Heath Andrew Ledger (4 April 1979 – 22
January 2008) was an Australian actor and director. After
performing roles in Australian television and film during the
1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to develop his
film career. His work comprised nineteen films, including 10
Things I Hate About You (1999), The Patriot (2000), A Knight's
Tale (2001), Monster's Ball (2001), Ned Kelly (2003), The
Brothers Grimm (2005), Lords of Dogtown (2005), Brokeback
Mountain (2005), Candy (2006), I'm Not There (2007), The Dark
Knight (2008), and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009).
He also produced and directed music videos, and aspired to be a
film director. For his portrayal 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 nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor
in a Leading Role and for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Ledger died on 22 January 2008 from an accidental intoxication
from prescription drugs. A few months before his death, Ledger
had finished filming his performance as the Joker in The Dark
Knight. His death occurred during editing of The Dark Knight and
in the midst of filming his last role as Tony in The Imaginarium
of Doctor Parnassus.
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