List of famous people named Jacob, along with photos. How many celebrities named Jake can you think of? The famous Jacobs below have many different professions, as this list includes notable actors named Jake, athletes named Jacob, and even political figures named Jake. Did we forget your favorite famous person whose name is Jacob? Add them to the list.Jake "Jacob" Gyllenhaal is one of the most recognizable names in Hollywood. With roles in films like Donnie Darko, The Zodiac, Jarhead and Brokeback Mountain, he's definitely a pretty talented actor. Brokeback Mountain, alone, earned him 16 wins/nominations. Jake "Jacob" Locker was a quarterback for the University of Washington. He did so well, he was drafted to the Tennessee Titans. In 2015, he announced his retirement. Short lived career, but still a memorable one.