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'Love' co-stars mourn Clayburgh death

'Love' co-stars mourn Clayburgh death

NEW YORK, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- The director and stars of "Love & Other Drugs" say they were heartbroken to hear cast member Jill Clayburgh had died of chronic leukemia.
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Anne helps Jake dodge Taylor question

Anne helps Jake dodge Taylor question

NEW YORK, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Anne Hathaway helped co-star Jake Gyllenhaal dodge an awkward question about his alleged romance with Taylor Swift at a weekend press conference in New York.
Witherspoon and Gyllenhaal break up

Witherspoon and Gyllenhaal break up

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Hollywood film stars Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal have broken up after dating for about two years, sources told E! News.
Gyllenhaal: Cabbies think I'm Spider-Man

Gyllenhaal: Cabbies think I'm Spider-Man

NEW YORK, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Jake Gyllenhaal recently joked he took a role in the movie "Brothers" to prove he and co-star Tobey Maguire are not the same guy.
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Reps deny Witherspoon-Gyllenhaal split

Reps deny Witherspoon-Gyllenhaal split

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal's representatives say the dating Hollywood stars have not broken up, contrary to a report claiming they did.
'Persia' release postponed until 2010

'Persia' release postponed until 2010

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The release of "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," Hollywood's big-screen adaptation of the popular video game, reportedly has been postponed a year.
Report: Jake moves in with Reese

Report: Jake moves in with Reese

LOS ANGELES, June 26 (UPI) -- Film actor Jake Gyllenhaal has moved into his girlfriend Reese Witherspoon's Los Angeles home, a source told Us Weekly.
'Brokeback Mountain' to be staged as opera

'Brokeback Mountain' to be staged as opera

NEW YORK, June 9 (UPI) -- The New York City Opera said it is planning to stage an adaptation of Annie Proulx's short story "Brokeback Mountain."
Gyllenhaal to play 'Prince of Persia'

Gyllenhaal to play 'Prince of Persia'

LOS ANGELES, May 20 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Jake Gyllenhaal reportedly has signed on to star in the big-screen adaptation of the "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" video game.
Phillippe wants Witherspoon to be happy

Phillippe wants Witherspoon to be happy

NEW YORK, March 21 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Ryan Phillippe had nothing but nice things to say about his ex-wife Reese Witherspoon and her reputed boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal in a radio interview.
Kirsten Dunst checks into rehab

Kirsten Dunst checks into rehab

SUNDANCE, Utah, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Hard-partying Hollywood actress Kirsten Dunst has checked into the Cirque Lodge Treatment Center in Utah for rehab, a published report said.

Gyllenhaal hit hard by Ledger's death

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Jake Gyllenhaal reportedly was devastated by the unexpected death of his good friend Heath Ledger in New York last week.

Biel, Gyllenhaal in talks for 'Nailed'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Hollywood stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Biel are in talks to act in "Nailed," a political satire co-written by David O. Russell and Kristin Gore.

DiCaprio, Clooney team up for 'Farragut'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star in a Hollywood film version of Beau Willimon's play, "Farragut North," Variety.com reported Thursday.

Natalie Portman to star in 'Brothers'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Natalie Portman has signed on to star in "Brothers," a Hollywood remake of Susanne Bier's 2004 Danish-language film "Brodre," Variety.com has said.
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American actor Jake Gyllenhaal attends the Orange British academy film awards at Odeon,Leicester square in London on February 19, 2006.(UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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Jacob Benjamin "Jake" Gyllenhaal (pronounced /ˈdʒɪlənhɑːl/ JILL-ən-hahl; born December 19, 1980) is an American actor. The son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner, Gyllenhaal began acting at age ten. He has appeared in diverse roles since his first lead role in 1999's October Sky, followed by the 2001 indie cult hit Donnie Darko, in which he played a psychologically troubled teen and onscreen brother to his real-life sister, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. In the 2004 science-fiction film The Day After Tomorrow he portrayed a student caught in a cataclysmic global cooling event, alongside Dennis Quaid as his father. He then played against type as a frustrated Marine in Jarhead (2005). The same year, he garnered critical acclaim and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination as Jack Twist in the film Brokeback Mountain opposite Heath Ledger.

Gyllenhaal has promoted various political and social causes. He appeared in Rock the Vote advertising, campaigned for the Democratic Party in the 2004 election, promoted environmental causes, and campaigned on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of film director Stephen Gyllenhaal and film producer and screenwriter Naomi Foner (née Achs). Maggie Gyllenhaal, his sister and also an actress, appeared with Jake in the movie Donnie Darko. Gyllenhaal's father was raised in the Swedenborgian religion and is a descendant of the Swedish noble Gyllenhaal family. His last native Swedish ancestor was his great-great-grandfather, Anders Leonard Gyllenhaal. Jake Gyllenhaal's mother is from a Jewish family from New York City, and Gyllenhaal has said that he considers himself "more Jewish than anything else." On his thirteenth birthday, Gyllenhaal performed a "barmitzvah-like act, without the typical trappings", volunteering at a homeless shelter, because his parents wanted to instill in him a sense of gratitude for his privileged lifestyle. His parents insisted that he have summer jobs to support himself, and he thus worked as a lifeguard and as a busboy at a restaurant operated by a family friend.

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