The January 2008 death of 28-year-old Australian actor Heath Ledger was magnified by the talent he displayed in the role of the Joker in this summer's blockbuster Batman film, The Dark Night. At the very least, he got paid well: Ledger scored a merchandising deal (Joker action figures, etc.) and received a percentage of the box office. Throw in the upfront payments he received for his work on the unfinished film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and Ledger earned an estimated $20 million over the last year.