The tall young Australian was always posterboy material, but last year saw him really break through and come into his own.
Now, he stands poised for greatness, nominated for a Best Actor award for his magnificent work in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain.
As Oscar night comes closer, here's a look at Heath's rise to fame, and his greatest career moments so far. A look, if you will, at Heath's ledger.
Text: Raja Sen
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