Jake Gyllenhaal is an American actor who as his name rightly suggests, is a member of the famous Gyllenhaal family. A highly talented individual, he started his career as an actor in the early 1990s when he was still a child. In the years that followed, he has appeared in many more productions on TV, film, and even theatre, winning a good number of awards and recognitions.
Who is Jake Gyllenhaal and When Was He Born?
It was on December 19, 1980, that the American actor was born Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal in Los Angeles, California. He was brought up by his parents Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal and Stephen Gyllenhaal alongside his older sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal. The marriage of his parents began in the second part of the 1970s till 2009 when it ended in a divorce.
Jake Gyllenhaal got his education from the Harvard-Westlake School from where he graduated in 1998. From there, he proceeded to Columbia University which also happened to be the institution from which his mother graduated and also the place where his older sister was studying at the time as a senior. He studied Eastern Religions and Philosophy in the university but did not last more than a couple of years before quitting to focus more on his acting career.
With roots from the Swedish noble family and parents who are both famous in Hollywood as film directors, Jake got the opportunity to start his acting career when he was still only a little child. At the age of 11, Jake Gyllenhaal made his acting debut when he appeared in the film City Slickers in which he was offered the role of Danny Robbins.
What was supposed to be his next film was The Mighty Ducks (1992), but his parents didn’t allow him to take the role since it would see him stay away from home for a couple of months. From then on, Jake continued appearing in more movies, TV shows, and theatre productions as well as music videos.
Movies and TV Shows
Since he started acting in 1991, Jake Gyllenhaal has appeared in a lot of productions which have helped him to establish himself as one of the most successful actors in Hollywood at the moment. He has appeared in movies such as A Dangerous Woman (1993) which was directed by his father, Josh and S.A.M. (1993), and October Sky (1999). In 2001 he was in a number of films including Bubble Boy and in 2002 he was in Moonlight Mile and The Good Girl. In 2010, he starred in End of Watch which he also produced. With many other films to his name, his most recent 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: Life on the Street, he has not done so much therein. Instead, it is in the theatre that he has appeared in some productions such as This is Our Youth in 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. More so, Jake Gyllenhaal 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 rather busy in the dating circle through the years. He has been in many relationships in the past since 2001 when he was first linked to Jenny Lewis.
After his brief romance with the American singer-songwriter, the actor dated Kristen Dunst with whom he formed what many referred to as a perfect couple. However, they only lasted less than two years before breaking up in 2004. From 2007 to 2009, he dated Reese Witherspoon and then Taylor Swift from 2010 to 2011.
In 2012, the actor had a short romance with French actress Léa Seydoux, followed by the fashion model Alyssa Miller who was his girlfriend from 2013 to 2014. In 2018, he started dating French model Jeanne Cadieu who is 16 years younger than him. Even though his relationships had always been pretty much open to the public, the Oscar-nominated actor has tried as much as possible to keep things private with Jeanne who is still his girlfriend.
What is His Net Worth?
As an actor and a film producer, Jake Gyllenhaal has achieved a lot through the years. Thanks to this, he has a net worth that has been estimated at $65 million. With more roles to come his way, the actor’s net worth is expected to still rise further.