Heath Ledger

Heath Andrew Ledger

Heath Andrew Ledger
Heath Ledger (Berlin Film Festival 2006) revised.jpg
Ledger at the 56th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2006
BornHeath Andrew Ledger
4 April 1979
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Died22 January 2008 (aged 28)
New York City, U.S.
Cause of deathCardiac arrest brought on by prescription drug intoxication
Body discoveredNew York City, U.S.
Resting placeKarrakatta Cemetery


    • Actor


    • music video director



Years active1993–2008
Partner(s)Michelle Williams (2004–2007)


Heath Ledger

Heath Andrew Ledger[a] (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008)[1] was an Australian performing artist and executive. In the wake of performing jobs in a few Australian TV and film preparations amid the 1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to additionally build up his movie profession. His work contained nineteen movies, including 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), The Patriot (2000), A Knight's Tale (2001), Monster's Ball (2001), Lords of Dogtown (2005), Brokeback Mountain (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), the last two being after death releases.[2] He additionally delivered and coordinated music recordings and tried to be a movie director.[3]


For his depiction of Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain, Ledger won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and Best International Actor from the Australian Film Institute, and was selected for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role[4] and for the Academy Award for Best Actor.[5] Posthumously he shared the 2007 Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award with whatever is left of the outfit cast, the chief, and the throwing executive for the film I'm Not There, which was motivated by the life and melodies of American vocalist lyricist Bob Dylan. In the film, Ledger depicted an anecdotal on-screen character named Robbie Clark, one of six characters epitomizing parts of Dylan's life and persona.[6]


Record passed on 22 January 2008[5][1] from an inadvertent inebriation from professionally prescribed drugs.[7][8][9] A couple of months before his demise, Ledger had wrapped up his execution as the Joker in The Dark Knight. His demise happened amid altering of The Dark Knight and amidst shooting his last job as Tony in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. His inauspicious passing cast a shadow over the resulting advancement of the $185 million Batman production.[10] Ledger got various after death honors for his widely praised execution in the film, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, a Best Actor International Award at the 2008 Australian Film Institute Awards (for which he turned into the main on-screen character to win a honor posthumously),[11] the 2008 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture,[12] and the 2009 BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor.[4]

Early life

Heath Ledger

Record was conceived in Perth, Western Australia, the child of Sally Ledger (née Ramshaw), a French educator, and Kim Ledger, a racecar driver and mining engineer whose family settled and possessed the Ledger Engineering Foundry.[13] The Sir Frank Ledger Charitable Trust is named after his extraordinary grandfather.[13] He had English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.[14] Ledger went to Mary's Mount Primary School in Gooseberry Hill,[15] and later Guildford Grammar School, where he had his first acting encounters, featuring in a school generation as Peter Pan at age 13.[5][13] His folks isolated when he was 10 and separated from when he was 11.[16] Ledger's more seasoned sister Kate, an on-screen character and later a marketing expert, to whom he was close, motivated his following up on stage, and his adoration for Gene Kelly enlivened his effective movement, prompting Guildford Grammar's 60-part group's "first all-kid triumph" at the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge.[13][17] Ledger's two relatives are Ashleigh Bell (b. 1990), his mom's girl with her second spouse and his stepfather Roger Bell, and Olivia Ledger (b. 1996), his dad's little girl with second spouse and his stepmother Emma Brown.[18]




Subsequent to sitting for early graduation exams at age 17, Ledger left school to seek after an acting career.[16] With Trevor DiCarlo, his closest companion since he was three years of age, Ledger drove crosswise over Australia from Perth to Sydney, coming back to Perth to play a little job in Clowning Around (1992), the initial segment of a two-section TV arrangement, and to take a shot at the TV arrangement Sweat (1996), in which he played a gay cyclist.[13] From 1993 to 1997, Ledger additionally had parts in the Perth TV arrangement Ship to Shore (1993); in the brief Fox Broadcasting Company dream dramatization Roar (1997); in Home and Away (1997), one of Australia's best network shows; and in the Australian movie Blackrock (1997), his component movie debut.[13] In 1999, he featured in the adolescent satire 10 Things I Hate About You and in the acclaimed Australian wrongdoing movie Two Hands, coordinated by Gregor Jordan.[13]


From 2000 to 2005, he featured in supporting jobs as Gabriel Martin, the oldest child of Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson), in The Patriot (2000), and as Sonny Grotowski, the child of Hank Grotowski (Billy Bob Thornton), in Monster's Ball (2001); and in driving or title jobs in A Knight's Tale (2001), The Four Feathers (2002), The Order (2003), Ned Kelly (2003), Casanova (2005), The Brothers Grimm (2005), and Lords of Dogtown (2005).[19] In 2001, he won a ShoWest Award as "Male Star of Tomorrow".[20]

Record got "Best Actor of 2005" grants from both the New York Film Critics Circle and the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for his execution in Brokeback Mountain,[21][22] in which he plays Wyoming farm hand Ennis Del Mar, who has an adoration illicit relationship with hopeful rodeo rider Jack Twist, played by Jake Gyllenhaal.[23] He additionally got a designation for Golden Globe Best Actor in a Drama and a selection for Academy Award for Best Actor for this performance,[24] making him, at age 26, the ninth-most youthful chosen one for a Best Actor Oscar.[25] In The New York Times audit of the film, faultfinder Stephen Holden expresses: "Both Mr. Record and Mr. Gyllenhaal make this anguished romantic tale physically obvious. Mr. Record mystically and strangely vanishes underneath the skin of his lean, strong character. It is an incredible screen execution, in the same class as the best of Marlon Brando and Sean Penn."[26] In an audit in Rolling Stone, Peter Travers expresses: "Record's sublime execution is an acting marvel. He appears to tear it from his internal parts. Record doesn't simply know how Ennis moves, talks and tunes in; he knows how he relaxes. To see him breathe in the fragrance of a shirt hanging in Jack's wardrobe is to take proportion of the torment of affection lost."[27]


After Brokeback Mountain, Ledger costarred with individual Australian Abbie Cornish in the 2006 Australian film Candy, an adjustment of the 1998 novel Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction, as youthful heroin addicts in adoration endeavoring to break free of their enslavement, whose coach is played by Geoffrey Rush; for his execution as at some point artist Dan, Ledger was assigned for three "Best Actor" grants, including one of the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards, which both Cornish and Rush won in their classifications. Not long after the arrival of Candy, Ledger was welcome to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[28] As one of six performers typifying diverse parts of the life of Bob Dylan in the 2007 movie I'm Not There, coordinated by Todd Haynes, Ledger "won acclaim for his depiction of 'Robbie [Clark],' a touchy, counter-culture on-screen character who speaks to the sentimentalist side of Dylan, however says honors are never his motivation".[29] Posthumously, on 23 February 2008, he shared the 2007 Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award with whatever is left of the movie's troupe cast, its executive, and its throwing director.[30]


In his penultimate film execution, Ledger played the Joker in Christopher Nolan's 2008 film The Dark Knight, discharged almost a half year after his demise. While taking a shot at the film in London, Ledger disclosed to Sarah Lyall in their New York Times meet that he saw The Dark Knight's Joker as a "psychopathic, mass killing, schizophrenic jokester with zero empathy".[31] For his work on The Dark Knight, Ledger won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor with his family tolerating it for his benefit, and various different after death grants, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, which Christopher Nolan acknowledged for him.[32][33] At the season of his demise on 22 January 2008, Ledger had finished about portion of the work for his last film execution as Tony in Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.[34][35] Gilliam adjusted the film after his passing by having individual on-screen characters Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell play "dream changes" of his character so Ledger's last execution could be found in theaters.

Directorial work

Heath Ledger

Record (furthest right) presenting with the cast and the chief of I'm Not There at the 64th Venice Film Festival in September 2007.

Record had desires to end up a movie chief and had made some music recordings with his creation organization The Masses, which executive Todd Haynes adulated very in his tribute to Ledger after tolerating the ISP Robert Altman Award, which Ledger after death shared, on 23 February 2008.[36][30] In 2006, Ledger coordinated music recordings for the title track on Australian hip jump craftsman N'fa's CD make a big appearance solo collection Cause An Effect[37] and for the single "Enchantment Is Evil (She's Hot)".[38][39] Later that year, Ledger initiated another record name, The Masses Music, with vocalist Ben Harper and furthermore coordinated a music video for Harper's melody "Morning Yearning".[31][40]


At a news meeting at the 2007 Venice Film Festival, Ledger discussed his craving to make a narrative film about the British vocalist lyricist Nick Drake, who kicked the bucket in 1974, at 26 years old, from an overdose of an antidepressant.[41] Ledger made and acted in a music video set to Drake's chronicle of the artist's 1974 melody about discouragement "Dark Eyed Dog" – a title "roused by Winston Churchill's spellbinding term for misery" (dark dog);[42] it was demonstrated openly just twice, first at the Bumbershoot Festival, in Seattle, held from 1 to 3 September 2007; and besides as a major aspect of "A Place To Be: A Celebration of Nick Drake", with its screening of Their Place: Reflections On Nick Drake, "a progression of short taped tributes to Nick Drake" (counting Ledger's), supported by American Cinematheque, at the Grauman's Egyptian Theater, in Hollywood, on 5 October 2007.[43] After Ledger's demise, his music video for "Dark Eyed Dog" was appeared on the Internet and excerpted in news cuts circulated through YouTube.[41][44][45][46]


He was working with Scottish screenwriter and maker Allan Scott on an adjustment of the 1983 novel The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis, which would have been his first element movie as an executive. He likewise planned to act in the movie, with Canadian performing artist Ellen Page proposed ahead of the pack role.[3][47][48] Ledger's last directorial work, in which he shot two music recordings before his demise, debuted in 2009.[49] The music recordings, finished for Modest Mouse and Grace Woodroofe,[50] incorporate an energized include for Modest Mouse's tune, "Ruler Rat", and the Woodroofe video for her front of David Bowie's "Quicksand".[51] The "Lord Rat" video debuted on 4 August 2009.[52]

Individual life

Record at the 56th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2006

Record was an ardent chess player, playing a few competitions when he was young.[53] As a grown-up, he regularly played with different chess fans at Washington Square Park,[54] however the level of his play has now and then been exaggerated.[55] Ledger likewise had an unmistakable fascination in the West Coast Eagles, an expert Australian standards football group that contends in the Australian Football League and are situated in the place where he grew up of Perth.[56]


Record had associations with performing artists Lisa Zane, Heather Graham and Naomi Watts.[57][58] In 2004, he met and started dating performer Michelle Williams on the arrangement of Brokeback Mountain. Their little girl, Matilda Rose, was conceived on 28 October 2005 in New York City.[59] Matilda's godparents are Brokeback co-star Jake Gyllenhaal and Williams' Dawson's Creek co-star Busy Philipps.[60] In January 2006, Ledger put his living arrangement in Bronte, New South Wales up for sale,[61] and came back to the United States, where he imparted a house to M. Williams, in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, from 2005 to 2007.[62] In September 2007, Williams' dad affirmed to Sydney's Daily Telegraph that Ledger and M. Williams had finished their relationship.[63] After Ledger's demise, news outlets detailed that his medication misuse had incited M. Williams to ask for that he move out of the loft they partook in Brooklyn.[64]

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