Happy birthday to Jake Gyllenhaal, who turns 36 today. The talented actor was always destined to become a fine actor with his entire family in Hollywood. His mother Naomi is a screenwriter, his father Stephen is a director and as most of us know, his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal is an actor.
While his sister Maggie plays Batman's love interest in The Dark Knight (2008), Jake himself auditioned for the role of Batman in the prequel, Batman Begins (2005). That would have been weird, wouldn't it? Jake and Maggie are the first sibling pair to be Oscar-nominated for acting in the 21st century. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Brokeback Mountain and Maggie for Best Supporting Actress in Crazy Heart. The actor excels in his performances especially when it comes to psychological and thriller films. Today, on his birthday, let's have a look at six of his best films so far.
Donnie Darko (2001)
This cult film starring the young Jake has to be on the list. The film follows the adventures of the troubled Donnie Darko as he seeks the meaning behind his Doomsday-related visions.
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
An emotional roller coaster, this film features Jake and another talented actor – Heath Ledger. The film depicts the complex relationship between Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist in the American West back in the 60s.
This highly-acclaimed thriller was very successful at the box-office. Jake plays a thief who starts shooting live footage of accidents and crimes in Los Angeles, selling the content to a local news channel as a stringer while secretly sabotaging both crime scenes and other news reporters.