Linden Ashby

Clarence Linden Garnett Ashby III (born May 23, 1960) is an American actor and martial artist.[1] He is known for his roles as Johnny Cage in the film adaptation of Mortal Kombat, and as Dr. Brett Cooper on Melrose Place. He is well known for his role as Sheriff Noah Stilinski in the MTV series Teen Wolf (2011-2017).

Linden Ashby
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Ashby at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Clarence Linden Garnett Ashby III

(1960-05-23) May 23, 1960 (age 60)
OccupationActor, Director, Martial artist
Years active1983–present
m. 1986)

Early lifeEdit

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.


Ashby's first role on television, in 1985, was on the ABC soap opera Loving, where he was the second actor to play the role of Curtis Alden. Soon after, he was cast 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 the spring of 1997, Ashby starred in the short-lived ABC drama Spy Game. Later that year, he 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 also portrayed Beacon Hills' Sheriff and father to Stiles Stilinski (played by Dylan O'Brien) on MTV's Teen Wolf series.

Personal lifeEdit

Ashby is married to actress Susan Walters. The couple met on the set of Loving in 1983, where she was a regular and he was filming a guest appearance (he would later become a regular cast member in 1985). 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[citation needed]
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
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 Colonel Dan 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 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
2009 The Joneses Golfer 3
2013 Iron Man 3 Commander
2013 Grape Grayson Delecourt Short film
2016 Beta Test Kincaid
2019 Authentics Les Short film


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: Part 2"
1989–1991 Adam-12 Officer Honeycutt Main role
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 Melrose Place Charles Reynolds Episodes: "Single White Sister", "Peanut Butter and Jealousy"
1994 Green Dolphin Beat Dave Henderson FOX Television film
1997–1998 Melrose Place Dr. Brett 'Coop' Cooper Main role (season 6); 35 episodes
1996 Dark Angel Harry Foley Television film (FOX)
1997 The Beneficiary Jimmy Price Television film
1997 Spy Game Lorne Cash Main role; 13 episodes
1998 The Lake Dr. Jeff Chapman Television film (NBC)
1998 Beauty Mark Kramer Television film (CBS)
1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave Lt. Joe Spenser Episode: "Bermuda Triangle Episode"
1998 Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery Dr. Blair Bainbridge Television film (ABC)
1999 Where the Truth Lies Carter Tamiran Television film (Lifetime)
2000 The War Next Door Kennedy Smith Main role; 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 Recurring role; 55 episodes
2005 A Killer Upstairs Lyle Banner Television film (Lifetime)
2005 CSI: Miami Steven Hardy Episode: "Three-Way"
2005, 2007 Eyes Michael Tobin Episodes: "Shots", "Police"
2006 Maid of Honor Richard Wynn Television film
2006 Last Exit Scott Burke Television film (CTV)
2006 The Rival George Miller Television film
2007 My Neighbor's Keeper Mike Harding Television film
2008 Dead at 17 Curt Masterson Television film (Lifetime)
2008 Days of Our Lives Paul Hollingsworth Recurring role, 23 episodes
2009 Anacondas: Trail of Blood Jackson Television film (Syfy)
2009 Stripped Naked Howie Television film
2009 Drop Dead Diva Parker Wellner Episode: "Pilot"
2010 Accused at 17 Detective Reeder Television film (Lifetime)
2010 The Gates Ben McAllister Recurring role; 4 episodes
2011 Mean Girls 2 Rod Mitchell Television film
2011–2017 Teen Wolf Sheriff Noah Stilinski Recurring role (seasons 1–5), Main role (season 6); 88 episodes
2011 Franklin & Bash Evan Porter 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
2017 Lifeline Detective Grundy Recurring role; 4 episodes
2018 A Daughter's Revenge David Spencer Television film
2019-2020 Trinkets Whit Foster Recurring role; 6 episodes
2020 Escaping My Stalker Larry Television film; also director
2020 NCIS: New Orleans Vice Admiral Tony Hicks Episode: "Pride and Prejudice"


Year Title Notes
2017 Teen Wolf Episode: "Face-to-Faceless" (Season 6 episode 14)

Awards and nominationsEdit

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 Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Linden Ashby Biography (1960–)". Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  2. ^ "Garnett Ashby". Florida Times-Union. May 15, 2010. Retrieved 2017-05-26 – via
  3. ^ Conversations with Ross: Featuring Linden Ashby,

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