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Biography #2 (for Proof)

Jake Gyllenhaal has established himself as one of the most promising young actors of his generation. With an impressive and diverse list of film credits, he continues to gain attention from audiences and critics alike with each new character that he brings to life. This year's performance will serve as no exception and will continue to add to his series of powerful performances.

Gyllenhaal will next be seen starring in Jarhead directed by Sam Mendes and also starring Jamie Foxx, Peter Sarsgaard, and Chris Cooper. The film is based on former Marine Anthony Swofford's best-selling 2003 book about his pre-Desert Storm experiences in Saudi Arabia and about his experiences fighting in Kuwait. Gyllenhaal will also be seen starring in the highly anticipated adaptation of Brokeback Mountain playing the coveted role of Jack opposite Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, and Anne Hathaway. The film chronicles an intense relationship between two Wyoming stockmen. Ang Lee directs.

Gyllenhaal will next begin production on Zodiac, a serial-killer thriller to be helmed by David Fincher. Gyllenhaal will portray Grasmith, a San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist who bagan tracking the mystery of the serial killer, The Zodiac, who terrorized the San Francisco area from 1966 through 1978, committing at least 37 murders and documenting his exploits in taunting letters sent to the newspaper.

Gyllenhaal's recent credits include the international box office success The Day After Tomorrow. He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor in the critically acclaimed Donnie Darko with his poignant portrayal as the title character. A favorite at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, the film was directed by first-timer Richard Kelly and co-stars Drew Barrymore, Jena Malone, and Noah Wyle. That same year at Sundance, Gyllenhaal also starred in the favorite The Good Girl portraying a young man who falls in love and has a torrid affair with a married woman played by Jennifer Aniston. Directed by Miguel Arteta the film also stars John C. Reilly, Zooey Deschanel, and Tim Blake Nelson.

Gyllenhaal's other credits include Moonlight Mile written and directed by Brad Silberling and starring opposite Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon, and Holly Hunter, Lovely and Amazing a comedy starring Catherine Keener and Brenda Blethyn, Bubble Boy opposite Swoosie Kurtz and Marley Shelton, October Sky directed by Joe Johnston and starring Chris Cooper, William Lee Scott, Chad Lindberg, and Laura Dern. Additional film credits include Josh and S.A.M., Dangerous Woman with Debra Winger, City Slickers where he played Billy Crystal's son, and Bop Gun where he played Robin William's son in the highly acclaimed episode of the television series Homocide.

Marking his theater debut, Gyllenhaal appeared on the London stage in Kenneth Lonergan's revival of This Is Our Youth along side Hayden Christensen and Anna Paquin. He received exceptional critical acclaim, earning him an Evening Standard Theater Award as Outstanding Newcomer.

Gyllenhaal currently resides in Los Angeles.

for "Proof" updated 01-Apr-2006


Biography #3 (for The Day After Tomorrow)

Jake Gyllenhaal has starred opposite several of today's most respected actors such as Dustin Hoffman, Laura Dern, Holly Hunter, Chris Cooper, John C. Reilly and Susan Sarandon.

Gyllenhaal (pronounced Jill-en-hall) stars in the screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Proof for director John Madden. The film, due in December, also stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins. He also landed the coveted role of Jack in the film adaptation of Broken Mountain, which chronicles an intense relationship between two Wyoming stockmen. Directed by Ang Lee, the film costars Heath Ledger and goes into production this summer.

Gyllenhaal was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead in the critically acclaimed Donnie Darko. A favorite at the Sundance Film Festival, the film combines elements of mystical fantasy and science fiction with teenage romance. Directed by Richard Kelly, Donnie Darko costars Drew Barrymore, Jena Malone and Noah Wyle.

He starred in another Sundance favorite in 2002, Fox Searchlight's The Good Girl, which received four 2003 Independent Spirit Award nominations. In the dark comedy, he portrays a young man who falls in love and has a torrid affair with a married woman, played by Jennifer Aniston. The film is directed by Miguel Arteta, and also stars John C. Reilly, Zooey Deschanel, and Catherine O' Hara. The film was distributed by Fox Searchlight.

In fall 2002, he starred in Moonlight Mile, written and directed by Brad Silberling. Set in New England in the early 70s, the unlikely love story revolves around a young man who finds himself lingering in the family home of his fiancée, after her untimely death. While grieving along with her parents, played by Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon, he gets drawn into legal issues presented by a district attorney (Holly Hunter) seeking justice for the family, and finds himself falling in love with another woman against his own best intentions.

Gyllenhaal's stage debut was a starring role in the London production of Kenneth Lonergan's revival of This Is Our Youth. The play, which was a critical sensation on Broadway, ran for eight weeks in London's West End. He portrayed a rich kid who spends a decadent weekend stealing, dealing, and consuming drugs along side Hayden Christensen and Anna Paquin. For the role, Gyllenhaal received an Evening Standard Theater Award in the category of Outstanding Newcomer.

His film credits also include Lovely and Amazing, a comedy starring Catherine Keener and Brenda Blethyn. Gyllenhaal starred in the romantic comedy Bubble Boy, the story of a young man's adventure outside the confines of his bubble as he goes after the woman he loves before she marries the wrong man.

He received critical accolades for his performance in the film October Sky, directed by Joe Johnston. The film tells the triumphant story of Homer Hickman Jr. (Gyllenhaal), a gifted high school student in rural West Virginia, who seemed destined to repeat his father's harsh life in the coal mines until he turned his attention upward to the skies.

Gyllenhaal's previous credits include the films Josh and S.A.M. and Dangerous Woman. He also played Billy Crystal's son in the hit film City Slickers and Robin Williams' son in the highly acclaimed Bop Gun episode of the television series Homicide.

Bio courtesy Fox for "The Day After Tomorrow" (17-Jun-2004)


Biography #4 (for Moonlight Mile)

Jake Gyllenhaal (pronounced JILL-en-hall), one of the country's hottest rising stars, first captured the attention of critics and audiences alike for his heartwarming performance in October Sky. He recently appeared in the critically acclaimed Donnie Darko. The romantic fantasy thriller premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001 and earned him a 2002 Independent Spirit Award nomination. Seen earlier this summer as Catherine Keener's love interest in Lovely & Amazing, he is currently starring in Miguel Arteta's 2002 Sundance crowd-pleaser, The Good Girl, opposite Jennifer Aniston.

This past spring, Gyllenhaal made his stage debut starring in director Laurence Boswell's London theatre production of This is Our Youth. The play, which also starred Hayden Christensen and Anna Paquin, won Gyllenhaal rave reviews and international acclaim.

Other memorable film credits include Bubble Boy, Homegrown, Josh and S.A.M., and City Slickers, in which he made his motion picture debut. Gyllenhaal currently lives in Los Angeles.

Bio courtesy Touchstone for "Moonlight Mile" (01-Jan-2000)


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