Heath Ledger Trivia
Birth name: Heath Andrew Ledger
Date of birth: 4 April 1979
Date of Death: 22 January 2008, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Place of birth: Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Height: 6′ 1″ (1.85 m)
- Heath Ledger and his sister are named after the two main romantic characters of the Emily Brontë novel, “Wuthering Heights”.
- Dated costar Lisa Zane while they were filming “Roar” (1997).
- Concentrated on Drama and sports in school and when asked to choose between sports or drama, he picked drama. Attended a private all boys school called Guildford Grammar.
- Auditioned for the part of Max on the TV show “Roswell” (1999). However, the show was originally developed for Fox and since he had already starred in “Roar” (1997) which was unsuccessful for Fox, they did not want to hire him.
- Has three sisters: Kate Ledger, and half sisters Olivia Ledger and Ashleigh Bell.
- Mother is Sally and father is Kim.
- Named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 2001.
- Dated Heather Graham. [October 2000 - June 2001]
- Was a part of the Kalamunda Field Hockey team back in 1990 in his native country of Australia. His father, Kim Ledger, was the president of the team from 1990-1992.
- Was a Men’s Fashion Judge at the Melbourne Cup Carnival in November 2001.
- Shares a birthday with Hugo Weaving.
- Was originally set to star in Oliver Stone’s Alexander (2004) before Colin Farrell took over the role.
- Was considered for the role of Kar in Bulletproof Monk (2003) but eventually turned it down. The role later went to Seann William Scott.
- Dated Naomi Watts (August 2002 – May 2004)
- He and Naomi Watts broke up for the 2nd time, April 2004.
- Born on the same day as American Pie (1999) star Natasha Lyonne.
- Worked with Orlando Bloom in Ned Kelly (2003). Ledger worked with Scottish actor James Cosmo in The Four Feathers (2002). Both Bloom and Cosmo worked together in the movie Troy (2004)
- Was named “the new Matt Damon” in Josie and the Pussycats (2001). They now act side by side in The Brothers Grimm (2005)
- Most of his wardrobe is designed by his friend Shem.
- Is of Irish and Scottish ancestry
- Starred in 3 films which screened at the 2005 Venice Film Festival. They included Brokeback Mountain (2005), The Brothers Grimm (2005) and the out-of-competition Casanova (2005).
- Fiance Michelle Williams gave birth to daughter Matilda Rose Ledger on 28th October 2005, weighed in 6 lbs, 5 oz.
- Met Michelle Williams on the set of _Brokeback Mountain’ .
- Was selected in the State U17 squad in field hockey and was touted as one of the up and coming young stars, but chose to pack it in and try to make a career out of acting.
- Jake Gyllenhaal is the godfather of his daughter Matilda.
- His daughter Matilda Ledger will be the recipient of his Oscar for The Dark Knight (2008) when she turns 18. Up until then the statuette will be in custody of his father Kim Ledger, mother Sally Bell and sister Kate Ledger, per Academy rules.