With Heath Ledger’s boyish good looks and obvious charm, it seemed like his path in Hollywood was already laid out before him, as destined to appear as leading man or love interest in puerile romantic comedies and watered down dramas. A closer look at the actor’s short career uncovers some outstanding performances, proving that he was determined to avoid these trappings and emerge as one of Hollywood’s greatest actors of the new century. it almost seemed that he would follow up a light offering with something more meaty – The Patriot followed 10 Things I Hate About You, A Knight’s Tale came along side Monster’s Ball, while his final five performances may rank amongst the greatest quintet of performances without a dud that there has even been. Dying at the shockingly young age of 28, he had achieved more than most actors do in half a century of work, and it was painfully clear that he had the brightest of futures.
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