See the Cast of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Then and Now
In 1990, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles went from animated to live-action with their first feature film. ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ follows a quartet of mutated vigilante turtles as they try to help save New York City from a gang known as the Foot Clan, led by the evil Shredder. The film spawned two sequels, and a new live-action film is on the way from producer Michael Bay.
Twenty-three years after the Ninja Turtles first graced the big screen, we take a look at the cast of the film and see what they’re up to now.
Brian Tochi, Leonardo
Then: Brian Tochi provided the voice of Leonardo, the Ninja Turtle with the blue mask. Stuntman David Forman was the man in the suit. Tochi was previously known for playing Takashi in the ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ series of films.
Now: Tochi does a lot of voice acting these days, lending his talents to the animated series ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender,’ and the video games Jumper and The Darkness II.
Robbie Rist, Michaelangelo
Then: Robbie Rist voiced Michaelangelo, the more rowdy dude of the bunch. As a child, Rist played Cousin Oliver in the final six episodes of ‘The Brady Bunch.’
Now: Rist voices Stuffy on the animated series ‘Doc McStuffins’ and recently appeared as Robbie the Bus Driver in the Syfy movie ‘Sharknado.’
Corey Feldman, Donatello
Then: Corey Feldman, star of ‘The Lost Boys’ and ‘Dream a Little Dream,’ played Donatello.
Now: Feldman appeared in two direct-to-video ‘Lost Boys’ sequels: ‘The Tribe’ and ‘The Thirst.’ He has been featured on several celebrity reality shows, including ‘Dancing on Ice’ and ‘The Two Coreys’ (with former childhood BFF and frequent co-star Corey Haim). Feldman is preparing to release his fifth album.
Josh Pais, Raphael
Then: As Raphael, Josh Pais was the only actor in the film to provide the voice and wear the costume of his Ninja Turtle character.
Now: Pais has a recurring role on the Showtime series ‘Ray Donovan,’ and has appeared in the films ‘Touchy Feely’ and ‘Arbitrage.’ He plays Fred in the upcoming movie ‘Are We Officially Dating?’
Judith Hoag, April O’Neil
Then: Judith Hoag played reporter April O’Neil, who is saved by the Ninja Turtles and becomes their ally.
Now: Hoag had a recurring role on the HBO series ‘Big Love’ and currently stars in the ABC drama ‘Nashville.’ She has also appeared on the shows ‘Castle, ‘Grimm’ and ‘Criminal Minds,’ and in the films ‘I Am Number Four’ and ‘Hitchcock.’
Elias Koteas, Casey Jones
Then: Elias Koteas played Casey Jones, a hockey mask-wearing friend of the Turtles who helps them out against the Foot Clan.
Now: Koteas had a recurring role on the third season of ‘The Killing,’ and appeared in the recent films ‘Let Me In,’ ‘Shutter Island’ and ‘Now You See Me.’
James Saito, Shredder
Then: James Saito played Shredder, the villainous and mysterious leader of the Foot Clan.
Now: Saito has appeared on the shows ‘As the World Turns’ and ‘Eli Stone,’ and in the films ‘I Think I Love My Wife’ and ‘Pearl Harbor.’
Sam Rockwell, Head Thug
Then: One of Sam Rockwell’s earliest roles was a bit part in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ as the leader of a group of thugs.
Now: Rockwell starred in the recent films ‘The Way, Way Back’ and ‘Seven Psychopaths.’ He can be seen next in the films ‘A Single Shot,’ ‘A Case of You’ and ‘Better Living Through Chemistry.’