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"Even as an actor, I think like a storyteller. My parents raised us to look at the script."

Jacob Benjamin "Jake" Gyllenhaal (born December 19, 1980 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actor.

The son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner, he began acting at the age of ten. Following his first lead role in October Sky, he starred in the indie Cult Classic Donnie Darko, in which he played a psychologically troubled teenager alongside his older sister, Maggie. In 2002, he starred in another indie film, The Good Girl, alongside Jennifer Aniston. In 2004, he appeared in the Science Fiction film The Day After Tomorrow, portraying a student caught in a cataclysmic global cooling event.

He then played against type as a frustrated Marine in Jarhead in 2005. The same year, his role as Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain earned him critical acclaim. For his performance he won the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for the Academy Award in the same category. He has since played the lead roles in many notable films, including Zodiac, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Love & Other Drugs, Source Code, and End of Watch.

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