Biography / trivia
* Heath Ledger was born on 4th April 1979 in Perth, Australia to Sally Ledger, a French teacher, and Kim Ledger, a race-car driver. He died on 22nd Jan 2008 in New York.
* His parents got divorce when he was 11 years old. Actress Kate is his elder sister and it was she who inspired him to act.
* He attended Mary’s Mount Primary School and Guildford Grammar School.
* He left the school before writing his graduation exams and pursued his acting career seriously when he was just 16.
* He made his acting debut with Clowning Around in 1992 in a small role.
* For his performance in The Dark Knight he won Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. His family accepted the award due to his tragic death.
* Since from his childhood days he loved to play chess and he won “Western Australia’s junior chess championship” when he was just 10.
* Ledger dated several noted Hollywood celebrities during his life time. In 2000 he had romantic relationship with actress Heather Graham and the broke up in 2001. He had a serious relationship with actress Naomi Watts during 2002-2004.
* During the filming of Brokeback Mountain in 2004 he met actress Michelle Williams and the couple gave birth to a daughter, Matilda Rose in 2005. The couple ended their relationship in 2007.
After 2007 break up with Michelle he was linked with many celebrities like Helena Christensen, Gemma Ward, Mary-Kate Olsen, Lindsay Lohan.
* In an interview to New York Times in 2007 Ledger spoke about his inability to sleep and was under medication. In 2008 he also experienced some respiratory illness along with his insomnia despite of taking pills.
* At about 2:45 p.m on 22 Jan 2008 Ledger was found unconscious in his apartment by his housekeeper, Teresa Solomon. Emergency medical technicians and a private security guard arrived at 3:33 pm but they were unable to reviving him and pronounced dead
* After much speculation “Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York” released its autopsy report on 6th Feb 2008 and stated “We have concluded that the manner of death is accident, resulting from the abuse of prescription medications.”
“What I have to keep reminding myself is that no matter what they talk about or what they say about you or the pressures, that life in here is what I originally had and what I still have and still cherish. As long as I can keep my head there I’m fine, it’s not really a hard thing for me to do.”
“If I didn’t do this I don’t know what I’d do. I don’t think I could do a regular 9 to 5 job. The only thing I’ve ever done professionally is acting. Maybe I’d do something close to a beach. Other than that I’d probably take photos.”
Filmography / all movies list
|1992||Clowning Around||George Whaly||Clayton Williamson,Jean-Michel Dagory,Annie Byron|
|1997||Blackrock||Steven Vidler||Laurence Breuls,Simon Lyndon,Linda Cropper|
|–||Paws||Karl Zwicky||Nathan Cavaleri,Emilie François,Billy Connolly|
|1999||Two Hands||Gregor Jordan||Rose Byrne,Bryan Brown,David Field|
|–||10 Things I HateAbout You||Gil Junger||Julia Stiles,Larisa Oleynik,David Krumholtz|
|2000||The Patriot||Roland Emmerich||Mel Gibson,Jason Isaacs,Joely Richardson|
|2001||Monster’s Ball||Marc Forster||Billy Bob Thornton,Halle Berry,Peter Boyle|
|–||A Knight’s Tale||Brian Helgeland||Alan Tudyk,Mark Addy,Paul Bettany|
|2002||The Four Feathers||Shekhar Kapur||Djimon Hounsou,Wes Bentley,Kate Hudson|
|2003||The Order||Brian Helgeland||Benno Fürmann,Shannyn Sossamon,Peter Weller|
|–||Ned Kelly||Gregor Jordan||Geoffrey Rush,Orlando Bloom,Naomi Watts|
|2005||Casanova||Lasse Hallström||Sienna Miller,Jeremy Irons,Natalie Dormer|
|–||The Brothers Grimm||Terry Gilliam||Matt Damon,Lena Headey,Jonathan Pryce|
|–||Lords of Dogtown||Catherine Hardwicke||John Robinson,Victor Rasuk,Emile Hirsch,Nikki Reed|
|–||Brokeback Mountain||Ang Lee||Jake Gyllenhaal,Anne Hathaway,Randy Quaid,Michelle Williams|
|2006||Candy||Neil Armfield||Geoffrey Rush,Abbie Cornish,Tom Budge|
|2007||I’m Not There||Todd Haynes||Cate Blanchett,Christian Bale,Ben Whishaw,Richard Gere|
|2008||The Dark Knight||Christopher Nolan||Christian Bale,Michael Caine,Aaron Eckhart|
|2009||The Imaginarium ofDoctor Parnassus||Terry Gilliam||Christopher Plummer,Lily Cole,Tom Waits,Johnny Depp|