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Among the most promising young actors of his generation, Jake Gyllenhaal has an impressive and diverse list of film credits that continues to attract attention from critics and audiences alike.
He will soon be seen starring in Sam Mendes' Jarhead, alongside Jamie Foxx, Peter Sarsgaard, and Chris Cooper; and in John Madden's Proof, opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins. His next film is David Fincher's Zodiac, in which he stars as real-life author Robert Graysmith, with Robert Downey, Jr. and Mark Ruffalo.
Mr. Gyllenhaal was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his portrayal of the title character in Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko, one of the most talked-about films of recent years. His other films include Roland Emmerich's blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow, Miguel Arteta's The Good Girl, Nicole Holofcener's Lovely & Amazing, and Joe Johnston's October Sky.
His earliest film appearances were small ones, in A Dangerous Woman (directed by his father, Stephen Gyllenhaal); and, as Billy Crystal's son, in Ron Underwood's smash City Slickers. He also appeared as Robin Williams' son in the highly acclaimed "Bop Gun" episode of NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street.
In 2002, Mr. Gyllenhaal made his theatre debut, in Laurence Boswell's London staging of Kenneth Lonergan's This is Our Youth. His performance in the play earned him the London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer.