“The way you behave with everybody is more important than the work you do. Generosity, kindness and patience will get you so far: that’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned.”- Jake Gyllenhaal
Full Name: Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal
Birthdate: December 19, 1980 (Age 36 right now)
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California (USA)
Academy Award Wins: None
Academy Award Nominations: Brokeback Mountain (Best Supporting Actor, 2005)
Parents: Stephen Gyllenhaal (Swedish, English) and Naomi Foner (Jewish)
Trademarks: Friendly and polite. Often takes on serious roles. Could be considered a method actor. Has a smooth voice.
Fun Facts: Favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird, and has two dogs named Atticus and Boo. Part of Swedish nobility as his father is a descendant of the Swedish noble Gyllenhaal family. Went to Columbia University. His sister is successful actress, Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Favorite JG film: October Sky (1999) and Nightcrawler (2014)
Why do I consider Jake Gyllenhaal one of my favorite actors? He is a genius when it comes to crafting his skill. I encourage you to watch the two SAG-AFTRA discussions that Jake has been a part of. He truly loves acting and wants each and every performance to be his best, no matter the film. I admire that passion and dedication. It blows my mind that he has never received an Academy Award, but I am certain he will one day. Jake is charming, intelligent, and extremely talented. He gives all of his effort to every acting performance, whether it be as a high school scientist or as a professional boxer.
Here are the two links to his SAG-AFTRA discussions:
Reviews with Jake: