1980 – Born on December 19th in Los Angeles, California. American actor.
1991 – Jake made his film debut at age eleven in "City Slickers" playing Billy Crystal’s son.
1998 – Graduated from Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, California.
1991-2001 – Began to establish himself as an up-and-coming actor in films like as "October Sky" before being cast in the title role in "Donnie Darko", for which he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best actor.
– Starred in the Walt Disney romantic comedy, "Bubble Boy".
2002 – Dated actress Kirsten Dunst.
– He was awarded the London Evening Standard Theate Award for Outstanding Newcomer for his performance in This is Our Youth at the Garrick Theatre in London, England.
2005 – Appeared in the controversial film, "Brokeback Mountain", in which he co-starred with Australian actor Heath Ledger as sheep herders who fall in love in the 1960s and depicts their relationship.
– He is close with his sister’s boyfriend and "Jarhead" co-star, actor Peter Sarsgaard.
2006 – Invited to join AMPAS.
2007 – Dated actress Reese Witherspoon.