Heath Ledger tragically passed away from an accidental overdose on January 22, 2008. Less than six months later, The Dark Knight was released in theaters worldwide and the movie star was immortalized as Batman’s arch-nemesis Joker. Intriguingly, it would later be revealed that the actor had uttered some haunting words during his last phone call with sister Kate.
In the years preceding his untimely death, Heath’s career had hit incredible heights. In 2005 he played Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain, a landmark movie in regard to gay representation in cinema. Both Heath and his co-star Jake Gyllenhaal were highly acclaimed for their performances. Fittingly, both men landed Academy Award nominations: Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.