See the Cast of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Then and Now
The Michael Bay reboot of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ — which is rumored to just be called ‘Ninja Turtles,’ since the turtles will be neither teenagers nor mutants — should come out sometime in 2014.
Fans don’t seem particularly happy that the explosion-happy director is taking over the franchise, fearing he will stray from the established story line and make the turtles more about “kaboom” than “cowabunga.”
But no matter what Bay does, there will still always be the original ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,’ a 1990 live-action adaptation of the underground comic book that also spawned a hit animated series. See what April O’Neil, Casey Jones and the rest of the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ gang is up to these days below.
Judith Hoag, April O’Neil
Then: Hoag was intrepid news reporter April O’Neil in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.’ It was the first high-profile role for the Massachusetts-born actress, who went on to star as Gwen Cromwell Piper in the Disney channels ‘Halloweentown’ series of TV movies.
Now: Hoag is currently a series regular on ‘Nashville.’ She also recently played a small role in the Anthony Hopkins-led biopic ‘Hitchcock.’
Elias Koteas, Casey Jones
Then: In ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Koteas plays masked vigilante Casey Jones, who comes to the aid of the Turtles. Known mostly in Canada at the time, Koteas had previously starred in ‘Tucker: The Man and His Dreams.’
Now: Koteas is best known these days for character turns in films like ‘Crash’ (the movie about car crash sex, not the racial tension Oscar-winner) and ‘The Thin Red Line.’ His last two high-profile movie roles were in ‘Dream House’ and ‘Shutter Island.’ In 2013, he will play a supporting role in ‘Devil’s Knot.’
James Saito, Shredder
Then: Saito was the body and masked face of the evil Shredder, while David McCharen supplied his gruff voice. A seasoned TV and stage vet, Saito had roles in everything from ‘M*A*S*H’ to ‘Charles in Charge’ prior to strapping on the Shredder armor.
Now: TV viewers may know Saito as Dr. Frank Chen on the short-lived ABC series ‘Eli Stone.’ He can currently be seen in ‘Life of Pi,’ and recently turned up on ’30 Rock’ and ‘Person of Interest.’
Sam Rockwell, Head Thug
Then: Sam Rockwell played the head teenage thug recruited by the evil Shredder. It was the third movie role for the idiosyncratic actor, following ‘Clownhouse’ and ‘Last Exit to Brooklyn.’
Now: Rockwell has made a name for himself in indie films, but also brings his quirky persona to mainstream fare like ‘Iron Man 2.’ He stole scenes in 2012’s ‘Seven Psychopaths’ and will be the star of the upcoming films ‘A Single Shot’ and ’Trust Me.’
Brian Tochi, Leonardo
Then: Brian Tochi voiced group leader Leonardo in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.’ An actor since age 10, Tochi was best known for playing Takashi in the ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ franchise and portraying officer Tomoko Nogata in the later (more excellent, some might say) ‘Police Academy’ films.
Now: Since TMNT, Tochi has worked primarily as a voice actor. His last project was for the video game ’The Darkness II.’
Robbie Rist, Michelangelo
Then: Rist provided the voice of pizza-scarfing, surfer bro turtle Michelangelo. Rist will always be known for his notorious — and notoriously short lived — role as Cousin Oliver on the last season of ‘The Brady Bunch.’
Now: Rist voices the character Stuffy on the Disney Channel animated show ‘Doc McStuffins.’ He is also a multi-instrumentalist who has performed with many Los Angeles-area rock bands.
Corey Feldman, Donatello
Then: You probably remember that Corey Feldman was the voice of Donatello, the smartest of the Turtles. Feldman had been a bit of a phenomenon in the ’80s, starring in movies like ’The Goonies,’ ’Stand By Me,’ ’The Lost Boys’ and ’License To Drive,’ often with his late-BFF Corey Haim.
Now: Feldman is still busy acting. However most of his recent films — such as ‘Operation Belvis Bash’ and ‘6 Degrees of Hell’ — have come and gone without a lot of fanfare. He has said he hopes to be a part of the Michael Bay ‘TMNT’ reboot
Josh Pais, Raphael
Then: In ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,’ Josh Pais was the voice of hotheaded Raphael. Unlike the other voice actors who gave sound to Turtles, Pais donned a costume and also played the physical role on-camera.
Now: Pais is a regular presence on TV on shows like ‘Michael and Michael Have Issues’ and a recent episode of ‘Psych.’ In 2013, he will play supporting roles in the movies ‘Syrup’ and ‘Touchy Feely.’
Kevin Clash, Splinter
Then: Kevin Clash was the voice of mutated rat sensei Splinter. Clash was already a well-established voice actor at that point, most famously as the falsetto voice of Sesame Street character Elmo.
Now: 2012 was a tough year for Clash, as allegations of improper sexual conduct with underage teen boys forced him to resign from Sesame Street.
Michael Turney, Danny Pennington
Then: You may remember Turney as Danny Pennington, a youngster who joined up with Shredder and The Foot. His only movie role after that was a small one in the little seen 1997 thriller ‘The Cost of Living.’
Now: Turney has retired from show business, but was recently a producer for a geek radio show called “The Action Room.” No word on whether he still enjoys blasting music from his headphones and hanging out with the Foot Clan.