Summary: Australian award-winning actor who chose his role carefully rather than cashing in on big-money parts and was nominated an Oscar for his performance as a gay cowboy in Brokeback Mountain (2005), a breakthrough role that established him as one of his generation's finest talents and an actor willing to take risks, whose leading-man looks propelled him to early stardom in films like 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) and A Knight's Tale (2001), but his career took a turn toward brooding, dramatic roles with Monster's Ball (2001) and in many others, including Four Feathers (2002), The Brothers Grimm (2005), Lords of Dogtown (2005), and as The Joker in the latest Batman sequel The Dark Knight (2008).
Cause of Death: Accidental prescription drug overdose
Born: April 4, 1979
Died: January 22, 2008
Location: New York City, New York