Heath Ledger | 1979-2008

Ledger's death shocked not only Hollywood, but a nation who may not have followed the 28-year-old actor's career much before the breakout hit "Brokeback Mountain." His turn as the Joker in "The Dark Knight" was awe-inspiring and bittersweet for those closest to him as the performance received numerous accolades including an Oscar.

( Carlo Allegri / Getty Images / September 8, 2006 )

Ledger's death shocked not only Hollywood, but a nation who may not have followed the 28-year-old actor's career much before the breakout hit "Brokeback Mountain." His turn as the Joker in "The Dark Knight" was awe-inspiring and bittersweet for those closest to him as the performance received numerous accolades including an Oscar.

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