Jason David Frank, Legendary Power Rangers and Action Star, Dies at 49

Jason David Frank, legendary star in the long-running Power Rangers and more action franchises, has passed away at the age of 49. While in the second half of his career, Frank was more focused on original efforts like the Legend of the white dragon project, many who became familiar with the star probably recognize more of his work as Tommy Oliver in the massive Power Rangers franchise. Jason David Frank made his first appearance with Power Rangers during the famous “Green With Evil” saga during Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in 1993. This five-episode special introduced kids around the world to the brainwashed evil Tommy Oliver, who not only became an instant fan-favorite villain, but quickly became one of the greatest heroic warriors in the history of the series . Following Oliver’s original stint as the Green Ranger, he would return in various other forms in subsequent seasons.

After unconfirmed reports came out last night, TMZ confirmed this morning that Frank passed away yesterday at the age of 49.

“Please respect the privacy of his family and friends at this terrible time as we process the loss of such a wonderful human being,” a representative for Frank told TMZ. “He loved his family, friends and fans very much. He will be truly missed.”

An on-screen icon to many kids of a certain generation, and an athlete who took on the mixed martial artist world in the years since, Jason David Frank’s impact on the media is one that will be felt for a long time to come.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers co-star Walter Emmanual Jones increased social media this morning to express his grief and disbelief, saying that he “can’t believe it, and “My heart is saddened to have lost another member of our special family.

Blake Foster, who appeared in Power Rangers turbosaid he was also stunned a post That being said “[I] cried all night. Another broken heart. I lost my hero, our leader, my friend and an icon.”

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Jason David Frank 1973-2022

Frank took on the role of the White Ranger with the second and third seasons of Mighty Morphin Power Rangersinto the Red Zeo Ranger Power Ranger Zeoand finally the Red Turbo Ranger in Power Rangers turbofilm and TV series, before retiring from the role. Years later, Frank would famously return to the franchise as not only the Red Zeo Ranger in Power Rangers wild power‘s “Forever Red”, but became the new mentor figure for Power Rangers Dino Thunder in 2004 as the Black Dino Ranger.

Over the next several years, Frank returned to the franchise in many other ways. Frank’s Tommy Oliver served as a legendary Ranger figure for the franchise as a whole across the TV series, video games, comics and more, becoming one of the mainstays fans most associate with the series. Frank fully embraced his role in pop culture and it’s hard to imagine the Power Rangers franchise — which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with new projects — would be as successful as it is today without his help.

In addition to Power Rangers, Frank had a successful career spanning film, TV and mixed martial arts. Ranked in six different types of marriage arts, including an 8th dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, Frank was able to use his real athletic talents both as an athlete and as a performer in stunt and combat-heavy roles.

ComicBook.com offers our deepest condolences, thoughts and more to Jason David Frank’s family, friends and loved ones at this very difficult time.

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