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
years later, he appeared alongside Debra Winger in Dangerous
Woman, directed by his father.
an adult actor, Gyllenhaal made his mark playing rocket builder
Homer Hickham in the critically praised October Sky in
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.
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.
appeared less successfully opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony
Hopkins in the film version of the Broadway drama Proof
(finally released in September 2005.)
Early notable film roles have included a breakout performance in Donnie Darko (2001); in the climate
film, Day After Tomorrow (2004); and opposite Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain (2005).
The young actor next starred with actor Jamie
based on former Marine Anthony Swofford's best-selling 2003 book
about his pre-Desert Storm experiences in Saudi Arabia.
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.
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