Power Rangers actor Jason David Frank died on Saturday, November 19, 2022. His cause of death is not yet available. He was 49 years old.
In a statement, Frank’s representative Justine Hunt said, “Please respect the privacy of his family and friends during this horrible time as we come to terms with the loss of such a wonderful human being. He loved his family, friends, and fans very much. He will be truly missed.”
Frank was best known for playing Green Ranger Tommy Oliver in the Power Rangers TV and film franchise. He joined the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in 1993 part way through the first season, and what was initially meant to be a limited arc turned into a lifelong career. He played the Green Ranger (and the White Ranger and the Red Ranger) through 123 episodes of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, followed by many appearances in later series and movies.
He was born on September 4, 1973, in Covina, CA, and had his first acting role in an episode of V.R. Troopers. Frank’s other Power Rangers starring roles were in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie, Power Rangers Zeo, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, Power Rangers Turbo, and Power Rangers DinoRider, as well as many guest appearances on later series. His most recent appearances were in a 2018 episode of Power Rangers Ninja Steel and voicing Tommy in the Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid video game.
Frank’s other acting credits include Family Matters, Sweet Valley High, Fall Guy: The John Stewart Story, The Dragon Warrior, Transformers: Titans Return, he played Bloodshot in the Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe limited series, and had completed filming Underdogs Rising.
Outside of acting, Frank was an accomplished mixed martial artist who combined established fighting styles to create his own blend of American Karate called Toso Kune Do. He fought in a few MMA bouts for companies like SuckerPunch Entertainment.
Frank was a regular on the convention circuit meeting legions of Power Rangers fans.
Many Power Rangers actors shared their thoughts after Frank’s passing. Amy Jo Johnson, who played Pink Ranger Kimberly Hart, wrote on Facebook, “Jase, you were beautiful and truly unique. My life just won’t be the same without your frenetic, hilarious, caring, driven and creative ball of energy. I will always love you, dear friend. Please Rest now In Peace…”