Armstrong rides with friends in Malibu

MALIBU, Calif., July 7 (UPI) -- Lance Armstrong was seen this week riding through the mountains of Malibu, Calif., with film stars Matthew McConaughey and Jake Gyllenhaal.

MTV: 'Brokeback' provides best kiss

CULVER CITY, Calif., June 5 (UPI) -- Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger have been honored for the "Best Kiss" for a scene in "Brokeback Mountain," in MTV's Golden Popcorn movie awards.

Tom Cruise named H'wood's most powerful

LOS ANGELES, May 4 (UPI) -- Premiere magazine has named Tom Cruise Hollywood's most powerful star, ranking the "Mission: Impossible" star No. 13 on its "2006 Power List."

MTV Movie Awards nominees announced

LOS ANGELES, April 24 (UPI) -- "Wedding Crashers" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" each garnered five nominations Monday for the 2006 MTV Movie Awards.

Gyllenhaal, Sarsgaard engaged, expecting

LOS ANGELES, April 11 (UPI) -- Longtime Hollywood couple Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard are engaged and expecting a baby, People magazine reported Tuesday.

'Brokeback' takes top Orange Bafta

LONDON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Ang Lee's gay western, "Brokeback Mountain," won Orange Baftas in London Sunday night for best film, best director and best supporting actor.

'Brokeback' shirts being sold on eBay

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles children's charity is auctioning on eBay the shirts worn by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in "Brokeback Mountain."

Huffman gets three SAG nods

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Actress Felicity Huffman led the field with three Screen Actors Guild nominations Thursday for "Desperate Housewives" and "Transamerica."

'Good Night, and Good Luck' is NBR tops

NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Monday picked George Clooney's "Good Night, and Good Luck" as the year's best film.

Heath: 'Brokeback' is a beautiful story

NEW YORK, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Heath Ledger says the love story at the heart of Ang Lee's film "Brokeback Mountain" was so unique and beautiful that he had to be a part of it.

Jake headlines two high-profile films

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Actor Jake Gyllenhaal says he is happy to have starred in films as vastly different as "Jarhead" and "Brokeback Mountain" in the same year.

Ang Lee takes top Venice Prize

VENICE, Italy, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- "Brokeback Mountain" -- director Ang Lee's movie about gay cowboys -- took the top prize, the Golden Lion, at the conclusion of the Venice Film Festival.

Paltrow misses Venice due to plane problem

VENICE, Italy, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- "Proof" star Gwyneth Paltrow missed the "highlight" of her summer after her plane was forced to turn around en route to the Venice Film Festival.

Esquire picks best dressed on Earth

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Grammy-winner Pharrell Williams has been named "Best Dressed Man in the World" by Esquire magazine.

Kutcher, Lohan top young Hollywood list

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Ashton Kutcher is No. 1 followed by Lindsay Lohan at No. 2 on Teen People's readers' list of Young Hollywood's power players.
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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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