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Jake Gyllenhaal

Highest Rated:   95% Nightcrawler (2014)
Lowest Rated:   6% Accidental Love (2015)
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Birthplace:   Los Angeles, California
As the offspring of producer/writer Naomi Foner and director Stephen Gyllenhaal, it is not surprising that Jake Gyllenhaal has been acting since childhood. Raised in Los Angeles, Gyllenhaal acted in school plays and made his winsome screen debut when he was in the fifth grade, playing Billy Crystal's son in the blockbuster summer comedy City Slickers (1991). Keeping it in the family while acting with some of the industry's most notable talents, Gyllenhaal subsequently appeared in his parents' 1993 adaptation of the novel A Dangerous Woman with Debra Winger, and played Robin Williams' son in a 1994 episode of TV's Homicide that was directed by his father. Poised to make the transition from child to adult actor, Gyllenhaal earned rave reviews, heralding him as a star in the making, for his emotionally sincere performance as real-life rocket builder Homer Hickam in the warmly received drama October Sky (1999). Though he opted to stay in school and attend college at Columbia University, Gyllenhaal continued his creative pursuits, playing in a rock band and starring as the oddball title character alongside Drew Barrymore in the Barrymore-produced Sundance Film Festival entrant Donnie Darko (2001). Gyllenhaal could be seen later that same year as the titular character in the ill-fated Bubble Boy.After co-starring on the London stage in This Is Our Youth in spring 2002, Gyllenhaal was declared one half of Entertainment Weekly's "It Gene Pool" (with sister Maggie Gyllenhaal) for his aversion to taking the easy, teen flick route. In keeping with his preference for off-center work, Gyllenhaal coincidentally played the younger love object of choice in two consecutive indie comedies, appearing as Catherine Keener's sensitive boss in Nicole Holofcener's slyly witty Lovely & Amazing (2002) and Jennifer Aniston's enticing yet disturbed co-worker in Miguel Arteta's sardonic The Good Girl (2002). As further proof that he had the acting chops to go with his sad-eyed good looks, Gyllenhaal subsequently co-starred with Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon as a young man enmeshed in his dead fiancée's family in Moonlight Mile (2002).With his star on the rise and his status as a heartthrob all but cemented, it became impossible for Gyllenhaal to avoid the draw of a big summer blockbuster. In 2004, he starred alongside Dennis Quaid in the mega-budgeted The Day After Tomorrow, and the success of that film put him in another league altogether. What followed was an interesting, challenging mix of roles for the young actor. He could be seen in the fall of 2005 starring in no less than three high-profile prestige films, all of them adaptations: the delayed big-screen version of the Pulitzer-prize winning play Proof, with Gwyneth Paltrow; the Gulf War memoir Jarhead, directed by American Beauty wunderkind Sam Mendes; and Ang Lee's cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain. The first two films received an indifferent response by critics, even though Jarhead's opening-weekend gross confirmed Gyllenhaal's bankability. Lee's film, however, garnered the most acclaim of 2005, and offered him perhaps his riskiest, most rewarding role to date. Playing the closeted, romantically frustrated rancher Jack Twist, Gyllenhaal added heartbreaking shades of vulnerability to his usual frat-boy cockiness, and more than held his own opposite a memorably gruff, taciturn Heath Ledger. As praise was heaped out upon the film and its two male leads, Gyllenhaal found himself the recipient of a BAFTA award, a National Board of Review notice, and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Gyllenhaal would spend the next several years enjoying his status as a leading man, appearing in projects like Zodiac, Brothers, Love and Other Drugs, and Source Code.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Life
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Wildlife
  • Producer
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Okja
  • Actor
2017
73% Nocturnal Animals
  • Tony Hastings Edward Sheffield
2016
52% Demolition
  • Davis Mitchell
2016
No Score Yet Stronger
  • Jeff Bauman
2016
73% Everest
  • Scott Fischer
2015
61% Southpaw
  • Billy "The Great" Hope
2015
6% Accidental Love
  • Howard Birdwell
2015
95% Nightcrawler
  • Producer
  • Lou Bloom
2014
75% Enemy
  • Adam / Anthony
2014
81% Prisoners
  • Detective Loki
2013
85% End of Watch
  • Taylor
  • Executive Producer
2012
92% Source Code
  • Capt. Colter Stevens
2011
No Score Yet Shalom Sesame: It's Passover, Grover!
  • Actor
2011
49% Love and Other Drugs
  • Jamie Randall
2010
36% Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Dastan
2010
63% Brothers
  • Tommy Cahill
2009
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live: The Best of Amy Poehler
  • Actor
2009
47% Rendition
  • Douglas Freeman
2007
89% Zodiac
  • Robert Graysmith
2007
87% Brokeback Mountain
  • Jack Twist
2005
61% Jarhead
  • Anthony Swofford
2005
62% Proof
  • Hal
2005
22% Jiminy Glick in Lalawood
  • Himself
2005
No Score Yet Man Who Walked Between the Towers
  • Narrator
2005
91% Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut
  • Actor
2004
45% The Day After Tomorrow
  • Sam Hall
2004
63% Moonlight Mile
  • Joe Nast
2002
81% The Good Girl
  • Holden
2002
86% Lovely & Amazing
  • Jordan
2002
30% Bubble Boy
  • Jimmy Livingston
2001
86% Donnie Darko
  • Donnie
2001
No Score Yet Highway
  • Pilot Kelson
2001
90% October Sky
  • Homer Hickam
1999
47% Homegrown
  • Jake/Blue Kahan
1998
67% A Dangerous Woman
  • Edward
1993
14% Josh and S.A.M.
  • Leon Coleman
1993
90% City Slickers
  • Daniel Robbins
1991

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
Inside the Actors Studio
1994
  • Guest
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Actor
  • Performer

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