Heath Andrew Ledger was an Australian actor and music video director who lived from April 4, 1979 – January 22, 2008. In 1998, Ledger left Australia, where he had appeared in several Australian TV and film productions, for the United States in order to further develop his acting career. Ledger’s work comprised nineteen films, some of which includes; 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), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009). The Dark Knight and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus were posthumous releases. Some of Heath Ledger net worth also comes from his involvement in producing and directing music videos. Heath also wanted to be a film director. Heath Ledger was aged 28 years when he died on 22 January, 2008 in Soho, New York, U.S. He is buried at Karrakatta cemetery.
Heath Ledger Biography
Heath Ledger was born in Perth, Western Australia. Ledger’s parents are Sally Ledger, who was a French teacher, and Kim Ledger, who was racing car driver and a mining engineer. Ledger was of Scottish, English, and Irish ancestry. For his education, Ledger went to Mary’s Mount Primary School in Gooseberry Hill. Later, he attended Guildford Grammar School, where he had his first acting experiences, when he starred as Peter Pan at the age of ten, in a school production. Still at the age of ten, Ledger’s parents separated and finalized their divorce when Ledger was 11. Ledger had an older sister, Kate, whom he was very close to. Kate was an actress, who later became a publicist, and inspired Ledger’s acting on stage. Heath Ledger also has two half-sisters whose names are Ashleigh Bell and Olivia Ledger. Ashleigh was his mother’s daughter from her second marriage to Roger Bell, while Olivia is his father’s daughter from his second marriage to Emma Brown.
Heath Ledger Career Life
Ledger left school to pursue a career in acting; he sat for early examinations to get his diploma when he was 16 years old.Heath Ledger’s appearance in Brokeback Mountain as Ennis Del Mar, earned him the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and the Best International Actor Award from the Australian Film Institute; being the first actor to win the latter award posthumously. Heath Ledger was also nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and the Academy Award for Best Actor. For the film I’m Not There, which was inspired by the life and songs of American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, Ledger posthumously shared the 2007 Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award with the rest of the ensemble cast, the director, and the casting director. In the movie, Ledger acted the role of Robbie Clark, a fictional character based on one of the six personalities embodying the life and persona of Dylan. His acting career was the major source of Heath Ledger net worth.
Few months before Ledger’s death on January 22, 2008, Ledger had completed his performance in The Dark Knight as the Joker. As at the time of Ledger’s demise, The Dark knight was already in its editing stage, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was still being filmed although Ledger was playing his final role as Tony. Ledger’s unprecedented demise had effect on the subsequent promotion of The Dark Knight. As a result of Ledger’s performance in The Dark Knight, he did not only receive global recognition from fans and critics, he also received several posthumous recognition 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.
Heath Ledger Relationships and Personal Life
Heath Ledger’s relationship life included dating model Christina Cauchi in 2000 and the relationship lasted for about 2 years. Again, from 2000-2001, Heath dated American actress Heather Graham from October 2000 to June 2001.And in August 2002, Heath started dating British actress Naomi Watts. They acted together in the movie, Ned Kelly (2003). In fact, Naomi even encouraged Heath to take up the role of Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain (2005). However, they broke up in May 2004. In June 2004, Heath also started a relationship with American actress Michelle Williams. The two movie personalities met while filming Brokeback Mountain(2005). On October 28, 2005, they were blessed with a daughter, Matilda Rose, who was born in New York City. However, in 2006, Heath’s drug abuse started to annoy Michelle. Eventually, Heath moved out of their apartment in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Later, they separated amicably but their break up was only confirmed in September 2007 by Michelle’s father.
Heath Ledger Net Worth
At the time of his demise, Heath Ledger net worth was estimated at $16 million. At the time of his death, no known assets or luxuries were known to the media.
Heath Ledger’s Death
Concerning Heath Ledger’s death, he was found unconscious in his bed at about 3pm on 22 January 2008, by his masseuse, Diana Wolozin and his housekeeper, Teresa Solomon. The location was in his loft at 421 Broome Street in the Soho neighborhood of Manhattan. By the time paramedics and emergency medical personnel arrived at 3:33pm, they were unable to revive him and Ledger was pronounced dead at 3:36pm. His body was thereafter evacuated from the apartment.
On February 6 2008, which was 2 weeks after the incidence, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York released its conclusions, based on an initial autopsy on 23 January 2008 and a subsequent complete toxicological analysis. The report finalizes, in part, that “Mr. Heath Ledger died as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine.” It states definitively: “We have concluded that the manner of death is accident, resulting from the abuse of prescribed medications.”
Regardless of Ledger’s untimely death, he had succeeded in building a sustainable net worth and a famous personality for himself. He is most remembered for his highly applauded role of the Joker in the 2008 film The Dark Knight. The movie contributed greatly to Heath Ledger net worth as it was a top-grosser worldwide. The movie also earned him the prestigious Academy Award.