Posted on January 25, 2015
He’s got a wide range of roles under his belt so far and continues to make interesting acting choices that get him accolades and nominations. His older sister is actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, his dad is a director and his mother is a screenwriter, so Hollywood is in his blood.
Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhall is born in Los Angeles, California to director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal. His older sister is actress Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Makes his film debut in City Slickers.
Stars in October Sky with Laura Dern.
Has his first starring role in Donnie Darko. He is nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his role.
Stars in the Disney comedy, Bubble Boy.
Stars in The Good Girl with Jennifer Aniston.
Makes his stage debut on London’s West End in Kenneth Lonergan’s revival of This Is Our Youth alongside Anna Paquin and Hayden Christiansen. Gyllenhaal receives an Evening Standard Theater Award for “Outstanding Newcomer.”
Stars in The Day After Tomorrow with Dennis Quaid.
Stars in the Ang Lee film, Brokeback Mountain. The screenplay is written by Larry McMurtry based on a short story by Annie Proulx. Also starring Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams, the movie tells the story of a ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy who form a bond during the summer of 1963.
Stars in the Sam Mendes film, Jarhead.
He is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Brokeback Mountain, but loses to George Clooney.
Stars in Zodiac, a movie about the Zodiac killer directed by David Fincher. The film also stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Mark Ruffalo.
Appears in Rendition alongside Meryl Streep, Alan Arkin, and Reese Witherspoon. Rumors are swirling at this time that he and Witherspoon are an item.
While in Rome with Reese Witherspoon, the pair are open for the first about their long-suspected relationship and are seen being affectionate toward each other in public. It is speculated that the pair was waiting for Witherspoon’s divorce from Ryan Phillipe to be finalized before going public.
His friend Heath Ledger is found dead in his Manhattan apartment. A bottle of sleeping pills is found on the nightstand and he is reported to have been suffering from pneumonia. The media is full of rumors of previous drug abuse problems. Officials declare the death a probable accidental overdose rather than foul play or suicide.
Appears in Brothers, also starring Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman, Sam Shepard, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Mare Winningham.
Stars in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time alongside Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, and Alfred Molina.
Stars in Love & Other Drugs alongside Anne Hathaway.
Stars in the science fiction movie, Source Code, alongside Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, and Jeffrey Wright.
He stars in End of Watch as an LAPD officer working in South Central Los Angeles. It also stars Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick, Natalie Martinez, America Ferrera, Frank Grillo, and David Harbour.
He plays a detective in Prisoners, also starring Hugh Jackman, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, and Terrence Howard.
He stars as two characters in Enemy, a Canadian-Spanish psychological thriller that also stars Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, and Isabella Rossellini.
He is rumored to be dating Rachel McAdams.
Stars in Nightcrawler, a neo-noir crime thriller also starring Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, and Riz Ahmed. He lost 20 pounds for the role.
He is nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in Nightcrawler.
He loses the Golden Globe to Eddie Redmayne who wins for The Theory of Everything.