Judith Hoag (/hɡ/; born June 29, 1968) is an American actress. She is best known for playing April O'Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) and Gwen Cromwell Piper in the Disney Channel television film series Halloweentown, from 1998 to 2006.[1]

Judith Hoag
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Hoag at GalaxyCon Raleigh in 2019
Born (1968-06-29) June 29, 1968 (age 53)
Years active1986–present
Vince Grant
(m. 1988; div. 2016)

Phillip Stone
(m. 2021)

Hoag is also known for her recurring roles as Cindy Dutton Price in the HBO drama series Big Love (2006–2011), Tandy Hampton in the ABC musical drama series Nashville (2012–2018), and Stephanie Quinn in the Syfy fantasy drama series The Magicians (2016–2020).


Hoag has acted professionally since 1986. That year, she got one of her first roles as a series regular in the ABC daytime soap opera Loving in the role of Charlotte 'Lotty' Bates Alden.[2] After leaving Loving in 1988, Hoag began her career in primetime television, and in next year won female lead role on CBS comedy series Wolf. The series was canceled after a single season. In 1990 she starred in films A Matter of Degrees and Cadillac Man.

Hoag is most well known for her role as April O'Neil in the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film.[3] The film turned out to be a huge success at the box office, eventually making over $135 million in North America, and over $66 million outside North America, for a worldwide total of over $200 million, making it the ninth highest-grossing film of 1990 worldwide.[4] After Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame, Hoag starred in a number of pilots not picked up as a series, and appeared in several television films, including Fine Things by Danielle Steel, and Switched at Birth opposite Bonnie Bedelia.

Hoag received further recognition as Gwen Cromwell Piper in the Disney Channel Halloweentown franchise, appearing in Halloweentown (1998), Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge (2001), Halloweentown High (2004) and Return to Halloweentown (2006). She also appeared in the films Armageddon (1998), Flying By (2009), I Am Number Four (2011) and Hitchcock (2012).[5]

Hoag has made over 60 guest appearances on television shows, including Quantum Leap, Melrose Place, Roseanne, The Nanny, Murder, She Wrote, The X-Files, Six Feet Under, Ghost Whisperer, NYPD Blue, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, CSI: NY, Criminal Minds, Sons of Anarchy, Castle, The Middle, Grimm and among other notable television series.[2] From 2006 to 2011, Hoag also appeared as Cindy Price on the HBO drama series Big Love.

Hoag at the 2015 Motor City Comic Con

In 2012, Hoag was cast in a recurring role in the ABC drama series Nashville created by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri.[6] She plays the poised and driven Tandy Hampton, daughter and protégé of Lamar Wyatt. She referees sister Rayna (Connie Britton) and Lamar's (Powers Boothe) contentious relationship, trying to calm the waters.[7] She appeared total in 40 episodes, include almost every episode during the first two seasons. Hoag later filmed a cameo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,[8] but the scene with her was cut from the final film.[9] Hoag later went to appear in a recurring role as Olivia Taylor Dudley's character mother in the Syfy fantasy series The Magicians, and played supporting role in the romantic drama film Forever My Girl.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Hoag was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts.[2] As a teen, Hoag attended Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts where she concentrated on acting. In 1988, she married actor Vince Grant.[2] They have two children, a son and a daughter. The couple divorced in 2016.[11] On February 13, 2021, she married Phillip Stone.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
1990 A Matter of Degrees Kate Bum
1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles April O'Neil
1990 Cadillac Man Molly
1997 Here Dies Another Day Charlotte
1998 Armageddon Denise Chappel
1999 Bad City Blues Callilou Carter
2006 Salt Rebecca
2009 Flying By Vicki
2010 A Nightmare On Elm Street Doctor Uncredited
2011 Wish Wizard Mrs. Casey
2011 I Am Number Four Sarah's Mom
2012 Hitchcock Lillian
2013 Bad Words Petal Dubois
2014 Destroyer Debbie Short film
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Rita Cameo; Scenes deleted
2017 Fishbowl Macy
2017 DC Noir Mary Sullivan
2018 Forever My Girl Dr. Whitman
2020 Laugh. Love. Karaoke. Ruby
2021 Finding You Jennifer Sinclair


Year Title Role Notes
1986 American Playhouse Kevin's Friend Episode: "The Little Sister"
1986–1987 Loving Charlotte 'Lotty' Bates Alden Unknown episodes
1988 Spenser: For Hire Eileen Kingsley Episode: "Skeletons in the Closet"
1989 CBS Summer Playhouse N/A Episode: "Elysian Fields"
1989–1990 Wolf Melissa Shaw Elliott 11 episodes
1990 The Young Riders N/A Episode: "The Littlest Cowboy"
1990 The Knife and Gun Club Dr. Annie Falk Television film
1990 Fine Things Molly Television film
1991 Switched at Birth Barbara Mays Television film
1991 Murder in High Places Meg Faithorn Television film
1991 Lenny Megan Episode: "My Boyfriend's Black and There Gonna Be Trouble"
1992 Quantum Leap Julie Miller Episode: "Nowhere to Run - August 10, 1968"
1992 Roseanne Kerry Episode: "Looking for Loans in All the Wrong Places"
1992 Melrose Place Sarah Goldstein 2 episodes
1992 Murder, She Wrote Gretchen Price Episode: "Programmed for Murder"
1993 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Iphigenia Poole Episode: "Socrates' Sister"
1993 Walker, Texas Ranger Lainie Flanders Episode: "Family Matters"
1993 Acting on Impulse Gail Black Television film
1994 Dream On Pamela Episode: "Hey, Nanny Nanny"
1994 The Nanny Katherine Porter / Kathy Marie O'Malley Episode: "Material Fran"
1994 Murder, She Wrote Nancy Godfrey Episode: "To Kill a Legend"
1994 Hardball Barbara Episode: "My Name Is Hard B."
1994 Mad About You Doris Episode: "The Ride Home"
1995 Sweet Justice Cory Shaw Episode: "Baby Mine"
1995 A Mother's Gift Sarah Lutz Television film
1997 The Burning Zone Dr. Meredith Schrager 2 episodes
1997 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction N/A Episode: "From the Agency"
1997 Nash Bridges Dr. Gabrielle Episode: "One Flew Over the Cuda's Nest"
1997 Nothing Sacred Judy 2 episodes
1997 Breast Men Valerie Television film
1998 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Maureen Hunt Episode: "We Are Not Alone"
1998 Soldier of Fortune, Inc. Claire Broderick Episode: "Payback"
1998 Halloweentown Gwen Cromwell Piper Television film
1998–2000 The Pretender Captain Angela Wiley 2 episodes
1999 Strange World Regina Tyler Episode: "Down Came the Rain"
1999 Providence Susan Marcus Episode: "Pig in Providence"
1999 Pig in Providence Tina Hofmeister Episode: "Kiss of Death"
1999 The X-Files Dr. Mindy Rinehart Episode: "Hungry"
2000 Touched by an Angel Janet Episode: "A House Divided"
2001 Judging Amy Bonnie Manning Episode: "Redheaded Stepchild"
2001 Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge Gwen Cromwell Piper Television film
2002 Boston Public Beth Thomas Episode: "Chapter Thirty-Five"
2002 Six Feet Under Dawn Episode: "Out, Out, Brief Candle"
2002 ER Mrs. Brenner Episode: "Next of Kin"
2003 Without a Trace Carol Miller Episode: "Maple Street"
2003 Crossing Jordan Alice Ross Episode: "Conspiracy"
2003 Carnivàle Miss Jolene Episode: "Black Blizzard"
2003 The Guardian Ria Lewicki Episode: "Hazel Park"
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Merill Maguire Episode: "Getting Off"
2004 Century City N/A Episode: "Love and Games"
2004 7th Heaven Mrs. Johnson Episode: "High and Dry"
2004 NYPD Blue Paige Matheson Episode: "I Love My Wives, But Oh You Kid"
2004 Halloweentown High Gwen Cromwell Piper Television film
2005 JAG Mildred Evans Episode: "Fair Winds and Following Seas"
2005 Close to Home Terry the Madam Episode: "Suburban Prostitution"
2006 Commander in Chief Syndi Saltzman Episode: "Wind Beneath My Wing"
2006 Bones Helen Granger Episode: "The Superhero in the Alley"
2006 Still Standing Melanie Goldman Episode: "Still Graduating"
2006 Ghost Whisperer Angela Morrison Episode: "Drowned Lives"
2006 Return to Halloweentown Gwen Cromwell Piper Television film
2006–2011 Big Love Cindy Dutton Price 13 episodes
2007 Grey's Anatomy Rhada Douglas 2 episodes
2007 Notes from the Underbelly Mrs. Cole Episode: "Keeping Up Appearances"
2007 Women's Murder Club Dr. Raine Van Aiken Episode: "Welcome to the Club"
2007 Final Approach Marie Gilford Television film
2008 Swingtown Rita Pierce Episode: "Friends with Benefits"
2008 Sons of Anarchy Karen Oswald Episode: "Fun Town"
2008 The Mentalist Sandra Boatwright Episode: "Red Hair and Silver Tape"
2009 The Forgotten Charlotte Dent Episode: "Diamond Jane"
2010 CSI: NY Mrs. Reynolds Episode: "Criminal Justice"
2010 Private Practice Angie McConnell 3 episodes
2010 Weeds Dana Episode: "Fran Tarkenton"
2011 The Defenders Courtney Noland Episode: "Noland v. Galloway Pharmaceuticals"
2011 Off the Map Margie Packard Episode: "There's a Lot to Miss About the Jungle"
2011 In Plain Sight Sharon Harris Episode: "Meet the Shannons"
2011 Castle Mrs. Hamilton Episode: "Head Case"
2011 Grimm Mrs. Jessup Episode: "Danse Macabre"
2011 The Craigslist Killer Patricia Banks Television film
2012 Criminal Minds Diana Mitchell Episode: "Unknown Subject"
2012 The Middle Mrs. Jennings Episode: "Get Your Business Done"
2012 Happily Divorced Donna Episode: "Swimmers and Losers"
2012 Sexting in Suburbia Patricia Reid Television film
2012–2018 Nashville Tandy Hampton 41 episodes
2016–2020 The Magicians Stephanie Quinn 5 episodes


  1. ^ Halloweentown: An Interview with Judith Hoag Archived 2013-06-15 at the Wayback Machine, oct31st.org dated October 27, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d Judith Hoag Biography (1968-), Film Reference
  3. ^ "Celebrities Archives - Hollywood.com". Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2005)". Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved September 24, 2006.
  5. ^ Judith Hoag Movies & TV, The New York Times
  6. ^ Nashville (2012), TVSeriesFinale (October 7, 2012)
  7. ^ "A conversation with Judith Hoag: Nashville's Tandy Wyatt (Includes interview)". Digitaljournal.com. 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2013-06-29.
  8. ^ Perry, Spencer (May 11, 2015). "New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Set Photos Reveal Surprise Appearance". comingsoon.net. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  9. ^ "The Cool Cameo That Was Cut Out Of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2". 31 May 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Forever My Girl (2018)" – via www.rottentomatoes.com.
  11. ^ "Judith Hoag biography, married, husband, vince grant, net worth". www.odssf.com.
  12. ^ "The Gleeful Elopers!". @judithhoagofficial's Instagram. February 15, 2021. Retrieved April 17, 2021.

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