PROFILE
Name:
Cody Linley
Birth Date:
1989/11/20
Birth Place:
Denton, Texas
Height:
5' 8" (1.73 m)
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
His role as Jake Ryan on several episodes of the Disney Channel popular series “Hannah Montana” (2006-2008)
BIOGRAPHY
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Hannah Montana

Background:

Gifted young actor Cody Linley is probably most famous for playing Jake Ryan on several episodes of the Disney Channel popular series “Hannah Montana” (2006-2008), from which he shared a Young Artist nomination, and for being a contestant on the ABC hit show “Dancing with the Stars” (2008), where he finished in fourth place. The Texas native has also acted in several movies such as “My Dog Skip” (2000, earned a Young Artist Award), “Miss Congeniality” (2000), “Cheaper By The Dozen” (2003), “Rebound” (2005) and “Hoot” (2006) and guest starred in the TV series “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “That's So Raven.” He was an online host of the 2008 “The Disney Channel Games.”

Linley was once romantically involved with fellow Disney star Demi Lovato. Although they are no longer together, the two remain good friends. Linley is also the good friend of Juliane Hough, his partner on “Dancing with the Stars,” and close friends with singer/actress Brie Larson.


Ping-Pong Champ

Childhood and Family:

Cody Martin Linley was born on November 20, 1989, in Denton, Texas, to Cathy and Lee Linley. He was raised in Lewisville, a town just outside of Dallas, and attended Degan Elementary School. His parents divorced when he was young. They both remarried, giving Cody and his older brother three step-siblings.

In addition to acting, Cody enjoys sports and music. He is a ping-pong champion and plays Pker. He cites basketball as his favorite sport. Cody, who once trained at the Addison, Texas-based The Septien Entertainment Group, plays both acoustic and electric guitar.

Currently residing in Los Angeles, Cody is a born-again Christian.


Dancing With The Stars

Career:

Son of a locally renowned acting couch who trained upcoming Disney stars like Madison Pettis and Demi Lovato, Cody Linley launched his onscreen career in 1998 with a small role in the made-for-TV film “Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack,” which was directed by David Burton Morris and written by John Miglis. The CBS original movie found the green-eyed actor and his brother Chad playing the same role in different years. Two years later, Linley made the leap to the wide screen when he landed the significant role of Spit McGee on Jay Russell's “My Dog Skip,” which was adapted from a book by Willie Morris. Along with costars like Frankie Muniz, Bradley Coryell, Daylan Honeycutt, and Caitlin Wachs, he shared a 2001 Young Artist award for Best Ensemble in a Feature Film for his work in the family movie.

Also in 2000, the attractive performer, with all-American good looks, had small roles in the drama “Where the Heart Is,” which starred Dylan Bruno, Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd, and the Sandra Bullock successful vehicle “Miss Congeniality,” for director Donald Petrie. He returned to television the following year with a guest spot in the “Walker, Texas Ranger” episode “Desperate Measures,” playing Griffin Pope. He next played Charlie Magnuson in the family film “Beyond the Prairie, Part 2: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder” (CBS, 2002), starring Meredith Monroe and Walton Goggins.

In 2003, Linley costarred with Sasha Neulinger, Jonathan Lipnicki and Eric Stoltz in the independent movie “When Zachary Beaver Came to Town,” based on the Kimberly Willis Holt novel of the same name. He enjoyed a huge success at the box office with the Steve Martin/Bonnie Hunt-led comedy “Cheaper By The Dozen” (also 2003), where he played a Beverly Hills bully named Quinn. The next year, he appeared as Daryl in an episode of Disney's series “That's So Raven.”

Linley portrayed Christopher, a gracious prince-in-hiding, in “Echoes of Innocence” (2005), a romantic thriller directed and written by N. Todd Sims, and Larry Burgess Jr., the son of the Vikings couch, in the basketball movie “Rebound” (2005), directed by Steve Carr and starring Martin Lawrence. He then appeared as wild-natured Mullet Fingers in Wil Shriner's big screen version of Carl Hiaasen's book, “Hoot” (2006).

Cody’s big breakthrough arrived when he was cast in the role of Jake Ryan on the Disney Channel hit series “Hannah Montana,” starring pop princess Miley Cyrus. He played the role in eight episodes during 2006 to 2008 and jointly nabbed a 2008 Young Artist nomination in the category of Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series for his work on the show.

Linley rejoined “Hannah Montana” costar Emily Osment for the straight-to-video release “The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It” (2007). He then lent his voice to the character Joe Hardy on a video game production called “The Hardy Boys: The Hidden Theft” (2008), opposite singer Jesse McCartney, and became an online host of the third installment of “The Disney Channel Games” (2008), a series of competitions that featured the mouse network’s biggest stars. It was also in 2008 that Linley was put back in the limelight as a celebrity contestant on the ABC popular reality series “Dancing With The Stars,” where he was paired with professional dancer/country music singer Julianne Hough. He was eliminated from the show on November 18, 2008.

20-year-old Linley will star opposite Carly Schroeder in the indie thriller “Forget Me Not,” which was directed by Tyler Oliver.


Awards:

  • Young Artist: Best Ensemble in a Feature Film, “My Dog Skip,” 2001

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