Jake Gyllenhaal – American actor and producer
Jacob Benjamin "Jake" Gyllenhaal was born on 19 December 1980 in LA. His mother is a scriptwriter and producer Naomi Foner. His dad is a film director Stephen Gyllenhaal. Jake’s sister Maggie is an actress. As part of such an artistic family, it seemed as if Jake had no choice but to go into acting.
When Gyllenhaal was 10 years old, he debuted on the big screen in Ron Underwood’s comedy City Slickers. Three years later, he appeared alongside his sister in the drama A Dangerous Woman.
In 1999, Jake received his first important leading role in the biographical drama October Sky. The young actor portrayed Homer Hickam, who was interested in rocketry. The movie earned a big number of awards and nominations. Gyllenhaal received three nominations as well. One of them was Teen Choice Awards in the "Choice Movie: Breakout” category.
In 2011, Jacob appeared in three movies. The most important leading role of the year was in the sci-fi film Donnie Darko. Thanks to his outstanding performance, Gyllenhaal earned a prize from Young Hollywood Awards as "Breakthrough Performance – Male".