Heath Ledger

4 Apr 1979 - 22 Jan 2008

Actor

Heath Andrew Ledger was an Australian television and film actor. After performing roles in Australian television and film during the 1990s, Ledger moved to the United States in 1998 to develop his film career. His work encompassed nineteen films, including 10 Things I Hate About You, The Patriot, Brokeback Mountain, and The Dark Knight. In addition to his acting, he produced and directed music videos and aspired to be a film director. He died at the age of 28, from an accidental "toxic combination of prescription drugs." A few months before his death, Ledger had finished filming his penultimate performance, as the Joker in The Dark Knight, his death coming during editing of the film and casting a shadow over the subsequent promotion of the $180 million production. Heath Ledger was born in Perth, Western Australia, the son of Sally Ledger, a French teacher, and Kim Ledger, a racing-car driver and mining engineer, whose family established and owned the Ledger Engineering Foundry. The Sir Frank Ledger Charitable Trust is named after his great-grandfather. Among his most notable romantic relationships, Ledger dated actress Heather Graham for several months in 2000 to 2001, and he had a serious on-and-off-again long-term relationship with actress Naomi Watts, whom he met during the filming of Ned Kelly and with whom he lived at times from 2002 to 2004. In the summer of 2004, he met and began dating actress Michelle Williams on the set of Brokeback Mountain, and their daughter, Matilda Rose, was born on 28 October 2005 in New York City. Ledger sold his residence in Bronte, New South Wales, and moved to the United States, where he shared an apartment with Williams, in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, from 2005 to 2007. In September 2007, Williams' father confirmed to Sydney's Daily Telegraph that Ledger and Williams had ended their relationship. After his break-up with Williams, in late 2007 and early 2008, the tabloid press and other public media linked Ledger romantically with supermodels Helena Christensen and Gemma Ward and with former child star, actress Mary-Kate Olsen.

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Filmography (16 titles)

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Tony)
(movie, 2008)
8.1The Dark Knight
Genre: Drama, Action, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Joker)
(movie, 2007)
···I'm Not There.
Genre: Drama, Music
Role: Actor (as Robbie)
(movie, 2006)
···Candy
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Dan)
(movie, 2005)
···Casanova
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Casanova)
(movie, 2005)
···Brokeback Mountain
Genre: Drama, Romance
By: Ang Lee
Role: Actor (as Ennis Del Mar)
(movie, 2005)
···The Brothers Grimm
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Action, Comedy, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Jacob Grimm)
(movie, 2005)
···Lords of Dogtown
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Skip)
(movie, 2003)
···The Order
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Role: Actor (as Alex Bernier)
(movie, 2003)
···Ned Kelly
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Ned Kelly)
(movie, 2002)
···The Four Feathers
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Role: Actor (as Harry Faversham)
(movie, 2001)
···Monster's Ball
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Sonny Grotowski)
(movie, 2001)
1.8A Knight's Tale
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Action
Role: Actor (as Sir William Thatcher · Sir Ulrich von Lichtenstein of Gelderland)
(movie, 2000)
···The Patriot
Genre: Drama, History, War, Action
Role: Actor (as Gabriel Martin)
(movie, 1999)
···Two Hands
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Jimmy)
(movie, 1999)
···10 Things I Hate About You
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Role: Actor (as Patrick Verona)