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Heath Ledger

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Heath Ledger

Australian actor and director add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1979.

Countries: United States (58%), Australia (16%), United Kingdom (13%)

Main connections: The Dark Knight (film), Brokeback Mountain, Terry Gilliam

Linked to: Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, Associated Press, The New York Times, Fox Broadcasting Company




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Heath Ledger was born in 1979 add something


Allan Scott's film adaptation of the chess-related 1983 novel "The Queen's Gambit", by Walter Tevis, which at the time of his death he was planning to both perform in and direct, would have been Ledger's first feature film as a director add something


He was working with Scottish screenwriter and producer Allan Scott on an adaptation of the 1983 novel "The Queen's Gambit" by Walter Tevis, for which he was planning both to act and to direct, which would have been his first feature film as a director add something


After performing roles in Australian television and film during the 1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to develop his film career add something


Lena Headey - After working steadily as an actress getting small and supporting roles in films throughout the 1990s, she found fame for her lead performances in big-budget films that became well-known like the fantasy film "The Brothers Grimm" , in which she acted opposite Matt Damon and Heath Ledger, the action period film "300" , portraying the role of Queen Gorgo and the adventure and biographical feature "The Red Baron"


Naomi Watts - Watts was in a relationship with director Stephen Hopkins in the 1990s and actor Heath Ledger from August 2002 to May 2004


From 1993 to 1997, Ledger had parts in the Perth television series "Ship to Shore" ; in the short-lived Fox Broadcasting Company fantasy-drama "Roar" ; in "Home and Away" , one of Australia's most successful television shows; and in the Australian film "Blackrock" , his feature film debut add something


Justine Clarke - Clarke's film "Turning April" in 1996 was followed by "Blackrock" with Heath Ledger in 1997


Melissa George - George made a health and fitness video, "Mind, Body and Soul" , created a sleepwear line called "An Angel at My Bedside", and had a recurring role on the short-lived 1997 Fox Broadcasting Company television fantasy drama series "Roar", which was filmed in Queensland, opposite Heath Ledger


Keri Russell - In 1997, she appeared in two episodes of "Roar" alongside Heath Ledger


In 1999, he starred in the teen comedy "10 Things I Hate About You" and in the acclaimed Australian crime film "Two Hands", directed by Gregor Jordan add something


David Krumholtz - In 1999 David starred as Michael Eckman in the popular teen movie "10 Things I Hate about You" with Larisa Oleynik, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Julia Stiles, and Heath Ledger


Julia Stiles - In 1999, she portrayed Kat Stratford, opposite Heath Ledger, in Gil Junger's "10 Things I Hate About You", an adaptation of "The Taming of the Shrew" set in a high school in Tacoma, Washington, Washington


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 add something


From 2000 to 2005, he starred in supporting roles as Gabriel Martin, the eldest son of Benjamin Martin , in "The Patriot" , and as Sonny Grotowski, the son of Hank Grotowski , in "Monster's Ball" ; and in leading or title roles in "A Knight's Tale" , "The Four Feathers" , "The Order" , "Ned Kelly" , "Casanova" , "The Brothers Grimm" , and "Lords of Dogtown" add something


Laila Rouass - In 2000, Rouass starred in Jag Mhundra's controversial film, "Bawandar" , about revenge rapes in Rajasthan, and she made her English-language film debut in 2002 with a small role in "The Four Feathers" opposite Heath Ledger


In 2001, he won a ShoWest award as "Male Star of Tomorrow" add something


Berenice Bejo - In 2001, Bejo played the role of Christiana in "A Knight's Tale" opposite Heath Ledger, embodying the confidante of Shannyn Sossamon on the screen


Lucy Gordon (actress) - She appeared alongside Heath Ledger in the 2002 film "The Four Feathers"


Some of Ledger's relatives may be challenging the legal status of his will signed in 2003, prior to his involvement with Williams and the birth of their daughter and not updated to include them, which divides half of his estate between his parents and half among his siblings; they claim that there is a second, unsigned will, which leaves most of that estate to Matilda Rose add something


Graham Berry - Berry appears as a minor character in the 2003 film "Ned Kelly" starring Heath Ledger as the title role


Emily Browning - In 2003, she appeared opposite Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom in 2003's "Ned Kelly", and reunited with Connolly the following year in the film adaptation of "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events", in which she played Violet Baudelaire


Robert Drewe - "Our Sunshine" was made into a 2003 film, retitled "Ned Kelly", directed by Gregor Jordan and starring Heath Ledger, Orlando_Bloom and Naomi Watts


In 2004 he strongly denied press reports alleging that "he spat at journalists on the Sydney set of the film "Candy"," or that one of his relatives had done so later, outside Ledger's Sydney home add something


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 in October 2005 in New York City add something


Michelle Williams (actress) - Williams began dating Australian actor Heath Ledger, her "Brokeback Mountain" co-star, in 2004 after meeting on the set of their film


For his portrayal of Ennis Del Mar in "Brokeback Mountain", Ledger won the 2005 New York Film Critics Circle award for Best Actor and the 2006 Best International Actor award from the Australian Film Institute, and was nominated for the 2005 Academy award for Best Actor and the 2006 BAFTA award for Best Actor in a Leading Role add something


Ledger received "Best Actor of 2005" awards from both the New York Film Critics Circle and the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for his performance in "Brokeback Mountain", in which he plays Wyoming ranch hand Ennis Del Mar, who has a love affair with aspiring rodeo rider Jack Twist, played by Jake Gyllenhaal add something


Sienna Miller - In 2005, Miller played the female lead opposite Heath Ledger in the period comedy drama, "Casanova", followed by the role of 1960s socialite and Andy Warhol's muse Edie Sedgwick in "Factory Girl", which opened 29 December 2006


Jeremy Irons - In 2005, he appeared in the films "Casanova" opposite Heath Ledger, and Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven"


Can't Take My Eyes Off You - It is used in the plot in "Son of the Mask" , "Drop Dead Gorgeous" , and in the 1999 film "10 Things I Hate About You", where the performance by Heath Ledger was nominated for Best Musical Sequence in the 2000 MTV Movie *awards


Emile Hirsch - Later, in 2005, Hirsch starred with Heath Ledger in "Lords of Dogtown", a cult favorite by director Catherine Hardwicke; the film, about a number of well-known skaters of the 1970s and their role in the birth of a higher-profile skateboard culture, was released on June 3, 2005


Lena Headey - Headey co-starred with Matt Damon and Heath Ledger in Terry Gilliam's "The Brothers Grimm", which was released in August 2005


Ledger was quoted in January 2006 in Melbourne's "Herald Sun" as saying that he heard that West Virginia had banned "Brokeback Mountain", which it had not; actually, a cinema in Utah had banned the film add something


On 13 January 2006, "Several members of the paparazzi retaliated add something


Abbie Cornish - Cornish received critical acclaim for her role in 2006's "Candy", opposite Heath Ledger


Sixto Diaz Rodriguez - His song "Sugar Man" was featured in the 2006 film "Candy", starring Heath Ledger


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 stars, actresses Mary-Kate Olsen and Lindsay Lohan add something


Speaking of editing "The Dark Knight," on which Ledger had completed his work in October 2007, Nolan recalled, "It was tremendously emotional, right when he passed, having to go back in and look at him every day add something


Richard Gere - By 2007, Gere was co-starring with Jesse Eisenberg and Terrence Howard in "The Hunting Party" as well as with Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, and Cate Blanchett in Todd Haynes' semi-biographical film about Bob Dylan, "I'm Not There"


Sea Shepherd Conservation Society - In 2007, actor Heath Ledger conceived and directed a music video of the Modest Mouse song "King Rat", intended to raise awareness of the whale hunts taking place each year off the coast of his native Australia


Gemma Ward - Ward and Heath Ledger first met in November 2007 in New York when Ward had just turned 20


Film critics, co-stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michael Caine and many of Ledger's colleagues in the film community joined Bale in calling for and predicting a nomination for the 2008 Academy award for Best Supporting Actor in recognition of Ledger's achievement in "The Dark Knight add something

Heath Ledger died in 2008 add something


As the news of Ledger's death became public, throughout the night of 22 January 2008, and the next day, media crews, mourners, fans, and other onlookers began gathering outside his apartment building, with some leaving flowers or other memorial tributes add something


At the time of his death, on 22 January 2008, Ledger had completed about half of the work for his final film performance as Tony in Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" add something


After two weeks of intense media speculation about possible causes of Ledger's death, on 6 February 2008, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York released its conclusions, based on an initial autopsy of 23 January 2008, and a subsequent complete toxicological analysis add something


On 31 March 2008, stimulating another controversy pertaining to Ledger's estate, Gemma Jones and Janet Fife-Yeomans published an "Exclusive" report, in "The Daily Telegraph", citing Ledger's uncle Haydn Ledger and other family members, who "believe the late actor may have fathered a secret love child" when he was 17, and stating that "If it is confirmed that Ledger is the girl's biological father, it could split his multi-million dollar estate between add something


Released in July 2008, "The Dark Knight" broke several box office records and received both popular and critical accolades, especially with regard to Ledger's performance as the Joker add something


On 15 July 2008, Fife-Yeomans reported further, via Australian "News Limited," that "While Ledger left everything to his parents and three sisters, it is understood they have legal advice that under WA law, Matilda Rose is entitled to the lion's share" of his estate; its executors, Kim Ledger's former business colleague Robert John Collins and Geraldton accountant William Mark Dyson, "have applied for probate in the West Australian Supreme Court in Perth, advertising for 'creditors and other persons' having claims on the estate to lodge them by 11 August 200 add something


In his penultimate film performance, Ledger played the Joker in "The Dark Knight", directed by Christopher Nolan, first released, in Australia, on 16 July 2008, nearly six months after his death add something


After a flurry of further media speculation, on 6 August 2008, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan closed its investigation into Ledger's death without filing any charges and rendering moot its subpoena of Olsen add something


On 10 November 2008, he was nominated for two People's Choice awards related to his work on the film, "Best Ensemble Cast" and "Best Onscreen Match-Up" , and Ledger won an award for "Match-Up" in the ceremony aired live on CBS in January 2009 add something


The Dark Knight (film) - And in 2008, Christian Bale's Batman found his in Heath Ledger's demented dervish, the Joker


Spike Jonze - In 2008, Jonze dated Michelle Williams several months after the death of Heath Ledger, but around a year later they split


Gemma Ward - In early 2008, Ward was reported to have been seeing actor Heath Ledger after media articles linked the two together at end of 2007 holiday celebrations


Brokeback Mountain - After Heath Ledger died from an accidental drug overdose in January 2008, Gibson was widely criticized for mocking the deceased actor hours after the news broke


Ellen Page - Before his death in January 2008, Heath Ledger had discussed with Page the idea of starring in his directorial debut, "The Queen's Gambit"


Terry Gilliam - On 22 January 2008, production of the film was disrupted following the death of Heath Ledger in New York City.


Tom Waits - Star Heath Ledger's death in January 2008 cast doubt on the film's future, but the production was salvaged with the addition of new actors playing his character in scenes he did not complete


The Dark Knight (film) - After the death of Heath Ledger on January 22, 2008, Warner Bros. adjusted its promotional focus on the Joker, revising some of its websites dedicated to promoting the film and posting a memorial tribute to Ledger on the film's official website On February 29, 2008, "I Believe in Harvey Dent" was updated to enable fans to send their e-mail addresses and phone numbers


The Dark Knight (film) - On January 22, 2008, some months after he had completed filming on "The Dark Knight" and six months before the film's release, Heath Ledger died from a toxic combination of prescription drugs, leading to intense attention from the press and movie-going public


The Shins - On January 24, 2008, "The Past and Pending" was played at the funeral of Heath Ledger


The "King Rat" video premiered on 4 August 2009 add something


Johnny Depp - Depp played the former Heath Ledger character in the 2009 film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus along with Jude Law and Colin Farrell.


Peter Finch - He was the only posthumous winner of an Oscar in an acting category until Heath Ledger won the Academy *award for Best Supporting Actor in 2009


Matt Osborne - In early 2010, Osborne reinvented the Doink character to resemble Heath Ledger's portrayal of The Joker in "The Dark Knight", nicknaming the incarnation 'Reborne Again'


In January 2011, The State Theatre Centre of Western Australia in Ledger's hometown of Perth named a 575-seat theatre the Heath Ledger Theatre after him add something


On 30 January 2011, Gemma Ward stated that the pair began dating in November 2007 and their families spent Christmas together in their home town of Perth add something


Heather Graham - Graham dated actors James Woods, whom she first met while studying at UCLA, Kyle McLachlan and Heath Ledger, whom she met in Prague while filming "From Hell", and directors Stephen Hopkins, Edward Burns and Yaniv Raz. In 2011 she was dating Jason Silva


On 4 April 2017, a Trailer was released for the upcoming documentary "I am Heath Ledger" which is planned to be released on 3 May 2017 add something