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Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger young

Birth Date

April 4, 1979

Nationality

Australia

Sun Sign

Aries

Natural hair color

Light brown

Eye color

Brown

Height

6 ft 1 in | 185 cm

Heath Ledger young photos

Weight

84 kg | 185 lbs

Chest

38 in | 96 cm

Shoe size

12 US | 45.5 EU

Waist

31 in | 79 cm

Early acting career First film Breakthrough

Heath Andrew Ledger was born in Perth, Western Australia, Australia, on April 4, 1979, was an Australian actor. Young Heath Ledger first started acting in school theater production, as Peter Pan at the age of 10.

He made his big screen debut in Australian family film Clowning Around (1991) in uncredited role as orphan clown. He landed first his credited role as Toby Ackland in Australian drama thriller film Blackrock (1997).

He got his television debut in Australian children's television series Ship to Shore (1993) in role as Cyclist.

Ledger's breakthrough performance came as Gabriel Edward Martin in epic war film The Patriot (2000) opposite Mel Gibson.

Best Movies

He won the Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as The Joker in superhero film The Dark Knight (2008) directed by Christopher Nolan, (awarded posthumously).

He was nominated for the Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his performance as Ennis Del Mar in romantic drama film Brokeback Mountain (2005) directed by Ang Lee.

Monster's Ball (2001) drama romance with Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton

A Knight's Tale (2001) adventure comedy with Shannyn Sossamon

Ned Kelly (2003) historical drama opposite Orlando Bloom and Naomi Watts

Casanova (2005) Ddrama romance with Sienna Miller and Natalie Dormer

Candy (2006) romantic drama with Abbie Cornish

I'm Not There (2007) musical drama opposite Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett

The Brothers Grimm (2005) adventure fantasy with Matt Damon, Monica Bellucci and Lena Headey

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) fantasy comedy drama opposite Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law

10 Things I Hate About You (1999) teen romantic comedy drama with Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Lords of Dogtown (2005) biographical drama with Emile Hirsch

The Four Feathers (2002) adventure drama opposite Kate Hudson and Wes Bentley

TV Shows

Sweat (1996) Australian drama television series in role as Snowy Bowles

Home and Away (1997) Australian soap opera in role as Scott Irwin

Roar (1997) Fox fantasy adventure television series in role as Conor

Facts

Attended Mary's Mount Primary School in Gooseberry Hill and Guildford Grammar School in Guildford, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia.

Had an older sister, Kate.

Had Scottish, English, Irish and Sephardi Jewish ancestry.

He locked himself in a motel room for 43 days when he prepared to play the Joker.

He is the youngest actor to have played The Joker.

He designed the make-up look himself, using drugstore make-up for The Joker.

Was good friends with Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Christian Bale and Russell Crowe.

Liked to write poetry.

He was an avid chess player, at the age of 10 he won Western Australia’s Junior Chess Championship.

Was a big fan of Nick Drake.

He directed music videos:

N'fa "Cause an Effect" and "Seduction is Evil (She's Hot)" (2006)

Ben Harper "Morning Yearning" (2006)

Nick Drake "Black Eyed Dog" (2007)

Grace Woodroofe "Quicksand" (2009)

Modest Mouse "King Rat" (2009)

He died on January 22, 2008, New York City, New York, United States, at age of 28.

Relationships

He was in relationship with actress Michelle Williams (2004-2007), they had a daughter, Matilda Rose.

He dated Lindsay Lohan (2007-2008), Mary-Kate Olsen (2007-2008), Gemma Ward (2007-2008), Naomi Watts (2002-2004), Heather Graham (2000-2001), Christina Cauchi (2000-2002) and Lisa Zane (1997-1998).

Quotes

The Joker, so far, is definitely the most fun I've had with any character. He's just out of control -- no empathy
he's a sociopath, uh, a psychotic, mass-murdering clown. And, uh, I'm just thoroughly thoroughly enjoying it. It's just exceeded any expectations I had of what the experience would be like.

I start to get bored, not with the choices I was making, because I didn't really have a choice. The choices were being made for me -- I was being thrown into projects. So I kind of put the brakes on that. In a sense, I destroyed my career to rebuild it again.

I'm not good at future planning. I don't plan at all. I don't know what I'm doing tomorrow. I don't have a day planner and I don't have a diary. I completely live in the now, not in the past, not in the future.

I don't know, as long as I get to evolve and grow as an actor and as a person, that's the stuff I'm after.

I'm just not one of those naturally funny, relaxed actors who enjoy the spotlight and are so good at it.

I felt like my career was out of my hands.

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