This Saturday would have been Heath Ledger 's 36th birthday. Heath first hit the Hollywood scene in 1999, stealing hearts and winning fans as Patrick Vernon 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 seven years later, he continues to live on through his unforgettable roles. In honor of his birthday, here are 36 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 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.