Jason David Frank, Green Power Ranger, dead at 49
Jason David Frank, who played Green Ranger Tommy Oliver on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, has died. He was 49. His talent rep, Brian Butler-An, confirmed the news via Instagram.
Jason David Frank was a key attraction to the Power Rangers franchise, debuting on the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series when it premiered in 1993. Frank was one of the most–if not the most–consistent presence throughout the franchise, appearing in 10 series and four movies. Although he primarily portrayed the Green Ranger, he would also later play the White, Black and Red Rangers through various iterations in the Power Rangers franchise, which has run almost consistently since the ’90s, with one as recently as this September.
Power Rangers of course continues to have a major fanbase, which never really gave itself a chance to die down much since 1993. Going back to that time, basically everyone of that age had a favorite Power Ranger and took on that role during recess. And let’s face it, many of us argued over who got to be the Green Ranger.
In addition to his acting career, Jason David Frank was an accomplished martial artist. Frank was an 8th degree black belt and was even inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame. He also had a short MMA career in 2010, with an amateur record of 3-0 and a professional record of 1-0, winning by submission.
Many have begun to send their thoughts on the news of Jason David Frank’s unfortunate death. Friend and trainer Mike Bronzoulis wrote on social media, “Jason was a good friend to me and I will miss him. Love n prayers for his wife Tammy and their kids, I pray that God gets yall through this difficult time.”
Just this month, Diamond Select Toys unveiled a wonderfully detailed bust of the Green Ranger as part of their Legends in 3D line. No doubt pre-order sales will skyrocket after the news of Frank’s death.
RIP to Jason David Frank. Leave your condolences and memories of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers below.