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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

Bradley Cooper And Jake Gyllenhaal Recreate Clueless Scene

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The two actors both took part in the Casting Call project for W magazine, reading a monologue originally delivered onscreen by actress Alicia Silverstone as her character Cher Horowitz.

Seth Rogen and Paul Dano also tested their acting chops by tackling the scene in which rich kid Cher compares America's immigration troubles to a garden party where guests have forgotten to RSVP.

"What was unfortunate about reading through this for the first time was that I realised that I talk like this (character). Which is a bummer," Jake jokes of the stunt.

Jake Gyllenhaal Heads To Boston To Meet Marathon Bomb Survivor

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The actor is due to play Jeff Bauman - a man who lost both of his legs in the bombings in April 2013 - in the movie Stronger, which is based on Bauman's book.

Editors at the Lowell Sun newspaper in Boston report the Southpaw star met with Jeff at the Brickhouse Pizza restaurant in Chelmsford on Friday (15Jan16), and the actor's visit did not go unnoticed.

Several fans uploaded images to social media after spotting the Hollywood star in their local pizzeria, and employees at the restaurant confirmed Jake's visit.

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Jake Gyllenhaal Developing Cult Tv Series

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The Brokeback Mountain star is working with bosses at America's A&E network on an anthology series which will focus on one U.S. cult persona each season, with the first installment putting a spotlight on Jim Jones.

The season will detail Jones' journey to becoming a dangerous leader of the Peoples Temple cult from the 1950s to the 1970s, and how he spearheaded the 1978 mass murder-suicide of 918 of the cult's members in Jonestown, Guyana.

"Jim Jones is a fascinating character - one who has found his way into the collective unconscious," Gyllenhaal said in a statement. "We want to focus on the undeniable magnetism of zealots and the danger of that kind of charisma. A notion not only pertinent to cult leaders but to the geo-political climate of today."

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Jake Gyllenhaal Returning To Broadway For Arthur Miller Celebration

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The Nightcrawler actor, who made his debut on the Great White Way in the play Constellations earlier this year (15), will appear onstage alongside the likes of his brother-in-law Peter Sarsgaard, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Barkin, Laurence Fishburne, Greta Gerwig, and John Turturro for One Night 100 Years on 25 January (16).

The event, which will raise funds for the Arthur Miller Foundation for Theater and Film Education, will feature the stars reading scenes from Miller's plays Death Of A Salesman, The Price, and All My Sons, in addition to the late writer's autobiography, Timebends, and a number of unpublished works, reports the New York Post.

Gregory Mosher will direct the production at the Lyceum Theatre, which currently serves as the home for a revival of Miller's A View From The Bridge, starring Mark Strong.

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Taylor Swift On Katy Perry Song Speculation

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Taylor Swift ''doesn't necessarily care'' who people think her songs are about.

The 25-year-old singer's track 'Bad Blood' was widely believed to have been written about Katy Perry after Taylor explained in an interview it was about a fellow singer who had stolen her tour dancers but she insists she was just trying to divert attention and stop people assuming it was about one of her former lovers.

She said: ''You're in a Rolling Stone interview, and the writer says, 'Who is that song about? That sounds like a really intense moment from your life.'

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Lupita Nyong'o's Brother To Make Big Screen Debut

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The 12 Years a Slave star's sibling, who appeared alongside the actress in comedienne Ellen DeGeneres' star-studded selfie at the 2014 Oscars, is following in his sister's footsteps and joining the drama based on author Austin Wright's 1993 novel, Tony and Susan.

Peter's role has yet to be revealed, but the newcomer will only have a small part in the film, according to Deadline.com.

Nocturnal Animals made a splash at the Cannes Film Festival in May (15), when bosses at Focus Features acquired the project for $20 million (£12.5 million), making it one of the biggest deals to come out of the French film festival in recent history.

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Taylor Swift Hasn't Forgiven Tina Fey And Amy Poehler

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Taylor Swift still hasn't forgiven Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for poking fun at her love life.

The 25-year-old singer, who previously dated Harry Styles, John Mayer, Jake Gyllenhaal and is currently in a relationship with Calvin Harris, thinks the comediennes were being ''rude'' when they joked about her being a serial dater while presenting the 2013 Golden Globes, but admits they inspired her to write her hit 'Blank Space'.

She said: ''You know, you're sitting at an awards show, and you know there's gonna be a joke about you being a serial dater in the monologue, and you're just sitting there like, I'm 22, and this is rude. But instead of writing a song like, 'It's so rude, stop picking on me,' I kind of sat back and thought about how complex this character was that they'd drawn up for me. And I just thought, 'This is amazing.' I need to write a song from this girl's perspective. If you want to play this way, we can play this way, and I just decided to be her for one song.''

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Tatiana Maslany Tapped For Boston Bombing Movie

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The Brokeback Mountain star was recently cast as Jeff Bauman, who was cheering on his girlfriend Erin Hurley as she completed the race in April, 2013. He lost both of his legs when two explosions ripped through the crowds near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others.

Now the Woman in Gold actress is poised to lace up her running shoes to play Erin, according to TheWrap.com.

Stronger, based on Jeff's 2014 memoir of the same name - in which he detailed the aftermath of the tragedy, will be directed by Pineapple Express filmmaker David Gordon Green. An image of Jeff in a wheelchair, being rushed to paramedics moments after the blast, remains one of the most-recognised images from the attack.

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Jake Gyllenhaal Takes Risk

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Jake Gyllenhaal risked his life filming 'Everest'.

The 34-year-old actor stars as mountaineer Scott Fischer in the adventure drama and admits it was his most intense shoot yet.

He told ABC Radio: ''We were in the elements all the time, and we were at risk all the time. [Director Baltasar Kormákur] gathered a whole group of people who were down to take risks all the time. He'd say, 'Go down there,' you know, and you'd be like, 'Can I get a rope?'''

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Everest Holds U.k. Box Office Summit For Second Week

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The film, about climbers on the world's highest mountain fighting for their life after a severe storm hits, has remained in peak position for another week with takings of $3.2 million (£2 million).

Second and third places are non-movers, with Tom Hardy's gangster biopic Legend taking $2.9 million (£1.8 million) and adventure sequel Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials making $1.9 million (£1.2 million).

Drew Barrymore's cancer drama Miss You Already lands in fourth place in its opening weekend with $779,000 (£487,000) and Disney's animated movie Inside Out rounds out the top five with takings of $677,000 (£423,000) after 10 weeks on the chart.

2015 Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day - Arrivals

Jake Gyllenhaal - 2015 Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day - Arrivals - Manhattan, New York, United States - Saturday 12th September 2015

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Toronto International Film Festival - Demolition - Premiere

Jake Gyllenhaal - Toronto International Film Festival - Demolition - Premiere - Toronto, Canada - Thursday 10th September 2015

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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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The 2015 ESPYS

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

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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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19th December, 1980







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