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

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. 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.


One of his first roles was 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 1997, Ashby 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 currently portrays 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 the ABC television series Loving in 1983, where she was a regular and he was filming a guest appearance. 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 with a lot of time off 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.



1990Night AngelCraig
Mr. and Mrs. BridgeUncredited Role
1992Into the SunDragon
Inside 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
Judgment DayDr. David CorbettDirect-to-Video Release
2000Dangerous AttractionNeil/Dan Paterson
Tick TockTravis Brewer
2001Facing the EnemyGriff McCleary
2002Fits and Starts
2003Sniper 2Col. David McKennaDirect to video
The Company You KeepHarry
A Woman HuntedDet. Webster
Shrink RapBrian
2004Wild Things 2Detective Michael MorrisonDirect to video
2005Wild Things: Diamonds in the RoughDetective Michael MorrisonDirect to video
Sub ZeroSoloman Davis
2007Plot 7Richard McCarthy
Resident Evil: ExtinctionChase
2008Prom NightUncle Jack Turner
Impact PointDet. Adams
2009Against the DarkCrossDirect to video
National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman YearVance Wilder Sr.Direct to video
HungerGrantDirect to video
2013Iron Man 3Commander
GrapeGraysonShort film
2015Beta TestKincaidPost-production


1983LovingCurtis Alden #4
19871st & TenEpisode: Blood on Blood
WerewolfVictim #2 in VWEpisode: Werewolf
Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton StoryLance Reventlow (adult)NBCTV-Movie
1989China BeachPhillipEpisode: The World (2)
1989–1991Adam-12Officer Honeycutt9 episodes
1990HardballEpisode: A Killer Date
MacGyverBrett ReynoldsEpisode: Twenty Questions
1991Equal JusticeCharlesEpisode: Sleeping with the Enemy
The Perfect BrideTedTV-Movie
1992Fifteenth Phase of the MoonJasonTV-Movie
1993New YearJimi HartmanTV-Movie
1993–1998Melrose PlaceCharles Reynolds
Dr. Brett 'Coop' Cooper
35 episodes
1994Green Dolphin BeatDave HendersonFOXTV-Movie
1996Dark AngelHarry FoleyFOXTV-Movie
1997The BeneficiaryJimmy PriceTV-Movie
Spy GameLorne Cash13 episodes
1998The LakeDr. Jeff ChapmanNBCTV-Movie
BeautyMark KramerCBSTV-Movie
The Love Boat: The Next WaveLt. Joe SpenserEpisode: Bermuda Triangle Episode
Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy MysteryDr. Blair BainbridgeABCTV-Movie
1999Where the Truth LiesCarter TamiranLifetime TelevisionTV-Movie
2000The War Next DoorKennedy Smith13 episodes
2001The AgencyEpisode: A Slight Case of Anthrax
2002CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationDet. Drew WolfEpisode: A Little Murder
2003–2004The Young and the RestlessCameron Kirsten55 episodes
2005A Killer UpstairsLyle BannerLifetime TelevisionTV-Movie
CSI: MiamiSteven HardyEpisode: Three-Way
2005, 2007EyesMichael TobinEpisode: Shots
Episode: Police
2006Maid of HonorRichard WynnTV-Movie
Last ExitScott BurkeCTVTV-Movie
The RivalGeorge MillerTV-Movie
2007My Neighbor's KeeperMike HardingTV-Movie
2008Dead at 17Curt MastersonTV-Movie
Days of Our LivesPaul Hollingsworth23 episodes
2009Anacondas: Trail of BloodJacksonSyfyTV-Movie
Stripped NakedHowieTV-Movie
Drop Dead DivaParker Wellner
2010Accused at 17Detective ReederLifetimeTV-Movie
The GatesBen McAllisterRecurring Role
2011Mean Girls 2Rod MitchellTV-Movie
2011–presentTeen WolfSheriff StilinskiRecurring role
2011Franklin & BashEvan Porter1 episode: "Pilot"
2011Field of VisionRon DixonTV Movie
2012Gabe the Cupid DogJerryTV Movie

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