Clarence Linden Garnett Ashby III (born May 23, 1960) is an American actor.[4] 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 also known for his role as Sheriff Noah Stilinski in the MTV series Teen Wolf (2011-2017).

Early life

Ashby was born in Atlantic Beach, Florida, the son of Eleanor (Johnson), a civic organizer, and Clarence Linden Garnett Ashby Jr., a pharmaceuticals manufacturer.[4][5] 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 life

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.[6]



1990Night AngelCraig
1990Mr. and Mrs. BridgeUncredited
1992Into the SunDragon
1992Inside Out IIIJerry Van AnthonySegment: "Tang Martin Hudson"
1994Wyatt EarpMorgan Earp
19948 SecondsMartin Hudson
1995Mortal KombatJohnny Cage
1996Cadillac RanchBeau
1997BlastJack Bryant
1998ShelterJimmy Parker
1999Time of Her TimeSergius O'Shaughnessy
1999Judgment DayDr. David CorbettDirect-to-Video Release
2000Dangerous AttractionNeil/Dan Paterson
2000Tick TockTravis Brewer
2001Facing the EnemyGriff McCleary
2002Fits and Starts
2003Sniper 2Col. David McKennaDirect-to-video
2003The Company You KeepHarry
2003A Woman HuntedDet. Webster
2003Shrink RapBrian
2004Wild Things 2Detective Michael MorrisonDirect to video
2005Wild Things: Diamonds in the RoughDirect to video
2005Sub ZeroSoloman Davis
2007Plot 7Richard McCarthy
2007Resident Evil: ExtinctionChase
2008Prom NightUncle Jack Turner
2008Impact PointDet. Adams
2009Against the DarkCrossDirect-to-video
2009National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman YearVance Wilder Sr.Direct-to-video
2013Iron Man 3Commander
2013GrapeGraysonShort film
2016Beta TestKincaid


1983LovingCurtis Alden #4
19871st & TenEpisode: "Blood on Blood"
1987WerewolfVictim #2 in VWEpisode: "Werewolf"
1987Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton StoryLance Reventlow (adult)Television film
1989China BeachPhillipEpisode: The "World, Part 2"
1989–1991Adam-12Officer HoneycuttMain role
1990HardballEpisode: "A Killer Date"
1990MacGyverBrett ReynoldsEpisode: "Twenty Questions"
1991Equal JusticeCharlesEpisode: "Sleeping with the Enemy"
1991The Perfect BrideTedTelevision film
1992Fifteenth Phase of the MoonJasonTelevision film
1993New YearJimi HartmanTelevision film
1993Melrose PlaceCharles ReynoldsEpisodes: "Single White Sister", "Peanut Butter and Jealousy"
1994Green Dolphin BeatDave HendersonFOX Television film
1995–1998Melrose PlaceDr. Brett 'Coop' CooperMain role (seasons 5–6)
1996Dark AngelHarry FoleyTelevision film (FOX)
1997The BeneficiaryJimmy PriceTelevision film
1997Spy GameLorne CashMain role, 13 episodes
1998The LakeDr. Jeff ChapmanTelevision film (NBC)
1998BeautyMark KramerTelevision film (CBS)
1998The Love Boat: The Next WaveLt. Joe SpenserEpisode: "Bermuda Triangle Episode"
1998Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy MysteryDr. Blair BainbridgeTelevision film (ABC)
1999Where the Truth LiesCarter TamiranTelevision film (Lifetime)
2000The War Next DoorKennedy SmithMain role, 13 episodes
2001The AgencyEpisode: "A Slight Case of Anthrax"
2002CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationDet. Drew WolfEpisode: "A Little Murder"
2003–2004The Young and the RestlessCameron KirstenRecurring role, 55 episodes
2005A Killer UpstairsLyle BannerTelevision film (Lifetime)
2005CSI: MiamiSteven HardyEpisode: "Three-Way"
2005, 2007EyesMichael TobinEpisodes: "Shots", "Police"
2006Maid of HonorRichard WynnTelevision film
2006Last ExitScott BurkeTelevision film (CTV)
2006The RivalGeorge MillerTelevision film
2007My Neighbor's KeeperMike HardingTelevision film
2008Dead at 17Curt MastersonTelevision film (Lifetime)
2008Days of Our LivesPaul HollingsworthRecurring role, 23 episodes
2009Anacondas: Trail of BloodJacksonTelevision film (Syfy)
2009Stripped NakedHowieTelevision film
2009Drop Dead DivaParker WellnerEpisode: Pilot
2010Accused at 17Detective ReederTelevision film (Lifetime)
2010The GatesBen McAllisterRecurring role, 4 episodes
2011Mean Girls 2Rod MitchellTelevision film
2011–2017Teen WolfSheriff Noah StilinskiRecurring role (seasons 1–5), Main role (season 6); 88 episodes
2011Franklin & BashEvan PorterEpisode: Pilot
2011Field of VisionRon DixonTelevision film
2012Gabe the Cupid DogJerryTelevision film
2013The Perfect BossCameron FinneyTelevision film

As a director

2017Teen WolfEpisode: "Face-to-Faceless" (Season 6 episode 14)

Awards and nominations

2005Soap Opera Digest AwardFavorite VillainThe Young and the RestlessNominated
2013World Music and Independent Film Festival AwardBest Lead Actor in a Short FilmGrapeNominated
2017Saturn AwardsBest Supporting Actor on a Television SeriesTeen wolfNominated