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Power Rangers legend, Jason David Frank, died but left a legacy

Leri Koen

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The world, especially fans of the Power Rangers franchise, has lost a legend, Jason David Frank. All 90s kids remember huddling around the television to watch an episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and enacting the story on the playground. There would be frequent arguments over who got to be a certain color of these liable heroes. 

We’ve lost one of the original heroes, Jason David Frank, as he passed away on November 19th at the age of 49. Jason David Frank was best known for portraying the role of Tommy Oliver, or the Green Power Ranger, in the first series of the franchise.

Power Rangers legend, Jason David Frank, died but left a legacy

The powerful Green Ranger, Jason David Frank

Originally, he was only set to appear for 14 episodes but was brought back because the character was so popular. His return came in two-part episodes, seventeen and eighteen, when he returned as the White Ranger. This was also one of the most famous episodes in the entire franchise’s history.

The Green Ranger had a rather tumultuous story, as he was the new kid in school and therefore didn’t have strong ties with the rest of the group. This made him susceptible to Rita Repulsa’s mind control. Once he was able to break free, he turned into the White Ranger and became the leader of the group of heroes. 

Jason David Frank’s character was so popular, in fact, that he made numerous appearances in other Power Ranger seasons, including Wild Force, Turbo, Zeo, Dino Thunder, Megaforce and HyperForce.

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This was just the start of an era that launched Power Rangers much further than just a single series that debuted in August 1993. The first series has been followed by many more and even three feature-length movies. In all, there are 26 different Power Ranger series. These included the following:

  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993)
  • Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers (1996)
  • Power Ranger Zeo (1996)
  • Power Rangers Turbo (1997)
  • Power Rangers in Space (1998)
  • Power Rangers Lost Galaxy (1999)
  • Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (2000)
  • Power Rangers Time Force (2001)
  • Power Rangers Wild Force (2002)
  • Power Rangers Ninja Storm (2003)
  • Power Rangers Dino Thunder (2004)
  • Power Rangers SPD (2005)
  • Power Rangers Mystic Force (2006)
  • Power Rangers Operation Overdrive (2007)
  • Power Rangers Jungle Fury (2008)
  • Power Rangers RPM (2009)
  • Power Rangers Samurai (2011)
  • Power Rangers Super Samurai (2012)
  • Power Rangers Megaforce (2013)
  • Power Rangers Super Megaforce (2014)
  • Power Rangers Dino Charge (2015)
  • Power Rangers Dino Super Charge (2016)
  • Power Rangers Ninja Steel (2017)
  • Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel (2018)
  • Power Rangers Beast Morphers (2019)
  • Power Rangers Dino Fury (2021)

The Power Rangers became so popular that an exclusive line of action figures was released alongside other Power Ranger toys from Bandai. In 1994 Power Rangers action figures were the most popular Christmas toys, bypassing other 90s favorites like Furbies, Tamagotchi and Polly Pockets. By 2001 the media franchise had already generated $6 billion in toy sales. 

The popularity of the franchise has even catapulted the prices of certain rare action figures within the line. While kids could get one of the toys for about $10 back in 1993, they’ve become somewhat of a collector’s item, with certain ones selling for hundreds of dollars. The Green/White Morpher morphing belt, made popular by Jason Davide Frank’s portrayal of Tommy Oliver, is currently the third most valuable Power Rangers toy and can cost you anywhere up to $450. The Power Rangers toy franchise is still going strong. Although we’re seeing much less of the basic figurine sets as the MegaZords are where it’s all at. 

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They also didn’t just stop at toys. The franchise also released an extensive range of Power Ranger video games. The Power Rangers video game franchise consists of approximately 40 different games. These games were spread across multiple platforms, from the original Game Boy to the modern PC, PlayStation, and Xbox. Even mobile games are available for die-hard Power Ranger fans to enjoy these games on the go. 

There are also board games and collectible card games available within the Power Rangers franchise. These include Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid, released in 2019 and the Power Rangers: Deck Building Game, released in 2021.

Aside from the extensive range of series, movies and video games – there’s even more. The franchise also released several series of comics over the years. These comics are a spin-off of the television series and act as a way for fans of the franchise to get even more information on these unlikely heroes. In 2015, Boom! Studios won the comic book rights to Power Rangers and started by releasing comics based on the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, of which Jason David Frank was a part; however, these stories took place in a modern setting. 

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With a franchise as powerful and long-lasting as this one, it’s sad to see one of the original cast members pass on. During filming of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Jason David Frank did all his own stunts. He continued this tradition in all his future appearances on other Power Ranger episodes. Between 2008 – 2010, Jason David Frank became an MMA fighter since he knew martial arts. No one could’ve pulled off the Green/White Ranger as well as Jason David Frank. This legend specialized in various forms of martial arts and even created his own style known as Toso Kune Do. Jason David Frank, as the legend he was, was also inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame in 2003. 

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Our thoughts are with his friends, family and his four children after this sudden passing. At the moment, no further details have been released surrounding his death. Regardless, the world mourns the death of this legend – for bringing Power Rangers alive and for so much more.

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