Heath Ledger, a famous Australian artist, raised to celebrity very quickly but his career was cut short too early.
In spite of his short life that ended tragically at just 28, Heath Ledger was an accomplished actor who received posthumous awards for his performance.
He started his career with various small roles in television series filmed in Perth and Sydney.
In search for more opportunities he flew to the United States in 1998.
Not much success there so he happily accepted the role of a young crook in the Australian film "Two Hands" under the direction of Gregor Jordan. His acting was recognised by critics and he received 2 nominations for best actor from the Australian Film Institute and the Film Critics Circle in 1999.
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He repeated the performance of achieving exactly the same two nominations for his role in "Ned Kelly", 4 years later in 2003.
2005 marked his breakthrough with "Brokeback Mountain". The film gained him multiple nominations and awards from various film organisations across the world, including a Golden Globe nomination and an Oscar nomination for best actor.
It was the beginning of what had to be a brilliant career.
An Australian film, "Candy", followed in 2006 and brought him 3 more nominations for best actor.
In 2007 he was one of the six characters inspired by Bob Dylan in the film "I'm Not There". One of the other famous Australians, actress Cate Blanchett played a character too. The cast and crew of the film received the 2007 Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award.
Unfortunately Heath Ledger died one month before the award from a combination of prescription drugs.
The role that won him numerous posthumous awards, including the Oscar and the Golden Globe for best supporting actor was the Joker in "The Dark Knight".
His unfinished film was the "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus". Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell have all contributed to finalise the role.
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