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Heath Ledger

Actor, Director
Died January 22, 2008 (28 years)
Heath Andrew Ledger (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008) was an Australian actor and music video director. After playing roles in several Australian television and film productions during the 1990s, Ledger moved to the United States in 1998 to develop his film career further. His work consisted of twenty films, 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), Candy (2006), I'm Not There (2007), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), the latter two being posthumous releases. 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 the Best International Actor Award from the Australian Film Institute; he was the first actor to win the latter award posthumously. He was nominated for the BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Actor, becoming the eighth-youngest nominee in the category at that time. Posthumously, he shared the 2007 Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award with the rest of the ensemble cast, the director, and the casting director for the film I'm Not There, which was inspired by the life and songs of American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. In the film, Ledger portrayed a fictional actor named Robbie Clark, one of six characters embodying aspects of Dylan's life and persona.

Ledger died on 22 January 2008 as a result of an accidental overdose of medications. A few months before his death, Ledger had finished filming his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight. At the time of his death, The Dark Knight was in post-production, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, in which he was playing his last role as Tony, was in the midst of filming. His death affected the subsequent promotion of The Dark Knight. His performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight earned him universal acclaim and popularity from fans and critics alike. Ledger also received numerous posthumous awards for his work on The Dark Knight, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, a Best Actor International Award at the 2008 Australian Film Institute Awards, the 2008 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, and the 2009 BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Movies & Shows on Plex
  • I'm Not There
  • Candy
Known For
  • The Dark Knight
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • A Knight's Tale
  • The Patriot
  • The Brothers Grimm
  • Casanova
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  • Monster's Ball
  • The Four Feathers
  • Ned Kelly
  • Candy
  • The Order
  • I'm Not There
  • Two Hands
  • Lords of Dogtown
  • Roar
  • Ship to Shore
  • Sweat

Filmography

2018
2018
Terror Nullius · as Cast
2012
Honest Trailers (TV Series) · as Joker (archive Footage)
2009
2009
2008
The Dark Knight · as Joker
2008
The 80th Annual Academy Awards · as Ennis Del Mar Memorial Tribute
2007
2007
Here's Looking at You, Boy · as Ennis Del Mar
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
2005
Home and Away: Romances · as Scott Irwin
2003
The Order · as Alex Bernier
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 William Thatcher
2000
The Patriot · as Gabriel Martin
1999
Two Hands · as Jimmy
1999
10 Things I Hate About You · as Patrick Verona
1997
Paws · as Oberon
1997
Roar (TV Series) · as Conor
1997
Blackrock · as Toby Ackland
1996
Sweat (TV Series) · as Snowy Bowles
1993
Ship to Shore (TV Series) · as Cyclist
1992
1992
Clowning Around · as Orphan Clown
1988
Home and Away (TV Series) · as Scott Irwin

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