Stephen Gyllenhaal is an accomplished American film director and poet, who boasts a wealthy and various career. Moreover, he is proudly recognized as the daddy of renowned actors, Jake Gyllenhaal and Maggie Gyllenhaal. He comes from an amazing lineage with Swedish and English roots that can be traced back to the 17th century.

That particular movie even helped him to gather several awards and recognition. More to his deeds, he has worked in the Sworn to Silence, An Amish Murder, Exquisite Continent, and so on.

A Successful Director and Poet

CBS Afternoon Playhouse director Stephen was very keen on movies from an early age. In 1979 he started his professional directing career after serving as an assistant director. His first movie was Exit 10. In 1985, he directed his second movie, Certain Fury, an action/drama film.

After five years, the media star landed his major movie, A Killing in a Small Town. It is a 1990 American crime drama film called Evidence of Love written by Cynthia Cidre. That particular movie earned him several award nominations and popularity.

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Image: Director, Stephen Gyllenhall in the frame. Source: Pinterest

In the same year, according to IMDB, his other TV movie was released under Family of Spices. After his successful movie, he then started directing several films and series. Within a year, he ran his fifth movie Paris Trout released in 1991. That particular movie also gathered several awards and nominations. Then he started directing other films and series such as Losing Isaiah, Waterland, Living with the Dead, NYC 22, Grassroots, and so on.

Along with his successful directing career, Gyllenhaal also took an interest in writing. He has published in several journals, like Nimrod and Prairie Schooner. In June 2006, his first poetry collection was published under Claptrap: Notes from Hollywood. Cantara Christopher’s New York-based press published that particular poetry.

Moreover, the 6-foot-tall star has additionally appeared in several television indicates, inclusive of a revival of This Is Our Youth in London, Jarhead (2005), and Proof (2005). He has additionally regarded in Brothers (2009), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), End of Watch (2012), Prisoners (2013), Nightcrawler (2014), Southpaw (2015), and Demolition (2015).

In recent times, the media star has worked as a director in two hit movies including The Bond, and Uncharitable. He has also been part of movies and TV shows like The Bond, Bosch, and Rectify. To add more, the TV star is set to be working as a director in Modern Families and Baby on The Inside.

Awards and Recognition

For the past four decades, Stephen has given his everything to Hollywood. He has now directly part of over twenty movies and series combined. Interestingly most of his work is successful and praise-worthy. His incredible skills and dedication have landed several awards and recognition. In 1990 his movie Family of Spices was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy. However, that film didn’t win any of them but helped him gather people’s attention.

That same year, another TV film, A Killing in a Small Town, was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries. After a year, he won a DGA (Director Guild of America) Award for his film Paris Trout.

The film was nominated for five Emmy Awards but won no. In 2011, after directing Girl Fight, he earned a DGA Nomination for outstanding directorial achievement in movies for television. Moreover, he was a Social Impact Advisory Board member of the San Diego International Film Festival.

Married to Film Maker, Kathleen Man

The 74-year-old, Gyllenhaal was married to his second wife Kathleen Man. He accepted Man as his lifelong partner. She is an American filmmaker who is a native of Hawaii. The former duo walked down the aisle on July 23, 2011 however there is a rumor that they are going to separate.

Meanwhile, Kathleen is a University of Iowa passed out and was awarded a Fullbright Scholarship in Paris. There she directed the award-winning short film L’Entretien. She has led many award-winning shorts, including Sita: A Girl From Jambu, Bichari Sita, Kind of a Blur, Beauty Mark, Utero, etc.

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Image: Director Stephen Gyllenhaal with his wife, Kathleen Man after winning an award. Source: Getty Images

Moreover, Gyllenhaal and his spouse Man met one another for the first time while filming the movie Grassroots. In that movie, the star served as a director while Kathleen worked as a Co-Producer. With excellent coordination and understanding, the pair developed a love for one another. In July 2011, they exchanged their wedding vows.

Likewise, the duo’s wedding ceremony was held on her home island of Oahu. Several high-profile personalities witnessed the grand tradition and congratulated the newlywed couple.

Kathleen Man and Stephen Gyllenhaal Are Parents of One Child

Mr. and Mrs. Gyllenhaal is very much deep in love. Despite an age gap of almost thirty years, they still love one another. Having the same working environment, they have developed a great understanding of their relationship. They even have worked on several projects together and succeeded in them. As of now, the two have been happily married for a decade. During this long journey of love, they are blessed with one child.

In 2013, Kathleen announced that they were expecting their first child. After a year, she gave birth to a beautiful son, Luke Gyllenhaal 2014. The kid is eight years old. However, the pair are dynamic personalities. They are taking good care of their son like every parent. They are often seen traveling to various destinations together by exploring them.

Previously Married To Screenwriter, Naomi Foner

Grassroots director Stephen Gyllenhaller was previously married to his first wife, Naomi Foner. Namoi is an American director and screenwriter best known for her works, including Running on Empty, Very Good Girls, and so on. In 1977 the pair encountered one another and developed a sweet relationship. After dating for several months, the couple exchanged their wedding. The couple welcomed their first child Maggie on 16th November 1977. She is also a successful American actress.

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Image: Stephen Gyllenhaal with his ex-spouse, Naomi Foner, and their two kids. Source: People

After three years, Naomi gave birth to their second child, Jake, on 19th December 1980. He is also a successful American producer and actor. From his childhood, he has been active in the film industry. Further, after thirty-two years old their marriage, they decided to quit their relationship. In 2009, they finalized their divorce and parted ways.

Stephen’s first wife, Foner, is also a previously married woman. She exchanged her marital vows with her first husband, Eric Foner, an American historian. However, she is living a single life as of 2023.

Early Life

The American personality, Gyllenhaal was born on 4th October 1949, in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. His full name is Stephen Roark Gyllenhaal, and he is seventy-two years old. Regarding his family, he was born of Swedish and English descent parents. His father’s name is Hugh Anders Gyllenhaal, and his mother is Virginia Lowrie Childs.

Moreover, the big name spent most of his childhood in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, alongside his siblings. He has a brother, Anders Gyllenhaal, who is the executive editor at Miami Herald. In 1972 he graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, with a degree in English.

How Rich is Stephen Gyllenhaal in 2023?

Talented director Stephen Gyllenhaal has a net worth of $10 Million as of 2023. He has earned all of his wealth through his incredible career as a director. Till now, he has directed more than twenty movies and series.

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Image: Actor Jake Gyllenhaal with his actress sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal. Source: People

Talking about his kids, they are also very successful personalities. His son, Jake Gyllenhaal, has a net worth of $80 Million as of 2023. While his daughter, Maggie, has a total fortune of $25 MIllion as of 2022.

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