Heath Ledger, a Reluctant Celebrity, Is Dead At the Age of 28
In the spring of 2001, I spent a day with Heath Ledger as he was driven from KDFW-Channel 4 to WFAA-Channel 8 to his hotel, then back again to yet another TV interview at TXCN -- all in the name of promoting A Knight's Tale, the rock-and-roll refit of a medieval fable. He loathed that part of the job, the primping and pimping of product and the sell-sell-selling of himself in order to add a few bucks to a studio's bottom line. I will never forget when a Channel 4 anchor asked him: "Tell me about your personal life." He replied, "Tell me about your personal life." He was 22 at the time, an almost-famous kid on the verge of a movie star's career that culminates with this summer's The Dark Knight, in which he will play The Joker.
Only, Ledger will not be around to promote that bit of product: The star of Brokeback Mountain and last year's Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There died today in a SoHo apartment, either of a suicide or accidental overdose. He was 28. --Robert Wilonsky
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Dallas, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.