Linden Ashby

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Linden Ashby
Born Clarence Linden Garnett Ashby III
(1960-05-23) May 23, 1960 (age 56)
Atlantic Beach, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Director, Martial artist
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Susan Walters (1986–present)
Children Frances Grace (b. 1991)
Savannah Elizabeth (b. 1992)

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 Noah Stilinski in the MTV series Teen Wolf.

Early life[edit]

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.


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.

In 1997, Ashby 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 currently portrays Beacon Hills’ Sheriff and father to Stiles Stilinski (played by Dylan O'Brien) on MTV’s Teen Wolf series.

Personal life[edit]

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 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
1990 Mr. and Mrs. Bridge Uncredited Role
1992 Into the Sun Dragon
1992 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
1999 Judgment Day Dr. David Corbett Direct-to-Video Release
2000 Dangerous Attraction Neil/Dan Paterson
2000 Tick Tock Travis Brewer
2001 Facing the Enemy Griff McCleary
2002 Fits and Starts
2002 Whacked! Bolen
2003 Sniper 2 Col. David McKenna Direct to video
2003 The Company You Keep Harry
2003 A Woman Hunted Det. Webster
2003 Shrink Rap Brian
2004 Wild Things 2 Detective Michael Morrison Direct to video
2005 Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough Detective Michael Morrison Direct to video
2005 Sub Zero Soloman Davis
2007 Plot 7 Richard McCarthy
2007 Resident Evil: Extinction Chase
2008 Prom Night Uncle Jack Turner
2008 Impact Point Det. Adams
2009 Against the Dark Cross Direct to video
2009 National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman Year Vance Wilder Sr. Direct to video
2009 Hunger Grant Direct to video
2013 Iron Man 3 Commander
2013 Grape Grayson Short film
2016 Beta Test Kincaid


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Loving Curtis Alden #4
1987 1st & Ten Episode: Blood on Blood
1987 Werewolf Victim #2 in VW Episode: Werewolf
1987 Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story Lance Reventlow (adult) Television film
1989 China Beach Phillip Episode: The World (2)
1989–1991 Adam-12 Officer Honeycutt 9 episodes
1990 Hardball Episode: A Killer Date
1990 MacGyver Brett Reynolds Episode: Twenty Questions
1991 Equal Justice Charles Episode: Sleeping with the Enemy
1991 The Perfect Bride Ted Television film
1992 Fifteenth Phase of the Moon Jason Television film
1993 New Year Jimi Hartman Television film
1993–1998 Melrose Place Charles Reynolds
Dr. Brett 'Coop' Cooper
35 episodes
1994 Green Dolphin Beat Dave Henderson FOX Television film
1996 Dark Angel Harry Foley FOX Television film
1997 The Beneficiary Jimmy Price Television film
1997 Spy Game Lorne Cash 13 episodes
1998 The Lake Dr. Jeff Chapman NBC Television film
1998 Beauty Mark Kramer CBS Television film
1998 The Love Boat: The Next Wave Lt. Joe Spenser Episode: Bermuda Triangle Episode
1998 Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery Dr. Blair Bainbridge ABC Television film
1999 Where the Truth Lies Carter Tamiran Lifetime Television Television film
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
2003–2004 The Young and the Restless Cameron Kirsten 55 episodes
2005 A Killer Upstairs Lyle Banner Lifetime Television Television film
2005 CSI: Miami Steven Hardy Episode: Three-Way
2005, 2007 Eyes Michael Tobin Episode: Shots
Episode: Police
2006 Maid of Honor Richard Wynn Television film
2006 Last Exit Scott Burke CTV Television film
2006 The Rival George Miller Television film
2007 My Neighbor's Keeper Mike Harding Television film
2008 Dead at 17 Curt Masterson Television film
2008 Days of Our Lives Paul Hollingsworth 23 episodes
2009 Anacondas: Trail of Blood Jackson Syfy Television film
2009 Stripped Naked Howie Television film
2009 Drop Dead Diva Parker Wellner
2010 Accused at 17 Detective Reeder Lifetime Television film
2010 The Gates Ben McAllister Recurring Role
2011 Mean Girls 2 Rod Mitchell Television film
2011–present Teen Wolf Sheriff Noah Stilinski 88 episodes (season 6; main, season 1-5; recurring)
2011 Franklin & Bash Evan Porter 1 episode: "Pilot"
2011 Field of Vision Ron Dixon Television film
2012 Gabe the Cupid Dog Jerry Television film
2013 The Perfect Boss Cameron Finney Television film

As a director[edit]

Year Title Notes
2017 Teen Wolf Season 6 episode 14

Awards and nominations[edit]

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
2017 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series Teen wolf Pending


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