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HEATH LEDGER (Tony) was born in Perth, Australia and left school at the age of 17 for Sydney, hoping to pursue a career in acting. He played minor roles in various low-budget local films and TV shows, including the Roman era adventure series "Roar” and, briefly, the popular soap opera "Home and Away”, where he played a surfer. His first big movie break came in Gregor Jordan's award-winning Australian crime thriller "Two Hands”, which helped the 20-year-old Ledger to secure a role in "10 Things I Hate About You”, the hit U.S. high school romantic comedy, adapted from Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew”. Cast by Mel Gibson in his dramatic tale of the War of American Independence, "The Patriot”, he took on a series of varied roles in such films as "Monsters Ball”, "Ned Kelly”, "A Knight's Tale” and "The Lords of Dogtown”, before embarking on his first adventure with Terry Gilliam, alongside Matt Damon in "Brothers Grimm”. 2005 saw his breakthrough role as cowboy Ennis Del Mar in Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain”, for which he received an Academy Award® nomination as Best Actor. The title role in Lasse Hallström's "Casanova” followed and he then returned to Australia to play a drug-addicted poet in "Candy”. Next, he starred as one of a number of Bob Dylans in Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There”, before undertaking his iconic Oscar®-winning performance as The Joker in Christopher Nolan's box-office behemoth "The Dark Knight”.


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