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Who Was Jason David Frank? A Look Back At The Former Green Power Ranger's Career

TheThings 12/13/2022 Abigail Thomas
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Jason David Frank was a very famous actor in the world of Power Rangers. He was one of the original members of the superhero squad in the hit family television show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The show ran from 1993 until 1996. Even after the show’s end, Frank continued to be a part of the Power Rangers universe. He returned for many television shows, video games, and films to contribute his voice or make a cameo. This includes the 2017 film Power Rangers, which attempted to reboot the franchise on the big screen.

Jason David Frank died on November 19th, 2022. His death was confirmed by his manager, and later confirmed as a suicide by his widow, Tammie Frank. Frank is lived on by his four children, three of whom were from a previous marriage. Here is a look back on the life and career of actor Jason David Frank.

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Who Was Jason David Frank?

Jason David Frank was an actor and mixed martial artist best known for his portrayal of the Green Power Ranger in the hit 1990s television show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The actor also holds a Guinness World Record. Frank was first married to Shawna Frank in 1994, but they got a divorce in 2001. Together they had two sons, Jacob and Hunter, and a daughter named Skye.

Frank then married Tammie Frank in 2003 and together had a daughter, Jenna Frank. Tammie Frank filed for divorce from her husband in 2017, but the couple had since began working through their issues and reconciling.

How Did Jason David Frank Pass Away?

Jason David Frank sadly died on November 19th, 2022. His manager confirmed the actor’s death. Since then, Frank’s wife Tammie has certified that Frank’s death was a suicide. “The truth is, I had no idea that Jason was thinking of ending things,” she told People. “Yes, he had struggled with mental health issues and depression before, but I could never predict what would happen that night.”

“It was meant to be a fun weekend getaway, and instead, I lost the love of my life,” Tammie Frank continued about the unfortunate passing of her husband. “I loved my husband, and we were trying to work through our problems. His death comes as much a shock to me as anyone else.”

Which Power Ranger Was Jason David Frank?

Jason David Frank is best known for his work in the Power Rangers universe. He was one of the original cast members of the franchise in the 1990s. He played Tommy Oliver, also known as the Green Ranger in the hit family show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers first premiered in 1993, and it had some shocking scandals. Frank stared in 123 episodes before the show ended in 1996. His role in the original source material established him as an iconic figure for Power Ranger fans.

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Jason David Frank’s Career As A Power Ranger

Though Mighty Morphin Power Rangers ended in 1996, Jason David Frank’s career as the Green Ranger and in the Power Ranger universe was far from over. He starred in many Mighty Morphin Power Ranger specials and shorts and continued to appear in Power Rangers content.

Immediately following the cancellation of the first show, Frank starred in Power Rangers Zeo for 50 episodes. He also appeared in the film Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie and voiced a character in the 2004 video game Power Rangers: Dino Thunder. He had a cameo role in the 2017 Power Rangers film, which was a failed reboot of the franchise on the big screen. Frank also appeared in the show Super Power Beat Down as a cameo in 2020.

Jason David Frank Was A Black Belt In Karate

While continuing to act in the Power Rangers universe, Jason David Frank found joy in a very different profession. He fell in love with mixed martial arts, specifically karate, judo, and Taekwondo. Frank became a black belt in karate and had an undefeated amateur career.

Frank made his professional debut in mixed martial arts in 2010, which he also won. His goal was “to go out there and do my best, and prove that I’m a real fighter.” When speaking of what he wanted his career in mixed martial arts to look like, Frank said, “I’m not looking for any titles specifically. Ultimately, I want to give my fans something to watch and be proud of.”

Jason David Frank Loved Cars

One of Jason David Frank’s biggest passions in life was cars and motorcycles. The actor, like many other high-profile celebrities, had a huge car collection. Frank loved to showcase his collection on his social media.

The actor particularly loved his Harley Davidson motorcycle, which appeared on his Instagram numerous times. Frank also had a red Mercedes-AMG GT S and a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. Fans assume that Frank had many other cars that he kept private.

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Jason David Frank Retired From Power Rangers

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Jason David Frank had been acting in the Power Rangers universe since 1993. The vast majority of his acting jobs have been dedicated to the children’s brand, but earlier this year Frank revealed that it was time for him to hang up the Green Ranger armor for good.

“Right now I need to move on to The Legend of the White Dragon,” Frank said in an interview. The film is an upcoming project set to release in 2023. “I’ve done enough for the Power Rangers brand.” Fans were saddened to hear that the iconic figure of Frank would no longer appear in productions.

Jason David Frank’s Final Movie In 2023

Jason David Frank’s final project is set to debut in 2023. The film is called The Legend of the White Dragon. The film stars many former Power Rangers actors and has the theme of a mature Power Rangers film, but it is not a Power Rangers movie.

The film started out on Kickstarter to get funds, with the plan of it only being a miniseries. The response online was so great that the story transformed into a feature film. The film will also feature Frank’s daughter, Jenna Frank, who hopes to play the Green Ranger in the future to honor her father.

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