
             2004 The Day After Tomorrow
            Sam Hall
             2002 Moonlight Mile
            Joe Nast
             2002/I Highway
             2002 The Good Girl
            Holden Worther
             2001 Lovely & Amazing
             2001 Bubble Boy
            Jimmy Livingston
             2001 Donnie Darko
            Donnie Darko
             1999 October Sky
            Homer Hickam
             1998 Homegrown
            Jake / Blue Kahan
             1994 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
            Matt Ellison
            - Bop Gun (1994) ... Matt Ellison
             1993 Josh and S.A.M.
            Leon Coleman
             1993 A Dangerous Woman
            Edward (as Jacob Gyllenhaal)
             1991 City Slickers
            Danny Robbins
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            Other Works:

            Performed at NYC "Between My Legs", with Rufus Wainwright. See more »

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            9 Interviews | 21 Articles | 5 Pictorials | 16 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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            Alternate Names:

            Jacob Gyllenhaal | Jake Gyllenhall


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            [on playing Donnie Darko] For me, personally, when approaching the role, it was sort of hard to figure out, because there's so many things that he gets hit with. I think that Donnie is what he comes in contact with. See more »


            Gyllenhaal, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tilda Swinton, Marion Cotillard, Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Daniel Brühl and Amy Adams are the only actors to receive a Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA and Critics' Choice Award nominations for the same performance and then fail to be Oscar-nominated for it: for their performances in Nightcrawler (2014), The Departed (2006), We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011), De rouille et... See more »


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