the sudden news
of his death in New York City on January 22, 2008, millions
of fans mourned the Oscar-nominated ("Brokeback Mountain")
star who was set to make a critically acclaimed appearance as
The Joker in the upcoming Batman franchise, "The Dark Knight."
acclaimed performance in that film has now garnered the actor
a posthumous win as Best Supporting Actor at the 2009 Critics
Choice Awards, and yet another at the Golden
Globes - and at the 2009 Oscars.
Ledger - Life and Career
Andrew Ledger on April 4,1979 in Perth, Australia, the future
movie star began pursuing a film career when he moved to Sydney,
Australia at age 16.
Early in his
career, Ledger took parts in Australian productions and TV.
debut came with Blackrock in 1997, followed by another
breakthrough role playing a young Olympic hopeful and the first
openly gay character on Australian television in Sweat.
television debut arrived soon after, in the American television
as Celtic warrior Conor.
Ledger in his last film appearance in
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
the door to bigger movie productions, most notably opposite Julia
Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You (1999); in the critically
acclaimed Australian film, Two Hands, (1999); and alongside
Gibson as the rebel son in Patriot (2000).
breakthrough performance - starring in A
Knight's Tale - resulted in weak critical notice but garnered
the young actor great notoriety with teen audiences in 2001.
Ledger's other notable film credits have included appearances
in Monsters Ball opposite Halle
Berry, (2001) and a starring role in The Four Feathers
2005 was a
busy year for Ledger who appeared alongside Matt
Damon in the comedy-fantasy The Brothers Grimm, and
Gyllenhaal in Brokeback
which he won a New York Film Critics award, a Golden
Globe nomination, and an Oscar
nod for his performance as a cowboy who contemplates leaving his
wife and family for another man.
Ledger as The Joker
in The Dark Night.
took the lead role in Casanova, which opened in December
2005, and appeared as a young Bob Dylan in the biopic I'm
Not There which opened in late 2007.
He also landed
the role of The
Joker in a highly anticipated Batman
movie sequel, slated for summer 2008 release.
Ledger Is Remembered
the actor had been romantically linked to actress Michelle
Williams with whom he celebrated the birth of a daughter,
Matilda in October 2005. The couple reportedly broke up in September
following, autopsy results conclusively proved that Ledger had
died accidentally "as the result of acute intoxication by the
combined effects" of six different prescription drugs, including
the painkiller Oxycontin and anti-anxiety drugs Valium and Xanax.
which took place on Saturday, February 9, 2008 in Perth, the city
of his birth, was a very private family affair attended by his
parents, sister Kate, and former fiancée Michelle
Williams accompanied by the couple's then two-year-old daughter
March 2008, it was announced that Jude
Depp and Colin
Farrell would appear as Ledger's character in scenes he had
previously filmed. The story, involving a "magical mirror"
that takes people into different dimensions, allowed director
Terry Gilliam to switch between actors during the film, which was finally released 2009.
More about Heath Ledger around the Web:
- Full biography & personal trivia, film and TV appearances,
photo gallery and related forum, from the IMDb.
Ledger - Wikipedia - Complete biography, early career, pictures, filmography,
an overview of the actor's turbulent relationship with the press,
and related resources.