It's been eight years since Heath Ledger 's tragic death, and while Hollywood will never be the same without him, his amazing legacy continues to live on through his numerous roles. Heath first hit the Hollywood scene in 1999, stealing hearts and winning fans as Patrick Verona in 10 Things I Hate About You . From there, the Australian actor became a bona fide heartthrob with roles in The Patriot and A Knight's Tale, and he later entered Oscars territory with his memorable performances in Brokeback Mountain and The Dark Knight. Tragically, Heath passed away in January 2008, but he continues to live on through his unforgettable roles. In honor of the late star's birthday on April 4, here are 37 ways we'll always remember Heath Ledger.
As a young, rising Aussie star.
With this adorable, disheveled hair.
Playing bad-boy-turned-romantic Patrick Vernon in 10 Things I Hate About You.
With this easy smile.
And this unforgettable serenade.
Plus that swoon-worthy look.
And this playful side.
And these impressive moves.
And this crazy-cute move, too.
As the handsome son in The Patriot.
With that boyish grin.
And that hilarious chewing.
And this heartbreaking look.
Suited up as William Thatcher in A Knight's Tale.
Winking like a pro.
Dancing like this.
Flashing a smile that made us weak in the knees.
And kissing like this.
Also as an award-show jokester.
And a fan favorite.
With a sexy, rugged side.
Plus as a red carpet heartthrob.
And an easygoing guy.
With a sexy accent.
As a natural Casanova.
With a sweet, silly side.
As a leading man.
And a moving actor.
With Oscar-worthy roles.
And a scene-stealing presence.
As a Hollywood A-lister with a winning smile.
Plus a refreshingly low-key attitude.
And his own unique style.
And the most stunning stare.
For this unbelievable performance.
With a surprising sense of humor.
Mostly, though, as a talented actor.
Here's to Heath's impressive, unforgettable career.