Heath Ledger

(Heath Andrew Ledger)

Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger
  • Born: April 4, 1979
  • Died: January 22, 2008
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Profession: Actor, Music Video Director









Heath Andrew Ledger was an Australian actor and director. After performing roles in several Australian television and film productions during the 1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to further develop his film career. His work comprised nineteen films, including 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), Casanova (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), the latter two being posthumous releases. He also produced and directed music videos and aspired to be a film director.

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Anyone that has a job that takes them away from home, I think, can understand the difficulties in maintaining consistency, not only with your family and those you love but with your friends. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Families, Children & Parenting
From 18 to 22, I was alone, living in L.A. with a bunch of friends, partying.
Had I listened to my agent, I'd be running around in tights, climbing buildings and stuff.
I am not a public speaker and never will be.
I apologize for my terrible interview skills.
I didn't want to raise my child in Hollywood.
I do keep pre-occupied.
I don't feel like I have anything to lose, so I don't really understand what I'm putting at risk.
I don't have that much forward planning about what I want to do next, or in the future. Future
I don't know, as long as I get to evolve and grow as an actor and as a person, that's the stuff I'm after.
I feel like I'm wasting time if I repeat myself. Time
I feel like I've never been in a film that people have liked before.
I felt like my career was out of my hands.
I generally don't think most situations can be labeled as black or white.
I have a lot of great distractions outside of acting.
I like to do something I fear.
I like to set up obstacles and defeat them.
I love acting and I have a lot of fun. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I never took an acting class, so I've made all my mistakes on film.
I never want to feel like I've achieved my goal. It's like Chinese farmers. They never admit that it's a good season. They feel like they'll be punished.
I only do this because I'm having fun. The day I stop having fun, I'll just walk away.
I thought, I need to be more cautious about my choices - it reflects on who I am.
I want to do theatre. I love theatre. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I wasn't going to have fun doing a teen movie again.
If you are just safe about the choices you make, you don't grow.
If you make decisions based upon people's reactions or judgments then you make really boring choices.
If you spend all day on horseback, and you hop off, you walk around like you still have a horse between your legs. And it affects your shoulders. They fall.
If you're just safe about the choices you make, you don't grow.
I'm happy without money. Money, Coins & Minting
I'm in control of my life, not anyone in Hollywood. Life
I'm just not one of those naturally funny, relaxed actors who enjoy the spotlight and are so good at it. Humor
I'm kind of addicted to moving.
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. Future
I'm still a kid. I'm like six years old. But it's just a matter of wanting to get up, it's just a big journey. I felt like when I left home that I was on a journey, and I still am.
In a way, I was spoon-fed, if you will, a career. It was fully manufactured by a studio that believed that they could put me on their posters and turn me into their bottle of Coca-Cola, their product.
In my opinion, New York City police officers are brave.
In order not to hold a frame with someone, you have to be intimidated by them.
It can be a little distressing to have to overintellectualize yourself.
It's kind of a rule of thumb for me to self-doubt going into any kind of project. I always think that I shouldn't be doing it and I don't know how to do it and I'm going to fail and that I fooled them. I always try to find a way out.
It's odd, that's why I don't like telling people I played field hockey. It's real big in Australia for guys. But I say I played in America, and everybody goes, 'Oh, you girl!'
It's rare that there's a role that requires an Australian accent.
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.'
My life is together, both professionally and socially. Life
The reason that you dance and sing is to make the audience feel like they're dancing and singing. As long as you're having fun with it and giving it 100 percent, they're gonna feel that.
There's nothing like working with your mates - it's the way it should be, as far as I'm concerned.
When I first started acting, I was just crap.
When I started to watch some of the films I'd done, I realized I was doing movies that I might not actually want to see. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
When I'm not acting, I do like to take a year off at a time, at least if I can, just in order to keep acting exciting - otherwise I get bored very quickly. Time
You know, I'm not in a hurry, and everybody else in Hollywood - particularly agents and managers - they're all in a hurry.
You learn more about yourself through your child, I guess.

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