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The EnterPAINment Industry:Heath Ledger

Updated on February 14, 2019
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Ledger was born in Australia. He is the son of a teacher named Sally and Kim ledger. Heath was born into wealth. He was a part of the LEDGER ENGINEERING INDUSTRY. Despite engineering being a part of his family lineage, he wanted to act. He took notes from his older sister who is an actress herself. With her inspiring him, he was showing signs that it was in his genes early. When his parents divorced when he was 11 he really went into it. At 13, he was apart of his school production. Peter Pan was little Heath Ledger. Throughout his time in school he was active with acting. So active until he left school to pursue a career into it. Ledger later took a small role in a small family film title CLOWNING AROUND (1991-92). He worked in TV throughout Australia. Ledger had a rather busy career in Australia. He was recognized in as a popular actor by producers in the United States. As a response, he came to the U.S himself. He portrayed a variety of roles. He was a great actor. He was creative, serious and intuitive. When he was given a role to play he will make sure that it is different from the other roles that he played. He made sure he carried the spirit that was needed with each role that he played.

Broke Back Soul

During the 2000’s Ledger was huge. He had taken a role that literally damaged his soul. That role was in the movie BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. The film is an American romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee. It is equivalent to a short story in 1997. The scene of the film was in the 1960’s on a ranch in Wyoming. ENNIS DEL MAR (Heath Ledger) in the film. His role had an affair with another male who was his co-worker in the film. The two were hired to herd the sheep. He played his role so well he won Best Actor in 2005 from both New York Film Critics Circle and the San Francisco Film Critics Circle. He was also nominated for more awards for the role. At 26, he was nominated for an Oscar for the film. He won awards, but he dealt with a spirit that he may not have been aware of. He dealt with the spirit of homosexuality. To do it so well on film he had to embody it. That is the damaging part of acting. You play a role that you desire to do well in and he did. That role opened more doors for his career to flourish but it damaged a part of his soul.

Off of The Screen

Over the years, ledger’s problems became a part of his real life. He was using drugs, mouthing off at the media, he was having healthy problems and his love life was unstable. He had relationships with numerous actresses. Lisa Zane, Heather Graham and Naomi Watts. The one that seemed to last was his with the actress Michelle Williams. He and Williams had a daughter together. His relationship with the Australian press was sometimes turbulent. He was often seen acting rather unusual. His film Brokeback Mountain was problematic. He often expressed his problem with it. After it, he often apologized about it. The awards were good, but he did not want people to think he was gay. The movies seemed to have taken a toll on his body. He was not getting enough sleep. He started taking pills to help. The pills did not help him out. His mind was often racing. In 2008, he was suffering from a respiratory illness. As a response, he started taking a heavier dose. He was hoping that dose will help him. Instead, it gave him more energy. His sleep issues were often visible to his friends. In fact, his abuse of pills played a huge role in his unstable love life. Ledger had issues off the screen.


Ledger did not let the off the screen issues stop the work. The movie THE DARK KNIGHT (2008) proved it. In the film, he was the villain Joker. He played a masked clown that seemed to be envious of New York’s own superhero THE BATMAN. He viewed his role as being a psychopath. In the film the Joker committed mass murders and had zero empathy. Ledger embodied the role. In the film, he was not taken serious at first. Many died, and many lived with the hurt, but he did not prevail in the end. Batman was victorious once again. The many years prior to this film his role was played by Jack Nicholson. During this time Ledger was filming two films. Films that were said to be released the same year. He completed the Dark night with an academy performance. He won an Academy Award for best supporting actor. Along with the Academy, there was more. An untimely event disabled him from completing the next film. He was found unconscious in his apartment bed on January 2008 at 3 pm. He was not breathing. The police made attempts to revive him. After the police, the paramedics took a shot at it. They too were unable to do so. Heath ledger was pronounced dead at 3:36 pm.


Being famous is not for everyone. Not all could handle the life that it comes with. He was not only famous. He was a smart actor and a director. He played roles in movies from 1997 to 2009. In T.V from 1993 to 2007 and directed music videos from 2006 to 2009. Could you imagine the different spirits he had to battle? He chose what he thought was helping him. Each time he took those bills his body was tearing down. Along with the pills, he was drinking. Toxicology reports revealed it. Some reports indicate it was an accident and some indicate it was suicide. The demands of the industry are high. One could lose themselves trying to do the best they could. He played a role in that Brokeback Mountain film that may have went against his beliefs. Since that movie, he has had issues off the screen. After his death, it was revealed that doctors prescribed other medications. His fans were affected as well as the industry. He made sure that his family was taken care of. His legacy will live on. Shortly after his death his fans made sure of it. His celebrity friends made sure he was remembered as well by ending touching tributes. The truth that cannot be ignored is how money is the root of all evil. An actor or actress cannot take every role thrown at you.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Ryan Jarvis Cornelius


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