The on-screen heroes who became embroiled in tragedy and scandal: As Power Rangers star Jason David Frank dies by suicide at 49, FEMAIL reveals what happened to his co-stars – from facing homophobic abuse on set to run-ins with the law
- Jason David Frank took his own life in Texas over the weekend, four months after his wife filed for divorce
- The actor portrayed the Green – and later the White – Power Rangers on the beloved children’s series, alongside the likes of Amy Jo Johnson and Austin St John
- But what are the cast members doing now? As fans all around the world come to grips with the sudden passing of Frank, FEMAIL has taken a look at what happened to him, and the rest of his co-stars over the years
- Many of the Power Rangers stars have continued to work in the industry, with some even turning their focus behind the camera
- However, others have become embroiled in legal woes after St John was arrested on an alleged charge of fraud in a large federal criminal case
- Here’s everything the cast of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers has been up since the beloved program hit screens for the first time 29 years ago
Fans of the beloved Power Rangers franchise are mourning the tragic death of Jason David Frank – who reportedly took his own life over the weekend at the age of 49.
The actor, who was best known for playing the Green Ranger when the series launched in the 1990s, has received an outpour of love from the franchise’s many fans after the news of his death was confirmed by his manager, Justine Hunt.
‘Please respect the privacy of his family and friends during this horrible time as we come to terms with the loss of such a wonderful human being,’ she told TMZ. ‘He loved his family, friends and fans very much. He will truly be missed.’
But what had he been up since he landed the iconic role nearly three decades ago? In the wake of the heart-breaking loss, FEMAIL has uncovered everything the actor and his castmates have accomplished since the show made them global stars.
Some went on to continue working in the industry – landing a slew of TV show roles and also working behind the camera – while others have found themselves in trouble with the law, or passed away shortly after finding fame.
The original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (L-R) David Yost, Thuy Trang, Jason David Frank, Austin St. John, Amy Jo Johnson, Walter Jones
Green Ranger actor Jason David Frank death was confirmed over the weekend, much to the dismay of his fans across the globe
Co-star Amy Jo Johnson – who originated the Pink Ranger role – was one of thousands who paid tribute on social media as they reminisced on Frank’s part in the iconic franchise
The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series debuted in 1993 on Fox, which helped launch the network’s nascent Fox Kids brand.
The show followed a group of teenagers from the fictional town of Angel Grove, California, who are recruited to save their town from a group of monsters.
The Power Rangers were heavily inspired by a 1970s Japanese TV series called Super Sentai, which producer Haim Saban discovered on a business trip to Japan in the 1980s.
It originally aired on Fox from 1993 to 2001, where the show spawned a number of feature films with the franchise generating a whopping $6 billion in toy sales through 2001.
As Frank sadly passes away, take a look at where the rest of the Power Rangers cast is now – 29 years after it came on air.
Jason David Frank: The actor played Green Ranger, Tommy Oliver
Jason David Frank played the Green Power Ranger in the 1990s. He achieved global fame with his role as Tommy Oliver after becoming an instant fan favorite.
He starred several Power Rangers movies, in which he portrayed Red Ranger, Black Ranger and White Ranger (pictured)
Born in California, Frank achieved fame with his role as Tommy Oliver in the Power Rangers franchise in the 1990s – ultimately appearing in 123 episodes in the series.
He was first introduced as the Green Ranger in Season 1, in which he was positioned as an enemy of the Rangers before harnessing his powers for good. He was initially set for just a 14-episode run, but his character proved to be so popular that the actor was brought back as a full-time Ranger.
When his powers as Green Ranger began to deteriorate, he was turned into White Ranger and went on to become the new leader of the crime and monster-fighting group.
He starred on the children’s show for three seasons, totaling 123 episodes.
He also reprised his role in several Power Rangers movies, in which he portrayed Red Ranger, Black Ranger and Green Ranger again.
Prior to his passing, JDF was dealing with issues on the home front. His wife of nearly two decades, Tammie Frank, with whom he shares an 18-year-old daughter, filed for divorce earlier this year after accusing him of adultery.
Tammie, 57, listed infidelity on her divorce documents filed earlier this year. She also sought their Texas home and car in the split. She listed the date of their separation of July 1 of this year.
Frank (second to left) is pictured in a shot from Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie alongside Nakia Burrise, Catherine Sutherland and Johnny Young
Frank was a black belt in karate, judo and taekwondo and put together an undefeated (4-0) amateur career – before making his professional debut in 2010, which he also won (pictured leading a karate workshop in 2015)
Frank and wife Tammie Frank on Labor Day 2021. Tammie filed for divorce in 2022 after 19 years of marriage to Frank, accusing the actor of infidelity
Frank was reportedly served divorce papers at a Comic Con convention in Texas earlier this year. Tammie was petitioning the court for the majority of the couple’s assets
She added that the marriage was no longer functioning due to discord and conflict between them and said she could no longer live with Jason because of his cruel treatment toward her.
Jason was reportedly served the divorce papers while at a Comic Con event in Texas.
His daughter Jenna Frank, 18, is attempting to follow her father’s footsteps into the entertainment industry
Like Jason, Tammie was trained in martial arts and served as a producer and star of the show My Morphin Life, a reality show that delivered an inside look into the couples’ life together.
Frank was trained in MMA fighting, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Taekwondo and a handful of other martial arts. He fought professionally from 2008-2010.
In Houston, he opened a training studio called Rising Sun Karate, where he taught Toso Kune Do, which translates to Way of the Fighting Fist.
The studio taught a style of martial art created by Frank, who had for years studied various methods of self-defense.
Frank’s final film, Legend of the White Dragon, is due out next year. He revealed earlier this year that he was retiring from the Power Rangers franchise.
As new of his death spread online, actress Amy Jo Johnson posted a heart-warming tribute to Jason David Frank on Sunday afternoon.
Johnson shared a selfie that she and Frank had taken in front of a packed crowd – apparently at a convention of some kind.
She wrote: ‘Jase, you were beautiful and truly unique. My life just won’t be the same without your frenetic, hilarious, caring, driven and creative ball of energy. I will always love you, dear friend. Please Rest now In Peace…’
Actor Walter Jones shared a video of their final embrace and wrote: ‘Can’t believe it was the last time!’
Austin St John: The actor played Red Ranger, Jason Lee Scott
Austin St John played Red Ranger Jason Lee Scott on The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in 1993 and 1994. He often interacts with fans at Comic Con (pictured in Pennsylvania in 2015)
St John left the superhero show midway through the second season after a dispute over his pay (pictured in 1993)
St John, 48, began his Hollywood career in 1993 when he was cast as Jason Lee Scott in the hit TV series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
The 6ft actor – whose birth name is Jason Lawrence Geige – was the original leader of the Power Rangers, despite being the youngest member of the cast when the show debuted.
He put his skills in taekwondo, judo and kenpo to good use in the role, but left midway through the second season after a dispute over his pay.
St John eventually returned to the series as the Gold Ranger in Power Rangers Zeo, while he also had a brief cameo in the second movie, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie
The actor made an appearance in the movie Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel in 2017, and also featured in the TV movie Monsters At Large. St John also starred the 2019 movie, A Walk With Grace, alongside Stephen Baldwin.
He eventually left the entertainment industry to work for the emergency services around Washington, D.C.
Much to the delight of fans, he reembraced the Power Rangers franchise by attending Power Morphicon in 2014.
In the subsequent years, the star would show up for fan events like Comic Con as he met with followers and signed autographs.
Much to the delight of fans, he reembraced the Power Rangers franchise and attended multiple events (pictured in 2017 at the Power Rangers film premiere with Walter Jones, Frank and David Yost)
According to TMZ, St John was arrested and allegedly charged with fraud in a very large federal criminal case in May 2022 (pictured in 2017 in Vancouver)
However, in May 2022, St. John was arrested at his luxury home in Texas. According to TMZ, the actor was handcuffed and arrested after federal agents showed up at his home in the upscale neighborhood of McKinney holding AR-15 guns. It was added that the agents ‘raided’ his residence.
St John was allegedly charged with wire fraud in a very large federal criminal case about COVID relief loans for small businesses, it was claimed, with the actor being accused of scamming the government out of $3.5 million.
U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston and the Department of Justice then announced the arrests of St John and 17 other people for conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a press release.
St John has allegedly been arrested over abusing COVID relief small business loans. If convicted, he could go to prison for a maximum of 20 years.
According to TMZ, the indictment alleges St John was part of a scheme to defraud the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. The program was built to aid small businesses affected by COVID.
The actor allegedly obtained a total of 16 loans which came to the amount of $3.5 million. But he was not the ringleader of the group.
Amy Jo Johnson: The actress played Pink Ranger, Kimberly Hart
Amy Jo Johnson famously played Pink Ranger Kim in the initial run of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (pictured left in 1995 and right in 2019)
Johnson left the role in 1995, but delighted fans when she returned in the role in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (pictured)
Amy Jo Johnson, 52, famously played Pink Ranger Kim in the initial run of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
Her past of her accomplished gymnast meant she was perfectly skilled for the high-action fight scenes.
During Johnson’s time with the franchise, whose productions were non-union and not subject to safety codes standardized in union contracts, she faced multiple instances of danger of physical harm.
Johnson has directed and produced two acclaimed short films. She has also released three studio albums
She was almost set on fire during a stunt for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, and during Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, she was almost electrocuted.
Johnson left the role in 1995, but delighted fans when she returned in the role in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie and the 1997 Power Rangers movie Turbo. She also made a cameo in the 2017 reboot alongside Frank.
In 1997, she starred in NBC’s adaptation of Lois Duncan’s novel Killing Mr. Griffin and played a gymnast with an eating disorder in Perfect Body.
After her time as a Ranger, Johnson also appeared in the Keri Russell-led series, Felicity and guest-starred on shows such as ER, Susie Q, Saved by the Bell: The New Class and Spin City.
The Canadian actress appeared as a lead in Canadian-produced cop show Flashpoint, which ran from 2008 to 2012.
Johnson has directed and produced two acclaimed short films: Bent (2013) and Lines (2014). She then went on to direct the feature films, The Space Between and Tammy’s Always Dying (2018).
The star has also directed television episodes, including installments of The CW’s Superman & Lois.
Johnson also boasts musical talent and has three studio albums under her belt. Back in 2014, she was spotted busking in her Pink Ranger outfit in 2014 – allegedly thanks to a dare from her old castmate Yost.
Thuy Trang: The actress played Yellow Ranger, Trini Kwan
Thuy Trang originated the Yellow Ranger role on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and starred in the series for 80 episodes
She was enrolled to study civil engineering at the University of California but switched to acting after a talent scout spotted her
In 2001, Trang was killed tragically in a car accident at the age of 27 (pictured in 1993 with David Yost and Jason David Frank)
Thuy Trang and her family moved from Vietnam to the U.S. when she was six years old in 1980.
She was enrolled to study civil engineering at the University of California but switched to acting after a talent scout spotted her.
The actress originated the Yellow Ranger role on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and starred in the series for 80 episodes.
Trang eventually left to try and pursue other acting opportunities, landing a cameo role in the Leslie Nielson spy parody, Spy Hard.
She also starred in the villain Kali in The Crow: City of Angels, while she appears in two video documentaries about martial arts.
In 2001, at the age of 27, Trang was killed tragically in a car accident. She was still friends with her former former Power Rangers co-stars who were left heartbroken about the loss. Johnson even spoke at Trang’s intimate memorial service.
The Power Rangers Time Force episode, ‘Circuit Unsure,’ was dedicated to her memory.
Walter Emanuel Jones: The actor played Black Ranger, Zach Taylor
Walter Emmanuel Jones spent a season-and-a-half playing Zack Taylor before finding himself replaced by Johnny Yong Bosch after a contract dispute (pictured right in 2020)
Jones still went on to provide voices for many villains and monsters during his time with the franchise (pictured with the rest of the original cast in 1993)
Like many other former Rangers, Jones spends a lot of time connecting with fans on the convention circuit (pictured in 2014 with David Yost and Steve Cardenas)
Jones, 51, was born and raised in Detroit. At the age of four, he lost his middle finger in his left hand during an accident – which some fans incorrectly thought happened during Power Rangers filming.
He began his career by an uncredited role on Beverly Hills, 90210 before taking on a part in the 1992 Malcolm X movie.
The actor spent a season-and-a-half playing Zack Taylor before finding himself replaced by Johnny Yong Bosch after a contract dispute.
He later returned for Power Rangers Lost Galaxy and Power Rangers Wild Force, but not as Black Ranger Zach Taylor.
Jones still went on to provide voices for many villains and monsters during his time with the franchise.
He went on to land guest roles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, NYPD Blue and The Shield, as well a glamorous cameo as Locker Zombie in the House of the Dead 2 film.
Jones also made a guest appearance in Andy Samberg’s music mockumentary Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.
His voiceover work includes Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and video game Red Dead Redemption.
Like many other former Rangers, Jones spends a lot of time connecting with fans on the convention circuit, and he occasionally releases content independently on his YouTube channel.
David Yost: The actor played Blue Ranger, Billy Cranston
He originated the Blue Ranger role in 1993 and became the Ranger with the most original series appearances under his belt (pictured right in 2017)
It was originally believed that he left the series over a pay dispute, he later revealed that it was due to harassment and bullying about his sexual orientation
David Yost, 53, was born in Iowa and grew up competing in national gymnastics competitions.
He graduated from Graceland University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in communication and dramatic arts.
He originated the Blue Ranger role in 1993 and also went on to star in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers and Power Rangers Zeo.
He even played Warlord Vex in Power Rangers: Rise of the Ninja. In fact, Yost is the Ranger with the most original series appearances under his belt.
It was later confirmed that his character Billy Cranston was named after Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston who had been doing voice work for Power Rangers producer Haim Saban.
Yost had a turbulent time behind the scenes on the show. While it was originally believed that he left the series over a pay dispute, he later revealed that it was due to harassment and bullying about his sexual orientation.
In a 2010 interview, Yost claimed members of the production crew who targeted him over his sexual orientation, often calling him a f****t and and asking other cast members in private about his sexuality.
Yost revealed he stepped away from the series after having thoughts of suicide, instead of continuing to work another six months into the second film.
He stated that the co-workers involved with writing, filming, and producing the show considered him ‘not worthy’ and that he ‘could not be a superhero’ because he was gay.
Even after he left the franchise, Yost continued to struggle and attempted to change his sexual preference with conversion therapy for two years.
‘I just wanted to be an actor, and in the 90s you didn’t admit you were gay, because if you did, you weren’t going to be a working actor per se… It was really important for me to try to protect that as much as possible,’ Yost told NBC Out.
After having a nervous breakdown which resulted in psychiatric hospitalization for five weeks, he moved to Mexico for a year and eventually accepted his sexuality.
He has since become a campaigner for NOH8, which promotes and advocates for LGBTQ+ equality.
Post-Rangers, he appeared in the movie Ladykiller and a handful of made-for-TV films both in front of and behind the camera, including as a producer on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Paul Schrier and Jason Narvy: The actors who played Farkas ‘Bulk’ Bulkmeier and Eugenie ‘Skull’ Skullovitch
Two more Power Rangers favorites were the inept bullies Bulk and Skull, played by Paul Schrier and Jason Narvy (pictured right in November 2022)
Two more Power Rangers favorites were the inept bullies Bulk and Skull, played by Paul Schrier and Jason Narvy.
Schrier, 52, starred in the original series, in the 1995 movie, Power Rangers Zeo, the 1997 Turbo film, Power Rangers Turbo, Power Rangers in Space, Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, and Power Rangers Samurai.
He also played Jack Thomas in Power Rangers HyperForce, while he turned his hand as a director for multiple episodes of various Power Rangers series’.
Schrier is also an artist, having worked on the Image Comics series The Red Star, set around a USSR-like sci-fi empire.
Meanwhile, Narvy also starred alongside his co-star in multiple Power Rangers projects over the years.
The 48-year-old now holds a PhD in theatre, and was a teacher at Concordia University Chicago. He will next be seen starring in Gideon’s Frontier, an Old Testament story updated to 1812, alongside his former MMPR costars Austin St. John and Walter Jones.
Power Rangers was purchased by Disney and controlled by the studio for a number of years, before Haim Saban re-acquired the brand he created in 2010.
Lionsgate released a Power Rangers reboot film in 2017, starring Naomi Scott, Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lun and Becky G, with Elizabeth Banks playing the villainous Rita Repulsa.
The reboot earned $85.3 million domestic and $142.3 million worldwide from a $100 million budget, before Hasbro acquired the brand in 2018.
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