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I was a knight, and a jester,
and I created a king for my modest friend,
but I was never able to guide the queen..

One time I told you of things that I greatly dislike
on the fingers of both hands.
On another, the tales of the monsters, so grim.

Alas, though my stories ended abruptly,
I am remembered -

Who am I?
Please be sure to explain your reasoning.

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  • $\begingroup$ This is a textbook example of a good riddle. Hard, but has a completely unambiguous answer (once you know it) $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Apr 14 '16 at 16:14
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Heath Ledger

Explanation:

Most clues refer to his movie roles.

I was a knight, and a jester,

William Thatcher in Knight's Tale
The Joker in Dark Knight

and I created a king for my modest friend,

Created the King Rat music video for the band Modest Mouse (Thanks to Chris Cudmore)

but I was never able to guide the queen..

From Wikipedia: "He was working with Scottish screenwriter and producer Allan Scott on an adaptation of the 1983 novel The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis, which would have been his first feature film as a director."

One time I told you of things that I greatly dislike on the fingers of both hands.

Patrick Verona in 10 Things I Hate About You

On another, the tales of the monsters, so grim.

Jacob Grimm in The Brothers Grimm

Alas, though my stories ended abruptly, I am remembered -

Died in 2008 at the age of 28 at the height of his stardom.

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