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The Jake Gyllenhaal Family

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jake gyllenhaal Family

Sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Father Stephen, Mother Naomi, and Jake Gyllenhaal
  We know Jake Gyllenhaal as the handsome kid turned sexy during his career in the movies. Where does the Jake Gyllenhaal family lend to the man that he became. We uncover his noble Swedish heritage on Stephen Gyllenhaal's family tree and the Jewish family represented by his mother, Naomi Gyllenhaal and shared by sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal another great family actress. Geologists even link Jake Gyllenhaal by blood to King Gustav I of Sweden who reigned the country and modernized it in 1523 to 1560.

Both parents Stephen Gyllenhaal and Noami Foner work in the industry as a director and screen writer, while big sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal also caught the acting bug with her brother, Jake. Many refer to Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal as the Jane and Peter Fonda of the 1960s.

The prefix of the family surname, Gyllen, means golden and is a very common prefix for given to the names of ennobled soldiers during the 17th century in Sweden. The ancestors in Sweden with the Gyllen prefix are noted to not only defend the throne, but also are known to be experimental farmers introducing new crop techniques to improve the living standards of the Swedish people.

Jake Gyllenhaal Biography
Born - December 19, 1980 in Los Angeles, CA
Born as Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal into a prominent entertainment family in California. Jake Gyllenhaal's early life was extraordinary growing up on movie sets and sharing a competitiveness with equally ambitious sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal. For instance, Jake even had his first driving lesson by the iconic actor that is Paul Newman. He and his sisters observed the big stars in person, then perfected their acting craft during private school productions at the prestigious Harvard-Westlake Private School.

Once Jake Gyllenhaal graduated from school productions to perform for the big screen his star just keeping shining. Some of his most notable Jake Gyllenhaal films include Jarhead, Donnie Darko, and his most famous role ever as a gay man riding the range with Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain. In 2010, publicists started linking Jake Gyllenhaal with country pop songstress, Taylor Swift, while promoting his film Love an Other Drugs.

Jake Gyllenhaal Family Tree
Jake Gyllenhaal Sister - Maggie Gyllenhaal
Often referred to ask the Jane Fonda to Jake's Peter, Maggie Gyllenhaal was born on November 16, 1977. An accomplished actress in such films as The Dark Night and World Trade Center and Crazy Heart. Maggie Gyllenhaal married actor Peter Sarsgaard in 2009 of which she shares her daughter Ramona Sarsgaard born in 2006. Maggie serves as a political activities with the civil liberties union and strongly supports the democratic party.

Jake Gyllenhaal Father - Stephen Gyllenhaal
Although born on October 4, 1949 in Ohio, Stephen Gyllenhaal was raised in a small town in rural Pennsylvania after emigrating from Sweden. Stephen acquired an education and met the ying to his yang, Naomi Foner. He worked as a director for such films as Certain Fury and Losing Isaiah, while giving his children a quality hands on education in the art that they too would earn a living from. On top of directing, Stephen Gyllenhaal also expresses his creative side as an accomplished poet. He divorced his wife, Naomi, in 2009 after 32 years of marriage.

Jake Gyllenhaals Paternal Grandparents
Virginia Lowrie (née Childs) and Hugh Anders Gyllenhaal

Stephen's brother Anders Gyllenhaal also found fame with print media as the managing editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Jake Gyllenhaal Mother - Naomi Foner
Born on March 15, 1946 in New York City. Jake Gyllenhaal's mother, Naomi, is his strong link to the Jewish faith. She is most known for her work for Children's Public Television working with Jim Henson and Frank Oz of the Muppets as a screenwriter. She then worked as the associate producer for the Electric Company before moving on to other education television projects. Moving into screen writing for films, she wrote for Losing Isaiah and the Bee Season.

Jake Gyllenhaal's maternal grandparents
Ruth (nee Silbowitz) and Samuel Achs

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