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jake gyllenhall Not quite out of fifth grade, the son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal began his early movie career playing Billy Crystal's son in the 1991 summer hit, City Slickers, (see picture of the young Gylenhaal, below).

Two years later, he appeared alongside Debra Winger in Dangerous Woman, directed by his father.

As an adult actor, Gyllenhaal made his mark playing rocket builder Homer Hickham in the critically praised October Sky in 1999.

Jake Gyllenhall in City Slickers
Jake Gyllenhaal debuts
in City Slickers, age 11.

However, it was his role in the Drew Barrymore-produced indie cult classic Donnie Darko that put Gyllenhaal on the map with young audiences in 2001, (in which he appeared opposite his sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal) and later that same year played the title role in Bubble Boy.

In 2002, he appeared opposite Jennifer Anniston in The Good Girl, but it was a lead role in the big-budget summer hit The Day After Tomorrow in 2003 that established his standing as a major star teen heartthrob.

Gyllenhaal appeared less successfully opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins in the film version of the Broadway drama Proof (finally released in September 2005.)

jake gyllenhaal film roles
Early notable film roles have included a breakout performance in Donnie Darko (2001); in the climate
disaster film, Day After Tomorrow (2004); and opposite Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain (2005).

The young actor next starred with actor Jamie Foxx in "Jarhead" based on former Marine Anthony Swofford's best-selling 2003 book about his pre-Desert Storm experiences in Saudi Arabia.

In 2006, along with co-star and Oscar nominee Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal received an Oscar nod as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Brokeback Mountain, a role for which he won a BAFTA Award earlier that same year. Also in 2006, Gyllenhaal made the list of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" and "Hottest Bachelors of 2006."

More screen appearances have been in Zodiac, playing a journalism intern who turns crime investigator, and in the Mid East thriller, "Rendition" in which he appears opposite his former offscreen squeeze, actress Reese Witherspoon.

Gyllenhaal's other big screen performances have included starring roles in Love and Other Drugs (2010), Source Code (2011), and End of Watch (2012). In 2014, he starred in a dual role in Enemy, and produced and starred in the crime thriller Nightcrawler for which he received nominations from the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild.

Coming up in 2015, the actor stars in Everest, the true story of climbers trapped on the peak by a violent snowstorm. 

More about Jake Gyllenhaal around the Web:

Jake Gyllenhaal - IMDB - Check out pictures, movie clips and video trailers, a complete biography and major career history.

IHeartJake,com - Are you a Gyllenhaalic? Check out the big Jake Gyllenhaal fan site with biography, filmography, news, upcoming projects, busy message board, and an extensive picture gallery with free registration including magazine scans, publicity shots, public appearances and more.

Jake Gyllenhaal - Wikipedia - The online encyclopedia featuring a complete biography, filmography, pictures, quotes, related links.


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