Career Watch is a regular column by veteran film reporter and Moviefone guest-blogger Anne Thompson looking at the career of a major Hollywood star, analyzing the moves they've made thus far and offering career advice on where they could or should head from here. This week: newly minted action star Jake Gyllenhaal.

Signature line:
"I wish I knew how to quit you," says Jack Twist to Ennis del Mar, in 'Brokeback Mountain.'

Career Peaks: Raised in L.A. by director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner, Gyllenhaal popped up as a teen actor in the 1999 true story 'October Sky,' followed by his breakout role in Richard Kelly's strange 2001 psycho-drama 'Donnie Darko,' which went on to attain cult status. Gyllenhaal burnished his acting cred by playing a series of sensitive, sweet young men in low-budget indies such as 'The Good Girl,' 'Proof' and 'Lovely & Amazing.' While it was not Gyllenhaal's finest hour, the 2004 disaster epic 'The Day After Tomorrow' marks the actor's biggest global hit to date: a total $544 million. He scored critical raves for two 2005 films, Gulf War actioner 'Jarhead' and Ang Lee's tragic gay romance 'Brokeback Mountain,' opposite Heath Ledger, which earned $178 million worldwide.
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