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Wikipedia Summary for Heath Ledger

Heath Andrew Ledger (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008) was an Australian actor and music video director. After playing roles in several Australian television and film productions during the 1990s, Ledger moved to the United States in 1998 to further develop his film career. His work consisted of twenty films, including 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), The Patriot (2000), A Knight's Tale (2001), Monster's Ball (2001), Lords of Dogtown (2005), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Candy (2006), I'm Not There (2007), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), the latter two being posthumous releases. He also produced and directed music videos and aspired to be a film director.

For his portrayal of Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain, Ledger won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and the Best International Actor Award from the Australian Film Institute; he was the first actor to win the latter award posthumously. He was nominated for the BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Actor, becoming the eighth-youngest nominee in the category at that time. Posthumously, he shared the 2007 Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award with the rest of the ensemble cast, the director, and the casting director for the film I'm Not There, which was inspired by the life and songs of American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. In the film, Ledger portrayed a fictional actor named Robbie Clark, one of six characters embodying aspects of Dylan's life and persona.

Ledger died on 22 January 2008 as a result of an accidental overdose of medications. A few months before his death, Ledger had finished filming his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight. At the time of his death, The Dark Knight was in post-production, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was in the midst of filming, in which he was playing his last role as Tony. His death affected the subsequent promotion of The Dark Knight. His performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight earned him universal acclaim and popularity from fans and critics alike. Ledger also received numerous posthumous awards for his work on The Dark Knight, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, a Best Actor International Award at the 2008 Australian Film Institute Awards, the 2008 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, and the 2009 BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor.

quote by Heath Ledger: I only do this because I'm having fun.
The day I stop having fun, I'll just walk away. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I only do this because I'm having fun.
The day I stop having fun, I'll just walk away.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: Don't let anyone ever make you feel like you don't deserve what you want. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

Don't let anyone ever make you feel like you don't deserve what you want.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I don't know, as long as I get to evolve and grow as an actor and as a person, that's the stuff I'm after. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I don't know, as long as I get to evolve and grow as an actor and as a person, that's the stuff I'm after.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: It's a little uncomfortable doing love scenes in armor, but, you know, when the heat's on, the heat's on. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

It's a little uncomfortable doing love scenes in armor, but, you know, when the heat's on, the heat's on.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: It's rare that there's a role that requires an Australian accent. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

It's rare that there's a role that requires an Australian accent.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I have a lot of great distractions outside of acting. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I have a lot of great distractions outside of acting.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I wasn't going to have fun doing a teen movie again. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I wasn't going to have fun doing a teen movie again.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: In order not to hold a frame with someone, you have to be intimidated by them. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

In order not to hold a frame with someone, you have to be intimidated by them.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I'm born to be a father. And I've been looking forward to this all my life. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I'm born to be a father. And I've been looking forward to this all my life.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: From 18 to 22, I was alone, living in L.A. with a bunch of friends, partying. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

From 18 to 22, I was alone, living in L.A. with a bunch of friends, partying.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: But the paparazzi are quite malicious and vocal and really rude, ... And they camped outside of my house, so I started throwing eggs at them, lobbing them at rocks next to them. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

But the paparazzi are quite malicious and vocal and really rude, ... And they camped outside of my house, so I started throwing eggs at them, lobbing them at rocks next to them.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I am not a public speaker and never will be. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I am not a public speaker and never will be.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: The only sensible way to live in this world is without rules. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

The only sensible way to live in this world is without rules.

--Heath Ledger

Longer Version:

The only sensible way to live in this world is without rules!


quote by Heath Ledger: I do think that drugs and alcohol have been glorified and exoticized in such a way that it gets into the art world. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I do think that drugs and alcohol have been glorified and exoticized in such a way that it gets into the art world.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: My mom and my dad never pushed me into performing. They never prohibited me from trying anything, or being anything. They never restricted me in any way. For which I'll be forever grateful. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

My mom and my dad never pushed me into performing. They never prohibited me from trying anything, or being anything. They never restricted me in any way. For which I'll be forever grateful.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I'm shy. People get confused. They think as an actor you can get up and be confident on the screen. Why aren't you like this in normal life? Why can't you act in your social life? 'Because I can't!' with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I'm shy. People get confused. They think as an actor you can get up and be confident on the screen. Why aren't you like this in normal life? Why can't you act in your social life? 'Because I can't!'

--Heath Ledger

quote by Heath Ledger: I'm sure drugs and alcohol perhaps would inspire new thoughts, but it's certainly not something that I use as a tool or a mechanism to create. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I'm sure drugs and alcohol perhaps would inspire new thoughts, but it's certainly not something that I use as a tool or a mechanism to create.

--Heath Ledger

quote by Heath Ledger: You learn more about yourself through your child, I guess. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

You learn more about yourself through your child, I guess.

--Heath Ledger

quote by Heath Ledger: I like to see films that come out with lower budgets because you're forced into using your imagination. You don't have everything at your fingertips. You have to create it from scratch. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I like to see films that come out with lower budgets because you're forced into using your imagination. You don't have everything at your fingertips. You have to create it from scratch.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: In the birthing process, you come out just realizing how stupid and weak men are! I mean, I might as well not have been in there, we're useless! with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

In the birthing process, you come out just realizing how stupid and weak men are! I mean, I might as well not have been in there, we're useless!

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I'm not a big fan of western movies and I really don't like cowboy-indian movies. I have never watched them. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I'm not a big fan of western movies and I really don't like cowboy-indian movies. I have never watched them.

--Heath Ledger

quote by Heath Ledger: I've never had high expectations of my work and I certainly am not going to let that plague my thoughts. I'm just going to continue to choose what feels right for me at the time and go with it. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I've never had high expectations of my work and I certainly am not going to let that plague my thoughts. I'm just going to continue to choose what feels right for me at the time and go with it.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: There's nothing like working with your mates -- it's the way it should be, as far as I'm concerned. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

There's nothing like working with your mates -- it's the way it should be, as far as I'm concerned.

--Heath Ledger


quote by Heath Ledger: Let's put a smile on that face! with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

Let's put a smile on that face!

--Heath Ledger


quote by Heath Ledger: In a way, I was spoon-fed, if you will, a career. It was fully manufactured by a studio that believed that they could put me on their posters and turn me into their bottle of Coca-Cola, their product. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

In a way, I was spoon-fed, if you will, a career. It was fully manufactured by a studio that believed that they could put me on their posters and turn me into their bottle of Coca-Cola, their product.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: Had I listened to my agent, I'd be running around in tights, climbing buildings and stuff. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

Had I listened to my agent, I'd be running around in tights, climbing buildings and stuff.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: It's like anything in life, visualizing the old man you're going to become: As long as you have a clear picture of that -- the life you want to lead -- eventually you'll probably get there. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

It's like anything in life, visualizing the old man you're going to become: As long as you have a clear picture of that -- the life you want to lead -- eventually you'll probably get there.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I believe that whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you... stranger. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I believe that whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you... stranger.

--Heath Ledger

quote by Heath Ledger: When I'm not acting, I do like to take a year off at a time, at least if I can, just in order to keep acting exciting -- otherwise I get bored very quickly. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

When I'm not acting, I do like to take a year off at a time, at least if I can, just in order to keep acting exciting -- otherwise I get bored very quickly.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: Growing up in Australia, you never feel like you're going to live beyond that place. You wake up and you go to the beach, and you do your homework. You're just a kid. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

Growing up in Australia, you never feel like you're going to live beyond that place. You wake up and you go to the beach, and you do your homework. You're just a kid.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I do keep pre-occupied. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I do keep pre-occupied.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I feel like I've never been in a film that people have liked before. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I feel like I've never been in a film that people have liked before.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: My life is together, both professionally and socially. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

My life is together, both professionally and socially.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I thought, I need to be more cautious about my choices -- it reflects on who I am. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I thought, I need to be more cautious about my choices -- it reflects on who I am.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: When I first started acting, I was just crap. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

When I first started acting, I was just crap.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I think your personal evolution runs hand in hand with your professional evolution. Performance and the person you are kind of grow simultaneously. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I think your personal evolution runs hand in hand with your professional evolution. Performance and the person you are kind of grow simultaneously.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: People generally express more in between their sentences when they're not speaking. Words are usually there to disguise who someone is or what they're feeling. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

People generally express more in between their sentences when they're not speaking. Words are usually there to disguise who someone is or what they're feeling.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: There is no Yoda-there's no one who points you in the right direction. You've got to figure that out by yourself. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

There is no Yoda-there's no one who points you in the right direction. You've got to figure that out by yourself.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I believe acting truly is harnessing the power of belief. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I believe acting truly is harnessing the power of belief.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: If you spend all day on horseback, and you hop off, you walk around like you still have a horse between your legs. And it affects your shoulders. They fall. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

If you spend all day on horseback, and you hop off, you walk around like you still have a horse between your legs. And it affects your shoulders. They fall.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: My nervous energy is usually the easiest form of energy to tap into. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

My nervous energy is usually the easiest form of energy to tap into.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: Some people just wanna see the world burn. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

Some people just wanna see the world burn.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: A little fight in you. I like that. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

A little fight in you. I like that.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I think the most common cause of insomnia is simple; its loneliness. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I think the most common cause of insomnia is simple; its loneliness.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: See I'm not a monster, I'm just ahead of the curve. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

See I'm not a monster, I'm just ahead of the curve.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: Never give up on what makes you smile. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

Never give up on what makes you smile.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: Do I really look like a guy with a plan? with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

Do I really look like a guy with a plan?

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: Introduce a little anarchy, upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos, I'm an agent of chaos, and you know the thing about chaos? It's fair. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

Introduce a little anarchy, upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos, I'm an agent of chaos, and you know the thing about chaos? It's fair.

--Heath Ledger

quote by Heath Ledger: The Australian sense of humor is very dry, sarcastic, and very undercover. Like if I tell any jokes in America, people just think I'm serious! So I just quit telling any jokes whatsoever. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

The Australian sense of humor is very dry, sarcastic, and very undercover. Like if I tell any jokes in America, people just think I'm serious! So I just quit telling any jokes whatsoever.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: May I ask your name, my lady? Or perhaps angels have no names, only beautiful faces. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

May I ask your name, my lady? Or perhaps angels have no names, only beautiful faces.

--Heath Ledger

quote by Heath Ledger: In my opinion, New York City police officers are brave. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

In my opinion, New York City police officers are brave.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I'm just not one of those naturally funny, relaxed actors who enjoy the spotlight and are so good at it. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I'm just not one of those naturally funny, relaxed actors who enjoy the spotlight and are so good at it.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I'm kind of addicted to moving. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I'm kind of addicted to moving.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: You know, I'm not in a hurry, and everybody else in Hollywood -- particularly agents and managers -- they're all in a hurry. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

You know, I'm not in a hurry, and everybody else in Hollywood -- particularly agents and managers -- they're all in a hurry.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I don't feel like I have anything to lose, so I don't really understand what I'm putting at risk. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I don't feel like I have anything to lose, so I don't really understand what I'm putting at risk.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I never took an acting class, so I've made all my mistakes on film. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I never took an acting class, so I've made all my mistakes on film.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I like to set up obstacles and defeat them. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I like to set up obstacles and defeat them.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I've never figured out who 'Heath Ledger' is on film: 'This is what you expect when you hire me, and it will be recognizable.' with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I've never figured out who 'Heath Ledger' is on film: 'This is what you expect when you hire me, and it will be recognizable.'

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: It can be a little distressing to have to overintellectualize yourself. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

It can be a little distressing to have to overintellectualize yourself.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I apologize for my terrible interview skills. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I apologize for my terrible interview skills.

--Heath Ledger

Longer Version:

I apologize for my terrible interview skills. I wasn't prepared to expose stories about something so special and wonderfully private that is happening in my life. I guess a part of me wishes that I'd never have to and that maybe I could protect this special time. I was dreaming.


quote by Heath Ledger: I never want to feel like I've achieved my goal. It's like Chinese farmers. They never admit that it's a good season. They feel like they'll be punished. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I never want to feel like I've achieved my goal. It's like Chinese farmers. They never admit that it's a good season. They feel like they'll be punished.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: If you're just safe about the choices you make, you don't grow. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

If you're just safe about the choices you make, you don't grow.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I'm still a kid. I'm like six years old. But it's just a matter of wanting to get up, it's just a big journey. I felt like when I left home that I was on a journey, and I still am. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I'm still a kid. I'm like six years old. But it's just a matter of wanting to get up, it's just a big journey. I felt like when I left home that I was on a journey, and I still am.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: It's odd, that's why I don't like telling people I played field hockey. It's real big in Australia for guys. But I say I played in America, and everybody goes, 'Oh, you girl!' with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

It's odd, that's why I don't like telling people I played field hockey. It's real big in Australia for guys. But I say I played in America, and everybody goes, 'Oh, you girl!'

--Heath Ledger

quote by Heath Ledger: I generally don't think most situations can be labeled as black or white. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I generally don't think most situations can be labeled as black or white.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I feel like I'm wasting time if I repeat myself. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I feel like I'm wasting time if I repeat myself.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I like to do something I fear. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I like to do something I fear.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: If you are just safe about the choices you make, you don't grow. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

If you are just safe about the choices you make, you don't grow.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: If you make decisions based upon people's reactions or judgments then you make really boring choices. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

If you make decisions based upon people's reactions or judgments then you make really boring choices.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I don't have that much forward planning about what I want to do next, or in the future. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I don't have that much forward planning about what I want to do next, or in the future.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I'm in control of my life, not anyone in Hollywood. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I'm in control of my life, not anyone in Hollywood.

--Heath Ledger

quote by Heath Ledger: Anyone that has a job that takes them away from home, I think, can understand the difficulties in maintaining consistency, not only with your family and those you love but with your friends. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

Anyone that has a job that takes them away from home, I think, can understand the difficulties in maintaining consistency, not only with your family and those you love but with your friends.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: The reason that you dance and sing is to make the audience feel like they're dancing and singing. As long as you're having fun with it and giving it 100 percent, they're gonna feel that. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

The reason that you dance and sing is to make the audience feel like they're dancing and singing. As long as you're having fun with it and giving it 100 percent, they're gonna feel that.

--Heath Ledger
quote by Heath Ledger: I only do this because I'm having fun. The day I stop having fun, I'll just walk away. with background image: photo of author Heath Ledger with quote

I only do this because I'm having fun. The day I stop having fun, I'll just walk away.

--Heath Ledger

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