Heath Ledger was a famous actor & music video director from Australia. Ledger relocated to the United States in 1998 to pursue his film career after appearing in various Australian television and film productions during the 1990s.
|Full Name||Heath Andrew Ledger|
|Birth Date||4 April 1979|
|Birth Place||Perth, Australia|
|Died||22 January 2008|
|Life & Career|
Heath Ledger was born in Western Australia, in the year 1979. Sally, a French teacher, and Kim, a racing car driver and mining engineer, were his parents. Ledger’s ancestors were Scottish, and Irish. He went to Mount Primary School and Guildford Grammar School as a child. He got his start as an actor when he played Peter Pan in a school play.
Ledger dropped out of school in the mid-1990s to pursue a career in acting. He was cast in Sweat and the short-lived 1997 Fox series Roar after having tiny appearances in the family feature Clowning Around and the children’s television series Ship to Shore. In the same year, Ledger made his feature film debut in the teen thriller, Blackrock and featured on the popular Australian soap opera, Home and Away.
In 1999, Ledger had his major break in the murder picture, Two Hands and the adolescent comedy, 10 Things I Hate About You, which also helped Joseph Levitt and Julia Stiles establish their careers. Ledger had a minor role in a historical war drama The Patriot, in 2000, and then starred in Monster’s Ball, the following year.
Throughout the early 2000s, leading roles followed. Ledger played a peasant who aspires to be a knight in the 2001 historical comedy, A Knight’s Tale. In the 2002 military drama, The Four Feathers, the actor portrayed a young officer in 19th-century Sudan. The next year, he starred in Ned Kelly as the Australian bushranger and The Order, a mystery horror thriller.
Following his triumph with Brokeback Mountain, Ledger portrayed a heroin addict alongside Abbie Cornish in the Australian romance thriller Candy. Following that, he starred in the musical drama biopic, I’m Not There. Ledger’s most famous role was as the villainous Joker in Batman sequel, The Dark Knight, in 2008. The picture was a tremendous box-office success, generating over $1 billion worldwide.
With addition to performing, Ledger has dabbled in directing and has directed music videos for musicians such as Nfa and Ben Harper, as well as creating and acting in a tribute to singer-songwriter Nick Drake. He went on to make music videos for Modest Mouse and Grace Woodroofe, which were released after he died.
|Personal Life & Relationships|
Heather Graham, Lisa Zane, and Naomi Watts were among Ledger’s early girlfriends. In 2004, he began dating actress Michelle Williams, who was costarring with him in the film Brokeback Mountain at the time. Matilda, their daughter, was born in year 2005.
Following this, Ledger left his home in New South Wales, and moved to Brooklyn’s Hill area to live with Williams. Following their breakup in year 2007, Ledger began dating supermodel Helena Christensen and Gemma Ward.
Ledger was known to have health issues and he took sleeping tablets to cope with his sleeplessness, which he developed while filming The Dark Knight. In 2008, Ledger was discovered comatose in his Manhattan loft bed. Teresa Solomon, his housekeeper, and Diana Wolozin, his masseuse, discovered him.
According to an autopsy and toxicological analysis, Ledger died as a result of the medical effects of a variety of pharmaceuticals, which he had mistakenly overdosed on. Many memorial services and tributes followed, and Ledger’s remains was brought to Perth by his family after private rituals in Los Angeles.
Heath Ledger, an Australian actor who won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, had a net worth of $16 million at the time of his death in 2008. That’s about $20 million after inflation, and it doesn’t include several million in posthumous assets from real estate sales and royalties from the film The Dark Knight. Matilda, his daughter, received the most of the money.