Career: Jake made his acting debut in the 1991 film City Slickers. His first leading role was in the 1999 film October Sky and he played the lead role in 2001’s Donnie Darko, which quickly became a cult film. Roles in The Good Girl, Lovely & Amazing, Moonlight Mile and The Day After Tomorrow followed and he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the 2005 film Brokeback Mountain. Other film credits include Zodiac and Brothers.
Relationships: Jake has been linked to actresses Kirsten Dunst and Reese Witherspoon, Taylor Swift and 90210 actress Jessica Lowndes.
FYI: Jake is godfather to Matilda Rose Ledger, the daughter of Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams, his co-stars in Brokeback Mountain.