A raise of the glass to Heath Ledger, who, along with Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling, and Christian Bale, hails as one of the most talented young actors of our time. He left us with many memorable and visceral roles such as Sonny Grotowski in “Monster’s Ball,” and William Thatcher in the admittedly fun “A Knight’s Tale.” Or, my personal favorite, the stout of heart Gabriel Martin in “The Patriot.” Anyone who has caught a glimpse of “The Dark Knight” teaser trailer will witness the most original and frighteningly psychotic comic-book villain, since, well, Jack. Then, of course, there’s his understated portrayal of Ennis Del Mar in “Brokeback Mountain.” I was one of the rare people that hated the movie, but thought Heath Ledger’s performance was one of the best and bravest performances in the history of cinema. Ever.

We welcome your remembrances of the tragic loss of one of the world’s finest young actors, Heath Ledger.

Gabriel Martin: “My pride is the only thing that they can’t take from me.”