Jason David Frank, ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ Star, Dies at 49
The actor Jason David Frank, who played Tommy Oliver, a.k.a. the Green Ranger, in the “Power Rangers” series, passed away on November 19 in Texas. At 49 years old, he.
Justine Hunt, Frank’s manager, informed the Associated Press that he had passed away. She requested the “privacy of his family and friends during this dreadful time as we come to terms with the loss of such a lovely human being” despite the fact that more information regarding the actor’s passing could not yet be confirmed.
When “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” made its television debut in 1993 on Fox Kids, it excited a young audience with its dynamic cast of kung-fu-savvy vigilantes. The show ran for three years. Since then, the “Power Rangers” franchise has endured across numerous iterations and adaptations, with Frank frequently reprising his role in the show and growing in popularity with the audience.
The Power Rangers’ archenemy Rita Repulsa has the Green Ranger under her control, making him a dangerous foe for the group of heroes. Frank’s character was initially presented as an antagonist in the series. Frank was supposed to make a brief appearance, but because of the character’s popularity with viewers, he ended up being a series regular. The White Ranger is created after Rita releases the Green Ranger from her control, and Frank played the role for the two seasons that followed.
Frank later agreed to play characters in additional “Power Rangers” television series and movies, including a Red Zeo Ranger in “Power Rangers Zeo” and the first-ever Red Turbo Ranger in “Power Rangers Turbo,” though he left the latter project in the middle of the season. The franchise’s cameos in “Power Rangers Wild Force,” “Power Rangers: DinoThunder,” and “Power Rangers Ninja Steel” are some of its other highlights.
Frank was born on September 4 in Covina, California, and his legacy is still present in both the Black Belt Hall of Fame and the World Karate Union Hall of Fame. Frank was an eighth-degree black belt in karate and had experience with a number of other martial arts, including Taekwondo, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai. His acrobatic skills were not the result of movie magic. At the age of four, he began studying karate, and at the age of 12, he was awarded his first black belt.
Frank started opening martial arts schools in 1994. Toso Kune Do, which translates to “Way of the Fighting Fist” and integrates a variety of martial arts techniques, is a novel, self-developed fighting method that Frank taught in these dojos.
Frank met Kyoshi Rick Herbster after “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” was over, and they went on to work together for many years. Together, they established Rising Sun Karate Academy, where Frank spent the rest of his life teaching.
Frank made his mixed martial arts debut in 2010 at the first-ever “Lonestar Beatdown” of the U.S. Amateur Combat Association in Houston, Texas, where he defeated MMA competitor Jonathon “the Mack Truck” Mack in the first round. A year before the match, UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard began to instruct him in mixed martial arts.
Frank most recently had a role in an upcoming movie by filmmaker Aaron Schoenke. The movie, titled “Legend of the White Dragon,” would follow Frank as the title character.
Hunter and Jacob, as well as Skye and Jenna, were Frank’s two sons and two daughters.