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The Greats Of Our Time Directory

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Heath Ledger

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1979 – 2008

Top 18 Films/Series

Heath Andrew Ledger (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008) was an Australian actor and director. After performing roles in several Australian television and film productions during the 1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to further develop his film career. 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), Lords of Dogtown (2005), Brokeback Mountain (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), the latter two being posthumous releases. He also produced and directed music videos and aspired to be a film director.

For his portrayal of Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain, Ledger won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and Best International Actor from the Australian Film Institute, and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Posthumously he shared the 2007 Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award with the rest of the ensemble cast, the director, and the casting director for the film I’m Not There, which was inspired by the life and songs of American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. In the film, Ledger portrayed a fictional actor named Robbie Clark, one of six characters embodying aspects of Dylan’s life and persona.

Ledger died on 22 January 2008 from an accidental intoxication from prescription drugs. A few months before his death, Ledger had finished filming his performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight. His death occurred during editing of The Dark Knight and in the midst of filming his last role as Tony in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. His untimely death cast a shadow over the subsequent promotion of the $185 million Batman production. Ledger received numerous posthumous accolades for his critically acclaimed performance in the film, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, a Best Actor International Award at the 2008 Australian Film Institute Awards (for which he became the first actor to win an award posthumously), the 2008 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, and the 2009 BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Sweat 1996 [26 episodes] – Heath Ledger, Inge Hornstra, Melissa Thomas,  Paul Tassone  [18/18]

Paws 1997 – Heath Ledger, Billy Connolly, Myriam Francois – Cerrah,  Sandy Gore,Caroline Gillmer  [17/18]

Blackrock 1997 – Heath Ledger, Laurence Breuls, Simon Lyndon, Linda Cropper  [16/18]

10 Things I Hate About You 1999 – Heath Ledger, julia Stiles, Larisa Oleynik, Joseph Gordon – Levitt, Andrew Keegan, David Krumholtz  [15/18]

I liked Heath Ledger as an actor and was saddened to hear of his death, the first film like many l should imagine that l saw with Heath was the one above “10 Things I Hate About You.”

So there we go folks part one of Heath Ledger Week – part 2 on Monday

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