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Known Credits: 27

Birthday: 1979-04-04

Day of Death: 2008-01-22

Place of Birth: Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Adult Actor: False

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Heath Ledger

Biography

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.

Acting
2009 The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus as Tony
2008 The Dark Knight as Joker
2007 I'm Not There. as Robbie
2006 Candy as Dan
2005 Casanova as Casanova
2005 Brokeback Mountain as Ennis Del Mar
2005 The Brothers Grimm as Jacob Grimm
2005 Lords of Dogtown as Skip
2003 The Ellen DeGeneres Show - (1 episode)
2003 The Order as Alex Bernier
2003 Celebrities Uncensored - (1 episode)
2003 Ned Kelly as Ned Kelly
2002 The Four Feathers as Harry Faversham
2001 Monster's Ball as Sonny Grotowski
2001 A Knight's Tale as Sir William Thatcher / Sir Ulrich von Lichtenstein of Gelderland
2000 The Patriot as Gabriel Martin
1999 Two Hands as Jimmy
1999 10 Things I Hate About You as Patrick Verona
1997 Roar - (13 episodes) as Conor
1997 Blackrock as Toby
1993 Ship to Shore - (78 episodes) as Cyclist
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien - (1 episode)
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - (2 episodes)
1988 Home and Away - (5,753 episodes) as Scott Irwin
1983 Live! with Kelly and Michael - (1 episode)
1929 The Academy Awards - (1 episode)
1900 Sweat - (26 episodes) as Snowy Bowles