Born into the Gyllenhaal family , he is the son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner. He began acting as a child, making his acting debut in City Slickers , followed by roles in his father's films A Dangerous Woman and Homegrown His breakthrough roles were as Homer Hickam in October Sky and as a psychologically troubled teenager in Donnie Darko His most widely seen film to that point came with the disaster film The Day After Tomorrow
He is the brother of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal , who played his sister in Donnie Darko His godmother is actress Jamie Lee Curtis. His mother is from a Jewish family, and his father's ancestry includes Swedish, English and Swiss-German. At the age of eleven, Gyllenhaal made his movie debut in the comedy-drama City Slickers , playing Billy Crystal 's character's son. He made an impact in various films in the late s and early s, in films such as the period drama October Sky , his breakthrough performance, and as the title role in the psychological thriller Donnie Darko , for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor, playing a psychologically troubled teenager. The play was widely-received and played for eight weeks in London's West End.
By Kelby Vera For Dailymail. Gyllenhaal recalled how Ledger stood his ground while talking to Another Man magazine, telling them that the talent didn't find anything funny about the heart-wrenching Ang Lee love story between two cowboys. He would never joke,' the year-old actor said.
The film, about the secret and ultimately tragic love story between two men Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger who meet as farmhands in the rural and rugged terrain of eastern Wyoming, is generally considered one of the most impactful LGBTQ-themed releases of the century. It was no longer ours, really, at a certain point. Particularly towards the beginning we were all living in trailers. Brokeback Mountain is currently streaming on Amazon. Anker's wallet-friendly, waterproof buds are in stock — for now.