Birth Name: Linda Edna Cardellini
Birth Date: June 25, 1975
Birth Place: Redwood City, California, USA
Height: 5' 3"
Fresh-faced Linda Cardellini racked up acting credits with parts in film and television before landing a breakthrough role as an honor student in the midst of an identity crisis on NBC's acclaimed high school drama "Freaks and Geeks" (1999-2000) and while the much admired show was short-lived, she parlayed the critical accolades into a thriving career in film and television. The attractive and talented actress came across as strong-willed, smart and sassy on screen, separating her from the sea of homogenized young adult performers inundating film and television in the late 1990s.
Cardellini made her series regular debut on the ABC Saturday morning live-action children's series "Bone Chillers" during the 1996-1997 season, and was additionally featured in 1997 episodes of "Clueless" (UPN), "Step by Step" (CBS), "Pacific Palisades" and "3rd Rock From the Sun" (both NBC). She hit the big screen for the first time with a supporting role in the 1997 comedy "Good Burger" and could next be seen in the college campus dark comedy "Dead Man On Campus", playing the silent girlfriend of a high-strung and violent student (future "Freaks and Geeks" co-star Jason Segel), whose roommates use his often vacant room to house a series of troubled undergraduates in the hopes of landing the 4.0 GPA offered to the suitemates of a suicidal student.
As one of the victims of masochistic internet predator Captain Howdy, Cardellini was featured in the thriller "Dee Snider's Strangeland" (1998) and was a prominent and striking figure on the theatrical poster and video cover, making her face (albeit with sewn together lips) more familiar to the moviegoing public. More TV work followed, including recurring parts on two series during the 1998-99 season: ABC's "Boy Meets World", as the girl who could inadvertently break up uber-couple Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishel); and as a co-worker of one of the "Guys Like Us" (UPN). She took a supporting turn in the latter network's TV-movie drama "Dying to Live", portraying the spunky sidekick of a deceased girl who is exacting justice on her attacker through the help of an angel, before turning in a strong performance in AMC's miniseries "The Lot" (1999), as June, a young starlet in this fictionalized look at small time Hollywood in 1937.
Next up was a regular role on "Freaks and Geeks", where Cardellini served as the bridge between the two titular high school outcast factions as new social dropout (and aspiring 'freak') Lindsay Weir, the academically gifted sister of awkward freshman (and 'geek') Sam Weir (John Daley). Looking to belong somewhere and unsatisfied with her honor student lifestyle, Lindsay takes a walk on the freak side, making friends with intense drummer Bill (Jason Segel) and nihilistic rebel Daniel (James Franco). The series, noted for its realistic portrayal of high school circa 1980, received a great deal of advance buzz, and Cardellini's sympathetic spot on portrayal of a teenager searching for a place to fit in garnered critical praise and raised her profile considerably. She also gained considerable exposure and popularity with her role as Velma in 2002's live-action adaptation of "Scooby-Doo" where Cardellini played alongside teen heavyweights Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Matthew Lillard (the cast returned for the 2004 sequel).
As a result of her rising star, she was cast on the venerable NBC medical drama "ER" in 2003 season, playing nurse and free-spirited single mom Simon Taggart, part of the series' fresh, revitalizing wave of female characters. On the big screen, Cardellini had a supporting role in the oddball "Jiminy Glick in Lalawood" (2005) starring Martin Short as his chubby, doltish entertainment reporter persona, and she was very effective as a small town cocktail waitress who has a heartbreaking romance with the closeted gay ranch hand Ennis (Heath Ledger) in Ang Lee's sensitive drama "Brokeback Mountain" (2005).
Linda Cardellini Filmography
"Comanche Moon" (2006) (mini) TV Series .... Clara Forsythe
"ER" .... Nurse Samantha Taggart (2003-)
Grandma's Boy (2006) .... Samantha
American Gun (2005) .... Mary Ann Wilk
Brokeback Mountain (2005) .... Cassie
- Operation Rich in Spirit (2005) TV Episode (voice) .... Velma
LolliLove (2004) .... Linda
Jiminy Glick in Lalawood (2004) .... Natalie Coolidge
Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004) .... Velma Dinkley
Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004) (VG) (voice) .... Velma
Certainly Not a Fairytale (2003) .... Adelle/Writer
Gladius (2003) (VG) (voice) .... Ursula
"The Twilight Zone"
- The Path (2003) TV Episode .... Allison 'Ally' Warner
Scooby-Doo (2002) .... Velma Dinkley
The Unsaid (2001) .... Shelly Hunter
... aka The Ties That Bind (USA)
Legally Blonde (2001) .... Chutney Windham
"Freaks and Geeks" .... Lindsay Weir
The Prince and the Surfer (1999) .... Melissa
"The Lot" (1999) TV Series .... June Parker
"Boy Meets World" .... Lauren
Dying to Live (1999) (TV) .... Leslie Chambers
"Guys Like Us" (1998) TV Series .... Jude (1998-1999)
"Kenan & Kel"
- Chicago Witch Trials (1998) TV Episode .... Becky
... aka Home of the Brave
- Chasin' the Blues (1998) TV Episode .... Amber
Strangeland (1998) .... Genevieve Gage
... aka Dee Snider's StrangeLand (USA: promotional title)
Dead Man on Campus (1998) .... Kelly
"Step by Step"
- Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (1997) TV Episode .... Casey
- Chick Fight Tonight (1997) TV Episode .... Oddrey
Good Burger (1997) .... Heather
- Sweet Revenge (1997) TV Episode .... Sara
- Desperate Measure (1997) TV Episode .... Sara
"3rd Rock from the Sun"
... aka 3rd Rock (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka Life As We Know It
- Dickmalion (1997) TV Episode .... Lorna
"Bone Chillers" (1996) TV Series .... Sarah
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