From his award-winning roles to his overall on-screen charisma, Heath Ledger remains a legend. Some of his most popular roles were in the movies The Dark Knight and Brokeback Mountain. It was a dark day when the actor died as a result of an accidental prescription drug overdose. Nevertheless, just like all artists, his work lives on after him. In addition to his life’s work, the star left behind a wife and daughter. Here is a look at his career and family.
Heath Ledger’s Biography (Age)
The actor was born on April 4, 1979, in Perth Australia to Sally Ledger and Kim Ledger. At the time, his mother was a French teacher while his father doubled as a racecar driver and a mining specialist. The marriage was also graced with another child, Kate, who was apparently as thick as thieves with her brother. Additionally, they had two other sisters; Ashleigh Bell and Olivia Ledger who were born into his parent’s second marriages.
Before all the acting and showbiz, Heath Ledger was extremely interested in chess. When he was just 10 years old he emerged the winner in the Western Australia Junior Chess Championship. Despite his talent, his interest in the stage arts peaked around the same time and it won. He even played the lead role in his school’s production of Peter Pan. While he was on the pathway to his career, his parent’s marriage broke down and ended. That pushed him further into his craft, he continued taking on roles in grammar school till he got some small roles in the Australian entertainment industry.
Soon after, he got enough recognition to take him all the way to American screens. In 1999, he got his first role in the hit movie 10 Things I Hate About You. He starred in many other well-received pictures such as Broke Back Mountain, The Dark Night, A Knight’s Tale (2001) and was filming The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) when he died.
Daughter and Wife
While filming the movie Brokeback Mountain, Heath Ledger met Michelle Williams, his girlfriend, and mother of his daughter. He was not actually married to Michelle, nevertheless, the relationship waxed strong. Their relationship got heated really quick and on October 28, 2005, they had a baby to show for it. Matilda Rose was born in New York City and her Godparents were to be Jake Gyllenhaal and Busy Phillips. Even though the two moved in together and lived as a family, by 2007 it came to light that they had ended their relationship.
In addition to his relationship with Michelle, his other high profile relationship was with Mary-Kate Olsen shortly before his demise.
Seeing that he was one of TV’s leading men for quite some time, it is no surprise that he was blessed in the height department. He stood as tall as 6 feet and an inch. In an interview, Heath revealed that he was a whopping 5 inches taller than his father.
Heath Ledger’s Net Worth
He was at the peak of his career when he met his untimely demise, so there is no doubt that he was bringing home bacon. Facts reveal that he made a lot of money before kicking the bucket. Heath Ledger has a total of 23 acting credits to his name, with the highest-grossing picture being The Dark Knight. According to Box Office Mojo, it racked up a whopping amount of $535 million at the global box office. Some of his other high profile movies are The Patriot which brought in the total of $113.3 million and Broke Back Mountain which grossed about $56 million.
At the time of his death, the actor was worth about $16 million. His death itself shook Hollywood and the rest of the world to the bone. On January 22, 2008, the star was found by his housekeeper in his bed unconscious. Teresa Solomon, the housekeeper was in the company of Diana Wolozin his masseuse. The two came into his apartment in SoHo, Manhattan to find him lifeless.
The police report stated that his masseuse called Mary-kate Olsen for help since the two were allegedly dating at the time. Apparently, he overdosed on prescription pills and could not be revived. Based on that, his death was ruled as an accident.