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Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal ( Jake Gyllenhaal )






Birth name
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 [1998]
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 [2004]
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 character.
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 and Bono.




  1. Zodiac (2006) (filming) .... Robert Graysmith

  2. Jarhead (2005) .... Swoff
  3. Proof (2005) .... Hal
  4. Brokeback Mountain (2005) .... Jack Twist
  5. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (2005) .... Narrator
  6. The Day After Tomorrow (2004) .... Sam Hall
  7. Moonlight Mile (2002) .... Joe Nast
  8. Highway (2002/I) .... Pilot Kelson
  9. The Good Girl (2002) .... Holden Worther
  10. Lovely & Amazing (2001) .... Jordan
  11. Bubble Boy (2001) .... Jimmy Livingston
  12. Donnie Darko (2001) .... Donnie Darko
    ... aka Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (USA: director's cut)

  13. October Sky (1999) .... Homer Hickam
  14. Homegrown (1998) .... Jake/Blue Kahan
  15. "Homicide: Life on the Street"
    ... aka Homicide (USA: informal short title)
    Bop Gun (1994) TV Episode .... Matt Ellison
  16. Josh and S.A.M. (1993) .... Leon
  17. A Dangerous Woman (1993) (as Jacob Gyllenhaal) .... Edward
  18. City Slickers (1991) .... Danny Robbins


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