Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal
6' (1.83 m)
Dropped out of Columbia University after two years (2002).
Son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner.
Graduated Harvard-Westlake (private) high school 
Younger brother of Maggie Gyllenhaal
Is of Swedish (noble) and Russian-Jewish descent.
Played brother to real life sister Maggie Gyllenhaal in their movie Donnie Darko (2001).
Received his first driving lesson from Paul Newman.
His fans refer to themselves as "Gyllenhaalics"
His last name is pronounced Jill-en-hall.
Sister Maggie Gyllenhaal introduced him to Kirsten Dunst. Jake and Kirsten dated, but broke
up in July 2004. (Both Kirsten and Maggie appeared in Mona Lisa Smile (2003)).
He was awarded the 2002 London Evening Standard Theate Award for Outstanding Newcomer for
his performance in This is Our Youth at the Garrick Theatre in London, England.
Was set to play Spiderman in Spider-Man 2 (2004) due to complications with Tobey Maguire.
While he was preparing for the role, Maguire was back as Spiderman.
Attended high school with "Freaks and Geeks" (1999) star Jason Segel.
Was named one of People Magazine's 50 Hottest Bachelors 
Is close friends with Natalie Portman and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Went to elementary school with band members of Maroon 5.
On Phantom Planet's album "The Guest", lead singer Alex Greenwald lists him in his thank
yous. Alex appeared with Jake in Donnie Darko (2001).
His favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird, and he has a dog, Atticus, named after its main
Auditioned for and what was one of the top 8 contenders for the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne
in Batman Begins (2005).
Before success as an actor, Jake Gyllenhaal worked as a lifeguard. He never had any life-saving
incidents, but did perform one lesser rescue. A swimmer had been stung on the leg by a jellyfish, and Gyllenhaal helped relieve
the pain of the stings -- by urinating on the swimmer's leg.
Godmother is Jamie Lee Curtis.
Although they broke up in July 2004, he and Kirsten Dunst still have an on and off relationship.
Gained 5 pounds of muscles for his role in Jarhead (2005)
When asked who his idols are he said Anthony Quinn, Paul Newman, Sean Penn, Bruce Springsteen