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5 Roles That Turned Heath Ledger From Dropout To Legendary Actor

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10 years ago, the world lost a rising star too soon, and in that time we have found new reasons to mourn the loss of a talented and heartwarming actor.

Heath Ledger died ten years ago in an apparent overdose to prescription drugs that he had obtained in order to deal with mental health problems he had been suffering.

We remember Ledger for his versatility as an actor, as he famously said "I feel like I am wasting my time if I repeat myself."

In remembrance to his legacy, we'll look back at some of the most defining roles he portrayed in his lifetime, and a few afterwards, too.

10 Things I Hate About You

Ledger does his best to woo a woman (Julia Stiles) so his friend can date her sister and get around her father's weird dating rules. The two end up falling in love when they find that they have more in common than they thought. The bad-boy role has some resemblance to Ledger's own history - the star dropped out of high school at age 16.

Widely considered the film that brought him into the international spotlight, Ten Things I Hate About You proved that Ledger could provide a funny, but touching character in a modern retelling of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

A Knight's Tale

This time, Ledger went into the past to deliver us a story of a man who dedicates his life to achieving a dream, but finds that love and family are more important than titles.

Still, it was pretty hilarious to see the medieval rendition of We Will Rock You!

Of course, it was Ledger's most famous roles that brought the greatest controversies.

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