Jake Gyllenhaal

Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal (born December 19, 1980) is an American actor and producer. Born into the Gyllenhaal family, he is the son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner; his older sister is actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. He began acting as a child, making his acting debut in City Slickers (1991), followed by roles in his father's films A Dangerous Woman (1993) and Homegrown (1998). His breakthrough roles were as Homer Hickam in October Sky (1999) and as a psychologically troubled teenager in Donnie Darko (2001). In 2004, Gyllenhaal starred in the science fiction disaster film The Day After Tomorrow. In 2005, he played Jack Twist in Ang Lee's romantic drama Brokeback Mountain, for which Gyllenhaal won a BAFTA Award and was nominated for an Academy Award. His career progressed with starring roles in the thriller Zodiac (2007), the romantic comedy Love & Other Drugs (2010), and the science fiction film Source Code (2011). Further acclaim came with his roles in Denis Villeneuve's thrillers Prisoners (2013) and Enemy (2013), and he received nominations for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performances as a manipulative journalist in Nightcrawler (2014) and a troubled writer in Nocturnal Animals (2016). His highest-grossing release came with the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), in which he portrayed Quentin Beck / Mysterio. Gyllenhaal has also performed on stage, starring in Broadway ...

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Prisoners (2013)

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Keller Dover faces a parent's worst nightmare when his 6-year-old daughter, Anna, and her friend go missing. The only lead is an old motorhome that had been parked on their street. The head of the investigation, Detective Loki, arrests the driver, but a lack of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Hugh Jackman  •  Paul Dano  •  Maria Bello

Keller Dover faces a parent's worst nightmare when his 6-year-old daughter, Anna, and her friend go missing. The only lead is an old motorhome that had been parked on their street. The head of the investigation, Detective Loki, arrests the driver, but a lack of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Hugh Jackman  •  Paul Dano  •  Maria Bello

Zodiac (2007)

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The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for three men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Fincher
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Anthony Edwards

The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for three men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Fincher
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Anthony Edwards

Highway (2002)

Jack is caught with the wife of his employer, a Vegas thug. The thug sends goons after Jack, who convinces his best friend, Pilot, to flee with him. Pilot insists that they head for Seattle, but doesn't tell Jack why. The goons learn from Pilot's drug source where ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Cox
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Selma Blair  •  Jared Leto  •  John C. McGinley

Jack is caught with the wife of his employer, a Vegas thug. The thug sends goons after Jack, who convinces his best friend, Pilot, to flee with him. Pilot insists that they head for Seattle, but doesn't tell Jack why. The goons learn from Pilot's drug source where ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Cox
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Selma Blair  •  Jared Leto  •  John C. McGinley

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

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Two modern-day cowboys meet on a shepherding job in the summer of '63, the two share a raw and powerful summer together that turns into a lifelong relationship conflict  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ang Lee
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Randy Quaid  •  Michelle Williams

Two modern-day cowboys meet on a shepherding job in the summer of '63, the two share a raw and powerful summer together that turns into a lifelong relationship conflict  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ang Lee
CAST:  Heath Ledger  •  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Randy Quaid  •  Michelle Williams

Bubble Boy (2001)

Jimmy is a young man who was born without an immune system and has lived his life within a plastic bubble in his bedroom... who pines for the sweet caresses of girl-next-door Chloe. But when Chloe decides to marry her high school boyfriend, Jimmy – bubble suit and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blair Hayes
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Swoosie Kurtz  •  Marley Shelton  •  Danny Trejo

Jimmy is a young man who was born without an immune system and has lived his life within a plastic bubble in his bedroom... who pines for the sweet caresses of girl-next-door Chloe. But when Chloe decides to marry her high school boyfriend, Jimmy – bubble suit and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blair Hayes
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Swoosie Kurtz  •  Marley Shelton  •  Danny Trejo

City Slickers (1991)

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Three New York businessmen decide to take a "Wild West" vacation that turns out not to be the relaxing vacation they had envisioned.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Underwood
CAST:  Billy Crystal  •  Daniel Stern  •  Bruno Kirby  •  Jack Palance

Three New York businessmen decide to take a "Wild West" vacation that turns out not to be the relaxing vacation they had envisioned.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Underwood
CAST:  Billy Crystal  •  Daniel Stern  •  Bruno Kirby  •  Jack Palance

Donnie Darko (2001)

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After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Kelly
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Patrick Swayze  •  Drew Barrymore  •  Maggie Gyllenhaal

After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Kelly
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Patrick Swayze  •  Drew Barrymore  •  Maggie Gyllenhaal

Jarhead (2005)

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Jarhead is a film about a US Marine Anthony Swofford’s experience in the Gulf War. After putting up with an arduous boot camp, Swofford and his unit are sent to the Persian Gulf where they are eager to fight, but are forced to stay back from the action. Swofford ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Scott MacDonald  •  Lucas Black

Jarhead is a film about a US Marine Anthony Swofford’s experience in the Gulf War. After putting up with an arduous boot camp, Swofford and his unit are sent to the Persian Gulf where they are eager to fight, but are forced to stay back from the action. Swofford ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Scott MacDonald  •  Lucas Black

Lovely & Amazing (2001)

An intimate family portrait of four hapless but resilient women and the bittersweet lessons they learn in keeping up with the hectic demands of their individual neuroses. Each of the women seeks redemption in her own haphazard way, but whatever salvation they find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicole Holofcener
CAST:  Catherine Keener  •  Brenda Blethyn  •  Emily Mortimer  •  Jake Gyllenhaal

An intimate family portrait of four hapless but resilient women and the bittersweet lessons they learn in keeping up with the hectic demands of their individual neuroses. Each of the women seeks redemption in her own haphazard way, but whatever salvation they find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicole Holofcener
CAST:  Catherine Keener  •  Brenda Blethyn  •  Emily Mortimer  •  Jake Gyllenhaal

October Sky (1999)

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Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Johnston
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Chris Cooper  •  Laura Dern  •  Chris Owen

Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Johnston
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Chris Cooper  •  Laura Dern  •  Chris Owen

Proof (2005)

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Catherine is a woman in her late twenties who is strongly devoted to her father, Robert, a brilliant and well-known mathematician whose grip on reality is beginning to slip away. As Robert descends into madness, Catherine begins to wonder if she may have inherited ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Madden
CAST:  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Anthony Hopkins  •  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Danny McCarthy

Catherine is a woman in her late twenties who is strongly devoted to her father, Robert, a brilliant and well-known mathematician whose grip on reality is beginning to slip away. As Robert descends into madness, Catherine begins to wonder if she may have inherited ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Madden
CAST:  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Anthony Hopkins  •  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Danny McCarthy

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

After years of increases in the greenhouse effect, havoc is wreaked globally in the form of catastrophic hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods and the beginning of a new Ice Age. Paleoclimatologist, Jack Hall tries to warn the world while also shepherding to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roland Emmerich
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Emmy Rossum  •  Dash Mihok

After years of increases in the greenhouse effect, havoc is wreaked globally in the form of catastrophic hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods and the beginning of a new Ice Age. Paleoclimatologist, Jack Hall tries to warn the world while also shepherding to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roland Emmerich
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Emmy Rossum  •  Dash Mihok

The Good Girl (2002)

A discount store clerk strikes up an affair with a stock boy who considers himself the incarnation of Holden Caulfield.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Miguel Arteta
CAST:  Jennifer Aniston  •  Deborah Rush  •  Mike White  •  John Carroll Lynch

A discount store clerk strikes up an affair with a stock boy who considers himself the incarnation of Holden Caulfield.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Miguel Arteta
CAST:  Jennifer Aniston  •  Deborah Rush  •  Mike White  •  John Carroll Lynch

Moonlight Mile (2002)

As he copes with the death of his fiancee along with her parents, a young man must figure out what he wants out of life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brad Silberling
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Dustin Hoffman  •  Susan Sarandon  •  Alexia Landeau

As he copes with the death of his fiancee along with her parents, a young man must figure out what he wants out of life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brad Silberling
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Dustin Hoffman  •  Susan Sarandon  •  Alexia Landeau

Josh and S.A.M. (1993)

Josh and Sam are two brothers facing change, their mother is about to marry a French accountant and the kids are sent to go live with their father in Florida. Meanwhile, Josh tells Sam that he is a "S.A.M." that is going to be sent to Africa to fight in a war and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Weber
CAST:  Jacob Tierney  •  Noah Fleiss  •  Martha Plimpton  •  Stephen Tobolowsky

Josh and Sam are two brothers facing change, their mother is about to marry a French accountant and the kids are sent to go live with their father in Florida. Meanwhile, Josh tells Sam that he is a "S.A.M." that is going to be sent to Africa to fight in a war and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Weber
CAST:  Jacob Tierney  •  Noah Fleiss  •  Martha Plimpton  •  Stephen Tobolowsky

Source Code (2011)

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Decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens wakes up in the body of an unknown man, discovering he's involved in a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. He learns he's part of a top-secret experimental program that enables him to experience the final ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Duncan Jones
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Michelle Monaghan  •  Vera Farmiga  •  Russell Peters

Decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens wakes up in the body of an unknown man, discovering he's involved in a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. He learns he's part of a top-secret experimental program that enables him to experience the final ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Duncan Jones
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Michelle Monaghan  •  Vera Farmiga  •  Russell Peters

Nightcrawler (2014)

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When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Gilroy
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Bill Paxton  •  Rene Russo  •  Kevin Rahm

When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Gilroy
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Bill Paxton  •  Rene Russo  •  Kevin Rahm

Everest (2015)

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Inspired by the incredible events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain, "Everest" documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Baltasar Kormákur
CAST:  Jason Clarke  •  Josh Brolin  •  John Hawkes  •  Jake Gyllenhaal

Inspired by the incredible events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain, "Everest" documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Baltasar Kormákur
CAST:  Jason Clarke  •  Josh Brolin  •  John Hawkes  •  Jake Gyllenhaal

Enemy (2013)

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A mild-mannered college professor discovers a look-alike actor and delves into the other man's private affairs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  Sarah Gadon  •  Isabella Rossellini

A mild-mannered college professor discovers a look-alike actor and delves into the other man's private affairs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  Sarah Gadon  •  Isabella Rossellini

End of Watch (2012)

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Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel during a routine traffic stop.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Ayer
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Michael Peña  •  Natalie Martinez  •  Anna Kendrick

Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel during a routine traffic stop.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Ayer
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Michael Peña  •  Natalie Martinez  •  Anna Kendrick
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