Jason David Frank, an actor and blended martial artist finest identified for his function as Tommy Oliver within the Mighty Morphin Energy Rangers, has died at age 49, as first reported by TMZ (through Gizmodo). Fellow Energy Rangers stars Walter Jones and Blake Foster have since confirmed his demise on Instagram.
Born on September 4th, 1973, Frank initially starred because the Inexperienced Ranger within the Mighty Morphin Energy Rangers, which ran from 1993 to 1996, earlier than swapping to the White Ranger within the present’s second season. His function as Tommy Oliver spans quite a few Energy Ranger spinoffs, together with Wild Power, Turbo, Zeo, Dino Thunder, Megaforce, and HyperForce. In 2017, Frank reprised his function within the Energy Rangers reboot earlier than making a closing look in episode 10 of Energy Rangers Tremendous Ninja Metal one 12 months later.
Frank’s legacy stretches past the Energy Rangers franchise, although. He made his UFC debut in 2010, and, extra just lately, made a cameo within the Cartoon Community collection We Naked Bears because the “Silver Bear,” a job paying homage to his Energy Ranger previous. In 2020, Frank launched a Kickstarter marketing campaign for his movie Legend of the White Dragon. The movie is at present in manufacturing and is anticipated to premiere subsequent 12 months.