• Linden Ashby is a popular American actor, best known for his role in the 1995 movie “Mortal Kombat”.
• He was born in Atlantic Beach, Florida and studied at Fort Lewis College.
• His early TV roles include “Loving”, “Adam-12”, and “Melrose Place”.
• He is married to fellow actress Susan Walters, with whom he often shares the screen.
• Linden Ashby has an estimated net worth of $8 million.

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SpouseSusan Walters
FactStudied acting with Sanford Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York for two years.

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.

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.

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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.

Educational background

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.


First steps

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’.

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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”.

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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 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.

General Info

Full NameLinden Ashby
Height1.82 m
ProfessionActor, Martial Artist
EducationFort Lewis College, Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, Bolles School


SpouseSusan Walters
ChildrenGrace Ashby, Savannah Ashby
ParentsGarnett Ashby, Eleanor Ashby


MoviesMortal Kombat, Resident Evil: Extinction, Beta Test, Anacondas: Trail of Blood, Mean Girls 2, Wyatt Earp, Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough, Impact Point, Wild Things 2, Against the Dark, Van Wilder: Freshman Year, Sniper 2, 8 Seconds, The Rival, A Killer Upstairs, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, Prom Night, ...
TV ShowsMelrose Place, Spy Game, Teen Wolf, The War Next Door

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1Only be an actor if you can't be happy doing anything else. I don't think you should be an actor if you want to be actor. I think you should be an actor if you have to be an actor.
2I've done so many Lifetime movies; at this point, I'll be going through airport security, and the lady there will be like, 'I took the weekend off and I saw four of your movies.' And I say: 'You've been watching Lifetime, right?'
3You bring a little bit of yourself into every character you play. We're multifaceted creatures.
4I started out in theater, and then I got a job on a soap in New York. With a soap opera, its every day, all year long - there's no downtime, and you're shooting a show a day.
5I started out with a business and psychology major, and then I started doing plays and concentrating more and more on theater. I dropped out of college and moved to New York and studied theater at The Neighborhood Playhouse. I did that for a couple of years and then got an agent.
6I love the show 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia;' that's probably a guilty pleasure! I laugh so hard.
7Why are people always shooting zombies? Why not just chop their heads off? How can zombies get you if you have a good sword?


1Studied acting with Sanford Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York for two years.
2Linden has been a student of martial arts on and off since he was 21 with a lot of time off. He's mostly studied Karate, with some Tae Kwon Do, and some Chinese styles thrown into the mix.
3Replaced Brandon Lee in the role of Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat (1995) due to Brandon's sudden death in 1993.
4Has his own 6-seat plane "Piper Lance", currently housed at Van Nuys Airport.
5Some of his hobbies include golf, tennis, windsurfing, scuba diving, horseback riding and hunting.
6He's been surfing since he was 9. He actually grew up right on a beach in Northeast Florida. He even surfed competitively back in high school
  • he was invited to the East Coast Championships three times.
7Graduated from Bolles High School, a private school located in Florida.
8Attended Fort Lewis College (a branch of the Colorado State University) in Durango. He majored in business and psychology before dropping out Junior year to become an actor.
9Two daughters with wife actress Susan Walters: Grace Ashby (born June 1991) and Savannah (born November 1992).




Teen Wolf2011-2017TV SeriesSheriff Noah Stilinski Deputy Noah Stilinski
Beta Test2016/IKincaid
Army Wives2009-2013TV SeriesDr. Dan Seaver / Dr. Koe
The Perfect Boss2013TV MovieCameron Finney
Iron Man Three2013Commander
Gabe the Cupid Dog2012Jerry
Necessary Roughness2011TV SeriesLiam Dermer
Field of Vision2011TV MovieRon Dixon
Franklin & Bash2011TV SeriesEvan Porter
Mean Girls 22011TV MovieRod Mitchell
Marry Me2010TV Mini-SeriesMr. Grafton Robert Grafton
The Gates2010TV SeriesBen McAllister
Accused at 172009Detective Reeder
Stripped Naked2009VideoHowie Preston
The Joneses2009Golfer 3
Van Wilder: Freshman Year2009VideoVance Wilder Sr.
Drop Dead Diva2009TV SeriesParker Wellner
Anacondas: Trail of Blood2009TV MovieJackson
Against the Dark2009VideoCross
Days of Our Lives2008TV SeriesPaul Hollingsworth
Impact Point2008Detective Adams
Dead at 172008TV MovieCurt Masterson
Prom Night2008/IUncle Jack Turner
Resident Evil: Extinction2007Chase
My Neighbor's Keeper2007TV MovieMike Harding
Eyes2005-2007TV SeriesMichael Tobin
Plot 72007Richard McCarthy
The Rival2006TV MovieGeorge Miller
Last Exit2006TV MovieScott Burke
Maid of Honor2006TV MovieRichard Wynn
CSI: Miami2005TV SeriesSteven Hardy
Sub Zero2005VideoSoloman Davis
A Killer Upstairs2005TV MovieLyle Banner
Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough2005VideoDetective Michael Morrison
The Young and the Restless2003-2004TV SeriesCameron Kirsten
Wild Things 22004VideoDetective Morrison
The Company You Keep2003Harry
Shrink Rap2003Brian
Outrage2003Det. Webster
Fits and Starts2002
Sniper 22002VideoMcKenna
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2002TV SeriesDetective Drew Wolf
The Agency2001TV Series
Facing the Enemy2001Griff McCleary
Time of Her Time2000Sergius O'Shaughnessy
Tick Tock2000Travis Brewer
Dangerous Attraction2000Neil / Dan Paterson
The War Next Door2000TV SeriesKennedy Smith
Where the Truth Lies1999TV MovieCarter Tamiran
Judgment Day1999VideoDr. David Corbett
The Wonderful World of Disney1998TV SeriesDr. Blair Bainbridge
Love Boat: The Next Wave1998TV SeriesLt. Joe Spenser
Beauty1998TV MovieMark Kramer
The Lake1998TV MovieDr. Jeff Chapman
Shelter1998Jimmy Parker
Spy Game1997-1998TV SeriesLorne Cash
Blast1997Jack Bryant
The Beneficiary1997TV MovieJimmy Price
Dark Angel1996TV MovieHarry Foley
Cadillac Ranch1996Beau
Mortal Kombat1995Johnny Cage
Green Dolphin Beat1994TV MovieDave Henderson
Wyatt Earp1994Morgan Earp
8 Seconds1994Martin Hudson
Slaughter of the Innocents1993Officer Olmon
New Year1993TV MovieJimi Hartman
Fifteenth Phase of the Moon1992TV ShortJason
Inside Out III1992VideoJerry Van Anthony (segment "Tango")
Into the Sun1992Dragon
The New Adam-121989-1991TV SeriesOfficer Honeycutt
The Perfect Bride1991TV MovieTed
Equal Justice1991TV SeriesCharles Bercik
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge1990uncredited
MacGyver1990TV SeriesBrett Reynolds
Hardball1990TV Series
Night Angel1990Craig
China Beach1989TV SeriesPhillip
Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story1987TV MovieLance Reventlow - Adult (parts 5-6)
Werewolf1987TV SeriesLinden Ashby (Victim 2 in VW)
1st & Ten: The Championship1987TV SeriesMike Cooper
Loving1983TV SeriesCurtis Alden #4 (1989)
Dead Mule SuitcaseHarvey


Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance2002Video Game special thanks: artistic contribution


The Players: The Cast of 'Extinction'2008Video documentary shortHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Table for Two1999TV SeriesHimself
Mortal Kombat: Behind the Dragon1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mortal Kombat: Behind the Scenes1995Video documentary shortHimself
The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Celebrity P.O.V.2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Wolf Watch2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Band of the Sand: Actors Unite2008Video documentary shortHimself
Beyond Raccoon City: Unearthing 'Resident Evil: Extinction'2008Video documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter2016Chase (uncredited)
Guilty Pleasures: Courtroom Dramas2005VideoCarter Tamiran


Nominated Awards

2013Festival AwardWorld Music and Independent Film FestivalBest Lead Actor in a Short FilmGrape (2013)
2005Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsFavorite VillainThe Young and the Restless (1973)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected].

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