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      Linda Cardellini

      Linda Cardellini

      Highest Rated: 88% Brokeback Mountain (2005)

      Lowest Rated: 6% Strangeland (1998)

      Birthday: Jun 25, 1975

      Birthplace: Redwood City, California, USA

      After gaining fame as "mathlete" turned rebel on the critical and cult favorite television series "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC, 1999-2000), actress Linda Cardellini moved successfully into more mature and dramatic roles, playing soulful and independent women on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009), "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015) and "Mad Men" (AMC, 2007-2015) and in features like "Brokeback Mountain" (2005) and "Green Book" (2018). Born Linda Edna Cardellini on June 25, 1975 in Redwood City, California, she was the youngest of four children by businessman Wayne Cardellini and his wife, Lorraine. She gained her first exposure to performing at the age of 10 when she was given a singing role in a school play, and was soon a regular in school and community theater productions. After graduating from St. Francis High School in Mountain View, California in 1993, Cardellini moved to Los Angeles, where she landed her first television role as a series regular on ABC's "Bone Chillers" (1996), a children's series about supernatural goings-on at a high school. Guest roles on primetime series like "Third Rock from the Sun" (NBC, 1996-2001) and occasional appearances in features like "Good Burger" (1997) led to recurring turns on "Guys Like Us" (UPN, 1998-1999) and "Boy Meets World" (ABC, 1993-2000) as a ski instructor who came between Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel's Topanga. But her true breakout came as Lindsay Weir, a suburban teenager whose soul-searching brings her in contact with a group of school outcasts in Judd Apatow's Emmy-winning "Freaks and Geeks." Though a consistent underdog in the ratings, the critical acclaim afforded to "Freaks" propelled its talented young cast, which included Seth Rogen, James Franco and Jason Segel, to greater fame; for Cardellini, that translated into a successful run as a character player in features, including back-to-back appearances as brainy Velma Dinkley in a live-action take on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon "Scooby-Doo" (2002) and "Scooby-Doo: Monsters Unleashed" (2004). She also joined fellow former teen favorites Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway in Ang Lee's Oscar-winning "Brokeback Mountain," for which she played a waitress who indulges in a brief fling with Ledger. Between these efforts, Cardellini also began a six-year run on "ER" as no-nonsense nurse and single mother Samantha Taggart, whose story arcs included a romance with doctors Goran Visnjic and John Stamos, a kidnapping (and her murder of the kidnapper) and the death of her estranged mother. When "ER" ran its course in 2009, Cardellini worked steadily in independent features, including a critically praised turn as a veteran in "Return" (2011), but could be heard more frequently than seen thanks to a string of voice-over roles for animated projects like Mike Judge's "The Goode Family" (ABC, 2009), "Gravity Falls" (Disney Television, 2012-2016), Cartoon Network's "Regular Show" (2010-17) and "Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated" (Cartoon Network, 2010-13). But after several years of peripheral work, viewers earned a potent reminder of Cardellini's acting talent on "Mad Men," for which she played a lovelorn Catholic housewife who enters into a torrid relationship with Don Draper (Jon Hamm). For her performance, Cardellini received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series; the critical acclaim also led to more high-profile acting projects, including series regular work as an attorney caught up in family skullduggery on "Bloodlines" (Netflix, 2015-17) and a supporting turn as Laura Barton the wife of arrow-toting superhero Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Cardellini also showed her comic chops as Will Ferrell's wife in "Daddy's Home" (2015) and its 2017 sequel, and held her own opposite Michael Keaton in "The Founder" (2016) and Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in the Oscar-winning "Green Book." The following year proved to be one of Cardellini's busiest to date, with a starring role in the James Wan-produced supernatural thriller "The Curse of La Llorona" (2019), a reprise of Laura Barton in "Avengers: Endgame" (2019) and a starring role opposite Christina Applegate in the Netflix dark comedy "Dead to Me" (2019).

      Highest rated movies

      Brokeback Mountain poster Brokeback Mountain A Simple Favor poster A Simple Favor Return poster
      The Founder poster The Founder Green Book poster Green Book Welcome to Me poster
      Welcome to Me
      Legally Blonde poster Legally Blonde Kill the Irishman poster
      Kill the Irishman




      40% 24% Capone Mae Capone (Character) - 2020
      28% 35% The Curse of La Llorona Anna Tate-Garcia (Character) $54.7M 2019
      77% 91% Green Book Dolores (Character) $85.1M 2018
      37% 68% Hunter Killer Jayne Norquist (Character) $15.7M 2018
      84% 73% A Simple Favor Diana Hyland (Character) $53.5M 2018
      21% 51% Daddy's Home 2 Sara (Character) $104.0M 2017
      21% 77% Austin Found Leanne (Character) - 2017
      81% 82% The Founder Joan Smith (Character) $12.8M 2016
      30% 49% Daddy's Home Sarah (Character) $150.3M 2015
      72% 46% Welcome to Me Gina Selway (Character) $625.7K 2014
      83% 43% Return Kelli (Character) - 2011
      80% 62% All-Star Superman Nasthalthia Luthor (Voice) - 2011
      62% 67% Kill the Irishman Joan Madigan (Character) $1.2M 2011
      60% 45% The Lazarus Project Julie Ingram (Character) - 2008
      15% 85% Grandma's Boy Samantha (Character) $6.1M 2006
      39% 43% American Gun Mary-Anne (Character) $24.0K 2005
      88% 82% Brokeback Mountain Cassie (Character) $83.0M 2005
      No Score Yet 52% Lollilove Linda (Character) - 2004
      23% 33% Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Natalie Coolidge (Character) $25.7K 2004
      22% 40% Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Thelma (Character) $84.2M 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Certainly Not a Fairytale Adelle / Writer (Character) - 2003
      32% 39% Scooby-Doo Velma Dinkley (Character) $153.3M 2002
      No Score Yet 72% The Unsaid Shelly Hunter (Character) - 2001
      71% 72% Legally Blonde Chutney (Character) $96.5M 2001
      No Score Yet 36% The Prince and the Surfer Melissa (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dying to Live Leslie Dugger (Character) - 1999
      15% 55% Dead Man on Campus Kelly (Character) $15.1M 1998
      6% 63% Strangeland Genevieve Gage (Character) $631.2K 1998
      33% 63% Good Burger Cardellini (Character) $23.7M 1997


      No Score Yet 54% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 24% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2016 2018-2019 2022
      87% 84% Dead to Me Judy (Character) 2019-2020 2022
      No Score Yet 45% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2022
      69% 50% Muppets Now Unknown (Guest Star),
      No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2020
      No Score Yet 59% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2015 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 50% Busy Tonight Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2016-2017
      62% 74% Bloodline Meg Rayburn (Character) 2015-2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sanjay and Craig Megan Sparkles (Voice) 2013-2016
      100% 96% Gravity Falls Wendy (Voice) 2012-2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2015
      94% 96% Mad Men Sylvia Rosen (Guest Star) 2013 2015
      95% 84% New Girl Abby Day (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gravity Falls: Mabel's Guide to Life Wendy (Voice) 2014
      No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2013
      No Score Yet 98% Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Marcy "Hot Dog Water" Fleach/Dark Lilith (Guest Voice) 2011-2013
      No Score Yet 92% Robot Chicken Unknown (Guest Voice) 2005 2008 2012
      92% 77% Person of Interest Dr. Megan Tillman (Guest Star) 2011
      39% No Score Yet The Goode Family Unknown (Voice) 2009
      No Score Yet 84% ER Nurse Samantha Taggart (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Comanche Moon Unknown (Character) 2008
      50% 75% The Twilight Zone Unknown (Character) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lot Unknown (Character) 1999 2001
      100% 96% Freaks and Geeks Lindsay Weir (Character) 1999-2000
      No Score Yet 90% Boy Meets World Lauren (Guest Star) 1998-1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Guys Like Us Unknown (Guest Star) 1998-1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Clueless Unknown (Guest Star) 1997