Damn shame about his passing. Became a fine actor, even in the regrettable I'm Not There. Probably overlooked will be what I felt was his finest work, as the troubled, hard-drinking prison guard in Monster's Ball -- his true breakthrough performance, not Brokeback. His life in Monster's Ball ended when he blew himself away with a shotgun.
In a recent interview with WJW-TV in Cleveland, Ledger was asked how having a child (with Michelle Williams) had changed his life.“You’re forced into, kind of, respecting yourself more,” he said. “You learn more about yourself through your child, I guess. I think you also look at death differently. It’s like a Catch-22: I feel good about dying now because I feel like I’m alive in her, you know, but at the same hand, you don’t want to die because you want to be around for the rest of her life.” Here's a clip from Monster's Ball with (sorry) music: