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Birth information

4 April 1979 Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Death information

22 January 2008 Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Given Name

Heath Andrew Ledger

Nickname

Heathy

How tall is Heath Ledger?

1.85 m

Life Story of Heath Ledger

When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. 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), Casanova (2005), Candy - Reise der Engel (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.

Heath Ledger was born on the fourth of April 1979, in Perth, Western Australia, to Sally (Ramshaw), a teacher of French, and Kim Ledger, a mining engineer who also raced cars. His ancestry was Scottish, English, Irish, and Sephardi Jewish. As the story goes, in junior high school it was compulsory to take one of two electives, either cooking or drama. As Heath could not see himself in a cooking class he tried his hand at drama. Heath was...

Significant features of Heath Ledger

Deep husky voice
His warm smile

How much money has Heath Ledger earned?

10 Things I Hate About You (1999) $100,000
A Knight's Tale (2001) $3,000,000
The Four Feathers (2002) $2,000,000
Ned Kelly (2003) $50,000

Publications and Magazines about Heath Ledger

Nancy E. Krulik Heath Ledger : The Heath Is On. 2001
Chris Roberts A Tribute to Heath Ledger: The Illustrated Biography. 2008
John McShane Heath Ledger: His Beautiful Life and Mysterious Death. 2008

Biographical movies about Heath Ledger

Ich war Heath Ledger 2017

What movies did Heath Ledger play or participate?

Directors Filmography
N'Fa Jones: Cause an Effect (2009) , Modest Mouse: King Rat (2009) , Ben Harper: Morning Yearning (2006) ,
Actors Filmography
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) Tony, The Dark Knight (2008) Joker, I'm Not There (2007) Robbie, Candy - Reise der Engel (2006) Dan, Casanova (2005) Casanova, Brokeback Mountain (2005) Ennis Del Mar, The Brothers Grimm (2005) Jacob Grimm, Lords of Dogtown (2005) Skip, The Order (2003) Alex Bernier, Ned Kelly (2003) Ned Kelly, The Four Feathers (2002) Harry Feversham, Monster's Ball (2001) Sonny...

Birth information

4 April 1979 Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Death information

22 January 2008 Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Given Name

Heath Andrew Ledger

Nickname

Heathy

How tall is Heath Ledger?

1.85 m

Life Story of Heath Ledger

When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. 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), Casanova (2005), Candy - Reise der Engel (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.

Heath Ledger was born on the fourth of April 1979, in Perth, Western Australia, to Sally (Ramshaw), a teacher of French, and Kim Ledger, a mining engineer who also raced cars. His ancestry was Scottish, English, Irish, and Sephardi Jewish. As the story goes, in junior high school it was compulsory to take one of two electives, either cooking or drama. As Heath could not see himself in a cooking class he tried his hand at drama. Heath was...

Significant features of Heath Ledger

Deep husky voice
His warm smile

How much money has Heath Ledger earned?

10 Things I Hate About You (1999) $100,000
A Knight's Tale (2001) $3,000,000
The Four Feathers (2002) $2,000,000
Ned Kelly (2003) $50,000

Publications and Magazines about Heath Ledger

Nancy E. Krulik Heath Ledger : The Heath Is On. 2001
Chris Roberts A Tribute to Heath Ledger: The Illustrated Biography. 2008
John McShane Heath Ledger: His Beautiful Life and Mysterious Death. 2008

Biographical movies about Heath Ledger

Ich war Heath Ledger 2017

What movies did Heath Ledger play or participate?

Directors Filmography
N'Fa Jones: Cause an Effect (2009) , Modest Mouse: King Rat (2009) , Ben Harper: Morning Yearning (2006) ,
Actors Filmography
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) Tony, The Dark Knight (2008) Joker, I'm Not There (2007) Robbie, Candy - Reise der Engel (2006) Dan, Casanova (2005) Casanova, Brokeback Mountain (2005) Ennis Del Mar, The Brothers Grimm (2005) Jacob Grimm, Lords of Dogtown (2005) Skip, The Order (2003) Alex Bernier, Ned Kelly (2003) Ned Kelly, The Four Feathers (2002) Harry Feversham, Monster's Ball (2001) Sonny...

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Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams in Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Concentrated on drama and sports in school. When asked to choose between the two, he picked drama. Attended a private all-boys school called Guildford Grammar.

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Heath Ledger and Cayla Wolever in Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Auditioned for the part of Max on the TV show Roswell (1999). However, the show was originally developed for Fox and since he had already starred in Roar (1997), which was unsuccessful for Fox, they did not want to hire him.

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Linda Cardellini and Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Had three sisters: Catherine (Kate) Ledger, married to Nathan Buckey, and half sisters Olivia Ledger (b. 1997) and Ashleigh Bell (b. 1989).

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Heath Ledger, Roberta Maxwell, and Peter McRobbie in Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Mother was Sally Bell née Ramshaw (daughter of John and Jackie Ramshaw) and father was Kim Ledger (son of Colin and Es Ledger). Stepfather was Roger Bell and stepmother was Emma Brown. His great-grandfather was Sir Frank Ledger, son of Edson Ledger.

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Heath Ledger and Kate Mara in Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2001.

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Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams in Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Was a part of the 1990 Kalamunda Field Hockey team. His father was president of the team from 1990-1992.

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Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams in Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Was a men's-fashion judge at the Melbourne Cup Carnival in November 2001.

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Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (2008)

Was originally set to star in Oliver Stone's Alexander (2004) before Colin Farrell took over the role.

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Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (2008)

Was considered for the role of Kar in Bulletproof Monk (2003) but eventually turned it down. The role later went to Seann William Scott.

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Christian Bale and Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (2008)

Was named "the new Matt Damon" in Josie and the Pussycats (2001). They now act side by side in The Brothers Grimm (2005)

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Christian Bale and Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (2008)

Most of his wardrobe was designed by his friend Shem.

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Christian Bale and Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (2008)

His ancestry was English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, and, from his matrilineal great-great-grandmother, Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jewish. Through his Jewish great-great-grandmother, Lillian May Solomon, Heath was also a sixth cousin, three times removed, of actor and comedian Peter Sellers, through their shared Sephardi Jewish forebears, Daniel de David de Mendoza and Esther Lopez. Through the same line, Heath was also a relative of Daniel Mendoza, who was boxing champion of England in 1792-1795.

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Heath Ledger and Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Dark Knight (2008)

Starred in 3 films which screened at the 2005 Venice Film Festival. They included Brokeback Mountain (2005), The Brothers Grimm (2005) and the out-of-competition Casanova (2005).

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Heath Ledger and Keith Szarabajka in The Dark Knight (2008)

Became a father for the 1st time, at age 26, when his fiancée Michelle Williams gave birth to their daughter, Matilda Ledger (Matilda Rose Ledger), on October 28, 2005.

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Heath Ledger and Keith Szarabajka in The Dark Knight (2008)

Was selected in the State U17 squad in field hockey and was touted as one of the up and coming young stars, but chose to pack it in and try to make a career out of acting.

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Heath Ledger and Ritchie Coster in The Dark Knight (2008)

Was mentored by, lived with, and was very good friends with Martin Henderson.

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Heath Ledger and Patrick Leahy in The Dark Knight (2008)

Invited to join AMPAS in 2006.

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Heath Ledger and Lily Cole in Das Kabinett des Doktor Parnassus (2009)

Was the first non-American actor to portray the Joker.

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Heath Ledger, Andrew Garfield, and Lily Cole in Das Kabinett des Doktor Parnassus (2009)

Jake Gyllenhaal and Busy Philipps are his daughter's godparents.

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Christopher Plummer and Heath Ledger in Das Kabinett des Doktor Parnassus (2009)

Had been set to star in Baz Luhrmann's pre-WWII drama Australia (2008), but backed out to play The Joker in The Dark Knight (2008).

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Heath Ledger in Das Kabinett des Doktor Parnassus (2009)

Was one of seven godparents of Elizabeth Hurley's son Damien.

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Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (2008)

Chosen by Empire Magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Movie Stars in the world (#79) 2007.

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Heath Ledger and David Dastmalchian in The Dark Knight (2008)

Resided in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Sydney.

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Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (2008)

Was found dead in his apartment at 421 Broome Street in the SoHo neighborhood in New York City at 3:26 p.m. EST by his housekeeper and a massage therapist, finding him face down and unconscious in his bed with sleeping pills on a nearby table. [January 2008]

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Heath Ledger and Michael Jai White in The Dark Knight (2008)

Directed music videos for Ben Harper's song "Morning Yearning", N'fa Forster Jones' "Cause an Effect" and "Seduction is Evil", Modest Mouse's "King Rat".

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Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (2008)

Was painfully shy.

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Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (2008)

First acting role was as "Peter Pan", at age 10, at a local theater company.

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Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Lived in Roman Way, Islington while filming his last movie ever in London in 2007.

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Heath Ledger in ABC TGIF (1989)

Was friends with Russell Crowe.

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Heath Ledger in ABC TGIF (1989)

Was considered for a role in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003).

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Heath Ledger and Trina McGee in ABC TGIF (1989)

Actor Daniel Day-Lewis made a dedication to him at the SAG Awards 2008.

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Heath Ledger, Trina McGee, and Larisa Oleynik in ABC TGIF (1989)

As a child, he owned a pet kangaroo that was found by his mother.

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Heath Ledger and Trina McGee in ABC TGIF (1989)

Was good friends with Ben Harper.

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Heath Ledger and Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Dark Knight (2008)

He was the co-founder of record label Music Masses Co with singer Ben Harper, and directed Harper's video for the song 'Morning Yearning'.

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Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (2008)

The youngest actor to play the Joker in a Batman movie The Dark Knight (2008), as oppose to Jack Nicholson and Cesar Romero.

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Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom in Ned Kelly (2003)

On February 9, 2008, a memorial service attended by several hundred invited guests was held at Penhros College in Perth, Western Australia followed by a private wake on Cottesloe Beach with his family and friends.

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Heath Ledger in Ned Kelly (2003)

After his death his body was returned to Perth, Western Australia, where his body was cremated at Fremantle Cemetery, with his ashes to be "scattered in a family plot at Karrakatta Cemetery, next to two of his grandparents.

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Heath Ledger, Philip Barantini, Orlando Bloom, and Laurence Kinlan in Ned Kelly (2003)

Before appearing with Christian Bale in The Dark Knight (2008), the two of them both played incarnations of Bob Dylan in I'm Not There (2007). This makes Ledger the second Joker actor to share a role with a Batman actor. Previously, Cesar Romero shared the role of lawman John "Doc" Holliday with Adam West and Val Kilmer.

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Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom in Ned Kelly (2003)

His favorite Australian bands and musicians were Spiderbait, Powderfinger, and Silverchair.

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Heath Ledger in Ned Kelly (2003)

Was good friends with Jake Gyllenhaal, Joel Edgerton, Christian Bale, Joaquin Phoenix and Matt Damon.

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Heath Ledger in Ned Kelly (2003)

Said in 1999 that his favorite actors and directors were Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Bob Fosse, Stanley Kubrick, Katharine Hepburn, Jack Nicholson, Marcel Cann, Terrence Malick, Mel Gibson, and Meryl Streep. Later, he went on to co-star with Gibson; and play The Joker (previously portrayed by Nicholson) with his character was partly inspired by Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971); and had almost been cast in Malick's The Tree of Life (2011).

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Heath Ledger in Ned Kelly (2003)

In an interview shortly before his death, he stated that his favorite role so far in his career had been his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight (2008).

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Heath Ledger and Naomi Watts in Ned Kelly (2003)

Swiss actor and filmmaker Philippe Vonlanthen worked as his Body-double and stand-in on Roar (1997). Filming took place in Queensland, Australia.

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Heath Ledger and Naomi Watts in Ned Kelly (2003)

Played the character of Scott Irwin in the long-running Australian soap opera Home and Away (1988) for 10 episodes in 1997. Scott was a local bad boy who took advantage of Sally Fletcher. It is said that the producers wanted to extend his stay with the show but Heath opted not to.

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Heath Ledger in Ned Kelly (2003)

His Golden Globe Award win for The Dark Knight (2008) came eleven days before the first anniversary of his death.

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Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom in Ned Kelly (2003)

When actress Nell Campbell moved back to her homeland of Australia, she sold her house to Ledger in 2005.

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