Jake Gyllenhaal was bornon 19 December 1980 in Los Angeles, American. Jacob Benjamin “Jake” Gyllenhaal is an actor best known for his role as Jack Twist in the epic romantic drama ‘Brokeback Mountain’ which earned him an Academy award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The good looking actor, once counted amongst the "50 Most Beautiful People" by the ‘People’ magazine, goes to great lengths to avoid being stereotyped as just another one of those pretty faces in Hollywood. He is well-known for choosing unconventional roles that allow him to explore his acting skills be it the psychologically troubled teenager in ‘Donnie Dorkie’, or a man confused about his sexuality in ‘Brokeback Mountain’. As the son of a film director and screenwriter, Jake’s passion for acting and the big screen seems natural, even predestined. In spite of his family’s close connections with the film industry, his parents ensured that he got an upbringing as normal as anybody else. As an adolescent he was made to volunteer at a shelter and hold summer jobs like any other typical teenager—these incidents instilled in him a high regard for hard work and professional ethics. One of his initial films, ‘Donnie Dorkie’ has since then become a huge cult favourite. He has a large fan following among the gay and bi-sexual groups due to his sensitive portrayal of a homosexual character in one of his film.
He was named as one of the “50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and gorgeous Jewish men in the world” by ‘Shalom Life in 2012
In the romantic comedy ‘Love & Other Drugs’ (2010), he teamed up with Anne Hathaway with whom he had previously acted in ‘Brokeback Mountain’
In 2007 he played the crime reporter Robert Graysmith in the mystery thriller ‘Zodiac’ which was based on the manhunt for the notorious serial killer known as ‘Zodiac’ who had killed several people around the San Francisco Bay Area
In 2004 he played Sam Hall in the science fiction disaster film, ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ in which the catastrophic effects of global warming are shown in a series of extreme weather events
He appeared in his second major film ‘Donnie Darko’ in 2001
In his first leading role in ‘October Sky’ in 1999, he played Homer Hickam, a coal miner’s son who becomes a NASA engineer through his sheer perseverance and hard work
He was educated at the Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles from where he graduated in 1998