Jake Gyllenhaal Net Worth $85 million
Jake Gyllenhaal salary $15,000,000
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Jake Gyllenhaal is an American actor and his current net worth is $85 million.
Born in Los Angeles, California as the son of Naomi Foner, a film producer and screenwriter, and Stephen Gyllenhaal, a film director, he has an older sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal, who is also an actress.
When he turned 13 years old, he volunteered at a homeless shelter because of his parents. They wanted to give him a sense of gratitude for his privileged lifestyle.
They also insisted that he have summer jobs to earn his own money. He worked as a lifeguard, as well as a busboy at a restaurant run by a family friend.
He had the opportunity to grow up exposed to filmmaking due to his family’s jobs in the industry.
As expected, he made his acting debut in the 1991 comedy film City Slickers, where he played Billy Crystal’s son.
In the following years, his parents let him audition for roles but they often forbade him to take them.
He appeared in his father’s films several times, such as in 1993 film A Dangerous Woman, alongside his sister, “Bop Gun”, a 1994 episode of Homicide: Life on the Street; and in the 1998 comedy Homegrown.
Before his senior year in high school, apart from his father’s films, his parents allowed him to start in the 1993 film Josh and S.A.M.
He attended and graduated from the Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles. After, he attended Columbia University, to study Eastern religions and philosophy.
Jake wanted to focus more on acting and dropped out after two years, with the intentions to eventually finish his degree.
In his first lead role in October Sky, Joe Johnston’s 1999 adaptation of the Homer Hickam autobiography Rocket Boys, he played a young man from West Virginia.
The film earned $32 million and became what many people described as Gyllenhaal’s breakout performance.
Then Donnie Darko, his second film, came which didn’t became a box office success immediately, but eventually became a cult favorite.
However, he received critical acclaim for his performance in the film. After this big success, he starred in 2002’s Highway alongside Jared Leto, where he played Pilot Kelston.
His success started to take off after he appeared opposite Jennifer Aniston in The Good Girl, as well as in Lovely and Amazing with Catherine Keener.
Then a lot of more of his performances received critical acclaim. Fun fact, he almost played Spider-Man for Spider-Man 2 due to Tobey Maguire’s health. But Maguire recovered and Jake went to play in the blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow.
He has also made his theatrical debut on the London stage in Kenneth Lonergan’s revival of This Is Our Youth in 2002.
Among his most acclaimed roles are the ones in Zodiac (2007), Brothers (2009), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), Love & Other Drugs (2010).
For the last one he received a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. He also received critical acclaim and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Brokeback Mountain.
In 2017 he appeared in science fiction thriller film Life, as well as in action-adventure Okja. And is set to appear on headline independent dramas Stronger and Wildlife.