More Celebrity Tributes Pour in for Heath Ledger

Gary Oldman, Monica Bellucci and hotelier Jeff Klein speak out

As Hollywood copes with the untimely death of Heath Ledger, those who knew him are sharing their memories. Here’s the latest roundup:

Monica Bellucci

A costar with Ledger in the 2005 film The Brothers Grimm, Bellucci told PEOPLE: “With Heath I had the chance to know, not only a great actor, but a generous, sensitive human being, always attentive of others. It is a true loss.”

Jeff Klein

The hotelier behind The City Hub in New York and Sunset Tower in Los Angeles blogged for The New York Times about his experience with Ledger, who stayed at the Sunset Tower with Michelle Williams and daughter Matilda after filming Brokeback Mountain.

He was one of Klein’s first celebrity clients, describing Ledger as “one of the kindest, sweetest guests we have ever had” and “a gentleman to all the employees.” Klein also was grateful for Ledger’s help with a business deal. “I remember one time I was having a business meeting with an elderly event planner of the gay persuasion… Ledger passed by us in the lobby and with all the confidence that only someone truly comfortable with their sexuality could muster, he winked at the event planner, who just about fainted. Needless to say, I snagged the very lucrative event, thanks to Ledger’s flirtatiousness…To this day, I appreciated the effort he made.”

Gary Oldman

This summer Oldman will appear onscreen beside Ledger in The Dark Knight. Oldman told L.A. radio station Indie 103.1 FM that Ledger’s performance as the Joker is “remarkable.” Oldman added: “he put his signature on this role” and is “better than Jack [Nicholson]” who owned the role in 1989. “His interests and talents extended beyond acting… He’d do these experimental films… You could tell he was a promising writer and director, sadly the world won’t see.”

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