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Linda Cardellini

Linda Edna Cardellini was born in Redwood City, California, to Lorraine (Hernan) and Wayne David Cardellini, a businessman. She is of Italian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish, English, and German descent. Linda grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, California, the youngest of four children. She became interested in acting at age ten, when she performed a singing role in a school Christmas play. She continued to do school productions and community theater.Linda attended Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, California. After graduating, she had to decide whether to go to New York to pursue theater or Los Angeles to pursue film and television. She chose LA. Linda was cast in her first role, on the series Bone Chillers (1996). Her breakthrough part came when she was cast in Freaks and Geeks (1999). She played academic decathlete 'Lindsay Weir' on the celebrated series, which won an Emmy Award in the Category of "Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series."Cardellini captured the hearts of young girls, boys and teenagers worldwide for her portrayal of 'Velma' in Warner Bros.'s "Scooby-Doo." She has also co-starred in "Legally Blonde," Brian Robbins' "Good Burger," and Tom McLoughlin's "The Unsaid" with Andy Garcia as well as in the Adam Sandler-produced comedy, "Grandma's Boy".In 2005, Cardellini starred in the ensemble film "American Gun" for IFC Films alongside Donald Sutherland, Forest Whitaker and Marcia Gay Harden. "American Gun" was the debut feature of director/co-writer Aric Avelino, which was earned a Best Picture nomination at the Independent Spirit Awards in 2007. In the same year, Cardellini delivered a heartfelt performance as a jilted lover in Ang Lee's highly acclaimed drama, "Brokeback Mountain," which garnered major accolades from critics, including an Academy Award nomination and Golden Globe win for Best Picture and Outstanding Ensemble in a Motion Picture Drama by the Screen Actor's Guild.It was upon working with Larry McMutry and Diana Ossana on this film, that they later cast her in CBS's Hallmark Hall of Fame mini-series "Comanche Moon," a testament to their trust in Cardellini's talent and presence on screen. Cardellini starred alongside Val Kilmer and Steve Zahn in the six-hour, epic mini-series in 2008, written by McMurtry (based on McMurtry's novel of the same name), directed by Simon Wincer and executive produced by Ossana. This western, which was the prequel to "Lonesome Dove," (the television series created in 1989 by McMurtry) aired on three consecutive evenings for two hours each night.In 2008, Cardellini portrayed the lead role of 'Julie Ingram' in the feature film "The Lazarus Project" starring alongside 'Paul Walker'. Directed by John Glenn, this thriller tells the story of a former criminal who is drawn into an illicit endeavor and subsequently finds himself living an inexplicable new life working at a psychiatric facility.In 2011, Cardellini co-starred in Jonathan Hensleigh's independent feature film "Kill the Irishman," alongside Christopher Walken, Ray Stevenson and Val Kilmer. The film was based on the true story of Danny Greene, a tough Irish thug working for mobsters in Cleveland during the 1970s. In February 2012, Cardellini starred as 'Kelli' in the independent film "Return," opposite Michael Shannon and John Slattery which earned Cardellini an Independent Spirit Award nomination for "Best Female Lead." "Return" was featured in the Director's Fortnight section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was an official entry at The Deauville, London and Palm Springs International Film Festivals. "Return" follows 'Kelli' as she returns home from war and learns how to adjust to a slower, normal life.In 2013, Cardellini was almost unrecognizable, but turned heads, for her provocative portrayal of 'Sylvia Rosen,' 'Don Draper's' married mistress, in a guest arc in the sixth season of the critically acclaimed AMC series, "Mad Men." She received her first Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Guest Actress in A Drama Series" for her portrayal.Working in both film and television, Linda is well-known for her portrayal of 'Nurse Samantha Taggart' on NBC's highly-rated, critically acclaimed series, "ER". She will next be seen as 'Meg Rayburn' in Netflix's new untitled family drama series created by Glenn Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Todd Kessler. Cardellini also has a co-starring role in the indie comedy Welcome to Me (2014), opposite an all-star cast that includes Kristen Wiig, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, James Marsden and Wes Bentley. The film is directed by Shira Piven. "Welcome to Me" was produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.On the small screen, Cardellini was a guest star, playing 'Dr. Megan Tillman', in CBS' Person of Interest (2011). The crime drama show was created by Jonathan Nolan and stars Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson and Michael Emerson. Cardellini also lends her voice to a diverse group of animated series including Nickelodeon's "Sanjay & Craig" wherein she plays 'Megan,' IFC's "Out There" wherein she voices 'Starla,' and Disney's "Gravity Falls," in which she is 'Wendy.' Cardellini's past voiceover work includes the role of 'Bliss,' the family daughter in the ABC animated television program, The Goode Family (2009).Linda has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Loyola Marymount University, and completed a summer study program at the National Theatre in London. She resides in Los Angeles.

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Jun 25, 1975 In Redwood City, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Step by Step 1991-09-20
Latest Project:
Series Bloodline 2015-03-20

Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations.

Known For
Poster of ER
Bloodline Meg Rayburn 33 episodes, 2015-2017 2015-03-20
Late Night with Seth Meyers Unknown 2014-02-24
Out There Sharla 5 episodes, 2013 2013
Sanjay and Craig Megan Sparkles / ... 39 episodes, 2013-2016 2013-05-01
Gravity Falls Wendy Corduroy / ... 31 episodes, 2012-2016 2012-06-15
New Girl Unknown 2011-09-20
Person of Interest Unknown 2011-09-22
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Unknown 2010-07-12
The Goode Family Bliss Goode / ... 13 episodes, 2009 2009-05-27
Regular Show Unknown 2009-08-14
Comanche Moon Clara Forsythe 3 episodes, 2008 2008-01-13
Human Giant Unknown 2007
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
Mad Men Unknown 2007-07-19
Robot Chicken Unknown 2005-02-20
The Twilight Zone Unknown 2002-09-18
Freaks and Geeks Lindsay Weir 18 episodes, 1999-2000 1999-09-25
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
3rd Rock from the Sun Unknown 1996-01-09
Kenan & Kel Unknown 1996-08-17
Clueless Unknown 1996-09-20
ER Samantha Taggart 126 episodes, 2003-2009 1994-09-19
Boy Meets World Unknown 1993-09-24
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Step by Step Unknown 1991-09-20