One of the more tragic recent losses in Hollywood was the unexpected passing of the young Heath Ledger. Only 28 years old, the industry was rocked by his death and remains painfully aware of what an extraordinary career he could have continued to build were he still with us. Still, despite leaving us at such an early age it is remarkable the amount of brilliant performances Ledger managed to amass in his time. Actors who have worked for three times as long as him would count themselves lucky to have the same amount of noteworthy portrayals on their filmography. So today, on what would have been his 34th birthday, I look back on what I believe his ten best performances were. Counting down from ten…

10. Jacob Grimm in THE BROTHERS GRIMM

09. Patrick Zerona in 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU

08. William Thatcher in A KNIGHT’S TALE

07. Skip Engblom in LORDS OF DOGTOWN

06. Tony Shepard in THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS

05. Robbie Clark in I’M NOT THERE.

04. Dan Carter in CANDY

03. Sonny Grotowski in MONSTER’S BALL

02. The Joker in THE DARK KNIGHT

01. Ennis Del Mar in BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN