Heath Ledger young
April 4, 1979
6 ft 1 in | 185 cm
84 kg | 185 lbs
38 in | 96 cm
12 US | 45.5 EU
31 in | 79 cm
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.
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
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
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.
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).
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.