Jason David Frank, an actor and martial artist finest recognized for his recurring function because the Inexperienced (and later White) Ranger in Mighty Morphin Energy Rangers, has died. He was 49.
Frank’s supervisor Justine Hunt mentioned in a press release:
Please respect the privateness of his household and buddies throughout this horrible time as we come to phrases with the lack of such an exquisite human being. He cherished his household, buddies and followers very a lot. He’ll actually be missed.
Hunt didn’t disclose the date of Frank’s passing. His former co-star Walter E Jones, who performed the unique Black Ranger, mentioned on Instagram “Can’t imagine it…. RIP Jason David Frank🙏🏾. My coronary heart is gloomy to have misplaced one other member of our particular household”. His “one other member” line is referencing the demise of the Yellow Ranger, Thuy Trang, who died in 2001 in a automotive accident.
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Frank’s function as Tommy Oliver, aka the Inexperienced Ranger, was initially on account of solely run for 14 episodes within the unique collection. He proved so common, nevertheless, that he would later return as White Ranger, then once more a number of occasions all through the subsequent twenty years, showing most not too long ago within the 2018 Energy Rangers Tremendous Ninja Metal collection and making a cameo within the ill-fated 2017 Hollywood adaptation.
He additionally reprised his roles as Inexperienced, White and Black Dino Ranger for plenty of Energy Rangers video video games, from the unique 1995 film sport for the SNES and Genesis to 2019’s Energy Rangers: Battle for the Grid.
Along with his work on Energy Rangers, Frank—who divorced from his second spouse earlier this 12 months—was additionally a talented martial artist, who was succesful in all the pieces from Taekwondo to Judo to Aikido to Muay Thai. Whereas this helped land him his function on Energy Rangers, it additionally led to a brief profession as a blended martial arts fighter, the place he received a quantity of fights in 2010.
Frank is survived by his 4 youngsters.