Jacob Benjamin "Jake" Gyllenhaal (born December 19, 1980) 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 actress 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 and Other Drugs, Source Code, and End of Watch.
- City Slickers (1991) as Daniel Robbins
- Homicide: Life on the Street (1994) as Matthew "Matt" Ellison
- October Sky (1999) as Homer Hickam
- Bubble Boy (2001) as Jimmy Livingston
- Donnie Darko (2001) as Donnie Darko
- The Good Girl (2002) as Thomas "Holden" Worther
- The Day After Tomorrow (2004) as Sam Hall
- Brokeback Mountain (2005) as Jack Twist
- Jarhead (2005) as Anthony "Swoff" Swofford
- Proof (2005) as Harold "Hal" Dobbs
- Zodiac (2007) as Robert Graysmith
- Brothers (2009) as Tommy Cahill
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) as Dastan
- Love and Other Drugs (2010) as Jamie Randall
- Source Code (2011) as Colter Stevens
- End of Watch (2012) as Officer Taylor
- Enemy (2013) as Adam Bell & Anthony Clair
- Prisoners (2013) as Detective Loki
- Nightcrawler (2014) as Louis "Lou" Bloom
- Southpaw (2015) as Billy Hope
- Everest (2015) as Scott Fischer
- Nocturnal Animals (2016) as Edward Sheffield & Tony Hastings
- Life (2017) as Dr. David Jordan
- Okja (2017) as Dr. Johnny Wilcox
- Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) as Mort Vandewalt
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) as Quentin Beck / Mysterio
He provides examples of:
- Fan Community Nickname: His fans refer to themselves as "Gyllenhaalics".
- Mr. Fanservice: Tends to do shirtless scenes in his films.