Stephen Gyllenhaal

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Stephen Gyllenhaal
Stephen gyllenhaal2010.jpg
Stephen Gyllenhaal in 2010
Born Stephen Roark Gyllenhaal
(1949-10-04) October 4, 1949 (age 67)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Trinity College
Occupation Film director, poet
Years active 1979–present
Home town Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Spouse(s) Naomi Foner
(m. 1977; div. 2009)

Kathleen Man
(m. 2011)
Children Jake Gyllenhaal
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Family Gyllenhaal

Stephen Roark Gyllenhaal (/ˈɪlənhɔːl/; born October 4, 1949) is an American film director and poet.

Personal life[edit]

Gyllenhaal was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Virginia Lowrie (née Childs) (1924-2009) and Hugh Anders Gyllenhaal (1921-1979). He is of Swedish and English descent; through his father, he is a member of the Gyllenhaal family, and a descendant of the cavalry officer Nils Gunnesson Haal, who was ennobled in 1652 when Queen Christina of Sweden conferred upon him the crest and family name, "Gyllenhaal."[1][2] Stephen grew up in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia in a close-knit Swedenborgian family and graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1972, with a degree in English. His mentor at Trinity was the poet Hugh Ogden.

He was married to screenwriter Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal for 32 years until their divorce was finalized in 2009.[3] From that marriage, he is the father of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal and actor Jake Gyllenhaal. He is also the brother of Anders Gyllenhaal,[4] executive editor of the Miami Herald.

In July 2011 he married Kathleen Man, a filmmaker and professor who was a co-producer on Gyllenhaal's 2012 film Grassroots.[5]


Gyllenhaal directed the film version of the Pete Dexter novel Paris Trout, which was nominated for five Emmy Awards and won him a DGA Award. In 1990 Gyllenhaal directed Family of Spies, which was nominated for 2 Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy. In addition, he directed an episode of the ABC television series Twin Peaks. He directed the 2001 TNT television pilot The Warden, based on Lynda La Plante's series The Governor. It is about a dynamic and ambitious woman (Ally Sheedy) who is brought in as the young warden of an all-male maximum security prison. Gyllenhaal has also directed several episodes of the CBS series Numb3rs, The Mentalist, Hawthorne, Army Wives and Blue Bloods. In 2011 Gyllenhaal directed Girl Fight which starred Anne Heche and earned Gyllenhaal a DGA Nomination for outstanding directorial achievement in movies for television.[6]

He is also a poet, who has been published in literary journals such as Prairie Schooner and Nimrod. His first collection of poetry, Claptrap: Notes from Hollywood,[7] was published in June 2006 by Cantara Christopher's New York-based literary small press, Cantarabooks.[8]

In 2013, Gyllenhaal directed a backdoor pilot originally titled Sworn to Silence that aired as the Lifetime TV movie An Amish Murder. It stars Neve Campbell as a local police detective who must solve a murder case that involves the Amish Community she was shunned from years ago.[9] Gyllenhaal is also in post-production on a documentary about dream interpretation titled Exquisite Continent.[10]

Selected filmography[edit]

Title Year Notes
Exit 10 1979
Certain Fury 1985
A Killing in a Small Town 1990 TV Film Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Family of Spies 1990 TV
Paris Trout 1991
Waterland 1992
A Dangerous Woman 1993
Losing Isaiah 1995
Homegrown 1998
Resurrection 1999 TV
The Warden of Red Rock 2001 TV
Living with the Dead 2002 TV
Time Bomb 2006 TV
Manchild 2007 TV
The Mentalist 2010 TV
Girl Fight 2011 TV
NYC 22 2012 TV
Grassroots 2012
An Amish Murder 2013 TV
Rectify 2014 TV
So B. It 2016


  1. ^ The Gyllenhaal Family Tree Project
  2. ^ Stated on Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., PBS, April 22, 2012
  3. ^ "Maggie and Jake Now Children of Divorce". October 16, 2008. Retrieved October 18, 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes". May 6, 2009. Retrieved October 18, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Beach wedding for Gyllenhaals". The Daily Mail. July 25, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  6. ^ "64th Annual DGA Awards Television Nominees Announced – 64th Annual DGA Awards Television Nominees Announced". Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Claptrap". Retrieved October 18, 2010. 
  8. ^ "A Literary Press". Cantarabooks. Retrieved October 18, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Lifetime Greenlights Movie-Backdoor Pilot 'Sworn To Silence' Starring Neve Campbell – Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". December 7, 2011. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  10. ^ "An Exquisite Continent". Retrieved June 27, 2013. 

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