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Heath Ledger (4th April 1979 - 22nd January 2008) was an Australian, Academy Award-nominated actor. Shortly before his death (cause currently unknown), he had completed filming the most recent batman Movie, The Dark Knight, in which he played the role of The Joker.

Childhood: Ledger was born in Perth, Australia, to Sally Ledger Bell, a French teacher, and Kim Ledger, a racing car driver and mining engineer. Heath and his sister, Kate were named after the two main characters in Wuthering Heights.

Acting Career: At sixteen, Ledger left school to pursue an acting career. He featured in the TV series 'Sweat' (1996), in which he played a gay cyclist.

His film debut was in the 1997 Australian movie Blackrock, which was immediately followed by a part on 'Home And Away' one of the country's most successful television shows. In 1999, Ledger starred in the teen comedy movie 10 Things I Hate About Youand also had the lead role in the critically acclaimed Australian movie Two Hands.

From 2000 to 2005, Ledger featured in The Patriot, Monster's Ball, A Knight's Tale, The Four Feathers, Ned Kelly, The Order and The Brother's Grimm.

2003 saw him named as one of Australian GQ's Men of the Year for acting.

2005: His performance in Brokeback Mountain gained him awards from both the New York Film Critics' Circle and the San Francisco Film Critics' Circle. In the film, he plays Ennis Del Mar, a Wyoming ranch hand who has an affair with a rodeo rider, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. His performance also received a Golden Globe award for Best Actor In A Drama and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. At 26, he was one of the youngest actors to have been nominated for this award.

Also in 2005, he starred in Casanova, playing the lead role opposite Sienna Miller. In 2006, Ledger was asked to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and then in 2007, he was one of six actors chosen to portray different versions of Bob Dylan in the highly acclaimed motion picture, I'm Not There.

Ledger then played the iconic comic book villain The Joker in The Dark Knight, the sequel to the 2005 film Batman Begins, opposite Christian Bale. As The Dark Knight was in the post-production stage at the time of Ledger's death, the film itself will be unchanged, although the viral marketing campaign that centred on Ledger's character may now be changed

Directing career: Heath Ledger had aspirations to become a film director. He had already made some music videos. Three of these were for singer Ben Harper, with whom he had set up a record label and two for the Australian hip-hop artist N'fa

As a step towards making a film about deceased English songwriter, Nick drake, he created a short film set to Drake's song 'Black Eyed Dog'

He was also working on an adaptation of The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis, with writer/producer Allan Scott. This would have been his first feature as a director.

Death: Heath Ledger was found dead in his New York apartment on January 22nd 2008. His housekeeper arrived at around 12:30pm to carry out household chores and found him face down on the bed and reported to hear him snoring. His masseuse then arrived and tried to wake the unresponsive Ledger. When she could not rouse him, she used his cellphone to call Ms. Olsen in California to seek her guidance, knowing Ms. Olsen to be a friend of Mr. Ledger's.

Ms. Wolozin again shook Mr. Ledger, called Ms. Olsen again and said she would call the emergency services. Ms. Wolozin called 911 at 3:26 p.m. and reported that Mr. Ledger was not breathing. Ms. Wolozin's efforts to revive Ledger were unsuccessful. Emergency medical workers arrived at 3:33 p.m.. They moved his body to the floor and then used a defibrillator and CPR, but to no avail.

Mr. Ledger was pronounced dead at 3:36 p.m.

The police had found prescription medication in the bathroom and that there were not any obvious signs of suicide. Nor did they suspect foul play. An initial autopsy carried out on January 23 proved inconclusive at determining the cause of death. The medical examiner stated that it would take about 10 days to complete the investigation.

Michelle Williams, Ledger's ex-partner, made a statement on 1st February 2008, expressing her heartbreak and described how she saw his spirit living on through their daughter, Matilda. She concluded her statement with the words "She (Matilda) will be brought up with the best memories of him."



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Lindsay Lohan Accuses Jared Leto Of Ripping Off Brandon Lee And Urges Fans Not To See 'Suicide Squad'


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Lindsay Lohan took aim at Jared Leto on Instagram earlier this week, by posting then deleting a collage of the actors who have played The Joker alongside Brandon Lee, and accusing the Suicide Squad star of basing his whole career on The Crow.

Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan thinks Jared Leto based his whole career on Brandon Lee’sThe Crow.

The collage featured Leto as The Joker in Suicide Squad, Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight and Jack Nicholson in 1989’s Batman, as well as the late Brandon Lee in The Crow. According to Perez Hilton, the actress captioned the post: “Who wore it better? Who based his whole music and film career on the film, The Crow?”

Continue reading: Lindsay Lohan Accuses Jared Leto Of Ripping Off Brandon Lee And Urges Fans Not To See 'Suicide Squad'

Jared Leto Knows He's Walking Upon Hallowed Ground With Joker Role


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Jared Leto has some big shoes to fill when it comes to playing The Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie. In 1989’s Batman the role was taken on by the legendary Jack Nicholson then in 2008 The Joker was reimagined through Heath Ledger’s portrayal in The Dark Knight, but now it’s Leto’s turn to make the role his own.

Jared Leto as The Joker in Suicide SquadJared Leto as The Joker in Suicide Squad.

“You’re kind of walking upon hallowed ground, and it deserves the very best that you can do,” the Oscar winner told Entertainment Weekly. “It takes over your life and that’s what I needed to do for myself.”

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Olivia Ledger - Australians In Film: Heath Ledger Scholarship Dinner at Mr. C Beverly Hills - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Wednesday 1st June 2016

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Heath Ledger and Guest
Heath Ledger and Guest

Hilarious Throwback Video Of Heath Ledger And Comedian Magda Szubanski From 2006 Goes Viral


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A video featuring the late Heath Ledger and ‘Kath and Kim’ actress Magda Szubanski from 2006 went viral this week, after being featured in a Throwback Thursday post. The funny clip shows Szubanski in character as ‘Kath and Kim’s’ Sharon, freaking out upon seeing the actor on the red carpet and then getting a kiss on the lips from the hunk.

Heath LedgerAn awards show video of Heath Ledger from 2006 has gone viral.

As Ledger was about to be interviewed on the red carpet, Szubanski comes up behind him and screams, making the actor jump. But Ledger handles it like a pro and gives the over-excited Sharon a kiss on the lips and even strokes her face, causing her to drop to the floor.

Continue reading: Hilarious Throwback Video Of Heath Ledger And Comedian Magda Szubanski From 2006 Goes Viral

Jake Gyllenhaal Opens Up About His Pain At Losing Heath Ledger


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When Heath Ledger died from an accidental overdose in 2008 the world mourned the loss of a shining star. But there were few that mourned the loss more than Ledger's Brokeback Mountain co-star, Jake Gyllenhaal who has recently opened up about how the death of his friend really affected him.

Jake GyllenhaalJake Gyllenhaal misses his co-star Heath Ledger

Speaking to NPR’s Terry Gross, Gyllenhaal spoke of how sad he felt that the world would never get to see the “beauty of his [Ledger’s] expression.”

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Lindsay Lohan's Ex List Was Actually A Step In Her Recovery


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Lindsay Lohan really did write down her now infamous list of lovers, which has been providing gossip fodder for a couple of weeks now. But she didn’t do it for the reasons you think. It turns out that Lohan jotted down the thirty or so names, while she was in rehab, as part of her therapy. So said Lohan herself, speaking out about the list on Watch What Happens Live. When questioned by Andy Cohen during the show’s Plead the Fifth segment, Lohan played coy at first.

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It sounds like the list is a reminder of times now past for Lohan.

"I cannot confirm or deny it," she said.

Continue reading: Lindsay Lohan's Ex List Was Actually A Step In Her Recovery

Will Dane DeHaan's Green Goblin Outdo Heath Ledger's Joker?


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Who could possibly believe that the new images released of The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s most nefarious villain, The Green Goblin, is in fact baby faced actor Dane DeHaan?  We’d initially assumed that the film would see Peter Parker, alias Spider-Man, played by Andrew Garfield, come up against Electro, played by Jamie Foxx, so we were all surprised to see a flash of the Green Goblin in the trailer. It seems as though Spider-Man will have a few bad guys to contend with in the latest movie!

dane dehaan spiderman 2 Dane DeHaan may be cute in real life, but he's horrifying as the Green Goblin

The Green Goblin, who ultimately becomes Peter Parker’s number one enemy, is played by 28 year old DeHaan, and woah, does he look creepy in the new promo shots. DeHaan’s Green Goblin stares menacingly into the camera, his rotten teeth visible through his snarling, chapped grin. His skin looks as though he has a serious case of an incurable swamp lurgy, while he appears to have some kind of apparatus attached to his face and twisted around his neck. His frazzled red hair is a far cry from DeHaan’s mousy blond locks, in fact, if we didn’t know it was the actor, we’d really have no idea.

Continue reading: Will Dane DeHaan's Green Goblin Outdo Heath Ledger's Joker?

CGI, Body Doubles & Voice Overs To Complete Paul Walker's Fast & Furious 7 Scenes?


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Paul Walker may still be able to complete Fast & Furious 7 with the use of body doubles, CGI and voice overs reports suggest. Walker died in a car accident in November of last year when filming for the seventh film had yet to be completed. 

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Paul Walker's scenes in Fast & Furious 7 will be completed using special effects.

Read more Paul Walker news on Contactmusic.

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Brittany Murphy's 'Something Wicked' To Be Released, Other Posthumous Movie Releases


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Brittany Murphy’s final movie ‘Something Wicked’ is due to be released over four years since her tragic and ambiguous death. The plot focuses on a young couple who find themselves faced with a past that they had hoped would remain buried. Murphy died in 2009, after allegedly being stricken with acute pneumonia and severe anemia. The same results were found on her husband, Simon Monjack’s post mortum, when he died just five months after her.

brittany murphy something wicked Brittany Murphy looked extraordinarily thin in the months before her death

Over the past 15 years Brittany Murphy is not the only star to die before their latest project is released. Oliver Reed suffered a heart attack whilst filming Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, which came out in 2000. The movie was completed using CGI and a stunt double to finish his scenes.  Those of you who have seen the movie can appreciate quite how flawlessly this was done, it's virtually impossible to tell that Reed isn't in certain scenes.

Continue reading: Brittany Murphy's 'Something Wicked' To Be Released, Other Posthumous Movie Releases

Paul Walker And Other Actors Who Died Mid-Way Through Movie Shoots


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The world was taken back by the very sudden death of Paul Walker at the end of 2013, only to hit by the sad news of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s drug overdose in early February. Both actors were well liked in their personal lives and had successful careers, similarly they also were working on incomplete projects at the time of their deaths.

hoffman actors who died Hoffman had nearly finished filming all of his scenes for The Hunger Games

Walker had begun filming scenes for the latest movie in the franchise that made him famous, Fast & Furious 7, but still had important scenes left to shoot. Sources have claimed that a large section of the script had to be rewritten in order to continue with the film after Walker’s fatal accident.

Continue reading: Paul Walker And Other Actors Who Died Mid-Way Through Movie Shoots

Ben Affleck Takes Batman Rejection In His "Big Boy" Stride


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Ben Affleck has finally responded to the backlash and online petition against him being the next Batman in the 2015 Zack Snyder face-off with Henry Cavill's Superman. As the petition's signatures crept past 90,000, the actor could not pretend he was unaware of the furore any longer. It was time for the Oscar-winning director to address the online tirades and bad feeling towards him.

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See: It's All In His Stride.

Appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Monday night (16th Sept), Affleck was given a platform to air his views on the tidal wave of hatred he was hit with. He revealed how he was given stern advice by Warner Bros., who told him: "don't use the internet for a few days."

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Teresa Palmer and Heath Ledger - Thursday 19th February 2009 at Academy Of Motion Pictures And Sciences Los Angeles, California

Teresa Palmer and Heath Ledger
Teresa Palmer and Heath Ledger
Teresa Palmer and Heath Ledger
Teresa Palmer and Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger and Brokeback Mountain Thursday 22nd January 2009 He was a Hollywood golden boy in the making whose life was cut tragically short in the cruellest way. New York City, USA

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Heath Ledger and Brokeback Mountain
Heath Ledger and Brokeback Mountain
Heath Ledger and Brokeback Mountain
Heath Ledger and Brokeback Mountain
Heath Ledger and Brokeback Mountain

Skateboarders of Venice and Heath Ledger Sunday 17th August 2008 Skateboarders of Venice, California pay tribute to Heath Ledger as they spray paint 'RIP Heath Ledger' on the outside wall of a surf and skate shop where the late actor used to hang out for research into the role of Skip in the 2005 movie 'Lords of Dogtown'. Los Angeles, California

Skateboarders Of Venice and Heath Ledger
Skateboarders Of Venice and Heath Ledger
Skateboarders Of Venice and Heath Ledger
Skateboarders Of Venice and Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger Monday 21st July 2008 Heath Ledger as The Joker

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Heath Ledger

Date of birth

4th April, 1979

Date of death

22nd January, 2008

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.85


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