Linda Cardellini

Singer, Actress
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 ... Read more »
Born: 06/25/1975 in Redwood City, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (45)

Daddy's Home 2015 (Movie)

Sara (Actor)

Gravity Falls 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Lost in Austin 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mad Men 2013, 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Welcome to Me 2015 (Movie)

Gina Selway (Actor)

Out There 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Voice

Return 2012 (Movie)

Kelli (Actor)

Kill the Irishman 2011 (Movie)

Joan Madigan (Actor)

Super 2011 (Movie)

Pet Store Employee (Actor)

3rd Rock From the Sun 1996 - 1997, 2004 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boy Meets World 1996 - 1999, 2004 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Clueless 1996 - 1998, 2004 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 2004 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Human Giant 2006 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Step by Step 1996 - 1999, 2004 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Goode Family 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Voice

Comanche Moon 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lazarus Project 2008 (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

American Gun 2006 (Movie)

Maryanne Wilk (Actor)

Grandma's Boy 2006 (Movie)

Samantha (Actor)

Brokeback Mountain 2005 (Movie)

Cassie (Actor)

Jiminy Glick in Lalawood 2005 (Movie)

Natalie Coolidge (Actor)

Lollilove 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 2004 (Movie)

Velma Dinkley (Actor)

The Twilight Zone 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Certainly Not A Fairytale 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Scooby-Doo 2002 (Movie)

Velma (Actor)

Stealing Harvard 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Legally Blonde 2001 (Movie)

Chutney (Actor)

The Lot 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Freaks and Geeks 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Unsaid 2000 (Movie)

Shelly Hunter (Actor)

Guys Like Us 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Man on Campus 1998 (Movie)

Kelly (Actor)

Dee Snider's StrangeLand 1998 (Movie)

Genevieve Gage (Actor)

Bone Chillers 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Good Burger 1997 (Movie)

Heather (Actor)

Pacific Palisades 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The ABC Saturday Morning Preview Party 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Dying to Live (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Lilah-Rose

Daughter
Born Feb. 29, 2012; father, Steve Rodriguez

Wayne Cardellini

Father

Nick Goossen Director

Companion
Began dating in 2006 No longer together

Lorraine Hernan

Mother

Steven Rodriguez

Companion
In October 2011, couple announced they were expecting their first child

Jason Segel Actor

Companion
Met while co-starring on "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC) Together from 2001-06 No longer together

EDUCATION

Saint Francis High School

Mountain View , California 1993

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles , California 2001

Milestones

2011

Starred in indie drama "Return" as a soldier who comes home after finishing tour of duty

2008

Played lovelorn Clara in CBS miniseries "Comanche Moon"

2006

Co-starred in IFC project "American Gun," written and directed by Aric Avelino

2005

Cast opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain"

2005

Starred opposite Martin Short in comedy "Jiminy Glick in La La Wood"

2004

Reprised role of Velma for "Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed"

2003

Joined NBC medical drama "ER" as nurse Samantha Taggart

2002

Portrayed Velma Dinkley in live-action adaption of "Scooby-Doo"

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

1999

Played a young starlet in AMC special "The Lot"

1998

Played a victim in the horror film "Strangeland"

1998

Cast in the college-set comedy "Dead Man on Campus"; played Jason Segel's girlfriend

1998

Appeared on "Boy Meets World" (ABC) in a recurring role

1997

Feature film debut, "Good Burger"

1996

Made debut as a series regular on ABC Saturday morning program "Bone Chillers"

Moved to Los Angeles, CA after high school to pursue acting

Was a contestant on "The Price Is Right" (CBS)

Bonus Trivia

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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." – from the Daily News, Aug. 19, 1999

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