Heath Ledger Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

15th March 2017

Fact: The life of the late actor Heath Ledger is to be explored in a new TV documentary. Ledger died at the age of just 28 in 2008 after overdosing on prescription drugs. I Am: Heath Ledger will air on America's Spike TV channel in May (17), will look at all aspects of the acclaimed actor's life, including his relationship with fellow actress Michelle Williams, the mother of his daughter Matilda, 11.

1st August 2014

Quote: "My favourite onscreen kiss was Heath. That was pretty excellent. He was just so beautiful and sweet and gentle. He was lovely. That's a tough one to answer, but an amazing memory." Kate Hudson fondly remembers her The Four Feathers co-star, late actor Heath Ledger.

28th May 2013

Fact: A pair of jeans and leather gloves worn by late actor Heath Ledger for his Oscar-nominated role in 2005 film Brokeback Mountain have sold at auction in Los Angeles for $21,000 (£13,548). The lot made more than 20 times the expected price.

23rd September 2011

Fact: The Los Angeles bachelor pad Heath Ledger once called home is on the market. Dubbed The Tree House, the two-bedroom place, which was formerly owned by Ellen DeGeneres, is up for sale at just under $3 million (£1.9 million).

2nd August 2011

Quote: "Brilliant actor, brilliant work – that’s it. I’ve got a job to do... I’m not here to engage in a competition with their talent. It’s to play the character that I’ve been given.” Tom Hardy has no problem following on from late actor Heath Ledger as the villain in the latest Batman movie.

18th May 2011

Fact: U.K. film fans have named Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal's forbidden love in Brokeback Mountain their favourite screen romance. Gyllenhaal and the late Ledger starred as gay cowboys who share an illicit affair in the 2005 drama, which topped a poll by LoveFilm.com.

5th January 2011

Quote: "I experienced a lot of loss after his death. I lost my city because of all the paparazzi descending upon us. I actually lost my journal during that time, oddly enough. I literally couldn't hold on to anything. It felt as if things were literally slipping through my fingers. Things were just streaming away from me. I lost my sense of humour. I'm still sort of looking for that." Michelle Williams felt the loss of her ex-fiance Heath Ledger in numerous ways after his 2008 death.

30th December 2010

Quote: "I just met someone who really cared about people and the world, that's why I connected to him. He just had a real big heart. He didn't take himself seriously." Comedienne Roseanne Barr is still mourning the loss of Heath Ledger.

4th November 2010

Quote: "That movie continues to last, and a large part of that has to do with how extraordinary Heath Ledger was, and what an extraordinary force he was as an actor. If he were still alive everybody would be clamouring to work with him. I just feel honoured to have worked with him and to have called him a friend." Jake Gyllenhaal on his late Brokeback Mountain co-star HEATH LEDGER.

13th May 2010

Quote: "It's a responsibility I'm proud to have." Jake Gyllenhaal takes his role as godfather to his late pal Heath Ledger's daughter MATILDA seriously.

1st March 2010

Tweet: "I'm sad that Heath Ledger died. I never met him, but he seemed like a good person. I fell in love with him in '10 Things I Hate About You.'" Amanda Bynes still mourns her teenage crush, who died in 2008.

26th December 2009

Quote: "I was looking forward to working with him. Time is transient. You think you’ve got a lot of it. Who knows how much time we all have left? Tick, tick, tick." Singer/actor Tom Waits never got the chance to work with Heath Ledger on the set of THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS.

28th July 2009

Fact: Heath Ledger's final character in Terry Gilliam's oddball THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS movie is a showman modelled on former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

7th May 2009

Fact: Heath Ledger's final film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, was screened publicly for the first time in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (05May09) when movie executives and independent film buyers crowded into the Directors Guild theatre to see Terry Gilliam's fantasy film. The movie's official world premiere will take place at the Cannes Film Festival in France later this month (May09).

26th March 2009

Fact: TWILIGHT director Catherine Hardwicke dedicated two songs to her Lords of Dogtown star Heath Ledger during a recent taping of hip Los Angeles radio station KCRW's Guest DJ Project show. The late actor lip-synced to one of the tunes, Rod Stewart's Maggie May, in the skateboarding movie.

17th March 2009

Fact: Two music videos Heath Ledger directed before his death last year (Jan08) are to be released in 2009. The tragic movie star was the brains behind Modest Mouse's animated King Rat video and he also directed little-known Grace Woodroofe's cover of David Bowie's Quicksand.

12th March 2009

Fact: Gravel-voiced singer Tom Waits plays the devil in what was Heath Ledger's final film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

7th March 2009

Quote: "There are lines you can't believe were written before Heath died. There are going to be a few gasps. I can guarantee gasps." Moviemaker Terry Gilliam insists Heath Ledger's final film, THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS, will not be easy to watch for some fans.

23rd February 2009

Quote: "Proud is an understatement. We are overproud." The father of late actor Heath Ledger, KIM, is overwhelmed by his son's posthumous Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

20th February 2009

Fact: British bookmakers Ladbrokes have tipped Heath Ledger as the odds-on favourite to scoop the Best Supporting Actor prize at Sunday 's (22feb09) Academy Awards. The late star has odds of 1/50 to score the posthumous honour for his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight.

26th January 2009

Quote: "You actually think at certain times angels come down to earth, and Heath might have been one of them. And then he's gone, and you think: 'This is all wrong. All the other people should be dead. He should be leading us into wonderful world of adventure.'" Terry Gilliam on Heath Ledger, who he directed in movies The Brothers Grimm and THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS.

7th January 2009

Fact: Actor Verne Troyer has a tattoo of a heart his THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS co-star Heath Ledger drew shortly before his death.

3rd December 2008

Quote: "After Heath Ledger, I was just like, 'Man, this is not going to end up good…I realised I found my soulmate, and it made me want to be a better person. Now, with the baby, I want to be the best dad I can be." Rocker Pete Wentz on his decision to quit drugs.

2nd October 2008

Fact: Heath Ledger's actor cousin LUKE LEDGER, 16, missed out on a role in Aussie TV soap NEIGHBOURS last year (07).

18th September 2008

Fact: Actor Josh Brolin was directors ETHAN and Joel Coen's second choice to play the part of MOSS in the Oscar winning NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN - they originally offered the role to Heath Ledger, who died in January (08).

16th August 2008

Fact: Actress Busy Philipps will name her newborn baby daughter BIRDIE. Phillips, who is godmother to Heath Ledger's daughter MATILDA, gave birth on Tuesday (12Aug08). (KL/US)

16th July 2008

Quote: "He's created this anarchic, Sid Vicious-like punk rock JOKER." BATMAN Christian Bale is still shaken by late co-star Heath Ledger's performance as villain The Joker.

14th July 2008

Quote: "I wouldn't want to be the actor who follows that. My guess is that they won't." Gary Oldman is convinced no one will portray Batman villain THE JOKER after late co-star Heath Ledger's acclaimed performance.

1st July 2008

Quote: "He's out-villained Hannibal Lecter. I think he's better than TONY (Anthony Hopkins) in Silence Of The Lambs." Gary Oldman has high praise for his late THE DARK KNIGHT co-star Heath Ledger.

1st July 2008

Quote: "HEATH and I had to wear hoods over our heads and go out in public looking like friars. I think it's more interesting for the people on the street to see two hooded figures kind of gliding across the city square." Aaron Eckhart on the lengths he and late co-star Heath Ledger took to protect their alter-egos in the new Batman film, THE DARK KNIGHT.

24th June 2008

Quote: "It takes a long time to accept that someone's gone, when all body and mind are telling you that this is somebody you will know for a great deal of time. He was something of a kindred spirit to myself." Christian Bale still struggles to believe his THE DARK KNIGHT co-star Heath Ledger is dead.

6th February 2008

Quote: "I got the list of nominations... and I was scrolling down and then it said, `Heath Ledger died...' and suddenly everything is put into perspective a little bit. It's really strange to be in the middle of Chad, hearing that story." George Clooney on hearing about the Heath Ledger tragedy during a recent United Nations trip through Africa.

28th January 2008

Fact: Heath Ledger movies 10 things i hate about you, A KNIGHT'S TALE and Brokeback Mountain have entered website Amazon.com's top 25 best-selling DVDs in the wake of the actor's death last Tuesday (22Jan08).

25th January 2008

Quote: "James Dean... died in a car accident. I didn't know Heath Ledger (but) I think it's really tragic that he died at 28 years old. It's hard for me to compare him to James Dean." Dennis Hopper hopes the media don't keep on comparing HEATH LEDGER's death to that of his friend JAMES DEAN, who passed away in 1955.

25th January 2008

Fact: Movie studio Warner Bros. has paid tribute to tragic actor Heath Ledger on the website for his new film, THE DARK KNIGHT. The Batman viral site, whysoserious.com - which is "run" by his character The Joker - now features a black ribbon in memory of the 28-year-old star. He was found dead in his New York apartment on Tuesday afternoon (22Jan08).

10th October 2007

Quote: "He is extraordinary and you're gonna get the shock of your life when he comes on screen. It'll scare the daylights out of you." SIR Michael Caine has great expectations of Heath Ledger as THE JOKER in Batman BEGINS sequel THE DARK KNIGHT.

23rd October 2006

Quote: "Heath is a fearless performer, and that's exactly what I need in taking on a massive icon like THE JOKER." Film-maker Christopher Nolan reveals why he picked Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger to play the wise-cracking villain in Batman BEGINS sequel THE DARK NIGHT.

6th October 2006

Fact: The complete wardrobes worn by Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams in Brokeback Mountain will be auctioned off this Saturday (07OCT06) at the Human Rights Campaign's 10th annual dinner in Washington DC. The proceeds will go to the gay rights organisation in America.

10th May 2006

Quote: "I've walked out of an audition once. I stopped the reading halfway through and still got the job." Movie star Heath Ledger's performance power knows no bounds.

2nd May 2006

Quote: "Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal actually were, this is going to sound vulgar, but they were two big notches on my belt." BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN star Anne Hathaway, on working with two of her male idols.

4th April 2006

Quote: "I think that's the problem with a lot of actors in the industry. We all just think we're brilliant, you know? And 98 per cent of us are crap." BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN star Heath Ledger claims most actors are far too confident of their talents.

29th March 2006

Fact: Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson were among the guests attending Prince's super secret concert at Hollywood's Roosevelt hotel at the weekend (25MAR06).

24th March 2006

Quote: "It's very, very difficult to get out of the house these days. It takes me ages to get ready, ages to make sure that MATILDA has everything she needs." New mum Michelle Williams prefers just to stay at home with boyfriend Heath Ledger and five-month-old daughter Matilda.

21st March 2006

Quote: "The baby keeps staring at me... I said maybe she remembers I am the reason she came into existence." Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee believes he has a special connection with Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams' baby MATILDA.

15th March 2006

Quote: "It was definitely like walking on the moon for the first time, but it wasn't the butt of a mule; I was kissing a human being with a soul." Heath Ledger on kissing Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain.

15th March 2006

Quote: "There's no such thing as perfection in what we do. Pornos are more perfect than we are, because they're actually f**king." Heath Ledger considers taking method acting to the extreme.

15th March 2006

Quote: "I didn't feel like I deserved it. I didn't really know how to act properly yet." Heath Ledger on why he turned down the lead role in Spider-Man.

15th March 2006

Fact: Heath Ledger asked a tattoo artist to etch around his girlfriend Michelle Williams' handwriting when she scribbled 'Old Man River' on his forearm.

7th March 2006

Quote: "It's part of a cult I'm with." Best actor nominee Heath Ledger explains the mysterious cross pin he wore on his Oscar tuxedo.

6th March 2006

Quote: "Finally there's an awards show host that you wanna f**k; like Jon Stewart. I can see myself getting all Heath Ledger on him." CLERKS director Kevin Smith finds Independent Spirit Awards host SARAH SILVERMAN sexy - and fancies his chances with Oscars host Stewart.

17th February 2006

Quote: <p>"It's all cooking, shopping and changing nappies. I couldn't be happier." Oscar nominee Heath Ledger on his new role as a dad to baby MATILDA. </p>

2nd February 2006

Fact: <p>Australian actor Heath Ledger was given a parking ticket just hours after hearing he had been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar on Tuesday (31JAN06). </p>

30th January 2006

Quote: <p>"We made out and they had a baby." Jake Gyllenhaal jokes about Brokeback Mountain gay sex scenes with Heath Ledger, who fell for his co-star Michelle Williams during the making of the hit film. </p>

12th January 2006

Quote: <p>"It's funny when you have a beautiful new child and your life takes on such a different meaning, those sort of things don't matter so much." Australian star Heath Ledger denies feeling pressure for a BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN Oscar. </p>

29th December 2005

Fact: <p>Aussie actor Heath Ledger was dubbed 'Truffle Pasta' on the set of CASANOVA in Venice, Italy - because that's all he ate. </p>

16th December 2005

Quote: <p>"I love being a young parent. It's me, the baby and the breast pump." Heath Ledger's fiancee Michelle Williams on caring for the couple's newborn daughter MATILDA. </p>

8th December 2005

Quote: <p>"We definitely all know each other... but there's no conspiracy. We don't sit around planning some great overthrow." Heath Ledger on his fellow Australian actors. </p>

6th December 2005

Quote: <p>"I'm not going to pretend to be some great wise person. I'm just a kid from Perth who's acting. I'll probably thank my mom." Australian actor Heath Ledger on his possible Oscars acceptance speech for controversial new movie Brokeback Mountain. </p>

28th November 2005

Fact: <p>Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller and the stars of upcoming period epic CASANOVA passed the time between takes on the Venice, Italy movie set by playing ancient South American dice game Perudo. </p>

25th November 2005

Quote: <p>"He called me Big Bum for four and a half months." Sienna Miller hated co-star Heath Ledger's unflattering nickname for her on the set of period film CASANOVA. </p>

5th October 2005

Fact: <p>One gay sex scene in Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal's bold new movie Brokeback Mountain took 13 takes throughout one full day to perfect. </p>

23rd September 2005

Quote: <p>"I actually ate two or three bars of Cadbury's chocolate each day to get as hyperactive as JAKE. I just got fat by the end of the film." Laid-back movie star Heath Ledger went to extremes to compete with Brokeback Mountain co-star Jake Gyllenhaal. </p>

12th September 2005

Fact: <p>Movie star Heath Ledger has made a splash in Los Angeles' property market - the Los Feliz home he bought for $1.4 million (GBP777,800) five years ago (00) has just sold for double that amount. </p>

27th August 2005

Quote: <p>"He had to go through deep hypnosis to even remember." Matt Damon jokes about the fact his The Brothers Grimm co-star Heath Ledger has wiped his much-publicised same sex kiss with Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain from his memory. </p>

22nd August 2005

Fact: <p>Actor Heath Ledger returned to his Australian roots when he appeared on US comedian CONAN O'BRIEN's chat show on Friday night (19AUG05), by playing the didgeridoo. </p>

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