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.