Linden Ashby

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Clarence Linden Garnett Ashby III

(1960-05-23) May 23, 1960 (age 59)
OccupationActor, Director, Martial artist
Years active1983–present
Susan Walters (m. 1986)

Clarence Linden Garnett Ashby III (born May 23, 1960) is an American actor and martial artist. [1] He is known for his roles as Johnny Cage in the film adaptation of Mortal Kombat , and as Dr. Brett Cooper on Melrose Place . He is well known for his role as Sheriff Noah Stilinski in the MTV series Teen Wolf (2011-2017).


Early life

Ashby was born in Atlantic Beach, Florida, the son of Eleanor (Johnson), a civic organizer, and Clarence Linden Garnett Ashby Jr., a pharmaceuticals manufacturer. [1] [2] Ashby graduated from The Bolles School, a private school located in Jacksonville, Florida. He attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, but dropped out his junior year to pursue an acting career. Ashby studied acting at Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City.


Ashby's first role on television, in 1985, was on the ABC soap opera Loving , where he was the second actor to play the role of Curtis Alden. Soon after, he was cast as Lance Reventlow, the only son of Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton (played by Farrah Fawcett) in the Golden Globe-winning miniseries Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story .

In the spring of 1997, Ashby starred in the short-lived ABC drama Spy Game . Later that year, he joined the main cast of Melrose Place as Dr. Brett Cooper, a role he had until the start of the seventh season in late 1998. He first appeared on the show in the first season in 1993 as Jo Reynolds's estranged husband Charles, in the episodes "Peanut Butter and Jealousy" and "Single White Sister". He was in the movie Wyatt Earp where he played Morgan Earp, Wyatt Earp's (Kevin Costner) younger brother. He played Cameron Kirsten on The Young and the Restless from 2003 to 2004. He also began playing the role of Paul Hollingsworth on Days of Our Lives in March 2008.

Ashby also portrayed Beacon Hills’ Sheriff and father to Stiles Stilinski (played by Dylan O'Brien) on MTV’s Teen Wolf series.

Personal life

Ashby is married to actress Susan Walters. The couple met on the set of Loving in 1983, where she was a regular and he was filming a guest appearance (he would later become a regular cast member in 1985). They have two daughters, Frances Grace (born 1991) and Savannah Elizabeth (born 1992). Ashby has been a student of martial arts on and off since he was 21 and studied Karate, Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu.

Linden has admitted to previously suffering panic attacks before auditions which threatened to shorten his career. [3]



1990Night AngelCraig
1990 Mr. and Mrs. Bridge Uncredited[ citation needed ]
1992 Into the Sun Dragon
1992Inside Out IIIJerry Van AnthonySegment: "Tang Martin Hudson"
1994 Wyatt Earp Morgan Earp
1994 8 Seconds Martin Hudson
1995 Mortal Kombat Johnny Cage
1996Cadillac RanchBeau
1997BlastJack Bryant
1998ShelterJimmy Parker
1999Time of Her TimeSergius O'Shaughnessy
1999 Judgment Day Dr. David CorbettDirect-to-video
2000Dangerous AttractionNeil/Dan Paterson
2000Tick TockTravis Brewer
2001Facing the EnemyGriff McCleary
2002Fits and Starts
2003 Sniper 2 Col. David McKennaDirect-to-video
2003The Company You KeepHarry
2003A Woman HuntedDet. Webster
2003Shrink RapBrian
2004 Wild Things 2 Detective Michael MorrisonDirect-to-video
2005 Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough Direct-to-video
2005 Sub Zero Soloman Davis
2007Plot 7Richard McCarthy
2007 Resident Evil: Extinction Chase
2008 Prom Night Uncle Jack Turner
2008Impact PointDet. Adams
2009 Against the Dark CrossDirect-to-video
2009 National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman Year Vance Wilder Sr.Direct-to-video
2009 Hunger GrantDirect-to-video
2009 The Joneses Golfer 3
2013 Iron Man 3 Commander
2013GrapeGrayson DelecourtShort film
2016 Beta Test Kincaid
2019AuthenticsLesShort film


1983 Loving Curtis Alden #4
1987 1st & Ten Episode: "Blood on Blood"
1987 Werewolf Victim #2 in VWEpisode: "Werewolf"
1987 Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story Lance Reventlow (adult)Television film
1989 China Beach PhillipEpisode: "The World: Part 2"
1989–1991 Adam-12 Officer HoneycuttMain role
1990 Hardball Episode: "A Killer Date"
1990 MacGyver Brett ReynoldsEpisode: "Twenty Questions"
1991 Equal Justice CharlesEpisode: "Sleeping with the Enemy"
1991The Perfect BrideTedTelevision film
1992Fifteenth Phase of the MoonJasonTelevision film
1993New YearJimi HartmanTelevision film
1993 Melrose Place Charles ReynoldsEpisodes: "Single White Sister", "Peanut Butter and Jealousy"
1994Green Dolphin BeatDave Henderson FOX Television film
1997–1998 Melrose Place Dr. Brett 'Coop' CooperMain role (season 6); 35 episodes
1996Dark AngelHarry FoleyTelevision film (FOX)
1997The BeneficiaryJimmy PriceTelevision film
1997 Spy Game Lorne CashMain role; 13 episodes
1998 The Lake Dr. Jeff ChapmanTelevision film (NBC)
1998 Beauty Mark KramerTelevision film (CBS)
1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave Lt. Joe SpenserEpisode: "Bermuda Triangle Episode"
1998 Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery Dr. Blair BainbridgeTelevision film (ABC)
1999Where the Truth LiesCarter TamiranTelevision film (Lifetime)
2000 The War Next Door Kennedy SmithMain role; 13 episodes
2001 The Agency Episode: "A Slight Case of Anthrax"
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Det. Drew WolfEpisode: "A Little Murder"
2003–2004 The Young and the Restless Cameron Kirsten Recurring role; 55 episodes
2005A Killer UpstairsLyle BannerTelevision film (Lifetime)
2005 CSI: Miami Steven HardyEpisode: "Three-Way"
2005, 2007 Eyes Michael TobinEpisodes: "Shots", "Police"
2006Maid of HonorRichard WynnTelevision film
2006 Last Exit Scott BurkeTelevision film (CTV)
2006The RivalGeorge MillerTelevision film
2007My Neighbor's KeeperMike HardingTelevision film
2008Dead at 17Curt MastersonTelevision film (Lifetime)
2008 Days of Our Lives Paul Hollingsworth Recurring role, 23 episodes
2009 Anacondas: Trail of Blood JacksonTelevision film (Syfy)
2009Stripped NakedHowieTelevision film
2009 Drop Dead Diva Parker WellnerEpisode: "Pilot"
2010Accused at 17Detective ReederTelevision film (Lifetime)
2010 The Gates Ben McAllisterRecurring role; 4 episodes
2011 Mean Girls 2 Rod MitchellTelevision film
2011–2017 Teen Wolf Sheriff Noah StilinskiRecurring role (seasons 1–5), Main role (season 6); 88 episodes
2011 Franklin & Bash Evan PorterEpisode: "Pilot"
2011Field of VisionRon DixonTelevision film
2012Gabe the Cupid DogJerryTelevision film
2013The Perfect BossCameron FinneyTelevision film
2017 Lifeline Detective GrundyRecurring role; 4 episodes
2018A Daughter's RevengeDavid SpencerTelevision film
2019-2020 Trinkets Whit FosterRecurring role; 6 episodes
2020Escaping My StalkerLarryTelevision film; also director
2020 NCIS: New Orleans Vice Admiral Tony HicksEpisode: "Pride and Prejudice"


2017Teen WolfEpisode: "Face-to-Faceless" (Season 6 episode 14)

Awards and nominations

2005 Soap Opera Digest Award Favorite VillainThe Young and the RestlessNominated
2013World Music and Independent Film Festival AwardBest Lead Actor in a Short FilmGrapeNominated
2017 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on a Television SeriesTeen WolfNominated

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