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Best known for his Oscar-nominated portrayal of a closeted gay cowboy in Brokeback Mountain (2005), Heath Ledger was born April 4, 1979, in Perth, Australia.

Ledger began his acting career in Australian soap operas before making his American debut in the teen romantic comedy 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) and went on to appear in commercially successful fare such as The Patriot (2000) and A Knight's Tale (2001). But he resisted the path of the typical Hollywood heartthrob by opting for challenging and -- as in Brokeback -- often unexpected roles, including a third-generation prison guard in Monster's Ball (2001), a heroin-addicted poet in Candy (2006) and a troubled actor in the Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There (2007).

Ledger died Jan. 22, 2008, at age 28, soon after wrapping up filming for the 2008 Batman feature The Dark Knight, in which he plays the Joker, for which he won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

Heath Ledger in I Am Heath Ledger

I Am Heath Ledger

2017 NR

When Heath Ledger died tragically at age 28, he left behind plenty of cinematic proof of his acting brilliance. In this affecting documentary, he captures his personal journey, providing a glimpse of what he really loved: making his own movies.

  • Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  • Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight The Dark Knight
  • Heath Ledger in A Knight's Tale A Knight's Tale
  • Heath Ledger in Monster's Ball Monster's Ball
  • Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You 10 Things I Hate About You
  • Heath Ledger in Ned Kelly Ned Kelly
  • Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain Brokeback Mountain
  • Heath Ledger in The Patriot The Patriot
  • Heath Ledger in I'm Not There I'm Not There
  • Heath Ledger in Lords of Dogtown Lords of Dogtown
  • Heath Ledger in The Brothers Grimm The Brothers Grimm
  • Heath Ledger in Candy Candy
  • Heath Ledger in The Order The Order
  • Heath Ledger in Casanova Casanova
  • Heath Ledger in Two Hands Two Hands
  • Heath Ledger in Roar Roar