January 22, 2013 - 11:55am by Alexander
It's been five years since we got the bad news. Heath Ledger's passing was one of the most surprising and upsetting celebrity deaths of recent years, because unlike other troubled performers who died too young, Heath always seemed to have it together.
The news broke during the Sundance Film Festival of 2008, casting a dark pall over the festivities as industry insiders and fans collectively mourned one of the most talented actors of his generation. There was a sense that we had been robbed — of maybe a dozen or more great performances that we would now never see from the charismatic actor. We always think talented young stars are "gone too soon" but with Heath, there was truly a sense that he was just hitting his prime. His first Oscar win would be posthumous.
Even so, Heath left us with a handful of unforgettable screen performances in his much-too-short career. Here are the 5 best.