A Look at Ledger

Heath Ledger during the civil war epic 'The Patriot'.

With the Jan 22nd, 2008 death of Heath Ledger, a promising acting career has been cut short. However, even at the young age of 28, Ledger had quite the list of accomplishments that are worth noting.

Lets take a look:

Growing up in Perth Australia, Ledger discovered his love of acting early on, working in a community theatre before he was a teenager. He got his first real acting gig in the Australian TV show Sweat (1996) in which he portrayed a gay cyclist. His film debut occurred in the Australian movie Blackrock (1997), however his first successful Hollywood movie was in the teen-comedy 10 Things I Hate About You (1999). Afraid of being type-casted, Ledger refused roles in similar movies.

In 2000 Heath Ledger landed a role in Mel Gibson's epic civil war movie The Patriot, propelling the young Aussi to stardom and increased opportunities. Perhaps the young star's greatest success was being nominated for both Best Actor in 2005 for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his performance in the controversial Brokeback Mountain.

The shocking news of his death reached the media on January 22nd, 2008. Ledger was found by his cleaning woman and masseuse lying on the floor at the foot of his bed. Although at the time of writing this article the exact cause of death is unknown, it is believed to be, at least partially, drug related, although no obvious signs of suicide or foul-play were detected. Ledger's untimely death put several projects involving him into jeopardy, including what would have been his debut as a director on The Queen's Gambit.

Editor's addendum: Since late 2008 it has been generally (and officially) noted that Ledger died from an accidental overdose due to mixing perscription medications.

Heath Ledger: 1979-2008

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