Walter Emanuel Jones
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Walter Emanuel Jones acting out his "Morphing" pose at PersaCon 2009
November 30, 1970 |
Walter Emanuel Jones (born November 30, 1970) is an American actor and dancer, known for playing the role of Zack Taylor, the Black Ranger on the hit television series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
Life and career
Jones played the character of Zack Taylor, the original Black Ranger in the Power Rangers universe. He was written out of the series midway through the second season, apparently due to disagreements over wages and fee, and was replaced by Johnny Yong Bosch. Jones returned to Power Rangers in the Lost Galaxy season (1999) where he played the voice of Hexuba's Nightmare Monster in the episode "Dream Battle"; he also acted in an episode of Power Rangers: Wild Force (2002) entitled Forever Red in which many previous Red Rangers teamed up. Again, he did not appear as his original character, Zack, but rather provided the voice for one of the antagonists, a general in the Machine Empire named Gerrok. He was also one of the special commentators, along with fellow co-star Amy Jo Johnson, on the "1993" episode of I Love the '90s. He also reunited with Austin St. John (with whom he formed a close friendship during their time together on the show) as co-host for a special airing of the original pilot episode of Power Rangers called "The Lost Episode".
Jones was the very first actor to do voicework for any character other than a Ranger (mainly for monsters or villains) on a Power Rangers show after having a role as a Ranger himself. Other former Rangers who would do voicework after Jones included Archie Kao, Catherine Sutherland, Jason Faunt, Valerie Vernon, Sean Cw Johnson and Johnny Yong Bosch.
Jones was a lead character in the teen drama Malibu Shores playing "Mouse". Jones also had major roles in the independent movie The Dogwalker. He has appeared in other well-known productions, including a small part in Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the season 4 episode "Fear, Itself" and the Disney Channel Original Movie, Brink!. He also appeared as Harlan Band in the Nickelodeon series Space Cases, his second role as a main character and as a teenager. He guest starred in an episode of Family Matters as Kissel, and portrayed a supporting character in the first season of The Shield named Rondell Robinson, a drug dealer. He also had a small role in the film Suckers in which he played a character named Clay. Additionally, he also played a small role in the film House of the Dead 2 as "locker zombie". Jones also had a cameo appearance in the movie "Fast and the Furious 3 – Tokyo Drift."
Jones also had a major role in the backyard wrestling movie Backyard Dogs, which spent time as the lowest-rated movie on the Internet Movie Database. As of July 2007 it is no longer on the list as it was straight-to-video. Jones provided the voice of a main character in the video game Freedom Fighters; he played a character known as The Kid.
He appeared briefly as a salsa dance instructor on Age of Love and as a poet in an episode of Disney XD's Pair of Kings. Additionally Jones has also been featured in a PetSmart commercial and a Bank of America commercial as well.
After high school, Walter worked as an entertainer and assistant cruise director on a cruise ship line. He participated as a dancer at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics. He enjoys video games, skydiving, dog sledding, wrestling, and volleyball. He is a black belt in Eshum-ru, a form of Tae Kwon Do and is a black belt in shiru karate. He has recently hit the Mestre level in Capoeira. He has a pet dog named Kato.
- Dargis, Manohla (September 13, 2002). "Movie Review; Hard-Boiled 'Dogwalker' Turns Into a Charmer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
- "Interview With Original Black Power Ranger, Walter Emanuel Jones - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2013-08-12.
- "Brink! (1998)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-08-12.
- Space Cases Intro. YouTube. Retrieved on 2012-06-18.