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Heath Ledger
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Birth Name: Heathcliff Andrew Ledger
Birthdate: April 4, 1979
Birthplace: Perth, Australia
Occupation: Actor
Quote: "I only do this because I'm having fun. The day I stop having fun, I'll just walk away. I wasn't going to have fun doing a teen movie again...I don't want to do this the rest of my life. I don't. I don't even want to spent the rest of my youth doing this in this industry. There's so much more I want to discover." - Vanity Fair, August 2000
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Claim to Fame: Costarred with Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You, an updated teen version of The Taming of the Shrew (1999)

Significant Other(s):
Heather Graham, actress; together as of 2000
Christina Cauchi, model; reportedly lived together in early 2000
Lisa Zane, actress; met during filming of Roar

Family:
Father: Kim Ledger, mining engineer, auto racer; divorced Ledger's mother 1989; lives with Emma Brown
Mother: Sally Bell; remarried
Stepfather: Roger Bell
Sister: Catherine "Kate" Ledger; older
Halfsister: Ashleigh Bell; born 1989
Halfsister: Olivia Ledger; born 1997

Biography
As the young star of the Fox adventure series "Roar" (1997), filmed on location in Australia, muscular Heath Ledger was introduced to American audiences. Already a small screen veteran in his native land, he had been featured as the gay cyclist Snowy Bowles in the Australian TV drama "Sweat", set at an elite training academy for young athletes. Ledger also did extensive guest work on Australian television, with appearances in the series "Ship to Shore", "Bush Patrol" and "Corrigan". Despite his status as an unknown in the USA, he was tapped to make his American television debut as the star of "Roar", a medieval-set adventure in which he played Conor, a teenaged Celtic prince who becomes the leader of his people when the Romans murder his father and the rest of his family.

Filmography
A Knight's Tale (2001)
Monster's Ball (2001)
The Patriot (2000)
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Two Hands (1999)

Awards:
2000: ShoWest: Male Star of Tomorrow

Factoids:
Ledger beat out Ryan Phillippe for the role as Mel Gibson's son in The Patriot

Education:
Finished school a year early, at age 16

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