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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 & 73 nominations. See more awards »

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Appeared in music video for Vampire Weekend's "Giving Up the Gun". See more »

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8 Interviews | 15 Articles | 5 Pictorials | 15 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Jacob Gyllenhaal | Jake Gyllenhall


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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On the one role that got away: "I'd have to say Ewan McGregor's part in Moulin Rouge! (2001). It was soooo close. I sang and everything. I went through months of auditions. It was between me, Heath Ledger and Ewan. I think it came down to age and where people were in their careers. I was the youngest and the least known. I would hope it didn't have anything to do with talent. Maybe it did". See more »


When asked who his idols are he said Anthony Quinn, Paul Newman, Sean Penn, Bruce Springsteen and Bono. See more »

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