Brian Linden


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 Brian Linden is a New York based actor with a distinctive classical leaning, a love of language, and a fabulous profile. In 30 years onstage, he has performed the classics of Shakespeare, Pirandello, and Melville, contemporary works by David Edgar, Randy Sharp, and Jim Farmer, and performance art pieces created by Liliana Porter and Pablo Helguera. He has been nominated for two New York Innovative Theatre Awards, one for playing a fop from the English Restoration and another for playing a drug dealer from a small town in Wisconsin. Often cast as historical figures, he has portrayed Julius Caesar, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Salvador Dali, and Abraham Lincoln. Though perfectly pleased with his hair, he has worn wigs. 

He grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia, and Lincoln, Nebraska. He speaks without an accent, but roots for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. As a child, he appeared on Romper Room.

He graduated first in his high school class and is believed to have been the last cut from his freshman basketball team. As a senior, he played Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. in
Funny Girl.

He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and finished much nearer the middle of the pack. He appeared in
An Evening of Beckett with Kristin Linklater. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

For twelve years, he lived in Haight Ashbury in San Francisco. He apprenticed at the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, made his professional debut in
Othello, and sprained his ankle playing ultimate frisbee, but did not miss a performance.

For eight years, he shared a studio apartment in Greenwich Village with a rabbit named Andrew who passed away nearly ten years ago. He misses the rabbit but has kept the studio.

He has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Apollo Theater, and the Juilliard School.

A reformed vegetarian, he loves the cheeses of Murray's and grass-fed beef, but he does ponder the ethics of eating animals. In his wilder youth, his taste for the cupcakes of the Magnolia Bakery was unparalleled. Maturing, he avoids cane sugar.

He listens to Tori Amos, Philip Glass, and They Might Be Giants.

He admires David Lynch but cannot make heads or tails of
Inland Empire.

He does not smoke but likes to pretend to onstage.

He practices yoga daily.


He counts himself fortunate to share life with his parents in West Virginia, his sister in Atlanta, and his brother in Cincinnati. He is in a relationship with a trauma resolution therapist in the West Village.

He has been a member of Actors' Equity Association since 2001, the New Jersey Repertory Company since 2007, and the Burning Coal Theatre Company since 2009.

He looks forward to the next Stoppard play, the continuation of the Second Avenue subway, and the American tricentennial.

Photographs (left) by Marc Geller

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