Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal
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Updated: Oct 28, 2021

Birth Name: Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal

Nickname/Stage Name: Jake Gyllenhaal

Birth Date: December 19, 1980

Genres: Action, Drama, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

Occupation: Actor

Years Active: 1991 till Present

Net Worth: $80 million


Personal Life

Jake Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, California. He was romantically involved with actress Kirsten Dunst from 2002 to 2004.

He dated actress Reese Witherspoon from 2007 to 2009 before beginning a relationship with singer Taylor Swift from October 2010 to March 2011.

The actor also had an affair with model Alyssa Miller from July 2013 to December of that same year. Since 2018, he has been in a relationship with French model Jeanne Cadieu.


Gyllenhaal graduated attended the Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles and then Columbia University. He dropped out after two years to pursue a career in acting.


He had his first acting role in the 1991 comedy City Slickers, playing the role of Billy Crystal's son. He then appeared in A Dangerous Woman (1993) along with sister Maggie.

Gyllenhaal got his first starring role in October Sky, and it was described as his breakout performance. His next film Donnie Darko disappointed at the box office but eventually became a cult favourite.

He achieved more success after his appearance with Jennifer Aniston in The Good Girl (2002). He was cast in the drama Proof (2005), alongside Anthony Hopkins. It got positive reviews.

Between 2005 and 2011, he appeared in JarheadBrokeback MountainZodiacBrothersPrince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Love & Drugs, and Source Code.

Other movies in which the actor has been featured or has headlined include End of WatchPrisonersEnemyNightcrawlerSouthpawLifeWildlifeSpider-Man: Far From Home, and The Guilty.


Young Hollywood Award (2002)

Evening Standard Theatre Awards (2002) 

Chlotrudis Award (2003)

Hollywood Film Award (2005, 2013, 2017)

Palm Springs International Film Festival Award (2005)

San Diego Film Critics Society Award (2005, 2014)

MTV Movie & TV Award (2006)

National Arts Award (2006)

National Board of Review Award (2006)

Austin Film Critics Association Award (2006, 2014) 

Dublin Film Critics' Circle Award (2014) 

Georgia Film Critics Association Award (2014)

St. Louis Film Critics Association Award (2014)

Village Voice Film Poll Award (2014)

Independent Spirit Award (2015) 

Dubai International Film Festival Award (2015)

Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award (2015)


"Being a star doesn't last. That's not what life should be about. It's a complete illusion that really has nothing to do with you. For me, finding out about life is the most important thing."

"I admire actors and artists who devote just as much time to their life as they do to their work."

"The truth is most of the films that make a lot of money no one remembers, and I'm not interested in making films that no one remembers."


His older sister Maggie Gyllenhaal is a famous actress in her own right.

His father Stephen Gyllenhaal is a director while his mother Naomi Foner is a screenwriter,

His fans refer to themselves as "Gyllenhaalics".


City Stickers (1991)

Josh and S.A.M. (1993)

Homegrown (1998)

Highway (2002)

Zodiac (2007)

Source Code (2011)

Prisoners (2013)

Southpaw (2015)

Wildlife (2018)

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

The Devil All the Time (2020)

The Guilty (2021)


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