Ten years ago today, Hollywood and the universe lost a gem. Australian actor and director, Heath Ledger, tragically died on Jan. 22, 2008 at the age 28, and the universe still continues to weep his death. Ledger had just finished his iconic role as The Joker in The Dark Knight and was in the center of filming, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus when he upheld away.
Though Ledger’s career was sadly short, the actor gave stirring performances that will continue to perform fans for years to come. As we applaud the actor’s legacy, here are Ledger’s 5 best roles.
1. The Joker
Hailed the best perfomance of 2008, Ledger’s role as The Joker in The Dark Knight, is one the will live on infinitely. While The Joker was portrayed by others in the past as asocial nonetheless humorous, Ledger’s take on the knave was a work of art and refreshing from start to finish. Ledger’s death paid a big cause in the selling of the film as many speculated that the role is what caused Ledger’s black death. Ledger’ former costars have doubtful this claim. The actor’s opening warranted him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, which he won posthumously.
2. Ennis Del Mar
In the romantic drama, Brokeback Mountain, Ledger portrayed Ennis Del Mar, a indifferent sheepherder that falls in adore with rodeo cowboy, Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal). The film perceived vicious commend and skyrocketed Ledger’s career. During the prolongation of the film, Ledger met singer Michelle Williams, who he antiquated for 3 years and had his only child, Matilda, with. Ledger also became close to Gyllenhaal, who is the godfather to Matilda.
3. Patrick Verona
If you didn’t tumble in adore with Patrick Verona in the hit teen classic, 10 Things we Hate About You, then you must re-watch the film immediately! Ledger portrayed the darling bad child that was paid to date the rebel Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles). The film that was formed on the Shakespeare play, The Taming of the Shrew, also featured other renouned 90s stars such as Larissa Olyenik and Andrew Keegan. Stiles and Ledger were the ideal on screen couple and done high school seem a little reduction boring.
4. Jacob Grimm
Ledger costarred in The Brothers Grimm with Matt Damon. Damon and Ledger portrayed the illusory characters, Wilhelm “Will” and Jakob “Jake” Grimm, who were con-artists that get swooped up in a genuine angel story calamity and must save a city from a curse. Ledger valid once again his comedic talents in this film while also making it unfit to conflict Jake’s supportive and goodhearted nature.
5. Sonny Grotowski
Another belligerent breaking opening from Ledger was in the 2001 film, Monster’s Ball. Ledger portrayed Sonny Grotowski, the son Hank Grotowski (Billy Bob Thorton), who was emotionally abused by his father. Ledger’ impression died early in the film, but his death played a essential partial in Hank’s redemption.