Linda Hunt real name: What is the NCIS LA Hetty Lange star’s real name?
Linda Hunt is behind the extraordinary Operations Manager Hetty Lange in NCIS Los Angeles.
NCIS Los Angeles has finally returned for season 14 with fans of the franchise patiently waiting for it to start after NCIS and NCIS Hawaii’s latest series premiered last month. Agents Callen (played by Chris O’Donnell), Sam Hanna (LL Cool J), Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah) and the rest of the gang are back to business, investigating head-scratching and dangerous cases to keep the residents of LA safe. One face who has yet to appear in this season on CBS is authority figure Hetty Lange (Linda Hunt).
What is NCIS LA star Linda Hunt’s real name?
NCIS Los Angeles fan-favourite Hetty Lange is not a force to be messed with, keeping the agents in line as well as providing a shoulder to lean on when needed.
She is played by Oscar-winning actress Linda Hunt who has been in the CBS drama from the very beginning.
Before Hunt joined the cast of NCIS LA, she was already a household name, known for starring in The Year of Living Dangerously, Silverado, Kindergarten Cop and She-Devil.
What fans might not know, however, is that Linda Hunt is not the actress’ real name.
Actress Linda Hunt was born on April 2, 1945, in Morristown, New Jersey, as Lydia Susanna Hunter.
Since her career launched in the late 1970s, the 77-year-old has always been known as Linda Hunt as this is her stage name.
Actors often use a different name for work, setting a boundary between their lives in front of the cameras and their time at home.
Little is known about Hunt’s private life as she doesn’t tend to give too much away.
But it is known that she is married to retired therapist Karen Kline, who she has been with for more than four decades.
The couple actually tied the knot in 2008 and now reside in a bungalow in Hollywood with their dogs.
In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Kline joked that it was “Linda’s corduroys” which first caught her attention.
Hunt went on to tease her wife about her age, commenting: “Karen’s six years younger, but I forgive her daily.
“I do, I forgive you for being younger.”
Hunt sadly didn’t feature in most of NCIS LA season 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
For her safety, she remained off-set with minimal storylines involving Hetty but she did return partially for season 13.
There have been concerns by fans that her dwindling scenes could mean Hunt’s slow exit from NCIS LA.
But there is no need to fear in season 14 as it has already been confirmed that she will be making a comeback.
Talking about upcoming plans for this series, executive producer R Scott Gemmill told Variety: “Hetty has been an integral force within the agency and an especially important part of Callen’s past.
“As Callen starts thinking about his upcoming wedding to Anna, he would want Hetty present.
“The plan is to go and rescue her at some point and find out what she’s gotten herself into in Syria, but we’re just trying to figure out when we can pull it off.
“The goal is to make it happen this season.”
NCIS Los Angeles season 14 continues every Sunday on CBS in the USA. A UK release date hasn’t been announced.