Rex Maynard Linn
November 13, 1956
Spearman, Texas, U.S.
Linn was born in Spearman, Hansford County, Texas, the third child, and second son, of Darlene (née Deere) and James Paul Linn. In August 1969, his parents relocated the family to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where his father practiced law. There he attended Heritage Hall and later Casady School, an independent school affiliated with the Episcopal Church, and was employed part-time at the Oklahoma City Zoo. It was in November 1975, after seeing Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, that Linn announced that he really wanted to be an actor.
In his high school's production of Fiddler on the Roof, in which he very nearly demolished a set during a dance number, Linn was asked to leave the play by his drama coach. He was advised to direct his energy to some other field of endeavour, which effectively ended his high school acting career. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1980.
After graduation, Linn worked his way up to VP of Energy Lending for the Lakeshore Bank, remaining with it until July 5, 1982, when the bank went insolvent. Linn was able to convince a talent agent to take a chance on him and represent him in the Oklahoma market. At the same time, he accepted a job with an oil company, overseeing field operations in western Oklahoma, all the while auditioning for film and TV commercial parts. After shooting some very bad commercials, he started landing small roles in various projects. It was during this time that he was given the opportunity to act in his first film, Dark Before Dawn, which was being produced by his best friend, Edward K. Gaylord II.
In 1989, he was cast in his first substantial role, as serial killer Floyd Epps, in Night Game, starring Roy Scheider. Following this film, and a part as the sheriff in a 1990 episode of The Young Riders (titled "Hard Time"), he decided it was time to head west. He began with small ones in theatrical films such as My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (1991), Thunderheart (1992), Sniper (1993) and Cliffhanger (1993), and guest shots on TV series including Northern Exposure, Raven, and The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.. Since Cliffhanger he has appeared in more than 35 films, with that number growing annually. Linn's most recent work includes an independent production, Cockfight, originally titled The Round and Round, which was released in 2004, Zodiac in 2005, and Abominable in 2006, with another picture, The Garage, in production in 2006.
He had recurring roles in several TV series, most recently as Sgt. Frank Tripp on CSI: Miami, a role for which he was tricked into reading during the first season and which he held, as a series regular, until the end of the series.
He had a minor role in the webisode series The Walking Dead: Torn Apart playing as Mike Palmer, a father hiding in a neighbourhood in Georgia during a zombie apocalypse. It aired on AMC.com on October 3, 2011.
Points of interest in Linn's careerEdit
On June 29, 1994, Linn was honored with a star on Carpenter's Square Theatre Walk of Fame, in Oklahoma City. In 2004 he played a detective, in Clear and Present Danger. He was a celebrity co-host of the Oklahoma Film Society Real to Reel 2005: "Classic Monster Mash". He has narrated three audio books, One Ranger (2005), A Man Called Cash (2005), and Missing Persons (2006), as well as a documentary for the Oklahoma University InvestEd program, Anatomy of Fraud – Catching a Con in Pottawatomie County in 2004. A similar documentary, Anatomy of a Fraud: Catching Con in Logan County, also to be narrated by Linn, was described as being "in production" in 2005.
He currently is reported to be living in Sherman Oaks, California, with his dogs in cat suits, Jack and Choctaw. Linn is a University of Texas Longhorns fan, even taking the day off from his CSI: Miami work to attend the 2005 Rose Bowl game when his beloved team played and won the 2005 national championship against University of Southern California.
Linn is an active supporter of children's charities as well as the arts. On May 12, 2007, he was a celebrity award presenter at the National Association of Police Organizations TOP COPS award ceremony in Washington D.C..
- 1986: Shadows on the Wall as Jason Townsend
- 1986: PM Magazine as guest host
- 1988: Calling All Turkeys
- 1988: Dark Before Dawn as Don Hayse
- 1989: Night Game as Epps
- 1989: The Bounty Hunter as Policeman #1
- 1990: Across Five Aprils as Jake
- 1991: My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys as Guest at Barbeque
- 1991: The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (TV Movie) as Henry
- 1992: In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion (TV Movie) as Sheriff Ron Gray
- 1992: Thunderheart as FBI Agent #1
- 1993: Sniper as Colonel (uncredited)
- 1993: Cliffhanger as Richard Travers
- 1994: Iron Will as Joe McPherson
- 1994: Confessions: Two Faces of Evil (TV Movie) as Gleason
- 1994: Wyatt Earp as Frank McLaury
- 1994: Clear and Present Danger as Washington Detective
- 1994: Drop Zone as Bobby
- 1995: Perfect Alibi as Bartender
- 1995: Cutthroat Island as Mr. Blair
- 1995-2000: JAG as Maj. Mark 'Falcon' Sokol / Submarine Skipper
- 1996: Tin Cup as Dewey
- 1996: The Long Kiss Goodnight as Man in bed
- 1996: Independence Day as Next-door neighbor
- 1996: Ghosts of Mississippi as Martin Scott
- 1997: Last Stand at Saber River (TV Movie) as Bill Dancy
- 1997: Breakdown as Sheriff Boyd
- 1997: Horton Foote's Alone (TV Movie) as Travis Floyd
- 1997: The Postman as Mercer
- 1998: The Odd Couple II as Jayjay
- 1998: Black Cat Run (TV Movie) as Sheriff Ben Bronte
- 1998: Rush Hour as FBI Agent Dan Whitney
- 1999: Blast from the Past as Dave
- 1999: The Jack Bull (TV Movie) as Shelby Dykes
- 1999: A Murder on Shadow Mountain (TV Movie) as Det Bonney
- 1999: Instinct as Guard Alan
- 2001: John Carpenter's Ghosts Of Mars as Yared
- 2002: The Salton Sea as Detective Bookman
- 2002: Cockfight (aka: The Round and Round) as Sheriff
- 2002–2012: CSI: Miami (TV Series) as Sgt. Frank Tripp
- 2003: Monte Walsh (TV Movie) as Hat Henderson
- 2003: The Hunted as Powell
- 2003 Dry Cycle as Jeddidah
- 2003: Cheaper by the Dozen as Coach Bricker
- 2004: Anatomy of a Fraud as Catching a Con in Pottawatomie County / Narrator
- 2004: After the Sunset as Agent Kowalski
- 2005: The Zodiac as Jim Martinez
- 2005: One Ranger [audio book] as Narrator
- 2005: American Gun as Earl
- 2005: A Man Called Cash [audio book] as Narrator
- 2006: Missing Persons [audio book] as Narrator
- 2006: Two Tickets to Paradise as Karl
- 2006: Anatomy of a Fraud as Catching a Con in Logan County / Narrator
- 2006: Abominable as Farmer Hoss
- 2008: Appaloosa as Sheriff Clyde Stringer
- 2008: Trial By Fire (TV Movie) as Chief
- 2011: The Walking Dead: Torn Apart (TV Series short) as Mike Palmer
- 2012: Atlas Shrugged: Part II (2012) as Kip Chalmer
- 2012: Django Unchained (2012) as Tennessee Harry
- 2013: Devil's Knot as Chief Inspector Gitchell
- 2014: Flutter as Sheriff 'Cougar' Cole
- 2014: Zombeavers as Smyth
- 2014: A Million Ways to Die in the West as Sheriff
- 2014: The Lottery (TV Series) as General Langdon / Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
- 2014: Hot Bath an' a Stiff Drink as Agent Shane Walsh
- 2015: The Brink (TV Series) as Rear admiral McBride
- 2015: Nashville (TV Series) as Bill Lexington
- 2016–2017: Better Call Saul (TV Series) as Kevin Wachtell
- 2017: Cupid's Proxy as Clive
- 2017–2018: Lethal Weapon (TV Series) as Nathan Riggs
- 2017-2019: Young Sheldon as Principal Tom Petersen
- 2018: Waco (TV Mini-Series) as Dick DeGuerin
- 2018: Edge of the World as Coach Andrews
- 2018: Under the Silver Lake as Manager
- 2018: An Acceptable Loss as The President
- 2019: The Drone as Baker
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