Dec. 19th, 1980
Los Angeles, California, USA
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Jacob Benjamin "Jake" Gyllenhaal (born December 19, 1980) is an American actor. The son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner, Gyllenhaal began acting at the age of ten. Following his first lead role in 1999's October Sky, he starred in the indie cult hit Donnie Darko (2001), in which he played a psychologically troubled teenager alongside his older sister, actress 'Maggie Gyllenhaal'.
In 2002, he starred in another indie film, The Good Girl, alongside actress 'Jennifer Aniston'. In 2004, he appeared in the science-fiction film The Day After Tomorrow, portraying a student caught in a cataclysmic global cooling event.
Gyllenhaal then played against type as a frustrated Marine in Jarhead (2005). The same year, his role as Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain earned him critical acclaim. For his performance he won the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for the Academy Award in the same category. He has since played the lead roles in many notable films, including Zodiac (2007), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), Love and Other Drugs (2010), Source Code (2011), and End of Watch (2012).
In 2014, Gyllenhaal starred in a dual role in the erotic thriller, Enemy.
Gyllenhaal's immediate family includes his sister, actress Maggie, who is married to actor 'Peter Sarsgaard', Gyllenhaal's co-star in Jarhead and Rendition. In December 2006, Jake and his sister escaped a fire that destroyed Manka's, a famed lodge and restaurant in Inverness, California, at which they were vacationing. Gyllenhaal's niece, Ramona Sarsgaard, was born on October 3, 2006. 'Jamie Lee Curtis' is Gyllenhaal's godmother, and he has repeatedly referred to his godfathers being a gay couple. Gyllenhaal himself is the godfather of Matilda Rose Ledger (born October 28, 2005), daughter of 'Heath Ledger' and Michelle Williams, both of whom co-starred with him in Brokeback Mountain.
Gyllenhaal dated actress 'Kirsten Dunst' for nearly two years, starting in 2002. He later dated his Rendition co-star 'Reese Witherspoon' from about 2007 to 2009. He dated singer-songwriter Taylor Swift from October 2010 until January 2011. Gyllenhaal dated model Alyssa Miller from July to December 2013.