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Also Known As: Linda Edna Cardellini Died:
Born: June 25, 1975 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Redwood City, California, USA Profession: actress, singer

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Equally adept in comedy or drama, Linda Cardellini was universally hailed as a major talent but struggled to find projects worthy of her potential. After a string of television guest spots, she registered on the big screen with a small role in the kids' comedy "Good Burger" (1997) and a larger role in the horror flick "Strangeland" (1998). Cardellini's breakthrough came as Lindsay Weir on the beloved Judd Apatow-produced dramedy series "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC, 1999-2000). Despite rave reviews, the program was quickly canceled, but enjoyed an amazing cult following and group of alums, including James Franco, Busy Philipps, Seth Rogen and Cardellini's boyfriend-at-the-time, Jason Segel. The actress rode the wave of adulation to a memorable cameo in "Legally Blonde" (2001) and then breathed marvelously comic life into classic cartoon Velma in the hit "Scooby-Doo" (2002) and its 2004 sequel. In 2003, she joined "ER" (NBC, 1994-2010) as the fearless Nurse Samantha Taggart and won praise for a brief role in "Brokeback Mountain" (2005). Although she proved her comedic fearlessness with fun work in "Grandma's Boy" (2006) and on "Robot Chicken" (Adult Swim, 2005- ), Cardellini did not receive the career...

Equally adept in comedy or drama, Linda Cardellini was universally hailed as a major talent but struggled to find projects worthy of her potential. After a string of television guest spots, she registered on the big screen with a small role in the kids' comedy "Good Burger" (1997) and a larger role in the horror flick "Strangeland" (1998). Cardellini's breakthrough came as Lindsay Weir on the beloved Judd Apatow-produced dramedy series "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC, 1999-2000). Despite rave reviews, the program was quickly canceled, but enjoyed an amazing cult following and group of alums, including James Franco, Busy Philipps, Seth Rogen and Cardellini's boyfriend-at-the-time, Jason Segel. The actress rode the wave of adulation to a memorable cameo in "Legally Blonde" (2001) and then breathed marvelously comic life into classic cartoon Velma in the hit "Scooby-Doo" (2002) and its 2004 sequel. In 2003, she joined "ER" (NBC, 1994-2010) as the fearless Nurse Samantha Taggart and won praise for a brief role in "Brokeback Mountain" (2005). Although she proved her comedic fearlessness with fun work in "Grandma's Boy" (2006) and on "Robot Chicken" (Adult Swim, 2005- ), Cardellini did not receive the career boosts Judd Apatow bestowed on Franco, Rogen and Segel through his comedy films. Despite this fact, Cardellini's impressive reviews for her work in the drama "Return" (2012), finally acknowledged her as a gifted actress and a uniquely intelligent, quirky presence onscreen.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Lost in Austin (2015)
2.
 Super (2011)
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 Lollilove (2006)
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 Grandma's Boy (2006)
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 American Gun (2005)
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 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004) Velma Dinkley
9.
 Stealing Harvard (2002)
10.
 Scooby-Doo (2002) Velma
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Moved to Los Angeles, CA after high school to pursue acting
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Was a contestant on "The Price Is Right" (CBS)
1996:
Made debut as a series regular on ABC Saturday morning program "Bone Chillers"
1997:
Feature film debut, "Good Burger"
1998:
Cast in the college-set comedy "Dead Man on Campus"; played Jason Segel's girlfriend
1998:
Played a victim in the horror film "Strangeland"
1998:
Appeared on "Boy Meets World" (ABC) in a recurring role
1999:
Played a young starlet in AMC special "The Lot"
1999:
Cast as honor student Lindsay Weir on NBC comedy-drama series "Freaks and Geeks," directed by Judd Apatow; co-starred with James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel
2002:
Portrayed Velma Dinkley in live-action adaption of "Scooby-Doo"
2003:
Joined NBC medical drama "ER" as nurse Samantha Taggart
2004:
Reprised role of Velma for "Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed"
2005:
Starred opposite Martin Short in comedy "Jiminy Glick in La La Wood"
2005:
Cast opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain"
2006:
Co-starred in IFC project "American Gun," written and directed by Aric Avelino
2008:
Played lovelorn Clara in CBS miniseries "Comanche Moon"
2011:
Starred in indie drama "Return" as a soldier who comes home after finishing tour of duty
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Education

Saint Francis High School: Mountain View , California - 1993
Loyola Marymount University: Los Angeles , California - 2001

Notes

"I think everyone feels lost at times during their high school years. But what I love about Lindsay is that she is basically a girl trying to find her way in the world. She keeps a lot of her feelings inside, which can be painful, but she tries so hard to help people. She is one of those kids who wants to be accepted for who they are, but isn't sure how to do that--which is what I think makes her so endearing" --Cardellini, quoted in NBC press material, talking about Lindsay Weir, her character on the series "Freaks and Geeks"

Cardellini on deciding to pursue film and television roles in Los Angeles instead of stage work in New York: "I had the desire to go to Los Angeles, and it's paid off for me. I can't complain." --quoted in DAILY NEWS, August 19, 1999

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companion:
Jason Segal. Actor. Born 1980; dating as of March 2001; was her co-star on "Freaks and Geeks".

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