Cody Linley

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Cody Linley
Cody Linley.jpg
Cody Linley in June 2011.
Born Cody Martin Linley
(1989-11-20) November 20, 1989 (age 27)[1]
Lewisville, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor, singer, rapper, dancer
Years active 1994–present

Cody Martin Linley (born November 20, 1989) is an American actor and singer. He is best known for his recurring role as Jake Ryan in the television series Hannah Montana, and for being a contestant on the seventh season of Dancing With The Stars, in which he was partnered with Julianne Hough and finished fourth.

Acting career[edit]

Linley made his acting debut in the 1998 made-for-television film Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack. Subsequently, he had supporting roles in four films released in 2000: My Dog Skip, Where the Heart Is, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Miss Congeniality. In 2003, Linley was in the independent film When Zachary Beaver Came to Town and appeared in the movie Cheaper by the Dozen. He also played a live-action version of Arnold for a commercial for Hey Arnold!: The Movie.

Other film roles include Hannah Montana, The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It, Rebound, and his biggest film role, Hoot (2006), with Logan Lerman and Brie Larson. He also had a role in an episode of That's So Raven as Daryl in the Episode Five Finger Discount the Boy who was friends with Corey Baxter [Kyle Massey] that tricked Corey into stealing a Monkey Key Chain.

Most recently, Linley appeared in ten episodes of Hannah Montana as Jake Ryan. Linley co-hosted the 2008 Disney Channel Games.

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

Linley was a contestant on Season 7 of Dancing With The Stars. He was the youngest contestant of that season. He's also the youngest male star to ever compete. He was temporarily paired with Edyta Śliwińska, who had been eliminated earlier in the season with her partner Jeffrey Ross, for Weeks 7 and 8 of the competition. Śliwińska was brought back after Linley's partner on the show, Julianne Hough, was hospitalized. Hough became his partner again in Week 9. Linley, however, was voted off the show on November 18, 2008.


Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman/Flatley in Week 6 Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Tilt Ya Head Back" 6 6 6 Safe
Quickstep / "I Want You to Want Me" 8 7 8 Safe
2 Rumba / "Bleeding Love" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Jive / "Call Me the Breeze" 7 7 7 Safe
4 Tango / "Bohemian Like You" 7 8 8 Safe
5 Jitterbug / "Big Time Operator" 10 9 9 Safe
6 Samba / "Whine Up"
Old School Hip Hop / "It Takes Two"
7 (With Edyta Sliwinska) Viennese Waltz / "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" 8 7 7 Last to be Called Safe
Team Cha Cha Cha / "Mercy" 6 7 7
8 (With Edyta Sliwinska) Foxtrot / "Call Me Irresponsible" 8 8 8 Last to be Called Safe
Mambo / "My Way" 8 8 8
Semifinals Paso Doble / "Le Disko" 8 7 7 Placed Fourth
Salsa / "Juventud del Presente" 8 8 8

On May 5, 2009, he returned to the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars. He participated in the new pro dancer competition as Afton DelGrosso's partner/student because the final three pro dancers each had to teach a star from a previous season.

Music career[edit]

Linley released his first single "Breathe" featuring Capo in September 2010. His debut album was released in 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Linley was born in Lewisville, Texas, the son of Cathryn Sullivan, an acting coach, and Lee Linley.[2]

Linley made YouTube videos, called the Ro and Co Show, with fellow Disney star, Roshon Fegan from Camp Rock.[3] On June 14, 2008, they performed their song "Dis Me" at The Key Club Hollywood.[4]

Linley is a member of the Hollywood Knights celebrity basketball team.[5]

Linley also took acting classes with Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, and Logan Henderson.[citation needed][citation needed]

Linley's brother, Chad Linley, died on August 4, 2011. He was 28 years old. Adult Swim did a tribute bumper to "Chad Linley [1983-2011]".[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack Younger Tommy
1999 Walker, Texas Ranger Timmy "Jacob's Ladder" (Season 7, Episode 22)
2000 Griffin Pope "Desperate Measures" (Season 9, Episode 12)
1999 My Dog Skip Spit McGee
Miss Congeniality Tough Boy
2000 Where the Heart Is Brownie Coop
2002 Beyond the Prairie 2: The True Story of Laura Wilder Charlie Magnuson
2003 When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Cal
Cheaper by the Dozen Quinn
2004 That's So Raven Daryl "Five Finger Discount" (Season 3, Episode 5)
2005 Echoes of Innocence Christopher
Rebound Larry Burgess Jr.
2006 Hoot Mullet Fingers
2007 The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It Sean Redford
2006–2010 Hannah Montana Jake Ryan Recurring
2008 The Hardy Boys: The Hidden Theft Joe Hardy Voice
Dancing With The Stars Himself Contestant
Disney Channel Games Himself Online Host
2009 Forget Me Not Eli Channing
2012 Melissa & Joey Aiden
The Playroom Ryan
2013 Champion
2014 Hoovey Hoovey
2016 Sharknado: The 4th Awakens Matthew Shepard


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