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Heath Ledger (4 April 1979-22 January 2008) his work comprised nineteen films, including 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), The Patriot (2000), A Knight's Tale (2001), Monster's Ball (2001), Lords of Dogtown (2005), Brokeback Mountain (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), the latter two being posthumous releases. Ledger died from an accidental intoxication from prescription drugs. A few months before his death, Ledger had finished filming his performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight. His death occurred during editing of The Dark Knight and in the midst of filming his last role as Tony in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. His untimely death cast a shadow over the subsequent promotion of the $185 million Batman production. Ledger received numerous posthumous accolades for his critically acclaimed performance in the film, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, a Best Actor International Award at the 2008 Australian Film Institute Awards (for which he became the first actor to win an award posthumously), the 2008 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor Motion Picture, and the 2009 BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor.

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Heath Ledger as The Joker in ‘The Dark Knight’ - Best Supporting Actor (2008)

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Heath Ledger | 1979-2008 -This image provided by Focus Features shows actor Heath Ledger portraying the character Ennis Del Mar in the movie "Brokeback Mountain." Ledger, the talented 28-year-old actor who gravitated toward dark, brooding roles that defied his leading-man looks, was found dead in a Manhattan apartment. (AP Photo/Focus Features)

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Australian actor Heath Ledger poses at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., March 31, 2001. Ledger, 22, who appeared as Mel Gibson's battle-hungry son in "The Patriot," will be seen in Columbia Pictures upcoming film "A Knight's Tale." The film is about a squire who masquerades as a knight so he can compete in tournaments, aided by a ragtag pit crew that includes an out-of-work scribe named Geoffrey Chaucer. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield)

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Australian actor Heath Ledger poses at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., March 31, 2001. Ledger, 22, who appeared as Mel Gibson's battle-hungry son in "The Patriot," will be seen in Columbia Pictures upcoming film "A Knight's Tale." The film is about a squire who masquerades as a knight so he can compete in tournaments, aided by a ragtag pit crew that includes an out-of-work scribe named Geoffrey Chaucer. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield)

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** FILE ** Christian Bale, starring as Batman, is shown in a scene with Heath Ledger, starring as the Joker, in "The Dark Knight." (Associated Press/Warner Bros. Pictures)

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4 — Christian Bale, starring as Batman, is shown in a scene with Heath Ledger, starring as the Joker, in "The Dark Knight." (Associated Press/Warner Bros. Pictures)

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Heath Ledger won an Academy Award as the Joker in the film “The Dark Knight.” The character has been captivating audiences since he was established as the murderous yin to Batman’s yang in 1940. (Warner Bros. via Associated Press)