Judith Hoag may be most well known for playing April O'Neil in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie in 1990, but the adventurous actress wracked up long list of appearances in countless other projects both before and after that role, pursuing her interest in performing, rather than in fame. Hoag was raised in Massachusetts, where she got involved in local and school theater when she was just 13. By the time she was out of high school, she was ready to move to New York and start her career. She began playing guest roles on TV shows and in commercials, and this would prove to be the kind of work that would sustain her career for years to come. In addition to her memorable role in the Ninja Turtles movie, Hoag would go on to appear in one or two episodes of Roseanne, Murder, She Wrote, Mad About You, Melrose Place, The X-Files, ER, Carnivàle, Big Love, and many, many more. In addition to her many TV appearances, Hoag continued to act in commercials, selling everything from restaurants to copy machines.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- Started acting on stage in a small theater in her hometown Newburyport, Massachusetts when she was 13.Portrayed reporter April O'Neil in 1990's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and attended the same school as Paige Turco, who took over the role in the sequels.Played Gwen Piper in Disney Channel's Halloweentown film series from 1998's Halloweentown to 2006's Return to Halloweentown.