Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal is an American actor and producer. He is known for his performances in ‘October Sky’, ‘Donnie Darko’ and ‘The Day After Tomorrow’.
Early and Personal Life:
Gyllenhaal was born on 19th December, 1980 in California, US. He was born to Stephen Gyllenhaal who is a director and Naomi Foner who worked as a screenwriter in the industry. He has an elder sister Maggie Gyllenhaal who is also an actress. As a child, he was exposed to acting due to his family working in that industry.
Gyllenhaal dated Kirsten Dunst in 2002. They dated for around two years. In 2007, he started dating Reese Witherspoon but they broke up in 2009. Then, he dated the singer Taylor Swift from 2010 to March 2011. Later on in 2013, he dated Alyssa Miller for approximately 6 months. Since 2018, he has been dating Jeanne Cadieu who is a French model. His sister Maggie got married to Peter Sarsgaard with whom he has done a few movies.
In 2006, they were trapped in a fire break out in a restaurant where he and his sister escaped but also helped the co-owner to move things out. Gyllenhaal is Godfather to Matilda Rose Lodger, daughter of Heath Ledger. He has also been a political enthusiast participating in Democratic campaigns for American Civil Liberties Union. He also raises funds for Stand Up to Cancer which is a TV fundraiser. Gyllenhaal is even the Honorary Chair of the New Eyes for the Needy Advisory Board.
Gyllenhaal made his debut in ‘City Slickers’ in 1991. He auditioned for many roles but his parents didn’t allow him as he would have to leave his house for months. He took up summer jobs such as lifeguard and busboy so that he could support himself and his family insisted he to do so.
In 1993, he graduated from Harvard-Westlake School and then went to Columbia along with his sister who was a senior there. He studied Eastern religions and philosophy. He dropped out after 2 years to focus on acting and in 1999 he got his first lead role in ‘October Sky’. The film did well and was said to give ‘breakout performance’. He did many movies afterward and was appreciated. He also worked with actors such as Jennifer Aniston in ‘The Good Girl’ and Catherine Keener in ‘Lovely and Amazing’. His portrayal of Jack Twist in ‘Brokenback Mountain’ nominated him for Academy Award for Best Supporting Role.
He also started producing movies and in 2014 he produced ‘Nightcrawler’ and also starred in the same earning him a nomination for Golden Globe. In 2015, he did a biographical drama in a war film ‘Jarhead’. Later on the same year, he also served as a jury number for Cannes Film Festival. He has done various movies due to which he has received appreciation and has been successful.
In 2019, he played Mysterio / Quentin Beck in ‘Spiderman: Far from Home’ which was one of the highest-grossing films in 2019 and gained him fame across the globe. In 2020, he was planning to produce musicals on ‘Fun Home’ and ‘Sunday In The Park With George’ which has been postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Along with movies, he has also played a huge part in theatre acting in various broadways and musicals. In 2012, he made his Broadway debut in ‘If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet’ by Nick Payne. He also did theatres such as ‘Maria’, ‘Dot’, ‘Jules’, ‘Sea Wall/ A Life’, and more. In 2006, he was included in ‘50 Most Beautiful People’ and ‘Hottest Bachelors of 2006’. In 2012, he was ranked #6 by Shalom Life for ’50 most talented, intelligent, funny and gorgeous Jewish men in the World’.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s net worth is estimated to be approximately $65 million. His primary source of income is from his career of acting earning him a fortune. He earns around $12,046 per post on his Instagram through sponsored deals. He has also endorsed for Independent Film Channel, Beto O’Rourke, and more. Gyllenhaal currently owns a condo in New York which costs around $8.6 million. He owns an Audi Q7 which he is often seen driving. His work has been amazing and his net worth will surely shoot up in the coming years. For more such updates, stay tuned.