Linda Hunt (74) is probably best known to the younger audience for her role as the wise "Hetty" on NCIS: Los Angeles. But the actress can definitely look back on a successful career in the entertainment industry.

Since 1980, the versatile actress has been wowing movie audiences with her work. In 1984, Linda then won an Academy Award in the category Best Supporting Actress.

Linda Hunt: 1984 Oscar for playing a man

The Australian film drama The Year of Living Dangerously was cast with established film stars such as Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver, but Linda Hunt stole the show! The little lady played the small photographer "Billy Guy".

Linda's portrayal was met with an enormous response, resulting in the fact that she was honoured by taking the golden statue home in 1984. To this day, she is the first and only woman to receive an Oscar for playing a male role. Other awards such as the Golden Globe were later to be found in her trophy cabinet as well.

NCIS: Los Angeles: What is happening with "Hetty"?

More than 30 years after her great success at the Oscars, Linda Hunt is still captivating audiences. By now, her audiences are not only in movie theaters, but also in front of the TV.

Linda has been a part of NCIS: Los Angeles since 2009. But then came the shock in season 10 where "Hetty" is kidnapped. Linda Hunt talked about "Hetty's" disappearance from the series and reassured fans worldwide of her return. She paused only because of an injury. Meanwhile Linda Hunt is back on the show and more details about "Hetty's" background are coming out soon - stay tuned!

The main cast of NCIS, pictured in 2003.

Sasha Alexander was killed after just two seasons....

'NCIS': Why Did "Caitlin Todd" Actually Leave The Show?

Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres

They have been together for more than 15 years!

Meet Ellen DeGeneres' Beautiful Wife Portia de Rossi

Sigrid Valdis and Bob Crane

She was married to 'Hogan's Heroes' star Bob Crane...!

Dale Russell Gudegast: This Is Her Famous Sister Sigrid Valdis