Jake Gyllenhaal is an American actor who, as his name suggests, is a member of the famous Gyllenhaal family. He is a highly talented person and began his career as an actor in the early 1990s when he was still a child. In the following years, he appeared in many other productions on television, in film, and even in theatre, winning numerous prizes and recognitions.
Who is Jake Gyllenhaal and When Was He Born?
The American actor Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal was born on December 19, 1980, in Los Angeles, California. He was raised by his parents Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal and Stephen Gyllenhaal alongside his older sister Maggie Gyllenhaal. His parents’ marriage began in the second half of the 1970s and ended in divorce in 2009.
Jake Gyllenhaal received his education at Harvard-Westlake School, which he graduated from in 1998. From there Jake went to Columbia University, which happened to be the institution where his mother graduated, and also the place where his older sister was studying as a senior at the time. He studied Eastern religions and philosophy at the university, but he didn’t stay more than a few years before quitting to focus more on his acting career.
With roots in the Swedish aristocracy and parents both famous in Hollywood as film directors, Jake was given the opportunity to begin his acting career when he was a young child. Jake made his acting debut at the age of 11 when he appeared in the film City Slickers, where he was offered the role of Danny Robbins.
His next movie was to be The Mighty Ducks (1992), but his parents did not allow him to take the role because he would be away from home for several months. From then on, Jake continued to appear in more movies, TV shows, theater productions, and music videos.
Movies and TV Shows
Since he began acting in 1991, Jake Gyllenhaal has appeared in many productions that have helped him establish himself as one of Hollywood’s most successful actors. He has appeared in films such as A Dangerous Woman (1993), directed by his father, Josh and S.A.M. (1993), and October Sky (1999). In 2001 he was in a series of films such as Bubble Boy and in 2002 he appeared in Moonlight Mile and The Good Girl. In 2010 he played the leading role in End of Watch, which he also produced. His latest films are Velvet Buzzsaw and Spider-Man: Far From Home, both in 2019.
Although Gyllenhaal made his TV debut in 1994 when he appeared in an episode of Homicide: Living on the Street, he didn’t do much there. Instead, he has appeared in the theatre in several productions such as This is Our Youth 2002, If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet (2012) and Sunday in the Park with George.
Thanks to his obvious talent, he has been nominated for the Academy Awards and two Golden Globes Awards. Jake Gyllenhaal has also won other awards, including the British Academy Awards for his role in Brokeback Mountain.
Does Jake Gyllenhaal Have a Wife or Girlfriend?
Jake Gyllenhaal is still not married, but he has been quite busy in the dating circuit over the years. Since 2001, when he was first associated with Jenny Lewis, he has had many relationships in the past.
After his brief romance with the American singer-songwriter, the actor went out with Kristen Dunst, with whom he formed what many described as a perfect couple. However, it was less than two years before they separated in 2004. He dated Reese Witherspoon from 2007 to 2009 and then Taylor Swift from 2010 to 2011.
In 2012 the actor had a short romance with the French actress Léa Seydoux, followed by the model Alyssa Miller, who was his girlfriend from 2013 to 2014. In 2018 he started dating the French model Jeanne Cadieu, who is 16 years younger than him. Although his relationships have always been quite public, the Oscar-nominated actor has tried to keep things as private as possible with Jeanne, who is still his girlfriend.
Jake Gyllenhaal Net Worth
As an actor and film producer, Jake Gyllenhaal has achieved a lot over the years. Thanks to this he has a net worth estimated at 65 million dollars. With more roles to come, the actor’s fortune is expected to grow even more.