Jason David Frank is a man known in the acting world as the Green Ranger and as Fearless Frank in the kickboxing world. Kids from the 1990s who were captivated by the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series would definitely remember Frank who was everyone’s favourite, first as the Green Ranger and then later the White Ranger. The actor, martial artist and professional mixed martial arts fighter discovered his strength quite early in life and has so embodied the series which eventually spawned into a live-action franchise. Here are surprising facts you didn’t know about the man behind the green mask.
Jason David Frank, better known as the Green/White Ranger, was born in Covina, California on September 4, 1973. He is the son of Ray and Janice Frank. Jason is of mixed heritage as his mother was of Polish-Greek descent. Jason’s martial arts interest was evident at quite a young age and so, he was promptly enrolled for training at the Red Dragon Karate School at just age four. He later attended Bonita High School.
Over the years, Jason David Frank has explored many careers which include actor, karate instructor, and mixed martial artist. However, he is renowned as Tommy Oliver on the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a role which he played for six consecutive seasons (1993-1997) and in its first feature film. He was first cast as Tommy Oliver in the year 1993 and reprised the role severally in the franchise which includes Power Rangers Zeo, Power Rangers Turbo, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, Power Rangers Wild Force, Power Rangers Dino Thunder, Power Rangers Super Megaforce, as well as its theatrical reboot in 2017. As Tommy Oliver, Frank was first the famous villainous Green Ranger and then the heroic White Ranger.
Besides the spawning Power Rangers franchise which has continued to this day, Frank has also featured in other series such as Sweet Valley High and Family Matters which were both done in the year 1996. The next year, he also featured in the series Undressed. More recently in 2017, Jason was part of the Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe series, The Transformers: Titans Return series, as well as the Power Rangers movie.
As an accomplished martial artist, Frank has featured in both professional and amateur MMA fights. With a vast knowledge and experience in the several martial arts techniques, he is uniquely known for his signature American Karate called the ‘Toso Kune Do’.
He debuted his MMA career with the United States Amateur Combat Association in January 2009 and went pro in August the following year. A known pro wrestling fan, Frank has appeared in over 200 episodes of the WWE show.
More recently, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers star seems to have found a new calling as a sports entertainer. Given that Jason David Frank is an accomplished MMA fighter, martial artist and no stranger to fighting in a ring, his plans to make a pro wrestling debut in 2019 shouldn’t be alarming.
While Frank will not be the first actor to try his hands at pro wrestling, he will definitely be the first member of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers cast to leap over to the sport.
Jason David Frank suffered a difficult loss in the year 2001 following the death of his older brother Erik Ray Frank. Erik who also played David Truehart in Power Rangers Zeo died aged just 29. While there are few reports that Jason’s brother’s death was due to heart problems, others say he died from an unspecified illness.
Jason David Frank’s Wife, Kids
The man behind the green mask has been married twice. His first attempt at marriage was with Shawna whom he married in May 1994. Jason and his first wife had three kids together – Jacob born in 1993, Hunter born two years later and the last child, Skye born in 1998. However, in April 2001 they ended the marriage and went their separate ways.
Frank soon found love again in the arms of fellow martial artist Tammie. The couple who got married in the year 2003 has a daughter Jenna Rae who was born two years later.
The man behind the green mask is an actor, martial artist and professional mixed martial arts fighter. For Jason David Frank who began his acting career from his teens, he has come a long way and can safely be described as an embodiment of the Power Rangers live-action franchise. He is currently enjoying a net worth that is estimated at $1.5 million.