Jake Gyllenhaal, born Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal on December 19, 1980 is an actor with a net worth of $65 million. He began acting in 1991 in the film City Slickers, and was supposed to appear in the 1992 film The Mighty Ducks, but his parents turned the deal down as it would have required him to be away from home for two months. In 1993 he appeared in A Dangerous Woman alongside his sister Maggie, and they also starred with their mother in two episodes of the TV show Molto Mario, an Italian cooking show on the Food Network. His first lead role was in 1999 in October Sky, the film adaptation of Homer Hickam's autobiography Rocket Boys. The film earned $32 million. His second major film was in 2001, Donnie Darko, where his sister Maggie also starred (as his on screen sister). The film was not a box office hit, but eventually became a cult classic. In 2002 he then starred in Highway, The Good Girl, Lovely & Amazing, and Bubble Boy.
Gyllenhaal was set to play Spider-Man in Spider-Man 2 due to concerns over Tobey Maguire's health, but when he recovered Gyllenhaal starred in The Day After Tomorrow alongside Dennis Quaid. In 2005 Gyllenhaal starred in Proof, Jarhead, and Brokeback Mountain with Heath Ledger. The film won the Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival, four Golden Globes, four BAFTA awards, and three Academy Awards. The film was highly controversial as it portrayed two homosexuals, but both Gyllenhaal and Ledger were praised for their performances. In 2007 he acted alongside girlfriend Reese Witherspoon in Rendition, and in 2009 with Tobey Maguire in Brothers. Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon reportedly split in November of 2009, but no statements have been officially announced to the status of the couple.