Heath Ledger was one of the most talented and beloved actors of his generation. He rose to fame in 1999 with his starring role in 10 Things I Hate About You, and then went on to become a major Hollywood star.
Born in Perth, Australia, Heath Ledger began acting at the age of 16 when he joined an amateur production company called The New York Screen Actors Workshop. After some success with smaller television roles, he got his big break when cast as Patrick Verona in 10 Things I Hate About You. This romantic comedy became a cult classic and launched Heath’s career into stardom.
He subsequently starred in several other critically acclaimed films such as A Knight’s Tale (2001), Monster’s Ball (2002) and Brokeback Mountain (2005). His performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight cemented him as one of the best actors ever to don this iconic role. For this particular portrayal, he posthumously won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor – making him only the second actor ever to win an Oscar after their death; a testament to how much impact Heath had made during his short life span.
In addition to being known for his incredible talent on screen, Heath was also remembered for being incredibly kind-hearted off screen – often donating money or time towards various charities that were close to his heart including Greenpeace and Variety Clubs International Children’s Charity Fundraiser Gala Dinner & Auction which raises funds for children with disabilities worldwide. His work touched many people around the world who continue honouring him even today by continuing these charitable causes.
Sadly, we lost this shining star far too soon when he tragically passed away from what is believed to be accidental drug overdose at just 28 years old, leaving behind a legacy that will never be forgotten.
From playing memorable characters onscreen like Ennis Del Mar from ‘Brokeback Mountain’ or Tony Stark from ‘The Patriot’, Heath left us with memories that will stay forever entrenched within our hearts; reminding us why despite having gone too soon, he remains one of those few stars whose light continues burning bright long after they have left us.
Throughout his career Heath Ledger appeared in over two dozen films including Monster’s Ball (2001), The Brothers Grimm (2005), Candy (2006), and I’m Not There (2007). In 2008 he won both an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actor for his portrayal of Ennis Del Mar in Ang Lee’s acclaimed drama Brokeback Mountain.
However it was Ledger’s performance as Batman villain Joker that made him a household name worldwide. His iconic portrayal of this character earned him posthumous recognition with multiple awards including another Academy Award as well as a BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actor.
Tragically Heath Ledger passed away due to accidental drug intoxication on 22nd January 2008 aged 28 years old. He left behind one daughter Matilda Rose from his previous relationship with actress Michelle Williams whom he met while filming Brokeback Mountain together. To honor their father, Matilda Rose established “The Heath Ledger Scholarship Fund”. It provides scholarships to aspiring actors from Australia who are looking to pursue careers within the performing arts field.
In death, Heath Ledger has become something more than just an actor; he is now remembered by fans around the world not only for groundbreaking performances but also for being one of most talented performers of our generation.