Jake Gyllenhaal was born December 19, 1980 in Los Angeles, the son of film director and screenwriter. His godmother is Jamie Lee Curtis, and his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal later also became an actress.
As a child Gyllenhaal frequently appeared in films since his family was busy in the film industry. At age 11 he made his debut in the comedy "City Slickers" (1991). Several times he appears in the film of his father ("Dangerous Woman" (1993) "Homicide" (1994), "homegrown", 1998), and starred in the little-known children's adventure film "Josh and Sam".
After graduating from high school at Harvard University in Los Angeles, he attended Columbia University (New York), but two years later dropped out to come to grips with her acting career.
The first recognition as an actor, he received in 1999 after starring in the film "October Sky." Psychological thriller "Donnie Darko," the second film Gyllenhaala known, did not expect a big box-office success, but after its release in 2001, has become a cult. More success was expecting a low-budget film actor in "The Good Girl" with Jennifer Aniston in 2002 and in the film "Charming and attractive," with Catherine Keener.
In 2002 Gyllenhaal starred with Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon, Holly Hunter in the melodrama "Moonlight Mile", and in 2004 - in the blockbuster "The Day After Tomorrow." Disaster movie was one of the highest grossing films of Jake's early in his career, he grossed $ 186 million.
Jake's stage debut took place on the London stage in the play "This is Our Youth" by Kenneth Lonergan. The play was a sensation on Broadway, for this role Gyllenhaal was awarded the London Evening Standard Theate Award in the category "Best Actor debutant".
2005 was a fruitful year for Gyllenhaala. The actor starred in successful films "Proof", "Jarhead" and "Brokeback Mountain". The drama "Brokeback Mountain", where Jake has played a gay cowboy, received the "Golden Lion", four awards BAFTA and three "Oscar", but also brought great fame playing the main roles - Gyllenhaalu and Heath Ledger.
In 2007 Gyllenhaal starred in David Fincher's "Zodiac" and the detective thriller-drama "version" with Meryl Streep, Alan Arkin, and Reese Witherspoon.
Recent projects actor - war drama "Brothers" with Tobey Maguire and action adventure "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time."