Linden Ashby is a popular American actor, whose fame rose after his appearance in the legendary “Mortal Kombat” movie in 1995. Later he starred in multiple successful TV series, including “The Young and The Restless”, “Teen Wolf” and many others.
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Early life and family
Clarence Linden Garnett Ashby III was born on 23 May 1960, in Atlantic Beach, Florida USA – he holds American nationality and his zodiac sign is Gemini. His mother is Eleanor Johnson Ashby, who worked as Executive Director at “Leadership Jacksonville”, which is a nonprofit organization specialized in providing leadership coaching and trainings; Eleanor retired on 1 July 1998. His father is Clarence Linden Garnett Ashby Jr. – he worked as a pharmaceuticals manufacturer.
From his early years Linden was interested in sports and martial arts, however, he shared that from an early age he understood he wouldn’t make sports his profession: ‘I knew I was never going to make a living surfing, skateboarding or certainly not playing soccer. If I could have, I would have. But those guys are on a whole different level’, he said in his interview with Digital Journal in 2013. Nevertheless, Linden spent his childhood at the beaches of Northern Florida, surfing since he was nine years old, and was even invited to participate in the East Coast Championships when he was studying in high school.
Linden studied at the private Bolles Schoolto in Jacksonville, Florida. After his matriculation in 1978, he enrolled at Fort Lewis College (which is in fact one of the branches of the Colorado State University), located in Durango, Colorado.
However, he studied there for only a year and a half, dropping out from his college to pursue his career in acting, even though he did quite well in his studies of psychology and business. Linden graduated from The Neighborhood Playhouse, New York, getting deeper into acting under the supervision of Sanford Meisner for two years.
Soon after his graduation, Linden got his first role in the soap opera “Loving” in 1983. He portrayed the character of Curtis Alden (being the second actor to do it), and then shared that starting one’s acting career with working in a soap opera means a lot for an actor, due to a special rhythm and discipline on the set of such projects: ‘Doing a soap is almost like doing a stage play that’s being televised. You do the whole scene. Doing a soap opera is soooo nerve-racking but great for you as an actor at the same time’.
Linden also mentioned that he thought Liam Hemsworth also became a good actor because he started his acting career playing in Australian soap operas, getting used to working a lot. From 1987 Linden could be seen in such TV series and films as “1st & Ten”, “Werewolf” and “Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story”.
Among his other early appearances on TVwere “Adam-12” (1989 – 1991), in which Linden got the main role of Officer Honeycutt, “Mr. and Mrs. Bridge” (1990) and “Fifteenth Phase of the Moon” (1994). In 1994 Linden started appearing in the night-time TV series “Melrose Place”, landing the role of Charles Reynolds. However, later he got the role of Dr. Brett ‘Coop’ Cooper, joining the recurring cast of Season 6.
Mortal Kombat and other successful projects
For some of his fans, Linden will always be Johnny Cage, a struggling Hollywood actor, who decided to compete in the Mortal Kombat tournament to prove himself (and his agents) that he is worth working with. The movie based on the video game plot was a massive success, though Linden landed his role of Johnny Cash occasionally – Brandon Lee, who was scheduled to play the character, but unfortunately died in 1993 suddenly shot on the set. Linden admits “Mortal Kombat” was a real departure for him: ‘I had a fighting background. I boxed and studied martial arts. It was just the right place at the right time. The right project. All the pieces came together and we created this thing’, he reflected in his interview to Digital Journal. “Mortal Kombat” also helped Bridgette Wilson and Robin Shou, who played Sonya Blade and Liu Kang respectively, to develop their further acting careers.
Linden was then cast in such series and films as “Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery” (1998), “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2002) and “The Young and the Restless” (2003 – 2004) – appearing in 55 episodes as Cameron Kirsten, sharing the screen with his wife, Susan Walters, who played the role of Diane Jenkins.
Latest movies and series
Linden never stopped working hard, landing more and more roles, minor and major. He played Detective Michael Morrison in “Wild Things” mini-series (2004 – 2005), the role of Chase in “Resident Evil: Extinction” (2007) and appeared as Vance Wilder Sr. in “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: Freshman Year” (2008). Later he could be seen in such films as “Iron Man 3” (2013), “Beta Test” (2016) and “Authentics” (2019).
However, his biggest success of the later years was his starring in the MTV series “Teen Wolf” (2011 – 2017), in which Linden landed the role of Sheriff Noah Stilinski. The supernatural drama about teenagers of Beacon Hills attracted millions of viewers, and Linden was even nominated for the Saturn Award as Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series in 2017 for his performance in the show.
Concurrently Linden could be seen in such TV films as “Gabe the Cupid Dog” (2012), “Lifeline” (2012) and “A Daughter’s Revenge” (2018). The list of his latest works includes the “Trinkets” series (2019 – 2020), in which Linden has the recurring role of Whit Foster, and “Escaping My Stalker” (2020), in which Linden works as an actor, portraying Larry, and also as a director.
Personal life, wife Susan Walters
Linden met Susan Walters on the set of “Loving” series in 1983. She already had a regular role in the soap opera, and Linden was invited as a guest actor to appear in a couple of episodes. However, his performance was highly appreciated by the creators of the series, and he joined the regular cast in 1985. The couple supports the legend that as soon as Susan saw Linden for the first time, she told her make-up artist that he was the man she was going to marry.
Even though it looked like a joke, and Susan and Linden didn’t communicate much until 1985 when Linden joined the cast as a regular, the situation turned out to become serious, and after three days and spending time together after work, they moved in together, and five months later they married on 21 April 1986. In 1991 Susan gave birth to their first daughter, Frances Grace, and in 1992 their second daughter, Savannah Elizabeth, joined the family.
They often visit Susan’s parents, who live in Georgia.
Who is Susan Walters?
Susan Walters is a Hollywood actress, who was born on 28 September 1963, in Atlanta, Georgia. A former model, Susan started her acting career after becoming 1981 Miss Teen All American. She understood that modelling wasn’t she could do for the rest of her life, and started attending castings and auditions. She got the role of Lorna Forbes Perelli in “Loving” in 1983, in which she starred until 1986. Then she could be seen in such series as “The Facts of Life”, “Who’s the Boss” and “Hotel”. She played Priscilla Beaulieu Presley in “Elvis and Me” and Mary Beth Sutton in “Dear John”. She often shared the screen with her husband, appearing in such series as “Melrose Place”, “The Young and the Restless” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”.
Susan Walters ( libra ) and Linden Ashby ( gemini ) married since 1986
From 2011 to 2017 Susan became on-screen wife to her own husband, landing the role of Natalie Martin. She has recently appeared as Diane Hunter in “The Fosters” (2018) and as Carley Emerson in “Murdered at 17” (2018).
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Linden did boxing and martial arts from an early age. When he turned 21, he was already a master of Karate, Kung Fu and Tae Kwon Do. Linden shares that he feels happy when he spends his spare time with his family in the woods, having a barbeque or just camping. He also likes cycling with his wife, and shares these happy moments on his Instagram account. Linden admitted he suffered serious panic attacks before casting and auditions, and sometimes even had to leave the set without performing anything, as he couldn’t deal with his nerves.
However, he found a way to calm down in such situations: ‘I overcame it. I just did. I don’t know if I just stopped putting that much importance on it or I put it in a better place <…> I had the knowledge that if I got the job it would change my life. If I didn’t get the job I would still be here’. Linden likes relaxing in the evenings after work with a bottle of beer.
Whenever he wants to spend his spare time doing sports, he prefers scuba diving, golf, hunting or horse riding, and he also plays tennis. Linden has a personal plane which is called “Piper Lance”, has six seats and is currently parked at Van Nuys Airport – hHe enjoys travelling and likes visiting Europe.
— Linden Ashby (@lindenashby) May 13, 2019
Linden also owns two horses named Pearl and Goldie, and two dogs. Linden speaks a little French. He also really enjoys using Twitter, as it gives him a chance to chat with his fans and followers.
Linden has short half grey half light brown hair; he has blue eyes. Linden is 5ft 11ins (1.82m) tall and weighs around 180lbs (82kgs).
Net worth and salary
As of 2020, Linden Ashby’s net worth is estimated to be around $8 million.