Heath Ledger

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  • Name: Heath Ledger ( Heathcliff Andrew Ledger )
  • Date of birth: 4 April 1979
  • Age: 28 years
  • Date of death: January 22, 2008.
  • Place of birth: Perth, Australia
  • Height: 185
  • Activities: actor
  • Marital status: not married

    Heath Ledger: biography

    Heath Ledger born on 4 April 1979 in Australia. His mother taught French and his father worked as a mining engineer and keen on motor racing. Their children are named Catherine and a Hit in honor of the heroes of Wuthering heights Emily Bronte. When the boy was ten years old, his parents divorced. The children remained with the mother but with the father they have preserved cordial relations.

    Heath Ledger was in school for boys in Guildford. He grew up an active child, played for the school team in hockey, dancing. In the school years Hit had to decide on a specialization — cooking or acting. Cook it itself is not, why focus on the drama. Then it was discovered that the Ledger has the talent. In 15 years he has headed an acting group at school and was definitively established in the future profession.

    In 17 years, Heath left his home in Sydney. He was sure that in this town his dream will come true.


    His first role he played in the TV series «Sweat» in 1996. Gay cyclist in his performance was convincing — the Directors noticed the young talent. The following year on the screens out another picture of Black rock. The Heath Ledger got a small and not a very good role.

    In 1997 he was invited to the role of the student, inspired by the works of Shakespeare, in the picture of the «Paw». Heath earned a small amount, but to the career of these shots had no effect.

    In 1999, the actor took the decision to move to America. Alas, from the American Directors he has not received offers, but his countryman Gregor Jordan gave him a major role in the film «Fingers fan». Then there was another work in «10 things I hate about you», after which Heath Ledger was firmly entrenched title of «teen idol».

    His first serious work was the war drama «the Patriot», released in 2000. For her role in her Ledger received 100 thousand dollars. The next five years were a period of instability. In the career of the actor was successful and a disastrous role.

    The peak of his creativity began in 2005, when appeared in theaters four films with his participation. Most striking was the role of cowboy-gay movie «Brokeback mountain», Ledger’s partner in the film was Jake Gyllenhaal. Heath received the award MTV for the best ciepielow, and the picture has collected three Oscars, 4 Golden globes and the Golden lion.

    In 2005, it successfully hosted the premiere of the Comedy «Casanova,» in which Heath Ledger played a major role. In the following year ended with the shooting of the film «candy» received awards at international film festivals.

    In his creative activity was the other notable work: the role of Bob Dylan in the biographical film «I am here, no one is waiting», the Joker in «the Dark knight», Tony in «the Imaginarium of doctor Parnassus».

    Personal life

    The Heath Ledger had a turbulent personal life — about his numerous novels do not say except that lazy. In 1997, he met Lisa Zane, but soon broke up with her. In 2000, the year he was having an affair with Heather Graham.

    More or less a long-term relationship was a Hit with actress Naomi watts. They met on the set of «the Kelly Gang» in 2002, the affair lasted almost two years.

    But the summer of 2004 turned the life of Heath Ledger. On the set of «Brokeback mountain», he met actress Michelle Williams and fell in love with her as a kid. The couple lived in a civil marriage a little more than three years. October 28, 2005, in Heath’s daughter Matilda, and in September 2007 the lovers suddenly broke up. They say that the actor agonized over the breakup with Michelle, depressed, and addicted to antidepressants.

    A few months before the death of Heath Ledger was often seen in the company of model Gemma ward.


    January 22, 2008 in the apartment of the actor in Manhattan came to be his housekeeper. Nude Heath was lying on the bed without signs of life nearby lay an empty box of sleeping pills. The housekeeper called the police.

    An autopsy has not determined the exact cause of death, but after conducting Toxicological examinations revealed that Ledger died of acute intoxication caused by an overdose of sleeping pills and antidepressants.

    Heath Ledger was a successful actor, he worked without rest, slept for two hours a day. As he himself said, the body is exhausted, and the brain continued to work without stopping. To drown out the fatigue, the actor took a handful of pills.

    The body of the Ledger sent home to Australia. On February 9 he was cremated and buried in Perth. To say goodbye with the Hit came more than five hundred people, among them were Michelle Williams.


    • «Clowning»
    • «SEV»
    • «Paws»
    • «10 things I hate about you»
    • «Patriot»
    • «Monster’s ball»
    • «The Kelly Gang»
    • «The Brothers Grimm»
    • «The dark knight»
    • «Brokeback mountain»


    Heath Ledger

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