Who are Joanne Linville's children? Son and daughter follow in footsteps of 'Star Trek' actress

Linville died at 93, survived by her children Christopher and Amy Rydell who she had with actor and director Mark Rydell

                            Who are Joanne Linville's children? Son and daughter follow in footsteps of 'Star Trek' actress
Christopher Rydell (@christopher.rydell/Instagram), Joanne Linville (Netflix) and Amy Rydell (@amyrydell/Instagram)

Joanne Linville, perhaps best known for her work on 'Star Trek: The Original Series', died at 93. Between 1950s and '70s, Linville appeared in numerous TV shows and several feature films, notably the original version of 'A Star Is Born'. She is survived by her two children Christopher and Amy Rydell, whom she had with her ex-husband Mark Rydell. 

Linville is one of the several stars to have died in 2021, leaving behind a huge void in the heart of fans. In mid-June, Lisa Banes succumbed to a traumatic brain injury she suffered after an e-scooter collided with her in New York City. Days earlier, character actor Ned Betty died of natural causes. In May, Charles Grodin lost his battle with bone marrow cancer. Like Linville, Betty and Grodin were well-known for their work in the '60s and '70s, at a time when TVs became the center of the American family home. 


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While Linville will be best remembered for her work on-screen, her personal life is an equally interesting facet of her long life. She was married to Rydell for just over 10 years, from 1962 until their divorce in 1973. Their children have chosen to follow in their parent's footsteps into the world of cinema. Here's everything we know about Linville's children.


Amy Rydell

Born in 1971 in Culver City, Amy is best known for literally following in Linville's footsteps. Linville played the role of a female Romulan commander in the 3rd season of the Star Trek TV show in 1968. Amy reprised that very same role for the 'Star Trek Continues' episodes 'To Boldly Go' parts 1 and 2, which were broadcast in 2013. Amy also played the role of Christine White in 2001's 'James Dean', a film that her mother also starred in and was directed by her father, Mark. 

Apart from acting, Amy is also a voice-over artist. In 2018, she worked with Eytan Ribner on his country album 'I've Got Issues'. In one interview, Amy revealed she has done stuntwork for 'Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle' and 'The Fast and the Furious'. In the early 2000s, Amy decided to make a business out of her love for landscaping. She started Amy Rydell Landscape Design, which focused on high-end residential landscaping. It's unclear if the company is still active, the Facebook page doesn't have any posts after 2015.

She is married to Chris Tuck, who works as a stunt coordinator. Tuck has worked on 'The Fast and the Furious', 'National Treasure' and 'Mission Impossible III' among other films. The couple has two daughters together. 

Amy Rydell with the late Joanne Linville. (@amyrydell/Instagram)

Christopher Rydell

Like his parents and sister, Christopher also became an actor. Born in 1963, he has appeared in several feature films in the '70s, '80s and '90s. He played David Parsons in the 1993 Dario Argento film 'Trauma'. He also appeared in the 1991 musical 'For the Boys', based on the life of singer Dixie Leonard. Christopher also appeared in 'Harry and Walter Go to New York' and 'On Golden Pond', directed by his father.

Over the last decade, he's been actively involved in several projects like 'Nightmare Hostel', the TV series 'Enterprise', and most recently, 'Queen of the Lot'. Little else is known about Christopher. Unlike his sister, he hasn't given many interviews.

Christopher Rydell with his mother Joanne Linville. (@amyrydell/Instagram)