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Also Known As: Clarence Linden Garnett Ashby Iii Died:
Born: May 23, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Atlantic Beach, Florida, USA Profession: actor

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A handsome blond leading man of TV and films, Ashby spent many years making sporadic appearances in films and on TV before clicking with the Hollywood powers thanks to his role as Morgan Earp, the younger brother of the titular "Wyatt Earp" (1994), directed by Lawrence Kasdan and starring Kevin Costner. The Florida native dropped out of college and moved to NYC to pursue acting. After studies at the Neighborhood Playhouse, the young actor got his first break playing the nefarious Curtis Alden on the ABC soap opera "Loving" in its initial two seasons (1983-85). Ashby was fired from the soap for what he claims was his penchant for arguing with the producers and writers about his character. (He later amended his remarks and conceded that he may have brought it on himself by his bad attitude.)Relocating to the West Coast, Ashby made his first foray into Hollywood as a victim of "Werewolf" (Fox, 1987) in the series pilot. Later that same year, he played the adult Lance Reventlow, doomed son of Barbara Hutton (Farrah Fawcett), in the NBC miniseries "Poor Little Rich Girl." But it took several years before he began to land leading roles in telefilms. Ashby was a man about to marry a murderer in "The Perfect...

A handsome blond leading man of TV and films, Ashby spent many years making sporadic appearances in films and on TV before clicking with the Hollywood powers thanks to his role as Morgan Earp, the younger brother of the titular "Wyatt Earp" (1994), directed by Lawrence Kasdan and starring Kevin Costner. The Florida native dropped out of college and moved to NYC to pursue acting. After studies at the Neighborhood Playhouse, the young actor got his first break playing the nefarious Curtis Alden on the ABC soap opera "Loving" in its initial two seasons (1983-85). Ashby was fired from the soap for what he claims was his penchant for arguing with the producers and writers about his character. (He later amended his remarks and conceded that he may have brought it on himself by his bad attitude.)

Relocating to the West Coast, Ashby made his first foray into Hollywood as a victim of "Werewolf" (Fox, 1987) in the series pilot. Later that same year, he played the adult Lance Reventlow, doomed son of Barbara Hutton (Farrah Fawcett), in the NBC miniseries "Poor Little Rich Girl." But it took several years before he began to land leading roles in telefilms. Ashby was a man about to marry a murderer in "The Perfect Bride" (USA Network, 1991) and played Stacy Keach's son, who was involved in a computer chip war, in "New Year" (ABC, 1993). He found the occasional film role, like his supporting turn in "8 Seconds" (1994) and his lead in the surprise hit "Mortal Kombat" (1995), but television has provided more opportunities. Although he portrayed the abusive first husband of Daphne Zuniga's Jo Reynolds on Fox's primetime soap "Melrose Place" in 1992, Ashby did not land a regular role on a primetime series until 1997's short-lived "Spy Game" (ABC). Ironically, he finally found a degree of TV stardom in 1997 when he joined the cast of "Melrose Place" in the regular role of the scheming Dr. Brett Cooper.

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 Hunger (2009)
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 Impact Point (2008)
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 Prom Night (2008)
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 Dead at 17 (2008)
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Raised in Atlantic Beach, FL
1983:
Played Curtis Alden on the ABC soap opera "Loving"; fired in 1985 for having a bad attitude
1987:
Moved to Los Angeles
1987:
Made episodic TV debut in pilot for the Fox drama "Werewolf"
1987:
TV miniseries debut, "Poor Little Rich Girl" (NBC)
1990:
Had early film role in "Night Angel"
1992:
Appeared as the abusive ex-husand of Jo Reynolds (Daphne Zuniga) in several episodes of Fox's "Melrose Place"
1994:
Breakthrough film role as Morgan Earp in Lawrence Kasdan's "Wyatt Earp"
1995:
Had leading role in the feature "Mortal Kombat"
1997:
Starred as Lorne Cash in the short-lived ABC series "Spy Game"
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Appeared on Fox's "Melrose Place" as Dr Brett Cooper
2000:
Starred in the USA sitcom "The War Nest Door"
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Education

Fort Lewis College: Durango , Colorado -
The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -

Notes

On his initial lack of success in Hollywood: "There were some terrible years there for me. I was VERY depressed. And one day I just made this decision: No more lousy roles. I'm going to hold out for things I want to do. It can't be any worse than what I'm doing. It's funny, as soon as I made that decision, great projects started coming my way, and it's been comfortable ever since." --Linden Ashby, SOAP OPERA DIGEST, September 30, 1997

"'Linden always says, 'Why do I get these confident, wise-guy roles?' But's it a part of him." --wife actress Susan Walters to PEOPLE, September 18, 1995

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wife:
Susan Walters. Actor. Married in April 1986; mother of Savannah and Grace; born c. 1964.

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father:
Garnett Ashby. Pharmaceuticals manufacturer.
mother:
Eleanor Ashby. Civic organizer.
daughter:
Grace Ashby. Born c. 1991.
daughter:
Savannah Ashby. Born c. 1993.
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