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