"Mighty Morphin Power Rangers": Original actors, the characters they portrayed, and their post ranger lives.

The original six Power Rangers.

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"Mighty Morphin Power Rangers".

"IT'S MORPHIN TIME!". If you came up during the late 80's or early 90's, you've most likely heard thit quote before. "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" was an extremely popular live action teenage television series that ran from 1993-1995. This particular series was the foundation for the Power Rangers franchise, and has spawned 19 total seasons and two theatrical movies. Some of us can probably recall waking up early on Saturday mornings to watch Power Rangers. I know that it was something that me and my younger cousin used to do weekly. Although the series had a number of different actors to replaced some of the original cast members, most people remember the original six rangers. They included: Jason, Zack, Kimberly, Billy, Trini, and Tommy. This article is going to discuss the actors who played these characters, and give updates on where they are today. I hope you enjoy.

Austin St. John in 2007.

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Austin St. John.

Austin St. John played the role of Jason Lee Scott on the series. He was the leader of the team, and the first to ever portray the red ranger in the Power Rangers franchise. St. John ended up leaving the series halfway through the second season of the show. His departure was due to a contract and pay dispute issue. He would later return to the franchise as the Gold Power Ranger in "Power Rangers: Zeo". He would also go on to guest star in the second Power Ranger movie titled, "Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie". St. John's last appearance on the franchise was in 2002 when he guest appeared with previous red rangers in "Power Rangers Wild Force". He would appear in the episode "Forever Red" to mark the tenth anniversary of the series. St. John has obviously put on a considerable amount of weight since he first appeared in the series. He has also been involved in a feud with fellow Power Ranger co-star Jason David Frank. Austin St. John is currently an EMT and firefighter in Washington D.C.

Walter Jones in 2009.

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Walter Emanuel Jones.

Walter Emanuel Jones played the character of Zack Taylor on MMPR. Zack was the Black Power Ranger, and the second in command on the team. He was shown to be the more hip character on the show, and had a love and passion for dancing. Walter Jones was written off of the show mid-way through the second season. His departure from the show was for the same reason Austin St. John left; disagreements over fees and wages. Although Jones left the show apparently on bad terms, that didn't stop him from doing voice work in later seasons of the franchise. Jones formed a close friendship with Austin St. John during the show, and the two were reunited to co-host a special pilot episode of Power Rangers titled, "The Lost Episode". Following his stint on Power Rangers, Jones appeared in various movies, commercials, and television shows. He has also done voice work on video games as well.

Amy Jo Johnson on the show "Flashpoint"

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Amy Jo Johnson.

Amy Jo Johnson played the role of Kimberly Ann Hart on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Kimberly was the Pink Power Ranger, and was shown to be a capable gymnast. She often used her gymnast abilities to her advantage during combat. Amy Jo Johnson played the role of Kimberly for the first three seasons of the show. She also starred in the two Power Ranger feature films. Johnson has had the most success compared her original Power Ranger co-stars from an acting standpoint. She has appeared in various television series including: "Flash Point", "Felicity", "Wildfire", and "The Division". She has also starred in several television movies, and has released several solo albums as a singer. Amy Jo Johnson is currently married, and gave birth to her first child in 2008.

Thuy Trang.

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Thuy Trang.

Thuy Trang portrayed the character of Trini Kwan on "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers". Trini was the first to portray the Yellow Power Ranger on the series.The character of Trini was originally played by another actress. This was shown in the unaired pilot episode called "The Lost Episode". However, once the show was picked up for television, two new pilots were filmed, and Trang received the role. Trang left the show along with Austin St. John, and Walter Jones during the second season. All three became good friends on the show, and all left the show for contract and financial reasons. Following Power Rangers, Trang appeared in the movie "The Crow: City of Angels" in 1996. She played a villain named Kali in the film. Unfortunately, Thuy Trang died in a car accident at the age of 27 in 2001 near San Fransico, California. All of her Power Ranger co-stars except Jason David Frank attended her funeral. Frank lost his brother around the time that Trang passed away.

David Yost.

David Yost attending co-star's Thuy Trangs funeral.
David Yost attending co-star's Thuy Trangs funeral. | Source

David Yost.

David Yost played the Blue Power Ranger, Billy Cranston on the show. Billy was the only original Power Ranger(before Jason David Frank came) to remain on the show for the entire three seasons of "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers". Billy was the brains of the group, and often helped the Power Ranger's leader, Zordon in creating gadgets to help out the team. Yost left the Power Rangers franchise towards the end of "Power Rangers: Zeo". Initially it was believed that Yost left the series due to financial reasons. However, Yost reaveled in 2010 that he left the show due to continued harassment by the show's production crew. Following his involvement with Power Rangers, Yost would come out and annouce that he was gay. He also claimed that much of the harassment he received from the staff on Power Rangers was due to his sexual orientation. Following his coming out to the world, Yost battled depression, and was hospitalized for several weeks. He has now accepted his sexuality. Yost has been in several films, and has also served as a producer for several TV series. Yost will appear at the 2012 Power Morphicon with his fellow co-stars.

Jason David Frank.

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Jason David Frank.

Jason David Frank played the character of Tommy Oliver. Tommy Oliver was first introduced as the new student at Angel Grove High School. This is the school the other rangers were attending as well. He was chosen by the Power Rangers nemesis, Rita Repulsa to become her evil Green Power Ranger. Rita's spell is eventually broken, and Tommy joins with the other rangers to become the sixth member of the team. Frank also became the White Power Ranger later on in the series. Jason David Frank has appeared in many versions of the Power Rangers franchise. He is a starring character in "MMPR", "Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers", "Power Rangers: Zeo", and "Power Rangers: Turbo". He also returned as a Power Ranger veteran in "Power Rangers: Dino Thunder". He has also made guest appearances in the episode "Forever Red" on "Power Rangers: Wild Force", and the episode "Wormhole" in "Power Rangers: S.P.D". In his recent years, has also been involved in a feud with fellow Power Ranger co-star Austin St. John. The reason for the bitterness is unknown, but Frank has challenged St. John to a MMA fight. Frank is an accomplished martial artist, and has recently been involved with mixed martial arts. His current professional record is 1-0.

Conclusion.

I hope this was a fairly enjoyable article to read. Besides bringing some people back to their childhoods, I wasn't looking to accomplish much with this article. Power Rangers was a cheesy show back when it first aired. However, being that most of us were kids when it aired, we honestly didn't know the difference back then. We just know that we loved seeing these colorful characters battle fake monsters. I hope that Thuy Trang's soul rests in peace, and I wish all of these actors the best in whatever lies ahead of them. As Zordon used to say on the show, "Good luck, and may the power protect you all". Thanks for reading.

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austin_St._John

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Emanuel_Jones

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Jo_Johnson

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuy_Trang

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Oliver

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mighty_Morphin_Power_Rangers

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Yost

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_David_Frank

http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f61/jason-david-frank-challenges-austin-st-john-mma-fight-986490/

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Comments 22 comments

WhydThatHappen 4 years ago

Ha! When I was a kid nobody would admit they had a crush on the pink ranger, I remember hearing that half of the power rangers were money-grubbing jerks, and it makes sense that the green ranger would become the MMA guy. Funny, up, and shared.


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writeyourwrongs 4 years ago from Sheffield

Certainly brings back memories. Wasn't one of the power rangers investigated for assisting a murder?

*Edit* No wait, it was one of the extras. My bad.


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

I love watching this... long, long time ago!hahaha!

Voted up and shared.


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LisaMarie724 4 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

Interesting read, I remember this show from when I was a kid.


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CCahill 4 years ago from England

I defo had a crush on the pink power ranger ha

A power ranger in the MMA!? now my favorite fighter\!


Jhudah 4 years ago

i love power rangers and their robot assistant who always says ayayayay hahaha!


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hey there Jhudah! You are referring to Alpha 5. He was the assistant. He was pretty cool huh lol? Thanks for taking out the time to read. I appreciate it a lot. Best wishes!


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hello CCahill. Yea I think every young man(myself included) had a thing for the pink ranger. She was definitely good looking. Yea Jason David Frank is doing MMA. I guess he put all of that martial arts experience that he has to work. Thanks for viewing and commenting. I appreciate it a lot. Good wishes to you.


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hey there LisaMarie724! Yea it's one of those shows that is hard to forget about if you were a kid growing up during the time it was on. Thanks for viewing and leaving your valued feedback. Best wishes!


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hey there Rizza! Yea this show came out almost twenty years ago, so it's definitely been a long time since we watched it as kids. Thanks for checking it out, and sharing it. I appreciate it a lot my friend :)


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hey there writeyourwrongs. Thanks for viewing. It definitely brings back some of those childhood memories huh? You are correct, one of the extras was involved in a murder. I forgot his name, but I recall reading about it again a few days ago. Anyway, thanks for viewing and commenting. I appreciate it greatly :)


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hey there WhydThatHappen. That's kinda strange that nobody would admit that they had a crush on her, because almost everyone I knew wasn't afraid to admit it lol. It's not surprising that some of them became money hungry since the show became more popular than originally expected. I guess the success went to some of their heads. Jason David Frank doing MMA isn't that surprising either. If you watch interviews of him on Youtube, you can tell that he has turned into somewhat of a cocky type person. Anyway, thanks for viewing and sharing my hub. I appreciate it a lot!


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Redberry Sky 4 years ago

Aw, this is a cool 'blast from the past' prospectboy - I only remember it a bit hazily, it was always on on a Saturday morning when mine and my brother's friends were around, so we were only half watching it while we were doing other kid things. Very sad about Thuy Trang, terribly young age to die. Awesome Hub, loved reading it.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

This was a great hub! I seriously didn't know that about David Yost- but looking back he did seem the most uncomfortable on the show. He didn't seem to fit in as well as the others.

And I always remembered how great Amy Jo Johnson had been post- Ranger. I was Pink Ranger once for Halloween and I think for some reason that stuck with me. Awesome job!


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hey there Redberry Sky. Thanks for your feedback. Like I mentioned, I think everyone remembers Power Rangers, even if they seldom watched it. Thuy Trang's death was very tragic and unfortunate. You are correct, that's a very terrible age to die at. Glad you enjoyed reading. How is the challenge going for you? We're coming to the home stretch :)


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Hey there Alecia Murphy. Thanks for your feedback. I kinda suspected that David Yost was gay, but I really didn't know until I done research for writing this. I agree with in you in saying that he seemed the most uncomfortable. That's pretty cool that you were a Power Ranger for Halloween. I think all the young girls loved her pink outfit, and the guys liked looking at her lol. Thanks for you amazing feedback. I appreciate it greatly.


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Arren123 4 years ago from UK

Aweome, the power rangers, my kids watched them, must be 10 years ago now. Voted up and interesting, pinned it pinterest :)


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prospectboy 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you so much Kev! Power Rangers are definitely a memorable show.


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hrymel 3 years ago from Fort George G Meade, MD

The Yellow Ranger was always my favorite. I wanted to be her when I grew up. So sad to find out that she passed away like that.

Voted up and interesting.


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas Author

@hrymel, Yea I liked Trini also. I kinda stopped watching Power Rangers after she left along with Jason and Zack. It was very sad when she passed away, especially since it happened at such a young age. Thanks for reading, and the vote.


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aquinby 3 years ago from Morgantown, West Virginia

Thanks for the blast from the past! I used to love this show!


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas Author

@aquinby, You're very welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed it, and thank you for stopping through. All the best to you!

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