Judith Hoag

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Judith Hoag
Judith Hoag 2005.jpg
Hoag in 2005.
Born(1968-06-29) June 29, 1968 (age 45)
Newburyport, Massachusetts, United States
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Vince Grant (1988–present;
2 children)
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Judith Hoag
Judith Hoag 2005.jpg
Hoag in 2005.
Born(1968-06-29) June 29, 1968 (age 45)
Newburyport, Massachusetts, United States
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Vince Grant (1988–present;
2 children)

Judith Hoag (born June 29, 1968) is an American actress. She is best known for portraying April O'Neil in the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in 1990, and as Gwen Cromwell Piper in the Disney Channel Halloweentown television films series,.[1] She is also known for her role as Tandy Hampton in the ABC drama series Nashville.


Hoag has acted professionally since 1986. From 1986 to 1987 she was series regular as Charlotte 'Lotty' Bates Alden in the ABC daytime soap opera Loving.[2] 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 single season. In 1990 she starred in films A Matter of Degrees and Cadillac Man, and later was cast as April O'Neil in the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.

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 number of not picked up as a series pilots, and appeared in several television films, including Fine Things by Danielle Steel, and Switched at Birth opposite Bonnie Bedelia.

Hoag starred as Gwen Cromwell Piper in the Disney Channel Halloweentown television films series: 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.

In 2012, Hoag was cast in 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 (Powers Boothe) contentious relationship, trying to calm the waters.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Hoag was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts.[2] As a teen, Hoag attended Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts in Natick, Massachusetts where she concentrated on acting. In 1988, she married to actor Vince Grant.[2]


1986American PlayhouseKevin's FriendEpisode: "The Little Sister"
1986–1987LovingCharlotte 'Lotty' Bates AldenDaytime soap opera
1988Spenser: For HireEileen KingsleyEpisode: "Skeletons in the Closet"
1989CBS Summer PlayhouseEpisode: "Elysian Fields"
1989-1990WolfMelissa Shaw Elliott12 episodes
1990The Young RidersEpisode: "The Littlest Cowboy"
1990A Matter of DegreesKate Blum
1990Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesApril O'Neil
1990Cadillac ManMolly
1990The Knife and Gun ClubDr. Annie Falk
1990Fine ThingsMolly
1991LennyMeganEpisode: "My Boyfriend's Black and There Gonna Be Trouble"
1991Switched at BirthBarbara Mays
1991Murder in High PlacesMeg Faithorn
1992Quantum LeapJulie MillerEpisode: "Nowhere to Run - August 10, 1968"
1992RoseanneKerryEpisode: "Looking for Loans in All the Wrong Places"
1992Melrose PlaceSarah Goldstein2 episodes
1992Murder, She WroteGretchen PriceEpisode: "Programmed for Murder"
1993The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.Iphigenia PooleEpisode: "Socrates' Sister"
1993Acting on ImpulseGail Black
1993Walker, Texas RangerLainie FlandersEpisode: "Family Matters"
1994Dream OnPamelaEpisode: "Hey, Nanny Nanny"
1994The NannyKatherine Porter / Kathy Marie O'MalleyEpisode: "Material Fran"
1994Murder, She WroteNancy GodfreyEpisode: "To Kill a Legend"
1994HardballBarbaraEpisode: "My Name Is Hard B."
1994Mad About YouDorisEpisode: "The Ride Home"
1995Sweet JusticeCory ShawEpisode: "Baby Mine"
1995A Mother's GiftSarah Lutz
1997The Burning ZoneDr. Meredith Schrager2 episodes
1997Beyond Belief: Fact or FictionEpisode: "Candlestick/The Diner/From the Agency/The Magic Rose Garden/The Jeep"
1997Here Dies Another DayCharlotte
1997Breast MenValerie
1997Nash BridgesDr. GabrielleEpisode: "One Flew Over the Cuda's Nest"
1997Nothing SacredJudy2 episodes
1998Pensacola: Wings of GoldMaureen HuntEpisode: "We Are Not Alone"
1998Soldier of Fortune, Inc.Claire BroderickEpisode: "Payback"
1998ArmageddonDenise Chappel
1998HalloweentownGwen Cromwell Piper
1999Strange WorldRegina TylerEpisode: "Down Came the Rain"
1999Bad City BluesCallilou Carter
1999ProvidenceSusan MarcusEpisode: "Pig in Providence"
1999Pig in ProvidenceTina HofmeisterEpisode: "Kiss of Death"
1999The X FilesDr. Mindy RinehartEpisode: "Hungry"
2000Touched by an AngelJanetEpisode: "A House Divided"
1998-2000The PretenderCaptain Angela Wiley2 episodes
2001Judging AmyBonnie ManningEpisode: "Redheaded Stepchild"
2001Halloweentown II: Kalabar's RevengeGwen Cromwell Piper
2002Boston PublicBeth ThomasEpisode: "Chapter Thirty-Five"
2002Six Feet UnderDawnEpisode: "Out, Out, Brief Candle"
2002ERMrs. BrennerEpisode: "Next of Kin"
2003Without a TraceCarol MillerEpisode: "Maple Street"
2003Crossing JordanAlice RossEpisode: "Conspiracy"
2003CarnivàleMiss JoleneEpisode: "Black Blizzard"
2003The GuardianRia LewickiEpisode: "Hazel Park"
2004CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationMerill MaguireEpisode: "Getting Off"
2004Century CityEpisode: "Love and Games"
20047th HeavenMrs. JohnsonEpisode: "High and Dry"
2004NYPD BluePaige MathesonEpisode: "I Love My Wives, But Oh You Kid"
2004Halloweentown HighGwen Cromwell Piper
2005JAGMildred EvansEpisode: "Fair Winds and Following Seas"
2005Close to HomeTerry the MadamEpisode: "Suburban Prostitution"
2006Commander in ChiefSyndi SaltzmanEpisode: "Wind Beneath My Wing"
2006BonesHelen GrangerEpisode: "The Superhero in the Alley"
2006Return to HalloweentownGwen Cromwell Piper
2006Still StandingMelanie GoldmanEpisode: "Still Graduating"
2006Ghost WhispererAngela MorrisonEpisode: "Drowned Lives"
2007Grey's AnatomyRhada Douglas2 episodes
2007Final ApproachMarie Gilford
2007Notes from the UnderbellyMrs. ColeEpisode: "Keeping Up Appearances"
2007Women's Murder ClubDr. Raine Van AikenEpisode: "Welcome to the Club"
2008SwingtownRita PierceEpisode: "Friends with Benefits"
2008Sons of AnarchyKaren OswaldEpisode: "Fun Town"
2008The MentalistSandra BoatwrightEpisode: "Red Hair and Silver Tape"
2009The ForgottenCharlotte DentEpisode: "Diamond Jane"
2009Flying ByVicki
2010CSI: NYMrs. ReynoldsEpisode: "Criminal Justice"
2010Private PracticeAngie McConnell3 episodes
2010A Nightmare On Elm StreetDoctorUncredited
2010WeedsDanaEpisode: "Fran Tarkenton"
2006-2011Big LoveCindy Dutton Price13 episodes
2011The DefendersCourtney NolandEpisode: "Noland v. Galloway Pharmaceuticals"
2011Off the MapMargie PackardEpisode: "There's a Lot to Miss About the Jungle"
2011In Plain SightSharon HarrisEpisode: "Meet the Shannons"
2011The Craigslist KillerPatricia Banks
2011Wish WizardMrs. Casey
2011I Am Number FourSarah's Mom
2011CastleMrs. HamiltonEpisode: "Head Case"
2011GrimmMrs. JessupEpisode: "Danse Macabre"
2012Criminal MindsDiana MitchellEpisode: "Unknown Subject"
2012The MiddleMrs. JenningsEpisode: "Get Your Business Done"
2012Sexting in SuburbiaPatricia Reid
2012Happily DivorcedDonnaEpisode: "Swimmers and Losers "
2012–presentNashvilleTandy HamptonRecurring Role
2013Bad WordsPetal Dubois


  1. ^ Halloweentown: An Interview with Judith Hoag, oct31st.org dated October 27, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d Judith Hoag Biography (1968-), Film Reference
  3. ^ Judith Hoag - Biography, Hollywood.com
  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. 

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