The face of the Power Rangers franchise – Jason David Frank – has died. He was 49 years old.
For thirty years, Jason David Frank has celebrated Power Rangers with fans all over the world. First appearing in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as the evil Green Ranger in 1993, his character “Tommy” would leave and return as the White Ranger, become the Red Ranger in Power Rangers Zeo and Power Rangers Turbo, and star in two feature films (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie). Eleven years after his first appearance, Jason David Frank would return as the Black Ranger in Power Rangers Dino Thunder, giving the Power Rangers television franchise a much-needed boost during it’s second season under Disney Entertainment.
Jason David Frank would return twice more – once in the “Legendary Battle” episode of Power Rangers Super Megaforce, and again for the 25th anniversary episode “Dimensions in Danger” during Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel. He also brought the evil comic book character Lord Drakkon to light in a short trailer for the BOOM! Studios Power Rangers Shattered Grid comic book event during the 25th anniversary.
At every single convention that Jason David Frank attended there would be massive lines to get pictures and autographs with, arguably, the most famous and popular Power Ranger. Jason David Frank would make it a point to stay until the last fan in line got what they got in line for – whether it was an autograph, a picture, or just to say hello.
Jason David Frank had been working on and promoting the upcoming release of his creator-owned character via movie, Legend of the White Dragon, created with popular independent film maker Bat in the Sun (famous for “Super Hero Beat Down” YouTube shorts). The film was set to release online in 2023.
He wasn’t perfect – nobody is – but for an entire generation of kids he was their hero. Our thoughts are with his family & friends in this difficult time.
Rest in Peace, Jason David Frank. 1973-2022