Heath Ledger (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008)

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Today marks the fifth year since Heath Ledger passed away. This outstanding actor captured the world audience’s hearts in a teen comedy ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ (1999) and remained and grew in popularity till his sad passing. Awarded the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for portraying the Joker in Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008), Heath may only have began his ascendance to greatness when he completed this movie. 

Below are his most memorable performances.

The Dark Knight” (2008) – portraying the deranged Joker could not have been easy, and Heath gave a terrific performance, totally deserving his Oscar Award given posthumously. 

Candy” (2006) – performing alongside his compatriot, Abbie Cornish, Heath gives a dignified performance in his role of a lost and troubled drug addict.  

Brokeback Mountain” (2005)  – a truly mesmerising performance by Heath yet again when he takes on a very difficult role in this film by Ang Lee. As with “The Dark Knight“, Heath was also nominated for and awarded numerous awards for his performance in this controversially-themed film.

Casanova” (2005) – in this love-it-or-hate-it-romantic comedy, adorable Heath cemented his reputation of a heartthrob.

A Knight’s Tale” (2001) – it is impossible not to like Heath here – confident and charming, we can see in this film that he has a very bright acting future ahead of him.

10 Things I Hate About You” (1999) – this is Heath’s “break-through” film and he gives a solid performance in his role of a school-rebel, Patrick Verona. 

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11 Responses to Heath Ledger (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008)

  1. Oh, God! Has it really been this long since he died? Too bad! He was a great actor!

  2. Damn that seems like yesterday.

  3. Artemis says:

    He was a real great actor. Very sad he suicided. Why he did it?
    The Brokeback Mountain made a great impression on me, but the best his role at any time stays Joker. My favourite villain.

    • dbmoviesblog says:

      I think the general consensus is that it was accidental overdose, or, at least unintentional (while he tried to subdue/eliminate insomnia, unwelcome thoughts, etc). Yeah, the Joker was his best, no doubt at all. Thanks for commenting )))

  4. GaryLee828 says:

    Another thing I feel strongly that contributed to his death was the fact how he jumped right into another physically exhausting role, shooting in bad weather conditions right after working so hard on “Dark Knight”. Our bodies need rest, and I think b/c he didn’t allow himself the chance to rest properly is what played into him taking so much medication to get him through the days. I heard the last day he was shooting on the Dr. Parnassus film that he was outside in the cold rain, and caught pneumonia. Good article; I mention several of those performances on my blog’s page, as well.

    • dbmoviesblog says:

      Yeah, I heard that he was ‘shaken down’ pretty bad psychologically after Joker’s role, but I have to say I was not aware of physical exhaustion and weather conditions on the set of his last film. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, and I, of course, agree – that must have been a major contributing factor as well. Incidentally (I will share that now), the night he died I was having a bit of nervous breakdown myself, heh, that kinda makes me root for him even more. And, thanks a lot for stopping by and commenting! ))

      • GaryLee828 says:

        This is of course what I heard…about him shooting in the rain his last night, and catching Pneumonia…you may want to research it a bit for accuracy before deeming it factual. So, what were you having a nervous breakdown about? 😮

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