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Jake Gyllenhaal

Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, to producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner (née Achs) and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. He is the brother of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who played his sister in Donnie Darko (2001). His godmother is actress Jamie Lee Curtis. His mother is from a Jewish family, and his father's ancestry includes Swedish, ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 30 wins & 72 nominations. See more awards »

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 2016 Okja (pre-production) (rumored)
 2014 Lucid Dreams: The Making of Enemy (Video short)
 2012 The Shoes: Time to Dance (Video short)
 2005 The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (Short)
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 2002/I Highway
 1998 Homegrown
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 1994 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
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- Bop Gun (1994) ... Matt Ellison
 1993 Josh and S.A.M.
Leon Coleman
 1993 A Dangerous Woman
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Other Works:

Performed at NYC "Between My Legs", with Rufus Wainwright. See more »

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8 Interviews | 14 Articles | 5 Pictorials | 14 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Jacob Gyllenhaal | Jake Gyllenhall


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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[on Louis Bloom in Nightcrawler] My grandfather (whose parents were immigrants from Russia) he really wanted me at one point to read this story about Billy the Kid, because Billy the Kid was an immigrant, essentially, and he was someone that came here to reinvent himself, and that America is made up, obviously, out of the idea of reinvention, and that Billy the Kid is this quintessential American... See more »


Is a fan of Marion Cotillard and presented her the Best Actress award (for The Immigrant (2013) and Two Days, One Night (2014)) at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards on January 5, 2015, calling himself a fan of her work and saying of her career, "I can't think of a better word to use than spectacular". See more »

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