Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Heath Ledger, 1979-2008

As you must surely know by now, actor Heath Ledger was found dead in a New York apartment yesterday afternoon. (I assume it was his, but I saw one report that claimed the apartment belonged to the actress Mary Kate Olsen.) Police are investigating at this time, but it will indeed be a tragedy if his death is ruled a suicide. On the outside it seemed he had so much going for him: an Oscar nomination a couple years ago for Brokeback Mountain, critical buzz for the recent I'm Not There, and his upcoming role as devious psychopath The Joker in The Dark Knight.

Like numerous actors before him (James Dean, River Phoenix, and the recently deceased Brad Renfro come to mind), he is gone seemingly too soon.


  1. so disappointed about this! I heard he was in NY to finish filming The Dark Knight, which is not complete. I hope this doesn't effect it but it could be epic that this was his last role as I've heard it's supposed to be amazing!

  2. What I read was that he had finished both the main shooting and the post-production for "Dark Knight." I've really been looking forward to his portrayal of The Joker.

  3. I wasn't a big booster of Heath Ledger. I first became aware of him in "Brokeback Mountain" and more recently in "I'm Not There." While I wouldn't say he was my favorite actor, he didn't do anything for me to dislike him as an actor. And photos of him playing The Joker appear intriguing.

    A sad sidebar, to me, is the hoopla being made of his funeral. I've been reading reports that an anti-gay congregation in Kansas, the same one that's been protesting at funerals of military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, will be out in force during Heath's funeral. It's because of his role in "Brokeback Mountain." While I most certainly support the congregation's right to protest, I do not support its actions to disrupt proceedings of mourners at a private function.

    Anyone have any reactions about this?


  4. As a Christian, I think the protests are disgusting. We should show support and love for those who are grieving rather than cause them more hurt by inflicting our opinions or judgments of the deceased in an unwanted way.