Jake Gyllenhaal

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Jake Gyllenhaal (born Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal, 19.12. 1980)

Jake Gyllenhaal is an American actor, who rose to prominence with the success of the independent film Donnie Darko, in which he played the title role.

Jake Gyllenhaal: Childhood

Jake Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, to Stephen Gyllenhaal, a film director and Naomi Foner, a film producer and screenwriter. His sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal is also an actress. Maggie and Jake starred alongside each other in Donnie Darko. Jake's father is descended from Swedish nobility and his mother is from a Jewish New York family.

Jake Gyllenhaal has been raised as Jewish and his Bar Mitzvah took place at a homeless shelter because his parents wanted him to appreciate his privileged lifestyle. As a teenager, Jake had a number of summer jobs, including a lifeguard and a busboy in a restaurant.

Jake Gyllenhaal: Acting Career

Jake Gyllenhaal's film debut came with his appearance in Billy Crystal's City Slickers. It was 1991 and Gyllenhaal was aged 11. His parents would not allow him to take a part in the Mighty Ducks as it would have involved Jake being away from home for too long.

In 1993, Jake and Maggie both appeared in A Dangerous Woman. The following year, Jake had a part in a 1994 episode of Homicide: Life on the Street, as well as the 1998 comedy entitled Homegrown. Jake was also allowed to act in Josh and S.A.M., a children's adventure film.

Jake Gyllenhaal briefly attended Columbia University, but he dropped out to focus on his acting career and his first lead role came in October Sky, an adaptation of the Homer Hickam autobiography Rocket Boys. The film was a commercial success and many consider it to be Gyllenhaal's breakthrough performance.

Gyllenhaal's second major film performance was in Donnie Darko. The film became a slow-burning success and is now considered a cult classic.

Although his next film, Highway was a flop, Jake went on to star opposite Jennifer Aniston in The Good Girl, which had its premier at 2002's Sundance Festival. He then went on to star opposite Catherine Keener in Lovely & Amazing. Unfortunately for Gyllenhaal, his next role, in Bubble Boy, was widely panned by film critics and achieved little box office success.

Also in 2002, Jake Gyllenhaal starred alongside Susan Sarandon and Dustin Hoffman in Moonlight Mile. Having been briefly considered as a replacement as Spiderman in Spiderman 2, when Tobey Maguire fell ill, Gyllenhaal lost out on the part when Maguire recovered. However, he went on to star in The Day After Tomorrow, a successful blockbuster, with Dennis Quaid playing his character's father.

Jake Gyllenhaal made his theatrical debut in the revival of This Is Our Youth, in London. The play was a critical success and the eight-week run in London earned Gyllenhaal an 'Outstanding Newcomer Award' from the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

In 2005, Gyllenhaal starred in three highly revered movies. Firstly, in Proof, Gyllenhaal stars alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins in a drama about a problem puzzling a mathematical community. Secondly, Gyllenhaal features in the Gulf War film Jarhead, as an aggressive U.S. Marine. Thirdly, in Brokeback Mountain, Gyllenhaal stars alongside the late Heath Ledger, as a young cowboy who embarks on a homosexual relationship with another cowboy. The film was a huge success and won three Academy Awards. Jake Gyllenhaal was also nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar but lost out to George Clooney for his role in Syriana.

2007 saw Gyllenhaal starring in Zodiac, based on the true story of a San Fransisco serial killer. The same year, he appeared opposite Reese Witherspoon and Meryl Streep in the political thriller Rendition.

Jake Gyllenhaal: Personal Life

Jake Gyllenhaal's godmother is the actress Jamie Lee Curtis. He himself is godfather to Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams' child, Matilda Rose Ledger.

Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon have been dating since 2007 but the couple had refused to confirm the relationship until a Vogue interview with Witherspoon was published in November 2008.

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Dear jake gyllenhaal my name is majid living in Ghana in th west africa i really like you and i have heard manythings about you you are good i hope one day we willl meet some daykeep the good working doing never stop ok this is my mail if you seen this mail please reply i will be very happy if you reply me majidabduljalil@yahoo.co.ukthat is my mail and remeber that you are the best

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The actor is the best to hit the International entertainment industry in many years. I can only see Jake going on to bigger and better roles in the years to come. He has indeed arrived long before his time even though he be still so very young! There is no doubt that this young man will have the movie world at his feet in due course. I cannot remember when last I have witnessed an up and coming actor set the screen alight. The man has more talent still to come with breathtaking performances in the future!

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you sir are a pice of s**t

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Re: Lil' Jake's CommentsSon, congratulations. While the performing poodles in Hollywood have never had much credibility with me, you have done the impossible. Lil' Jake, you have proven that your industry HAS NO CREDIBILITY. Were it not for the writer, you bastions of the First Ammendment would be unemployed (or doing the jobs most illegals won't do).What GIs do in their tents is this-sit around, clean gear, and tell Brokeback Mountain jokes. Then, at some point, they get up and, rifle (not that one) in hand, do the job that you, the citizen sent him or her to do.There are two ways to regain your credibility if you wish. One, is to travel to Twenty Nine Palms,CA;FT Bragg, NC; Norfolk, VA; or McGuire AFB (it's in Jersey), find some guy with grey hair and a bunch of stripey things on his clothes, and tell him he did nothing in 1991 except wax the old carrot. Or, if doing your own stunt work, like getting thrown into a dumpster by an angry old guy with stripey things on his clothes, is not cool, the do what your buds in the SAG have promised for years-MOVE!!!!!Go to Europe, where making a movie abot homsexuality will get you accolades and the wrath of some extremist religous group or another. And where THEIR soldiers really do sit around and masturbate.

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connie gonzalez

jake if you actually put us down.....you do not realize how many veterans are suffering from this war. we had to take experimental drugs and vaccines.I suffer with different pains daily..the shocks in my temples....muscle twitches daily....chronic pancreatitis,migranes,etc.I was pregnant and received these shots in 1991.My son gets muscle twitches and migranes....try going to a real war and you will find out the sufferings of war...remember .... remember....FREEDOM IS NOT FOR FREE...MANY VETERANS HAVE DIED ...THIS MOVIE NEEDS A CONTINUATION... IT IS NOT FINISHED..... think before you talk about the people who serve and HAVE SERVED FOR OUR COUNTRY*****

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Third Infantry Vet

Jake, you dirty SOB. How about your cowardly little hollywood butt clearing bunkers and trenchlines with a 45? Ever see your friends get shredded by enemy artillery? How about a small arms fight in the dark while 73 easting rages around you? Act, monkey, act. Keep your Civy butt stuck in Hollywood!Eric.Desert shield/storm.

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