Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal, commonly known as Jake Gyllenhaal, is a famous American film producer, as well as an actor. Gyllenhaal debuted in a leading role in 1999, in Joe Johnston’s biographical film entitled “October Sky”, where he played the character of Homer Hickam. Jake Gyllenhaal’s commercial success came shortly afterwards, in 2001, when he portrayed Donnie Darko in the supernatural drama film of the same name. In the movie, Gyllenhaal co-starred with Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Over the years, “Donnie Darko” began to be recognized as a cult film, and gained a devoted following. In 2005, Jake Gyllenhaal starred alongside Heath Ledger and Anne Hathaway in Ang Lee’s drama film “Brokeback Mountain”, which brought him a lot of public exposure, and critical as well as commercial success. With the focus on the lives of Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar, the movie managed to portray a complicated relationship, both romantic and sexual, between two males. Since its release, “Brokeback Mountain” has grossed more than $178 million at the box office and managed to win four Golden Globe Awards, Golden Lion award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association award, as well as BAFTA awards. Jake Gyllenhaal’s portrayal of Jack Twist brought him a BAFTA Award, as well as a nomination for an Academy Award.
Jake Gyllenhaal Net Worth $65 Million
Some of Gyllenhaal’s other notable film appearances include “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” with Ben Kingsley and Gemma Arterton, David Fincher’s “Zodiac”, “The Day After Tomorrow”, and “Brothers” among many others.
A famous actor, how rich is Jake Gyllenhaal? Sources state that Gyllenhaal’s net worth and wealth amounts to $65 million, Most of this wealth coming from his acting career.
Jake Gyllenhaal was born in 1980, in Los Angeles, California, to a family of actors and film producers. During his teenage years, Gyllenhaal worked various jobs, before he made a name for himself in the film industry. Jake Gyllenhaal’s acting debut came in 1991, when at the age of 10 he made an appearance in Ron Underwood’s comedy film called “City Slickers”. Around the same time, he starred in several films directed by his father Stephen Gyllenhaal, such as “A Dangerous Woman” with Debra Winger and Barbara Hershey, and “Homegrown”, starring Billy Bob Thornton. In between acting work, Gyllenhaal studied at the Harvard-Westlake School, and later enrolled at Columbia University. However, Gyllenhaal desired to focus more on his acting career, hence two years later he left the university. After his performance in a lead role in “October Sky”, Jake Gyllenhaal was able to launch a successful acting career.
Currently, Jake Gyllenhaal is working on several upcoming movies, such as “Everest”, where he will star alongside Keira Knightley and Josh Brolin, and “Southpaw” with Rachel McAdams and Forest Whitaker. Both of the movies are scheduled to be released in 2015. Gyllenhaal’s contributions to film industry have been acknowledged with National Arts Awards, Hollywood Film Festival award, and MTV Movie Award among others.
A well-known actor, Jake Gyllenhaal has an estimated net worth of $65 million.
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