UNITED STATES: Jason David Frank, widely popular for portraying the iconic roles of prominent Rangers in Saban’s Power Rangers franchise, died at the age of 49. Sadly, the actor is no longer with us, but he has marked his name with golden words through his phenomenal portrayal of Tommy Oliver.
Jason has been a part of almost everyone’s childhood, especially for the ’90s and early 2000s kids. Whether it’s the iconic Green Ranger from Mighty Morphin or the Black Ranger from Dino Thunder, Jason David Frank has ruled our hearts with his performance and martial arts skills.
Jason David Frank’s record-breaking Power Ranger journey
Jason David Frank gained the spotlight from his debut role in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The series gave birth to one of the legendary TV superhero show franchise and yes! Jason as Tommy Oliver also became a fan favorite of almost every Power Ranger viewer. The actor’s outstanding portrayal of the Green Ranger earned him a spot on the Power Rangers team.
As the show further progressed, viewers witnessed their favourite Green Ranger losing his power, but this was not the end of Jason’s Power Rangers era. It was the beginning of a new leading Ranger who took the next step in the show as the White Ranger.
Jason David Frank’s journey as a Ranger skyrocketed to the next level in Power Rangers Zeo. The actor gained the mantle of Red Ranger for the first time, leading a Ranger team. He yet again stole the show with his red costume consisting of a blazing touch of golden and white shade. The unforgotten, iconic star-shaped helmet landed as the suit’s highlight.
Following Zeo and Mighty Morphin, Jason David Frank later appeared in almost every Power Ranger series, which included Turbo, Wild Force (Cameo Role), and Dino Thunder. Whether it was a cameo or a leading role, the actor has proven his acting and martial arts skills, which have elevated the superhero show.
Rocking the 90s era, Jason took his step in the early 2000s with Power Ranger Dino Thunder. The dinosaur-themed Ranger team this time needed a mentor. Tommy Oliver landed as the iconic teacher who was also a Black Ranger. Tommy’s mastery of Dino Gems and Megazords propelled him to the top of the series’ Rangers.
Following Dino Thunder, Jason later appeared in Super Megaforce and Super Ninja Steel. Power Rangers Megaforce literally made history with an internet-shattering crossover, which was every fan’s dream come true.
The Mega Power Rangers crossover went on to the next level, with Jason once again donning the iconic costume of Green Ranger. Tommy leading the team in the crossover episode still gives goosebumps and a nostalgic feeling.
Besides the TV show, Jason has also ruled the comics. Boom! Studios depicted a what-if storyline for Tommy Oliver. In the alternate timeline, the character gains the mantle of Lord Drakkon, a hybrid of the Green and White Ranger. Jason also played the role of Drakkon in a live-action trailer for Power Rangers Shattered Grid.
Given Jason’s incredible Ranger journey, the actor holds the record for the most Power Rangers series appearances. The actor may have left this world, but his brilliant portrayal of Power Rangers keeps him alive in our hearts.