Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger

This really isn't for other people to read it's my file on the late and great Heath Ledger.

Chapter 1


Movies/TV shows

Clowning Around
Orphan Clown (uncredited)-1992

Ship to Shore (TV series)
– Stranger Than Fiction (1994)
– Worthy Opponents: Part 2 (1993) … Cyclist
– Worthy Opponents: Part 1 (1993) … Cyclist

Sweat (TV series)
Snowy Bowles
Pilot (20 April 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.2 (20 April 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.3 (27 April 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.4 (27 April 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.5 (4 May 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.6 (4 May 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.7 (11 May 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.8 (11 May 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.9 (18 May 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.10 (19 May 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.11 (25 May 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.12 (25 May 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.13 (1 June 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.14 (8 June 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.15 (15 June 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.16 (22 June 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.17 (29 June 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.18 (6 July 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.19 (13 July 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.20 (20 July 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.21 (27 July 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.22 (12 November 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.23 (13 November 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.24 (14 November 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.25 (18 November 1996) - Snowy Bowles
Episode #1.26 (19 November 1996) - Snowy Bowles

Toby (1997)

Home and Away (TV series)
Scott Irwin
Episode #1.2158 (21 May 1997) - Scott Irwin
Episode #1.2159 (22 May 1997) - Scott Irwin
Episode #1.2160 (23 May 1997) - Scott Irwin
Episode #1.2161 (26 May 1997) - Scott Irwin
Episode #1.2162 (27 May 1997) - Scott Irwin
Episode #1.2163 (28 May 1997) - Scott Irwin
Episode #1.2166 (2 June 1997) - Scott Irwin
Episode #1.2167 (3 June 1997) - Scott Irwin
Episode #1.2168 (4 June 1997) - Scott Irwin

Roar (TV series)

Daybreak (1 January 1997) - Conor
Sweet Bridget (1 January 1997) - Conor
Tash (1 January 1997) - Conor
The Cage (1 January 1997) - Conor
Traps (1 January 1997) - Conor
Pilot (14 July 1997) - Conor
Projector (21 July 1997) - Conor
The Chosen (28 July 1997) - Conor
Banshee (4 August 1997) - Conor
Doyle's Solution (11 August 1997) - Conor
Red Boot (18 August 1997) - Conor
The Spear of Destiny (25 August 1997) - Conor
The Eternal (1 September 1997) - Conor

Oberon (1997)

10 Things I Hate About You
Patrick Verona (1999)

Two Hands
Jimmy (1999)

The Patriot
Gabriel Martin (2000)

A Knight's Tale
William Thatcher (2001)

Monster's Ball
Sonny Grotowski (2001)

The Four Feathers
Harry Feversham (2002)

Ned Kelly
Ned Kelly (2003)

The Order
Alex Bernier (2003)

Lords of Dogtown
Skip (2004)

The Brothers Grimm
Jacob Grimm (2005)

Brokeback Mountain
Ennis Del Mar (2005)

Casanova (2005)

Dan (2006)

I'm Not There.
Robbie (2007)

The Dark Knight
Joker (2008)

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Tony (2009)


D.O.P.E. (documentary) (dedicatee) (2008)
The Dark Knight (in memory of) (2008)
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (in memory of) (2009)
Mr. J (short) (special thanks) 2010
13 Steps (short) (in memory of) 2011
Self Appearances

Cartaz Cultural (TV series)
Himself (2007)

Entertainment Tonight (TV series)
– Episode dated 22 November 2007 (2007) … Himself

Up Close with Carrie Keagan (TV series)
– Episode dated 19 November 2007 (2007) … Himself

The Insider (TV series)
– Episode dated 11 July 2007 (2007) … Himself
– Episode dated 26 January 2007 (2007) … Himself

Corazón de... (TV series)
– Episode dated 12 September 2006 (2006) … Himself
– Episode dated 6 March 2006 (2006) … Himself
– Episode dated 16 January 2006 (2006) … Himself
– Episode dated 6 September 2005 (2005) … Himself

The Oprah Winfrey Show (TV series)
– Oprah's After-Oscar Party 2006 (2006) … Himself
– Episode dated 27 January 2006 (2006) … Himself

The 78th Annual Academy Awards (TV special)
Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role (2006)

(2006) Independent Spirit Awards (TV documentary)

Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (TV series)
– Episode dated 13 February 2006 (2006) … Himself
– Episode dated 25 March 2004 (2004) … Himself

Gomorron (TV series)
– Om filmen 'Brokeback Mountain' (2006) … Himself

12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (TV special)
Himself (2006)

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV series)
– Episode #14.11 (2006) … Himself
– Episode #13.91 (2005) … Himself
– Episode #12.52 (2004) … Himself
– Episode #10.146 (2002) … Himself

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (TV documentary)
Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama (2006)

Charlie Rose (TV series)
– Episode dated 7 December 2005 (2005) … Himself

Logo Movie Special: 'Brokeback Mountain' (TV documentary)
Himself (2005)

Film '72 (TV series)
– Episode dated 31 October 2005 (2005) … Himself

The Making of 'Lords of Dogtown' (video documentary short)
Himself (2005)

Venecia 2005: Crónica de Carlos Boyero (TV movie)
Himself (also archive footage) (2005)

Magacine (TV series)
– Episode dated 9 September 2005 (2005) … Himself (2005)

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (TV series)
– Episode dated 19 August 2005 (2005) … Himself

Live with Kelly and Michael (TV series)
– Episode dated 2 June 2005 (2005) … Himself

Today (TV series)
– Episode dated 2 June 2005 (2005) … Himself

The View (TV series)
– Episode dated 1 June 2005 (2005) … Himself

Los Angeles (documentary short)
Himself (2005)

On Being a Cowboy (video short)
Himself (2005)

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (TV series)
– Episode #3.64 (2004) … Himself

The 76th Annual Academy Awards (TV special)
Himself - Audience Member (2004)

Terry's Wrap Up Party (TV documentary short)
Himself (2004)

Enough Rope with Andrew Denton (TV series)
– Episode #1.2 (2003) … Himself

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards (TV special)
Himself - Presenter: Film clip of "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (2003)

V Graham Norton (TV series)
– Episode #2.18 (2002) … Himself

MTV Video Music Awards 2002 (TV special)

The Ray Martin Show (TV series)
– Episode #1.5 (2001) … Himself

The Panel (TV series)
– Episode #4.23 (2001) … Himself
– Episode #2.19 (1999) … Himself

A.J. After Hours (TV series)
– Episode dated 31 May 2001 (2001) … Himself

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (TV series)
– Heath Ledger (2001) … Himself

Rove Live (TV series)
– Episode #2.10 (2001) … Himself

HBO First Look (TV series documentary)
– The Making of 'A Knight's Tale' (2001) … Himself
– The Patriot (2000) … Himself

Sexy Armor and a Rock Band on Tour (video documentary short)
Himself (2001)

The Rules of Love (video documentary short)
Himself (2001)

The Rock Music Scene in 1370 (video documentary short)
Himself (2001)

The Marquee Event (video documentary short)
Himself (2001)

The Making of 'A Knight's Tale' (TV documentary short)
Himself (2001)

Heath Ledger Profile (video documentary short)
Himself (2001)

2000 MTV Movie Awards (TV special documentary)

2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (TV special documentary)

The Art of War (video documentary short)
Himself (2000)

The Teen Choice Awards 1999 (TV movie)

Roar: The Making of (TV special documentary)
Conor (1997)

Archive Footage

Too Young to Die (TV series documentary) (2012)

Fantástico (TV series documentary) (2012)

Cinema 3 (TV series) (2008-2010)

World Film Report (TV series) (2009)

The 81st Annual Academy Awards (TV special)
Joker (2009)

Today Tonight (TV series) (2009)

Entertainment Tonight (TV series) (2008)

Biography (TV series documentary) (2008)

E! True Hollywood Story (TV series documentary) (2005-2008)

Dr. Drew's Celebrity Addiction Special (TV documentary)
Himself (2008)

The O'Reilly Factor (TV series) (2008)

The 80th Annual Academy Awards (TV special)
Ennis del Mar Memorial Tribute (2008)

Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo (TV documentary)
Himself (2008)

14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (TV movie)
Himself - Memorial Tribute (2008)

Corazón de... (TV series) (2005-2008)

Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (TV series) (2008)

A Current Affair (TV series) (2008)

Gomorron (TV series) (2008)

Here's Looking at You, Boy (documentary)
Ennis Del Mar (uncredited) (2007)

Cómo conseguir un papel en Hollywood (TV documentary)
Himself (2007)

Home and Away (TV series) (2006)

Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (documentary)
Himself/Ennis Del Mar (2006)

Home and Away: Romances (video)
Scott Irwin (uncredited) (2005)

Celebrities Uncensored (TV series) (2003-2004)

Personal Quotes

I only do this because I'm having fun. The day I stop having fun, I'll just walk away. I wasn't going to have fun doing a teen movie again.... I don't want to do this for the rest of my life....I don't want to spend the rest of my youth doing this in this industry. There's so much I want to discover. (Vanity Fair, August 2000)

I prefer to date older women because they don't try to act older like younger girls but because they try to act younger.

It's a little uncomfortable doing love scenes in armor, but, you know, when the heat's on, the heat's on. ("Access Hollywood" (1996), August 2000)

[about the paparazzi] Most of the time you don't even know they're there. Now, that's the scary thing. It's really strange and invading, but I'm still working it all out. I try to not let it bother me. I really try and find the humour in all of it. And if I want to swim naked in my pool, I'm still going to do it. I certainly don't want to feel that I have to change everything in my life that I do to cater to them. I just won't let it happen. (National Post, May 2001)

I don't have a technique. I've never been a believer in having one set technique on how to act. There are no rules and there is no rulebook. At the end of the day, it all comes down to my instincts. That's the one thing that guides me through every decision professionally. Socially, also. That's my technique. Yeah, you read through the script 100 times. I guess I have little characteristics about myself. Sometimes, most often than not, once we start shooting I won't look at the script at all until we finished shooting. It's kind of like it's been imprinted in my head during rehearsals. You just let it go. (Reel.com, May 2001)

I'm the worst auditioner, really, really bad. I mean, you're being judged and I'm just so aware of it that it consumes me. I can't relax, I'm tied in knots, so the voice is very taut and tense. You're so aware that you're acting 'cause you're sitting across from this lady with a piece of paper who's going, ''I'm. Going. To. Shoot. You. If. You. Don't. Blah, blah, blah,'' in this emotionless voice. It's foul. I hate it. (EW.com, May 2001)

People just love to bash LA. People say it's so pretentious, so arrogant, so this and that. But it's truly a wonderful place. You don't have to go to the places where that stuff goes on. You don't have to go to Beverly Hills, you don't have to go to the parties. You can live up in the Lower Canyon and live such a perfectly healthy, beautiful, fun life with all your friends. You can drive two hours one way and be at the Joshua Tree desert, two hours one way you're skiing at Big Bear. Sure, it can get full-on and that's why it's good to get out. But it's too easy just to say, "Nup, I hate it. I'm not living there anymore." (NW Magazine, March 2000)

[about growing up with his mom and his sisters] I learned respect for women, and patience. You grow up with all those women around you...you learn to wait your turn. (Cosmopolitan, June 1998)

I never studied acting in Australia. I never had an empty stage and black pajamas to run around and express myself.

[on his character "Ennis" in Brokeback Mountain (2005)] The challenge was to capture the stillness of him. I have kind of semi-frantic, nervous energy. Harnessing that was something I thought I'd have to work out. Shooting in the wilderness, the stillness became like this innate quality.

Brooklyn seems to me the closest thing in America to Europe. The neighbors and locals are beautiful people. It's like a village.

[on daughter Matilda and being a father] Matilda is adorable, and beautifully observant and wise. Michelle and I love her so much. Becoming a father exceeds all my expectations. It's the most remarkable experience I've ever had - it's marvelous.

I'm not good at future planning. I don't plan at all. I don't know what I'm doing tomorrow. I don't have a day planner and I don't have a diary. I completely live in the now, not in the past, not in the future.

[on playing "The Joker" in The Dark Knight (2008)] The Joker, so far, is definitely the most fun I've had with any character. He's just out of control -- no empathy, he's a sociopath, uh, a psychotic, mass-murdering clown. And, uh, I'm just thoroughly, thoroughly enjoying it. It's just exceeded any expectations I had of what the experience would be like.

[on his choice of film projects] I feel like I'm wasting time if I repeat myself. I can't say I'm proud of my work. It's the same with everything I do: the day I say 'It's good' is the day I should start doing something else.

[on walking down the red carpet] Like diving into an Olympic pool, swimming the length underwater, then emerging gasping for breath. It's so noisy that it's quiet, you can't hear; the flashlights are so blinding that it's dark, you can't see.

I start to get bored, not with the choices I was making, because I didn't really have a choice. The choices were being made for me -- I was being thrown into projects. So I kind of put the brakes on that. In a sense, I destroyed my career to rebuild it again.

I like to do something I fear. I like to set up obstacles and defeat them. I like to be afraid of the project. I always am. When I get cast in something, I always believe I shouldn't have been cast. I fooled them again. I can't do it. I don't know how to do it. There's a huge amount of anxiety that drowns out any excitement I have toward the project.

No amount of money changes what I do between 'action' and 'cut'. Before I got into the industry, I never imagined I'd have anywhere near the money I have now. I don't need any more. It's not that I don't want the money, it's just that I would have been really happy sitting on a beach or surfing every morning. I never had money, and I was very happy without it. When I die, my money's not gonna come with me. My movies will live on - for people to judge what I was as a person. I just want to stay curious.

[on dropping the character once the shoot ends] I kind of save the living for the time between action and cut. I'm pretty good at dropping a character once it's over for the day. Certainly once the film is over, I throw it all away. Your life is what matters. (Chicago Sun Times, November 2007)

[on the directors he would have liked to work with] Look, most of them are dead. Fellini. Cassavettes. Bob Fosse. Stanley Kubrick. I would have loved to work with them. I would love to work with many people who are around, but they're not lining up just yet. Terrence Malick is one person who comes to mind. I would love to be in one of his visual poems. (Chicago Sun Times, November 2007)

[on his sleeping problems] Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night. I couldn't stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going. (The New York Times, November 2007)

Some people find their shtick. 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.' People always feel compelled to sum you up, to presume that they have you and can describe you. That's fine. But there are many stories inside of me and a lot I want to achieve outside of one flat note. (The New York Times, November 2007)

I think [getting the role] was tougher for other people to comprehend than it was for me. I'm looking forward to it. A part of me feels like I've been warming up to [playing the Joker] for years. In The Brothers Grimm (2005), [director] Terry Gilliam helped me put on a sort of clown act and adjust to that sort of pace. And I feel it's something within me I know how to do. I like putting on a mask. It'll be dark and sinister and exciting. Not being a huge comic book fan, and not one to really follow comic book movies, I'm relaxed about it. (NY Daily News, November 2006)

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! (NY Post, 2001)

A lot of people think ambition or success and they think dollars. My ambition is all in my head. I'm on a f---ing journey. I'm on a walkabout. It's about collecting wisdom of emotions and heart and self and understanding. Being absolutely comfortable with your body and life and the earth, sun, and moon being the only truths. That's what my success is, getting underneath that. (Entertainment Weekly, 2001)

[on choosing his roles] I don't have that much forward planning about what I want to do in the future. But I guess once I find something, like if I'm doing Lords of Dogtown (2005), I really like to flip the scale on the next job I'm doing. It's almost like you are a switchboard in a sound booth and on one job you use one side and by the end of the job you are kind of exhausted by it, but you didn't use any of the other side over here so you have to find something that will mean you using this half of your brain, energy wise, and that's how Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Casanova complemented each other. Brokeback was excruciating and Casanova (2005) was drinking wine and eating pasta, it was like a holiday. But I've got no future plans, I don't know what I'm going to do next as along as it scares me, as long as it's something new, as long as I get to scare other people. As long as it's an opportunity to evolve and grow as an actor and a person and challenge myself.
Mini Biography

When a young, hunky 20 year old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of not much depth. He has spent the past five years trying desperately to sway this image away, but this has indeed been a double-edged sword. But that comes much later in his story. Heath Ledger was born on the fourth of April 1979, in Perth, Western Australia.

As the story goes, in junior high it was compulsory to do one of two electives, either cooking or drama, and as Heath could honestly not see himself in a cooking class, he tried his hand at drama. Heath was talented, there was no denying that. However, the rest of the class did not acknowledge his talent, possibly out of jealousy. When he was 17, he and a friend, decided to pack up, leave school, take a car and rough it to Sydney. Heath believed Sydney to be the place where dreams are made, or at least, where actors can possibly get their big break. However, upon arriving in Sydney with a purported 69 cents to his name, Heath tried everything to get a break.

His first real acting job came in a low budget movie called Blackrock (1997), a largely unimpressive cliché; a teen angst film about one boy's struggle when he learns his best mate r*ped a girl. He did not have a large part in this movie. In fact, it was a very small one. The only thing of notice in his role is you get to see him get his lights punched out. After that small role, Heath auditioned for a role in a TV show called "Sweat" (1996) about a group of young Olympic hopefuls. He got offered one of two roles, one as a swimmer, another as a gay cyclist. Heath accepted the latter because he felt to really stand out as an actor one had to accept unique roles that stood out from the bunch. It got him small notice, but unfortunately the show was quickly axed, which led him to look for other roles. He was in "Home and Away" (1988) for a very short period, in which he played a surfer who falls in love with one of the girls of Summer Bay. Then came his very brief role in Paws (1997). Paws was a film which existed solely to cash in on guitar prodigy Nathan Cavaleri's brief moment of fame, where he was the hottest thing in Australia. Heath played a student in the film, involved in a stage production of a Shakespeare play, in which he played "Oberon". A very brief role, this did nothing other than give him a small paycheck, but nothing to advance his career. Then came Two Hands (1999). He went to America trying to audition for film roles, showcasing his brief role in "Roar" (1997) opposite then unknown Vera Farmiga.

He could not find any American roles but then Australian director Gregor Jordan auditioned him for the lead in Two Hands (1999), which he got. An in your face Aussie crime thriller, Two Hands (1999) was outstanding and helped him secure a role in 10 Things I Hate About You (1999). After that, it seemed Heath was being typecast as a teen hunk, which he did not like, so he accepted a role in a very serious war drama The Patriot (2000).

What followed was a stark inconsistency of roles, Ledger accepting virtually every single character role, anything to avoid being typecast. Some met with praise, like his short role in Monster's Ball (2001), but his version of Ned Kelly (2003) was an absolute flop, which led distributors hesitant to even release it outside Australia. Heath finally had deserved success with his role in Brokeback Mountain (2005), for which he was nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA. Ledger was found dead on January 22, 2008 in his apartment in the Manhattan neighborhood of SoHo, with a bottle of prescription sleeping pills nearby. It was concluded weeks later that he died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs that included painkillers, sleeping pills and anti-anxiety medication. After his death he received more than 30 posthumous awards for his portrayal as the psychopathic clown prince of crime in The Dark Knight (2008) (including the Oscar, SAG, BAFTA, and Golden Globe)


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