Celebrity Birthday of the Day – April 4

Heath Ledger’s story is a tragic one. First and foremost, he spent his acting career being an underrated star. People often shrugged him off as the focus of teen girl fantasies. With his movies like Ten Things I Hate About You, The Patriot, The Four Feathers, The Order, and The Brothers Grimm, he always entertained, but didn’t get the acknowledgement he deserved. It was not until Brokeback Mountain that people really took notice. Not only was the film controversial and groundbreaking for its content, but it also garnered 8 Oscar nods, winning three. And three of those nominations were acting nods for Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michelle Williams. But then it was 2008’s The Dark Knight that allowed Ledger to blow everyone away as The Joker. He died the January before the film’s summer release at the age of 28, and his performance garnered him a posthumous Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

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