Jean Paige Turco (born May 17, 1965) is an American actress, best known for her role as April O'Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. Other notable roles include Melanie Cortlandt on the ABC soap opera All My Children, Terri Lowell in the CBS series The Agency, and appearances in American Gothic, NYPD Blue, Party of Five and Person of Interest. From 2014 to 2019 she starred as Abigail Griffin in the post-apocalyptic drama series, The 100.
Jean Paige Turco
May 17, 1965
(m. 2003; div. 2017)
Turco was born to Joyce Jean (Jodoin) and David Vincent Turco, in Boston, Massachusetts. At one year old her mother moved them to Springfield, Massachusetts where she was raised, after the death of her father. She is of Italian, French and English descent. She took ballet lessons as a little girl and planned to become a classical ballerina. She attended the Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts, and performed as a soloist at the New England Dance Conservatory, the Amherst Ballet Theatre Company, and the Western Massachusetts Ballet Company. An ankle injury ended the possibility of professional ballet. She remarked later, "I couldn't even go to the ballet anymore. It was too painful." Turco graduated from Bay Path College in Longmeadow, Massachusetts (1987) and majored in drama at the University of Connecticut.
Turco made her television acting debut in 1987, on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light as Dinah Marler, and appeared on the soap opera All My Children as Melanie Cortlandt. She replaced Judith Hoag in the role of April O'Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) and later in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993). She then starred in a number of small films and returned to TV with a role in the short-lived 1994 NBC primetime soap, Winnetka Road, opposite Catherine Hicks. The following season, Turco starred in another short-lived series, CBS's American Gothic. She later had recurring roles in NYPD Blue as Officer Abby Sullivan and on Party of Five as Annie Mott, a single mother who is also a recovering alcoholic.
Turco starred in the CBS drama series The Agency as graphic artist Terri Lowell, from 2001 to 2003. She had a recurring role in the third season of Rescue Me as science teacher Mrs. Nell Turbody, and in 2007 was a regular cast member in the ABC series Big Shots, portraying Lisbeth, the ex-wife of Dylan McDermott's character, Duncan Collinsworth, a cosmetics company CEO. Turco also appeared in the 2006 film Invincible, playing Carol Vermeil, the wife of Dick Vermeil, and also costarred in the Walt Disney picture The Game Plan (2007). She appeared in multiple episodes of Damages, and guest-starred on The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She also appeared in a recurring role on Person of Interest as Zoe Morgan.
Turco is Roman Catholic. She married Irish actor Jason O'Mara in 2003 and they have one child together, David (born in February 2004; named in honor of her father, who died when she was an infant). On June 19, 2017, the couple announced that they had separated on May 1, 2017, and that Turco had now filed for divorce. She also sought sole legal custody of their son David and spousal support.
|1991||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze||April O'Neil|
|1993||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III||April O'Neil|
|1995||The Feminine Touch||Jennifer Barron||Direct-to-video|
|1995||The Pompatus of Love||Gina|
|1999||Claire Makes It Big||Bronwyn||Short film|
|2000||R2PC: Road to Park City||Herself|
|2006||Waltzing Anna||Barbara Rhoades|
|2007||The Game Plan||Karen Kelly|
|2009||The Stepfather||Jackie Kerns|
|2010||The Secrets of the Mountain||Dana James|
|1987–1989||Guiding Light||Dinah Chamberlain||18 episodes|
|1989–1991||All My Children||Melanie 'Lanie' Cortlandt Rampal||16 episodes|
|1994||Winnetka Road||Terry Mears||6 episodes|
|1995–1996||American Gothic||Gail Emory||19 episodes|
|1996–1997||NYPD Blue||Officer Abby Sullivan||10 episodes|
|1997–1998||Party of Five||Annie Mott||18 episodes|
|2000||Runaway Virus||Jenny Blanchard||Television film|
|2000||The Fugitive||Laura Chereaux||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2001||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Pam Adler||Episode: "Ridicule"|
|2001–2003||The Agency||Terri Lowell||44 episodes|
|2006||Women in Law||Carolyn Fordham||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2006||Rescue Me||Nell Turbody||4 episodes|
|2007–2008||Big Shots||Lisbeth Hill||11 episodes|
|2009||Taking Chance||Stacey Strobl||Television film|
|2009||Life on Mars||Colleen McManus||Episode: "All the Young Dudes"|
|2009||Damages||Christine Purcell||6 episodes|
|2010||Secrets of the Mountain||Dana James||Television film|
|2010||The Good Wife||Caroline Wilder||Episode: "Unplugged"|
|2011||Blue Bloods||Detective Ryan||Episode: "My Funny Valentine"|
|2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Kathleen Raines||Episode: "Blood Brothers"|
|2011–2016||Person of Interest||Zoe Morgan||9 episodes|
|2014–2019||The 100||Dr. Abigail Griffin||Main role; 62 episodes|
|2019||Simone Lightbourne VII||2 episodes|
|2014||NCIS||Linda Pride||Episode: "Crescent City"|
|2014||NCIS: New Orleans||Linda Pride||2 episodes|
|2018||Separated at Birth||Elizabeth Marshall||Television film|
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