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Heath Ledger

Biography

Known for his part as the Joker at night Knight, his loss of life was voted the very best entertainment tale of 2008. His meteoric rise was also related to his performing in 10 Points I Hate About You, The Patriot, A Knight’s Story, and Brokeback Hill. He was interested in chess, and received the Traditional western Australia’s junior chess tournament at age group 10. He debuted on three shows of the tv screen show, Dispatch to Shore, like a cyclist. He experienced from insomnia after filming The Dark Knight, and passed away from an overdose of prescription drugs, including oxycodone, doxylamine, hydrocodone, diazepam, alprazolam, and temazepam. He was romantically associated with celebrity Michelle Williams from 2004 to 2007. The few had a child called Matilda Rose Ledger in 2005. He starred reverse Christian Bale at night Knight.

Quick Facts


Full Name Heath Ledger
Date Of Birth April 4, 1979
Died January 22, 2008, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Perth, Australia
Height 1.85 m, 1.76 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education Guildford Grammar School, Mary's Mount Primary School
Nationality Australian, Australian
Children Matilda Ledger
Parents Kim Ledger, Sally Ledger Bell
Siblings Kate Ledger, Ashleigh Bell, Olivia Ledger
Partner Michelle Williams
Awards Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss, MTV Movie Award for Best Villain, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor, Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, Australian Film Institute International Award for Best Actor, People's Choice Award for Favorite Cast, People's Choice Award for Favorite On-Screen Chemistry, Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Actor of the Year, Australian Film Institute Award for News Limited Readers' Choice Award, San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, MTV Movie Award for Best Fight, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble, Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead, AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actor, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Sequence, Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemistry, Teen Choice Award for Film - Sexiest Love Scene, Teen Choice Award for Film - Choice Actor, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure
Movies The Dark Knight, 10 Things I Hate About You, Brokeback Mountain, A Knight's Tale, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The Patriot, I'm Not There, Monster's Ball, The Brothers Grimm, Lords of Dogtown, Casanova, Two Hands, Ned Kelly, Candy, The Four Feathers, The Order, Blackrock, Paws, Andam Kosam Pandem
TV Shows Roar, Ship to Shore, Sweat, Home and Away
Star Sign Aries

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#Fact
1In order to physicalize Ennis Del Mar's closed off nature in Brokeback Mountain, Heath used the image of a clenched fist as inspiration.
2Abbie Cornish dedicated her 2011 G'Day USA Excellence in Film award to him. They were co-stars in Candy (2006) [January 23, 2011].
3In 2008, Australians in Film established the annual "Heath Ledger Scholarship" in honor of the late actor, who was an ambassador of the group. Heath's father, Kim Ledger, is the Patron of the scholarship. The first recipient was Oliver Ackland in 2009, followed by Bella Heathcote in 2010, Ryan Corr in 2011, Anna McGahan in 2012, James Mackay in 2013, Cody Fern in 2014 and Matt Levett in 2015.
4His parents and his sister Kate received his Oscar on his behalf.
5Was considered for the role of Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). In the original trilogy, Max was played by Mel Gibson, who played his father in The Patriot (2000). Tom Hardy took the role of Max in 2009. Hardy played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), the sequel to The Dark Knight (2008) in which Ledger played The Joker.
6According to the 10th Anniversary commentary by his co-stars for 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), he and Julia Stiles began a relationship during the filming. They broke up in January 2000.
7Of all the actors who played the Joker and won Oscars, he is the only one to win for playing the Joker.
8He was five years younger than Christian Bale, making him the first actor to play The Joker who was younger than the actor playing Batman.
9Never attended Drama school and had no formal training when he decided to pursue an acting career.
10His acting mentor was Mel Gibson.
11Was in a relationship with Lisa Zane, Julia Stiles, Christina Cauchi, Heather Graham, Naomi Watts, Michelle Williams, Gemma Ward.
12He said the most difficult aspect of his performance as The Joker was getting the voice and laugh right.
13Cousin of actor Luke Ledger.
14In 2008, Australians in Film established the annual ''Heath Ledger Scholarship'' in his honor. Past judges include Jude Law, Rachel Griffiths, Jason Isaacs, Frances O'Connor, director Gregor Jordan and Ledger's former agent Steve Alexander.
15To get in character in Lords of Dogtown (2005) he wore some of Skip Engblom's old clothes.
16Was only 4 years older than Kate Mara who plays his teenage daughter in Brokeback Mountain (2005).
17Liked to write poetry.
18Lived in a house in the forest while filming The Patriot (2000).
19He directed both homemade videos made by the Joker in The Dark Knight (2008) himself.
20Met up with Christopher Nolan to exchange ideas about how he was going to play the Joker before there was even a script for The Dark Knight (2008). He was Christopher Nolan's first and only choice for the Joker.
21Ang Lee offered him the role of 'Ennis Del Mar' after being impressed with his performance in Monster's Ball (2001).
22In an interview, he admitted that he disliked his portrayal of the titular character in Casanova (2005), saying he took the wrong approach to the role.
23As a tribute, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law helped Terry Gilliam complete The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) by taking over Ledger's unfinished role. Thus the public was able to watch his last performance. The three actors donated their salaries to his daughter.
24Was a big fan of Nick Drake. Directed and starred in a music video for Nick Drake's "Black Eyed Dog".
25Was very close with directors Terry Gilliam and Shekhar Kapur.
26Was encouraged by then girlfriend Naomi Watts to accept the role of Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain (2005).
27Was in talks to play the role of 'Llewelyn Moss' in No Country for Old Men (2007) but decided to take some time off instead.
28Was offered the role of Peter Parker in Spider-Man (2002) which he turned down.
29Was planning to direct his first feature film based on the Walter Tevis 1983 novel "The Queen's Gambit".
30Did some of the stunts in his movies by himself; in The Four Feathers (2002) he leaps onto a horse at full gallop; in Brokeback Mountain (2005) he jumps off a high cliff into icy water.
31Pulled out of The Tree of Life (2011) before he died.
32Among his hobbies were surfing, skateboarding, chess, photography, directing.
33Appeared twice on the cover of GQ magazine: June '01 and February '06.
34Is one of 11 actors to have won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critics' Choice Award, Golden Globe Award and SAG Award for the same performance. The others in chronological order are Geoffrey Rush for Shine (1996), Jamie Foxx for Ray (2004), Philip Seymour Hoffman for Capote (2005), Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland (2006), Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men (2007), Daniel Day-Lewis for There Will Be Blood (2007) and Lincoln (2012), Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds (2009), Colin Firth for The King's Speech (2010), Christopher Plummer for Beginners (2010), and J.K. Simmons for Whiplash (2014).
35Won almost every award in which he was nominated for his performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight (2008) including the quintuple crown (a Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG, Critics' Choice Award, and Oscar).
36The second person to win a posthumous acting Oscar. The first was Peter Finch.
37Was a great admirer of Johnny Depp's work. Like Depp, Ledger worked hard to avoid being typecast as a teen heartthrob early on, in the hopes of expanding his career options. Both actors enjoyed taking risky, physically unappealing roles that surprised audiences. Depp was one of the three actors who filled in for Ledger's last unfinished role after his death, in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009).
38Very first performer to win an Oscar for acting in a comic movie-adaptation.
39His daughter Matilda Ledger will be the recipient of his Oscar for The Dark Knight (2008) when she turns 18. Up until then the statuette will be in custody of his father Kim Ledger, mother Sally Bell and sister Kate Ledger, per Academy rules.
40Was awarded the 2009 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his work as the Joker in The Dark Knight (2008). This made him the first person to win a posthumous acting Oscar in this category.
41Has co-starred with a Gyllenhaal sibling in his two most acclaimed roles: as Ennis Del Mar with Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain (2005), and as the Joker with Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Dark Knight (2008).
42The day after he died, he was supposed to meet with Steven Spielberg to explore the idea of playing Tom Hayden in a movie about the Chicago 7.
43In both his first and final complete roles, he portrayed a clown.
44He is not only the first and only actor to be nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of the Joker, but the first and only actor to secure an acting nomination for a Batman film.
45Received his Oscar-nomination for The Dark Knight (2008) on the first anniversary of his death, January 22, 2009.
46When actress Nell Campbell moved back to her homeland of Australia, she sold her house to Ledger in 2005.
47His Golden Globe Award win for The Dark Knight (2008) came eleven days before the first anniversary of his death.
48Played the character of Scott Irwin in the long-running Australian soap opera Home and Away (1988) for 10 episodes in 1997. Scott was a local bad boy who took advantage of Sally Fletcher. It is said that the producers wanted to extend his stay with the show but Heath opted not to.
49Swiss actor and filmmaker Philippe Vonlanthen worked as his Body-double and stand-in on Roar (1997). Filming took place in Queensland, Australia.
50In an interview shortly before his death, he stated that his favorite role so far in his career had been his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight (2008).
51Said in 1999 that his favorite actors and directors were Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Bob Fosse, Stanley Kubrick, Katharine Hepburn, Jack Nicholson, Marcel Cann, Terrence Malick, Mel Gibson, and Meryl Streep. Later, he went on to co-star with Gibson; and play The Joker (previously portrayed by Nicholson) with his character was partly inspired by Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971); and had almost been cast in Malick's The Tree of Life (2011).
52Was good friends with Jake Gyllenhaal, Joel Edgerton, Christian Bale, Joaquin Phoenix and Matt Damon.
53His favorite Australian bands and musicians were Spiderbait, Powderfinger, and Silverchair.
54Before appearing with Christian Bale in The Dark Knight (2008), the two of them both played incarnations of Bob Dylan in I'm Not There. (2007). This makes Ledger the second Joker actor to share a role with a Batman actor. Previously, Cesar Romero shared the role of lawman John "Doc" Holliday with Adam West and Val Kilmer.
55After his death his body was returned to Perth, Western Australia, where his body was cremated at Fremantle Cemetery, with his ashes to be "scattered in a family plot at Karrakatta Cemetery, next to two of his grandparents.
56On February 9, 2008, a memorial service attended by several hundred invited guests was held at Penhros College in Perth, Western Australia followed by a private wake on Cottesloe Beach with his family and friends.
57In 2006, took a year off from acting to raise his daughter Matilda Ledger while his girlfriend at the time, Michelle Williams, worked.
58The youngest actor to play the Joker in a Batman movie The Dark Knight (2008), as oppose to Jack Nicholson and Cesar Romero.
59He was the co-founder of record label Music Masses Co with singer Ben Harper, and directed Harper's video for the song 'Morning Yearning'.
60Was good friends with Ben Harper.
61As a child, he owned a pet kangaroo that was found by his mother.
62Actor Daniel Day-Lewis made a dedication to him at the SAG Awards 2008.
63Was considered for a role in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003).
64Was friends with Russell Crowe.
65Lived in Roman Way, Islington while filming his last movie ever in London in 2007.
66First acting role was as "Peter Pan", at age 10, at a local theater company.
67Was painfully shy.
68Directed music videos for Ben Harper's song "Morning Yearning", N'fa Forster Jones' "Cause an Effect" and "Seduction is Evil", Modest Mouse's "King Rat".
69Was found dead in his apartment at 421 Broome Street in the SoHo neighborhood in New York City at 3:26 p.m. EST by his housekeeper and a massage therapist, finding him face down and unconscious in his bed with sleeping pills on a nearby table. [January 2008]
70Resided in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Sydney.
71Chosen by Empire Magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Movie Stars in the world (#79) 2007.
72Was one of seven godparents of Elizabeth Hurley's son Damien.
73Had been set to star in Baz Luhrmann's pre-WWII drama Australia (2008), but backed out to play The Joker in The Dark Knight (2008).
74Jake Gyllenhaal and Busy Philipps are his daughter's godparents.
75Was the first non-American actor to portray the Joker.
76Invited to join AMPAS in 2006.
77Was mentored by, lived with, and was very good friends with Martin Henderson.
78Was selected in the State U17 squad in field hockey and was touted as one of the up and coming young stars, but chose to pack it in and try to make a career out of acting.
79Became a father for the 1st time at age 26 when his fiancée Michelle Williams gave birth to their daughter Matilda Rose Ledger on October 28, 2005.
80Starred in 3 films which screened at the 2005 Venice Film Festival. They included Brokeback Mountain (2005), The Brothers Grimm (2005) and the out-of-competition Casanova (2005).
81Heath was of English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.
82Most of his wardrobe was designed by his friend Shem.
83Was named "the new Matt Damon" in Josie and the Pussycats (2001). They now act side by side in The Brothers Grimm (2005)
84Was considered for the role of Kar in Bulletproof Monk (2003) but eventually turned it down. The role later went to Seann William Scott.
85Was originally set to star in Oliver Stone's Alexander (2004) before Colin Farrell took over the role.
86Was a men's-fashion judge at the Melbourne Cup Carnival in November 2001.
87Was a part of the 1990 Kalamunda Field Hockey team. His father was president of the team from 1990-1992.
88Named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2001.
89Mother was Sally Bell née Ramshaw (daughter of John and Jackie Ramshaw) and father was Kim Ledger (son of Colin and Es Ledger). Stepfather was Roger Bell and stepmother was Emma Brown. His great-grandfather was Sir Frank Ledger, son of Edson Ledger.
90Had three sisters: Catherine (Kate) Ledger, married to Nathan Buckey, and half sisters Olivia Ledger (b. 1997) and Ashleigh Bell (b. 1989).
91Auditioned for the part of Max on the TV show Roswell (1999). However, the show was originally developed for Fox and since he had already starred in Roar (1997), which was unsuccessful for Fox, they did not want to hire him.
92Concentrated on drama and sports in school. When asked to choose between the two, he picked drama. Attended a private all-boys school called Guildford Grammar.
93He and his older sister, Kate Ledger, are named after the two main romantic characters of the Emily Brontë novel, "Wuthering Heights".


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus2009Tony
The Dark Knight2008Joker
I'm Not There.2007Robbie
Candy2006Dan
Casanova2005Casanova
Brokeback Mountain2005Ennis Del Mar
The Brothers Grimm2005Jacob Grimm
Lords of Dogtown2005Skip
The Order2003Alex Bernier
Ned Kelly2003Ned Kelly
The Four Feathers2002Harry Feversham
Monster's Ball2001Sonny Grotowski
A Knight's Tale2001William Thatcher
The Patriot2000Gabriel Martin
Two Hands1999Jimmy
10 Things I Hate About You1999Patrick Verona
Paws1997Oberon
Home and Away1997TV SeriesScott Irwin
Blackrock1997Toby
Roar1997TV SeriesConor
Sweat1996TV SeriesSnowy Bowles
Ship to Shore1993-1994TV SeriesCyclist
Clowning Around1992Orphan Clown (uncredited)

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
N'Fa Jones: Cause an Effect2009Video short
Modest Mouse: King Rat2009Video short

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
13 Steps2011Short in memory of
Mr. J2010Short special thanks
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus2009in memory of
The Dark Knight2008in memory of
Fallen Idols Aka DOPE.2008Documentary dedicatee

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2007TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Insider2007TV SeriesHimself
The 2006 Australian Film Institute Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
Corazón de...2005-2006TV SeriesHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 78th Annual Academy Awards2006TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
2006 Independent Spirit Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2004-2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2000-2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Charlie Rose2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Logo Movie Special: 'Brokeback Mountain'2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Film '722005TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'Lords of Dogtown'2005Video documentary shortHimself
Venecia 2005: Crónica de Carlos Boyero2005TV MovieHimself
El Magacine2005TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Today2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The View2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Los Angeles2005Documentary shortHimself
On Being a Cowboy2005Video shortHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 76th Annual Academy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
Terryho dotocná2004TV Short documentaryHimself
Enough Rope with Andrew Denton2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Cartaz Cultural2003TV SeriesHimself (2007)
The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Film clip of "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"
V Graham Norton2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
MTV Video Music Awards 20022002TV SpecialHimself
Heath Ledger Profile2001Video documentary shortHimself
Sexy Armor and a Rock Band on Tour2001Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 'A Knight's Tale'2001TV Short documentaryHimself
The Marquee Event2001Video documentary shortHimself
The Rock Music Scene in 13702001Video documentary shortHimself
The Rules of Love2001Video documentary shortHimself
The Ray Martin Show2001TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Panel1999-2001TV SeriesHimself
A.J. After Hours2001TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show2001TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman2000-2001TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Rove Live2001TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look2000-2001TV Series documentaryHimself
The Art of War2000Video documentary shortHimself
2000 MTV Movie Awards2000TV Special documentaryHimself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards2000TV Special documentaryHimself
The Teen Choice Awards 19991999TV SpecialHimself
Roar: The Making of1997TV Special documentaryConor

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Death Battle2016TV SeriesThe Joker
Nostalgia Critic2016TV SeriesThe Joker
Extra2015TV SeriesHimself
CNN Newsroom2014TV SeriesHimself
The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of the Dark Knight Trilogy2013Video documentaryHimself
Too Young to Die2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Fantástico2012TV Series documentaryJoker
Cinema 32008-2010TV SeriesHimself
World Film Report2009TV SeriesHimself
The 81st Annual Academy Awards2009TV SpecialJoker
Today Tonight2009TV SeriesHimself / The Joker
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHimself
Biography2008TV Series documentaryConor
E! True Hollywood Story2005-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Dr. Drew's Celebrity Addiction Special2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself
The 80th Annual Academy Awards2008TV SpecialEnnis del Mar Memorial Tribute
Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2008TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
A Current Affair2008TV SeriesHimself
Corazón de...2005-2008TV SeriesHimself Ennis del Mar Casanova
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2008TV SeriesHimself
Gomorron2006-2008TV SeriesHimself
Schau mir in die Augen, Kleiner2007DocumentaryEnnis Del Mar (uncredited)
Cómo conseguir un papel en Hollywood2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Home and Away2006TV SeriesScott Irwin
Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema2006DocumentaryHimself / Ennis Del Mar
Home and Away: Romances2005VideoScott Irwin (uncredited)
Celebrities Uncensored2003-2004TV SeriesHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsSupporting Actor of the DecadeThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest EnsembleThe Dark Knight (2008)· Christian Bale
· Aaron Eckhart
· Maggie Gyllenhaal
· Michael Caine
· Morgan Freeman
· Gary Oldman
2009Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsSupporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009IOFCP AwardInternational Online Film Critics' PollBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009IFC AwardIowa Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Supporting Actor (Miglior attore non protagonista)The Dark Knight (2008)
2009Jupiter AwardJupiter AwardBest International ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest VillainThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite CastThe Dark Knight (2008)· Christian Bale
· Michael Caine
· Aaron Eckhart
· Morgan Freeman
· Maggie Gyllenhaal
· Gary Oldman
2009People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite On-Screen Match-UpThe Dark Knight (2008)· Christian Bale
2009Rembrandt AwardRembrandt AwardsBest International Actor (Beste Buitenlandse Acteur)The Dark Knight (2008)
2009ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009Audience AwardSESC Film Festival, BrazilBest Foreign Actor (Melhor Ator Estrangeiro)The Dark Knight (2008)
2009TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting Performance, MaleThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008AFI International AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleThe Dark Knight (2008)· Christian Bale
· Gary Oldman
· Morgan Freeman
· Michael Caine
· Cillian Murphy
· Aaron Eckhart
· Maggie Gyllenhaal
2008BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008Chauvel AwardBrisbane International Film FestivalPosthumously.
2008CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Supporting Actor of the YearThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008Robert Altman AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsI'm Not There. (2007)· Todd Haynes (director)
· Laura Rosenthal (casting director)
· Cate Blanchett
· Christian Bale
· Richard Gere
· Ben Whishaw
· Marcus Carl Franklin
· Charlotte Gainsbourg
· Bruce Greenwood
2008ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Supporting PerformanceThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008NYFCO AwardNew York Film Critics, OnlineBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008NTFCA AwardNorth Texas Film Critics Association, USBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008OFCC AwardOklahoma Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008SFFCC AwardSan Francisco Film Critics CircleBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008SFX AwardSFX Awards, UKBest Film ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008UFCA AwardUtah Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008AAFCA AwardAfrican-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)Best Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008EDA Special Mention AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsUnforgettable MomentThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008Austin Film Critics AwardAustin Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2007Best ActorValenciennes International Festival of Action and Adventure FilmsCandy (2006)
2006AFI International AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest ActorBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006News Limited Readers' Choice AwardAustralian Film Institute
2006COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest Lead PerformanceBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationActor of the YearBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest ActorBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest KissBrokeback Mountain (2005)· Jake Gyllenhaal
2006OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest ActorBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006Breakthrough Performance of the YearSanta Barbara International Film FestivalBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006Outstanding Performance AwardSanta Barbara International Film FestivalBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2005ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actor in a Leading RoleBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2005Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2005NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2005PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2005SFFCC AwardSan Francisco Film Critics CircleBest ActorBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2005SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest ActorBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2005VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest PerformanceBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2001Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Male - NewcomerThe Patriot (2000)
2001ShoWest AwardShoWest Convention, USAMale Star of Tomorrow

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsPerformer of the DecadePosthumously.
2009Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleThe Dark Knight (2008)· Morgan Freeman
· Maggie Gyllenhaal
· Aaron Eckhart
· Christian Bale
· Michael Caine
· Gary Oldman
2009Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastThe Dark Knight (2008)· Christian Bale
· Michael Caine
· Aaron Eckhart
· Morgan Freeman
· Maggie Gyllenhaal
· Gary Oldman
2009ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsActor of the YearThe Dark Knight (2008)
2009MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest FightThe Dark Knight (2008)· Christian Bale
2008Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Dark Knight (2008)
2006AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Lead ActorCandy (2006)
2006Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActorBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006FCCA AwardFilm Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Actor in a Lead RoleCandy (2006)
2006Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsLead ActorBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastBrokeback Mountain (2005)· Linda Cardellini
· Anna Faris
· Jake Gyllenhaal
· Anne Hathaway
· Randy Quaid
· Michelle Williams
2006IF AwardIF AwardsBest ActorCandy (2006)
2006Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Male LeadBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsActor of the YearBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006NRJ Ciné AwardNRJ Ciné AwardsBest Kiss (Meilleur baiser)Brokeback Mountain (2005)· Jake Gyllenhaal
2006OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureBrokeback Mountain (2005)· Linda Cardellini
· Anna Faris
· Jake Gyllenhaal
· Anne Hathaway
· Randy Quaid
· Michelle Williams
2006VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest ActorBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2005Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Actor of the YearBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2005Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceBrokeback Mountain (2005)· Jake Gyllenhaal
· Michelle Williams
· Anne Hathaway
· Linda Cardellini
· Randy Quaid
· Anna Faris
2005Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, DramaBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2005Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: Action Adventure/ThrillerLords of Dogtown (2005)
2005WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2003AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Actor in a Leading RoleNed Kelly (2003)
2003FCCA AwardFilm Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Actor - MaleNed Kelly (2003)
2002MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest KissA Knight's Tale (2001)· Shannyn Sossamon
2002MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Musical SequenceA Knight's Tale (2001)· Shannyn Sossamon
2001Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsFilm - Choice ActorA Knight's Tale (2001)
2001Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsFilm - Choice ChemistryA Knight's Tale (2001)· Shannyn Sossamon
2000FCCA AwardFilm Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Actor - MaleTwo Hands (1999)
2000MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Musical Performance10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
1999AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleTwo Hands (1999)
1999Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsFilm - Sexiest Love Scene10 Things I Hate About You (1999)· Julia Stiles

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsLead Actor of the DecadeBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2009NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2008Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsFavorite Celebrity of the Year
2008NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Dark Knight (2008)
2006COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest EnsembleBrokeback Mountain (2005)· Jake Gyllenhaal
· Michelle Williams
· Anne Hathaway
· Randy Quaid
2006DFCCDublin Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2006Austin Film Critics AwardAustin Film Critics AssociationBest ActorBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2005ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleBrokeback Mountain (2005)· Jake Gyllenhaal
· Anne Hathaway
· Michelle Williams
· Linda Cardarelli
· Randy Quaid
2005BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ActorBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2005DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2005LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2005SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorBrokeback Mountain (2005)
2005UFCA AwardUtah Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorBrokeback Mountain (2005)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActorBrokeback Mountain (2005)

TitleSalary
Ned Kelly (2003)$50,000
The Four Feathers (2002)$2,000,000
A Knight's Tale (2001)$3,000,000
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)$100,000

#Quote
1I don't have a method to my madness... For me, acting is more about self-exploration. I've learned a lot about myself in order to learn about the craft. I've always been very big on self-exploration and answering my own questions. (Vanity Fair, 2000)
2I have never had great expectations of my performance or of a film. I try not to think about the outcome. If you look that far ahead, it sort of taints your choices as an actor. I try as hard as I can to believe that no one is ever going to see it and that it's not even a movie. Then you can allow yourself to bare more. Then, once a project is done, I tend to forget about it until it comes out. (Daily Telegraph, November 2007)
3I love acting. Oh, God, I love it. But all this fame and all this bullshit attention. I'm not supernatural. I've done nothing extremely special to deserve the position. It happens every couple of years, and it's happened to hundreds of people before me. (Newsweek, July 2000)
4Honesty always gets my attention. Not particularly someone who is honest to me, but someone who is honest with themselves. That is a quality I really enjoy, admire and love.
5[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.
6A 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)
7I'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)
8I 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)
9Some 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)
10[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)
11[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)
12[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)
13No 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.
14I 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.
15I 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.
16[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.
17[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.
18[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.
19I'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.
20[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.
21Brooklyn seems to me the closest thing in America to Europe. The neighbors and locals are beautiful people. It's like a village.
22[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.
23I never studied acting in Australia. I never had an empty stage and black pajamas to run around and express myself.
24[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)
25People 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)
26I'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)
27I 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)
28[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)
29It'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)
30I prefer to date older women because they don't try to act older like younger girls but because they try to act younger.
31I only do this because Im 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)

#Trademark
1His warm smile
2Known for completely immersing himself in his roles
3Deep husky voice

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