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Jake Gyllenhaal (born Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal, 19.12. 1980) Jake Gyllenhaal is an American actor known for 'Donnie Darko', 'Brokeback Mountain' and 'Nightcrawler'.

Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth in 2013, Jake Gyllenhaal has a net worth of 65 million USD.

Childhood Jake: Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, California, to producer and screenwriter Naomi Foner, and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. He and his sister, Maggie, are related to the Swedish noble family of Gyllenhaal through their father, though they were brought up to appreciate their privileged lifestyle, by which Jake Gyllenhaal's Bar Mitzvah took place at a homeless shelter. Gyllenhaal had many summer jobs as a child, amongst which were acting as a lifeguard and a busboy at a restaurant.

Career: Jake Gyllenhaal made his film debut at the age of eleven in 1991's 'City Slickers'. He received a part in the 1992 film 'Mighty Ducks', yet his parents did not allow him to work on the project as he would be away from home for too long. In 1993, both he and his sister Maggie appeared in the film 'A Dangerous Woman' before Gyllenhaal later had a part in an episode of 'Homicide: Life on the Street'. In 1998, Gyllenhaal appeared in 'Homegrown' and was later allowed to appear in the film 'Josh and S.A.M.'. In 1999, Gyllenhaal had his first starring role in the film 'October Sky'. After the film became a commercial success, it was seen as Gyllenhaal's breakout film. The success led to Gyllenhaal landing the titular role in 'Donnie Darko', which became a cult classic. After this, Gyllenhaal starred in 'Highway', which was critically savaged and seen as a flop. Gyllenhaal was given a lead role in 'The Good Girl', however, before also starring in 'Lovely & Amazing'. In 2001's 'Bubble Boy', he was once again criticised and the film was panned by critics. As 'Spider-Man' actor Tobey Maguire was suffering from health problems, Gyllenhaal was considered to take over the role in the second film, however Maguire recovered. Instead, Gyllenhaal starred in 'The Day After Tomorrow'. Following this, Gyllenhaal made his debut theatrical appearance in 'This Is Our Youth' on stage in London. During the show's eight-week run, Gyllenhaal received tremendous critical praise. In 2005, Gyllenhaal starred in three highly revered movies: 'Proof', 'Jarhead' and 'Brokeback Mountain'. 'Brokeback Mountain' saw Gyllenhaal nominated for the Best Supporting Actor award at the Academy Awards, however he lost it to George Clooney. Also in 2005, Gyllenhaal auditioned for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in 'Batman Begins', however the part went to Christian Bale. In 2007, Gyllenhaal stared in David Fincher's 'Zodiac' before starring in 'Rendition' in the same year. In 2009, Gyllenhaal starred in 'Brothers' with Tobey Maguire, before appearing in 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time' which led to critical backlash for him portraying a Persian. He later played a leading role in 2010's 'Love and Other Drugs'. In 2012, Gyllenhaal starred alongside Michael Peña in 'End of Watch' which received glowing reviews from critics. In 2014, Gyllenhaal starred in the erotic thriller 'Enemy', before producing and starring in 'Nightcrawler', for which he received a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. Gyllenhaal signed on to star in 'Everest', with a release date set for September 2015.

Personal Life: Jamie Lee Curtis is the godmother of Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal himself is godfather to Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams' child, Matilda Rose Ledger. He and Ledger became incredibly close friends while filming 'Brokeback Mountain'. He was devastated by Ledger's sudden death in 2008, finding it hard to come to terms with the death. In 2002, Gyllenhaal began dating actress Kirstin Dunst, with their relationship lasting for around two years. While filming 'Rendition', Gyllenhaal began a relationship with his co-star, Reese Witherspoon between 2007 and 2009. In October 2010, he began a relationship with singer/songwriter Taylor Swift, however the relationship ended in January 2011. Between July and December 2013, Gyllenhaal dated model Alyssa Miller.

Biography by Contactmusic.com

Everest - Featurette Trailer

Quite possibly the most ambitious films of the year, Everest tells the true to life tale of the eight people who suddenly found themselves stuck in a blizzard on the mountain whilst attempting to reach the summit.

Jason Clarke & Jake Gyllenhaal talk about a few of the experiences they faced whilst on this unbelievable shoot. The film team travelled to many different locations, including the foothills of Everest and the Italian Alps to try and recreate the surroundings as accurately as possible. Whilst onset the film makers were constantly put in peril, they were told about avalanche warnings and their sets would occasionally be wiped out by unexpected snow movement.

As Jake Gyllenhaal says in the featurette: 'This production and the intensity of making this movie is absolutely extraordinary - it's a site to behold'.

Everest Trailer

When two different climbing parties set out on the expedition of their lives, they knew there would be dangers; however, no-one could prepare them for the tragedy that was in store. Reaching the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal is every passionate climbers dream, but this isn't a trip to take lightly. Such altitudes and temperatures are not meant to be experienced by human beings as frostbite and altitude sickness are almost inevitable perils, not to mention falling, strong winds and, of course, avalanches. As fate would have it, these climbers are about to run into one of the worst snowstorms ever documented as an earthquake hits the nation and mother nature has no mercy. Victory turns to catastrophe in an event that will change the lives of the survivors.

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'Ant-Man' Beats 'Southpaw' And 'Pixels' To Stay On Top Of US Box Office

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Marvel’s Ant-Man held on to the top spot at the US box office this weekend taking an estimated $24.8 million in its second week, bringing its total so far to $106 million. The comic-book movie, which stars Paul Rudd as the titular character managed to finish the weekend in first place despite competition from three new releases.

ANT-MANAnt-Man has held on to the number one spot at the US box office.

Sony’s Pixels was Ant-Man biggest competition, but it fell short of unseating the tiny superhero finishing with $24 million, which made for a very close call. The film stars Adam Sandler and Kevin James along with a host of vintage video game characters including Pac-Man and Donkey Kong. Its plot revolves around aliens attacking the earth using the arcade game regulars.

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Is It Game Over Already For 'Pixels'?

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Audiences chose Ant-Man over Pac-Man this weekend, as Adam Sandler's Pixels narrowly missed out on the number-one spot with a disappointing showing.

Pixels stillIt's all gone Pete Kong for Pixels

Paul Rudd's Ant-Man took $24.8million in its second weekend, an expected drop of 57%, giving the Disney/Marvel superhero adventure a decent total of $106m so far.

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Jake Gyllenhaal Opens Up About His Pain At Losing Heath Ledger

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When Heath Ledger died from an accidental overdose in 2008 the world mourned the loss of a shining star. But there were few that mourned the loss more than Ledger's Brokeback Mountain co-star, Jake Gyllenhaal who has recently opened up about how the death of his friend really affected him.

Jake GyllenhaalJake Gyllenhaal misses his co-star Heath Ledger

Speaking to NPR’s Terry Gross, Gyllenhaal spoke of how sad he felt that the world would never get to see the “beauty of his [Ledger’s] expression.”

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Southpaw Gives Jake Gyllenhaal Some New Skills

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At 34, Jake Gyllenhaal is enjoying the chance to take risks in his career. After earning critical raves in last year's freak-out Nightcrawler, he has transformed himself physically into a lean, mean boxing machine for Southpaw.

Jake Gyllenhaal in SouthpawJake Gyllenhaal got seriously ripped for boxing movie 'Southpaw'

"I just love the idea of exploring, particularly in this period of time in my life, sides of myself that I would be afraid of exploring or afraid to admit," he says of his character Billy Hope. "This guy was trying to figure out his rage and his anger. I'm very curious about my own anger, and anger in general and its effects, and how it can be positive too."

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Southpaw Review


Slick direction and meaty performances may be enough for some viewers, but this boxing drama's complete lack of originality keeps it from being something memorable. Centring on a committed performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, it's always watchable, but it's rather annoying that every time an interesting theme is raised the script sidesteps into yet another boxing-movie cliche.

Gyllenhaal plays Billy Hope, an orphan raised in the system who rose to become the world light heavyweight champion. He has savvy wife Maureen (Rachel McAdams) at his side, smart young daughter Leila (Oona Laurence) cheering him on and the fiercest manager (Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson) in the business. But personal failures, unexpected tragedies and financial crises suddenly bring an end to his millionaire lifestyle, leaving him alone and wandering the New York streets in search of a place to live. He seeks help from grizzled gym owner Tick (Forest Whitaker), who helps Billy rebuild himself so he can take on his nemesis (Miguel Gomez).

Billy is such a hot-head that he's not easy to like, continually blowing his top to make everything much worse for himself and his family. Gyllenhaal is an astonishing mass of muscles, scars and tattoos, with a burning inner rage that's startlingly believable. He also works hard to earn the audience's sympathies, despite the blunt superficiality of Kurt Sutter's script. Whitaker's role is even less nuanced; he's little more than the formulaic gruff trainer who's always played by an ageing Oscar winner. McAdams injects some snappy energy in her too-brief role, and it's actually Laurence who emerges as the film's most resonant character, effortlessly stealing her scenes right out from under Gyllenhaal's smashed-in nose.

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New York premiere of 'Southpaw'

Jake Gyllenhaal - New York premiere of 'Southpaw' for THE WRAP at AMC Loews Lincoln Square - Arrivals - New York City, United States - Monday 20th July 2015

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Curtis 50 Cent Jackson and Rachel McAdams
Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams

The 2015 ESPYS

Jake Gyllenhaal - The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater - Arrivals - Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 16th July 2015

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams

The 2015 ESPY Awards

Jake Gyllenhaal - The 2015 ESPY Awards held at The Microsoft Theatre - Red Carpet Arrivals at Microsoft Theater - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 15th July 2015

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Jake Gyllenhaal in white t-shirt and trainers running errands

Jake Gyllenhaal - Jake Gyllenhaal in white t-shirt and trainers running errands in Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 14th July 2015

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Jake Gyllenhaal

Opening night after party for Encores! Off-Center's 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Jake Gyllenhaal - Opening night after party for Encores! Off-Center's 'Little Shop of Horrors' held at New York City Center - Arrivals at New York City Center, - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 1st July 2015

Joe Grifasi, Taran Killam, Tracy Nicole Chapman, Ramona Keller, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anwar Kareem, Ellen Greene, Eddie Cooper and Marva Hicks
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Jake Gyllenhaal
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Accidental Love Trailer

Alice Eckle is a roller-skating waitress deeply in love with Indiana State Trooper Scott. Before the two can get engaged, however, Eckle suffers a severe accident with a nail gun and gets a nail lodged deep in her skull. Unfortunately for her, she doesn't have any health insurance so she is forced to walk away from hospital without any surgery to remove it. In the meantime, she suffers brain damage which causes her to have mood swings, an increased sex drive and unpredictable behaviours. Needless to say, Scott is less than keen on the idea of marrying her now. No matter though, Alice appears to have other things on her mind; she wants to meet young Congressman Howard Birdwell to show her support for his proposition of beginning a healthcare bill. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to have a clue what he's talking about, but that doesn't stop her falling head over heels for him.

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Everest - Teaser Trailer

Some people get a once in a lifetime chance to make history. Some people, unfortunately end fining themselves part of events that live in infamy. Such is the story of the people who attempted to climb the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, in 1996. Their story would later be referred to as the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, as two competing expeditions were caught on the mountain by a horrific storm, leading to the most terrifying events on the mountain until that point. This is the story of those climbers.

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Destruction And Disaster Abound In New Everest Trailer

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The trailer for the new disaster movie Everest has just been released and the frightening majesty of the mountain and those who try to climb it is ever-present during the short teaser preview.

EverestThe explorers reach the summit in Everest but what awaits them  is even more frightening

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin and Keira Knightley Everest follows the famous 1996 disaster when a group of intrepid travellers reached the summit of the world’s highest mountain only to be greeted with one of the biggest snowstorms they’d ever seen heading right for them.

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