Linden Ashby

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Linden Ashby
Born Clarence Linden Garnett Ashby III
(1960-05-23) May 23, 1960 (age 58)
Atlantic Beach, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Susan Walters (1986–present)
Children 2 daughters

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

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.


One of his first roles was 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.

He was on Melrose Place as Dr. Brett Cooper for one season in 1998. He first appeared on Melrose Place in the first season in 1993 as Jo's husband Charles Reynolds, 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 (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.

Personal life

Ashby is married to actress Susan Walters. The couple met on the set of the ABC television series Loving in 1983, where she was a regular and he was filming a guest appearance. 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 with a lot of time off 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]



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Night Angel Craig
Mr. and Mrs. Bridge Uncredited Role
1992 Into the Sun Dragon
Inside Out III Jerry Van Anthony Segment: Tang Martin Hudson
1994 Wyatt Earp Morgan Earp
1994 8 Seconds Martin Hudson
1995 Mortal Kombat Johnny Cage
1996 Cadillac Ranch Beau
1997 Blast Jack Bryant
1998 Shelter Jimmy Parker
1999 Time of Her Time Sergius O'Shaughnessy
Judgment Day Dr. David Corbett Direct-to-Video Release
2000 Dangerous Attraction Neil/Dan Paterson
Tick Tock Travis Brewer
2001 Facing the Enemy Griff McCleary
2002 Fits and Starts
Whacked! Bolen
2003 The Company You Keep Harry
A Woman Hunted Det. Webster
Shrink Rap Brian
2004 Wild Things 2 Det. Michael Morrison Direct-to-Video Release
2005 Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough Det. Michael Morrison Direct-to-Video Release
Sub Zero Soloman Davis
2007 Plot 7 Richard McCarthy
Resident Evil: Extinction Chase
2008 Prom Night Uncle Jack Turner
Impact Point Det. Adams
2009 Against the Dark Cross Direct-to-Video Release
National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman Year Vance Wilder Sr. Direct-to-Video Release
Hunger Grant Direct-to-Video Release
2013 Iron Man 3 Commander
Grape Grayson Short film
2015 Beta Test Kincaid Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Loving Curtis Alden #4
1987 1st & Ten Episode: Blood on Blood
Werewolf Victim #2 in VW Episode: Werewolf
Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story Lance Reventlow (adult) NBC TV-Movie
1989 China Beach Phillip Episode: The World (2)
1989–1991 Adam-12 Officer Honeycutt 9 episodes
1990 Hardball Episode: A Killer Date
MacGyver Brett Reynolds Episode: Twenty Questions
1991 Equal Justice Charles Episode: Sleeping with the Enemy
The Perfect Bride Ted TV-Movie
1992 Fifteenth Phase of the Moon Jason TV-Movie
1993 New Year Jimi Hartman TV-Movie
1993–1998 Melrose Place Dr. Brett 'Coop' Cooper 35 episodes
1994 Green Dolphin Beat Dave Henderson FOX TV-Movie
1996 Dark Angel Harry Foley FOX TV-Movie
1997 The Beneficiary Jimmy Price TV-Movie
Spy Game Lorne Cash 13 episodes
1998 The Lake Dr. Jeff Chapman NBC TV-Movie
Beauty Mark Kramer CBS TV-Movie
The Love Boat: The Next Wave Lt. Joe Spenser Episode: Bermuda Triangle Episode
Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery Dr. Blair Bainbridge ABC TV-Movie
1999 Where the Truth Lies Carter Tamiran Lifetime Television TV-Movie
2000 The War Next Door Kennedy Smith 13 episodes
2001 The Agency Episode: A Slight Case of Anthrax
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Det. Drew Wolf Episode: A Little Murder
Sniper 2 Col. David McKenna TV-Movie
2003–2004 The Young and the Restless Cameron Kirsten 55 episodes
2005 A Killer Upstairs Lyle Banner Lifetime Television TV-Movie
CSI: Miami Steven Hardy Episode: Three-Way
2005, 2007 Eyes Michael Tobin Episode: Shots
Episode: Police
2006 Maid of Honor Richard Wynn TV-Movie
Last Exit Scott Burke CTV TV-Movie
The Rival George Miller TV-Movie
2007 My Neighbor's Keeper Mike Harding TV-Movie
2008 Dead at 17 Curt Masterson TV-Movie
Days of Our Lives Paul Hollingsworth 23 episodes
2009 Anacondas: Trail of Blood Jackson Syfy TV-Movie
Stripped Naked Howie TV-Movie
Drop Dead Diva Parker Wellner
2010 The Gates Ben McAllister Recurring Role
2011 Mean Girls 2 Rod Mitchell TV-Movie
2011–present Teen Wolf Sheriff Stilinski Recurring role
2011 Franklin & Bash Evan Porter 1 episode: "Pilot"
2011 Field of Vision Ron Dixon TV Movie
2012 Gabe the Cupid Dog Jerry TV Movie

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2005 Soap Opera Digest Award Favorite Villain The Young and the Restless Nominated
2013 World Music and Independent Film Festival Award Best Lead Actor in a Short Film Grape Nominated


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