Jake Gyllenhaal rose to fame after starring in the indie classic, Donnie Darko, and solidified his place on the A-list with his role in Brokeback Mountain, which earned him first and only Oscar-nomination. Although he’s been in some box office duds like Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, his career has been on the rebound since his roles in Nightcrawler and Southpaw. Since the handsome and talented actor is going to be celebrating his birthday, so here are 9 things you didn’t know about Jake Gyllenhaal:
9. Acting Debut
Gyllehaal made his acting debut in the 1991 movie comedy, City Slickers. He played Billy Crystal’s son. He was also cast in The Mighty Ducks as Charlie Conway, but his parents wouldn’t let him take the role because filming would have kept him out of his school for months, so Joshua Jackson was cast instead. He then appeared in the movie, Josh and S.A.M., and in several of his father’s productions, including A Dangerous Woman, Homegrown and an episode of the TV show Homicide: Life on the Street.