Heath Ledger – Heath Ledger Biography

Heath ledger was born in 1979 in Perth, Western Australia, the son of Sally Ledger Bell, a French teacher, and Kim ledger, an automobile racer and engineer.

Attended to Mary`s Mount Primary Schoolat Gooseberry Hill and later to Guildford Grammar School, where he had his first experiences as an actor, starring as Peter Pan at age 10.

His parents separated when he was this age and divorced at the age of 11. His older sister, Kate, actress and publicist, was the one who inspired her first steps in the theater, and her love for Gene Nelly, was what guided the successful choreography that led his school to win the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge.

His other siblings, are actually half siblings, and are called Ashleigh bell, who is the daughter of the mother of Heath and his stepfather Roger Bell, Y Olivia Ledger, who is his father’s daughter Kim, and of his second wife, Emma brown.

Heath He was an avid chess player, winning the Western Australia Boys’ Championship when he was 10 years old. As an adult, he used to play with other chess enthusiasts, in Washington Square Park.

At the age of 16, he decided to take his graduation exams so that he could leave school early, and dedicate himself to following his dream of being an actor.

With his best friend Trevor di carlo, crossed the country to reach Sydney and would only return to Perth, for the series “Sweat”(1996), in which he played a gay cyclist.

In 1996, he was involved in drama Fox Broadcasting Company, “Roar”(1997-2000). This role would be immediately followed by a role in the series. “Home and away”(1998) which was one of the most successful shows at the time, in Australia.

Among his early films are “Blackrock”(1997), “Paws“(1997),”Ten things I hate about you “(1999) with Julia Stiles, Y “Two hands”(1999), with Rose byrne.

Between 2000 and 2002, he had important roles in “The patriot” with Mel Gibson Y Adam baldwin, “Knight’s destiny”(2001) with Paul bettany Y Shannyn Sossamon, “Monster`s ball” with Billy bob thornton Y Halle berry Y “The four feathers” with Djimon hounsou Y Kate hudson.

In 2003, he would star in “Ned Kelly- the legend begins“, with Orlando Bloom, Naomi watts Y Geoffrey rush. That same year, he would do “The sin eater”, Again next to Shannyn Sossamon.

Next to Matt Damon, would star “The Brothers Grimm’s Secret“, Which would be released in 2005, the same year of the controversy”Brokeback Mountain- in forbidden land “, co-starring Jake gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway Y Michelle Williams.

Likewise, he would be the protagonist of “Casanova”(2005), in which they also participated Jeremy irons, Sienna miller Y Oliver Platt.

Thus, the year 2005, after so many premieres, crowned it with awards from the New York Film Critics Circle and the San Francisco FilmCritics Cirlcle, for its role in “Brokeback Mountain”. For this same, he would be nominated for Golden globe and to Oscar. His performance in this film would earn him excellent reviews and praise from film critics.

In 2007, he was one of the six actors who played the different scenarios of Bob Dylan’s life, in the film “I`m not there”, with Cate blanchett, Richard Gere Y Christian bale.

Before being accepted by Brad Pitt for the refusal of Ledger, had been offered to star alongside Sean Penn in the film “Tree of Life”.

Finally, his last film was “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parmassus“, with Colin farrel Y Johnny depp, which will be released in 2008.

Heath he had aspirations to become a director and make music videos. He debuted in 2006, making the music video for the Australian artist Nfa, on his album “Cause an effect “, and with the song “Seduction is Evil (she`s hot) “.

Belatedly, in that year, he started a new record label, called Masses Music, with the singer Ben harper and directed the video for his song, “Morning Yearning”.

In 2007, he made and acted a music video about the singer-songwriter. Nick drake, who died at age 26 of an antidepressant overdose. After the death of Heath, the video would become famous and would be distributed via YouTube.

In relation to your passion for chess, Ledger He had among his plans, in the time before his death, to carry out and star in the adaptation of the novel Queen`s Gambit, from Walter trevis, for being a story based on this game.

Between his romances, Heath was linked with Heather graham, from 2000 to 2001. Then he had a fairly long relationship with Naomi watts before meeting Michelle Williams, on the set of “Brokeback Mountain”.

The couple had a daughter, named Matilda rose, in 2005. In that year, the family moved from Australia to the United States, due to problems with paparazzi, and settled in Brooklyn, where they lived until 2007.

It was in September of that year, when it was reported that both had ended the relationship. Since then, Heath was related to various names like Helena Christensen Y Mary Kate Olsen.

Despite his extensive career, it would not be until 2008 that he would take a giant leap. That year the sequel to “Batman Home”, call “The dark knight“In which Ledger would play the Joker. Even before it hit the market, expectations for Heath’s role were huge. It was about the greatest Joker of all time, a role that would not only raise the level of the film by 100%, but would lead him to be top 1 among Hollywood actors for a long time. In this film, the young actor shares the stage with great movie monsters such as Christian bale, Michael Caine, Gary oldman Y Morgan freeman.

Certain controversies broke out during the filming of the “The dark knight” Y “I`m not there”, when Heath He commented in an interview that the roles he played for those films had altered his ability to sleep and that he suffered from insomnia, admitting to having needed to take pills that, despite everything, did not have much effect.

Before his return to New York from London, where he had made his last film, and while suffering from a certain respiratory illness, it was reported that he continually complained on set, of not being able to fall asleep and of needing pills for it.

Even after his death, his former partner Michelle Williams, admitted that Ledger had always suffered and struggled with insomnia.

Around 2:45 PM on January 22, 2008, Ledger he was found unconscious on the floor of his apartment located in the Soho neighborhood of Manhattan. Although paramedics were on the scene early, he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

A few weeks after his death, the conclusion about the cause of it was issued, establishing that it was the result of intoxication with various psychotropic drugs, and determining that it occurred accidentally, due to the abuse of these prescription drugs.

On January 23, the family of Heath made a brief announcement about his condition and feelings for the loss of Ledger, and asked for privacy. In the following days different personalities sent their condolences, among them, the Prime Minister of Australia, the Warner brothers and thousands of fans around the world.

Michelle Williams released her statement on Ledger’s death on February 1, announcing that she was devastated and that she believed the spirit of Ledger survived in the daughter of both, Matilda.

After funeral services in the United States and Australia, his ashes were scattered in the Karrakatta cemetery, near the grave of his grandparents.