On April 4 Heath Ledger was born…

On April 4, 1979 Australian actor Heath Ledger, was born. 

Heath Ledger Getty Images

Heath Ledger
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He came into prominence during the late 90s and early 2000s with such films as 1999’s “10 Things I Hate About You,” 2000’s “The Patriot,” 2001’s “A Knight’s Tale,” and 2005’s “Lords of Dogtown” and “The Brothers Grimm.” He is arguably best remember for his work in 2005’s “Brokeback Mountain” alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, and the future mother of his daughter, Michelle Williams; as well as for his critically acclaimed portrayal of The Joker in 2008’s “The Dark Knight” alongside Christian Bale.

During his film career, he was nominated twice for an Academy Award, once for Best Actor for his work on “Brokeback Mountain,” and for Best Supporting Actor for “The Dark Knight,” which he won posthumously. 

Heath Ledger as The Joker in 2008's

Heath Ledger as The Joker in 2008’s “The Dark Knight”
Warner Brothers Pictures

On January 22, 2008, Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs, a few months after finishing filming “The Dark Knight.”

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