Published January 22, 2008
| Associated Press
A timeline of the career of Heath Ledger:
— April 4, 1979: Heath Andrew Ledger born in Perth, Western Australia.
— 1995: Joins the Globe Shakespeare Company in Sydney and acts in independent films.
— 1996: Plays a cyclist hoping to land a spot on an Olympic team in the TV show "Sweat."
— July 1997: Stars as a Celtic warrior prince in the TV series "Roar."
— 1998: Moves to the U.S. Still hasn't taken any acting lessons.
— Spring 1998: Cast opposite Julia Stiles in "10 Things I Hate About You," an updated "The Taming of the Shrew" in a high-school setting. Then chooses not to work for over a year because he doesn't want to do another movie about teens.
— Spring 1999: Cast in the Revolutionary War drama "The Patriot," playing the son of Mel Gibson's character.
— Spring 2001: Stars in "A Knight's Tale."
— Winter 2001: Plays the son of Billy Bob Thornton's character in "Monster's Ball."
— March 2004: Stars as the title character in "Ned Kelly," playing the Australian outlaw. Is dating actress Naomi Watts.
— April 2004: Works on "The Lords of Dogtown," a fictionalized version of a cult classic 2001 skateboarding documentary, which is filmed in the Los Angeles area.
— June 2005: Moves to the New York City borough of Brooklyn. His girlfriend, Michelle Williams, is expecting the couple's first child. They met while filming "Brokeback Mountain"; she plays his wife in the movie.
— August 2005: Stars opposite Matt Damon in Terry Gilliam's "The Brothers Grimm."
— Oct. 28, 2005: Matilda Rose, his daughter with Williams, is born. Regarding a possible wedding, he tells Canada's National Post in 2005: "Look, I wouldn't rule it out. But if I was going to marry, the media won't know about it."
— Dec. 16, 2005: Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" is released.
— Jan. 31, 2006: Nominated for a best-actor Oscar for "Brokeback Mountain."
— Nov. 11, 2006: Stars as a heroin addict and sometime poet named Dan in the film "Candy."
— September 2007: Breaks up with Williams.
— Nov. 21, 2007: "I'm Not There" opens. Ledger is one of the actors playing Bob Dylan, along with Cate Blanchett. Williams also stars.
— 2007: Plays the Joker in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight," a sequel to "Batman Begins." Film is due out in 2008.
— Jan. 22, 2008: Ledger's body is found in his Manhattan apartment. He was 28.