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Heath Ledger Biography

Birth Name:
Heath Andrew Ledger
Birth Place:
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • He and sister Kate were named after the central characters in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff and Catherine
  • Had "Kaos" tattooed on his wrist, which combined the initials of his sisters and mother (Kate, Ashleigh, Olivia and Sally)
  • Listed as one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2001
  • Replaced his Four Feathers (2002) costar Wes Bentley in the role of Sonny in Monster's Ball (2001)
  • Played a gay cyclist in the Australian TV series Sweat nine years before his acclaimed portrayal of conflicted cowboy Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  • Only the second person—after Network star Peter Finch—to win a posthumous acting Oscar, for his performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight (2008)

Awards

  • 2009Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2009Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2009People's Choice Awards-Favorite On Screen Match Up: winner
  • 2009BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2009Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2008St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2008Online Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2008Vancouver Film Critics-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2008Phoenix Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2008San Diego Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2008Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2008Southeastern Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2008Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2008London Film Critics Association-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2008Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2008Utah Film Critics-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2008Washington D.C. Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2008New York Film Critics Online-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2008Houston Film Critics-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2008Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2008Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2008Australian Film Institute Awards-International Award for Best Actor: winner
  • 2008Las Vegas Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2008Kansas City Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2008Iowa Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2008Florida Film Critics-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2008Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2008Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2008Alliance of Women Film Journalists-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2008Austin Film Critics-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2008Independent Spirit Awards-Robert Altman Award: winner
  • 2008Boston Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2006Australian Film Institute Awards-International Award for Best Actor: winner
  • 2006Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Lead Actor: nominated
  • 2006BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2006Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2006Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: nominated
  • 2005St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 2005Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2005New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actor: winner
  • 2005National Society of Film Critics-Best Actor - Runner-up: winner
  • 2005San Francisco Film Critics Circle-Best Actor: winner
  • 2005Phoenix Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 2005Online Film Critics Association-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2005Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Actor - Runner-up: winner
  • 2005London Film Critics Association-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2005Las Vegas Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 2005Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2003Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Lead Actor: nominated
  • 1999Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated

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