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.

Maguire, Gyllenhaal may star in 'Brothers'

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Hollywood actors Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal are in talks to star in "Brothers," a remake of Susanne Bier's Danish-language war drama.

Studios look to capture war film viewers

LOS ANGELES, July 28 (UPI) -- U.S. film studios are set to release a slew of politically themed movies this year, but careful strategy could be key to finding an audience.

Student sues over 'Brokeback' screening

CHICAGO, May 14 (UPI) -- A student and her family sued the Chicago Board of Education because a substitute teacher showed the film "Brokeback Mountain" to her class a year ago.

Hollywood hunks cruise bookstore

HOLLYWOOD, May 7 (UPI) -- Young Hollywood may be expected to spend Friday nights at cool parties, but Jake Gyllenhaal and Austin Nichols were spotted at a bookstore, TMZ.com reported.

Zodiac case still open decades later

VALLEJO, Calif., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- As the premier of a feature film about the San Francisco area's Zodiac killer nears, the real-life serial killer case remains open. Although San Francisco police deactivated the case in 2003, police in Vallejo, Calif., say new evidence may lead to breaks

Berkus named 2007's sexiest gay celebrity

NEW YORK, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Nate Berkus, who has made a name for himself as the interior decorator for U.S. TV host Oprah Winfrey, has been named this year's sexiest gay celebrity.

Gyllenhaal siblings survive hotel fire

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- A fire at a famed California hotel has abruptly ended a vacation for actor Jake Gyllenhaal and his sister, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Reese Witherspoon bans cell phones on set

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Actress Reese Witherspoon has put a ban on using cell phones on the set of her new film "Rendition" in Los Angeles.

Armstrong/McConaughey gay rumor dispelled

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Matthew McConaughey and Lance Armstrong said that no matter how much time they have been spending together in Los Angeles, they are not gay.

Indie baby makes an early entrance

NEW YORK, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Independent film stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard are the parents of a daughter, born two weeks early in a New York hospital.

Armstrong hosts show, cracks crude humor

NEW YORK, July 13 (UPI) -- Lance Armstrong picked up another honor and some laughs for his somewhat crude jokes as host of the ESPY Awards ceremony.
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Jake Gyllenhaal
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)

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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