Austin St. John

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Austin St. John
Austin St. John by Gage Skidmore.jpg
St. John in June 2014.
Born
Jason Geiger

(1974-09-17) September 17, 1974 (age 45)
Alma materConcordia University
OccupationActor, martial artist, paramedic
Years active1993–Present
Known forMighty Morphin Power Rangers portraying Jason Lee Scott
Children3
Websitehttp://www.austinstjohn.biz

Jason Geiger (born September 17, 1974), professionally known as Austin St. John, is an American actor and martial artist. He is best known for his portrayal of Jason Lee Scott in the Power Rangers franchise.[1]

In 2017, he made a cameo in the movie Surge Of Power : Revenge Of The Sequel.[2] In 2018, he was acting in the television movie Monsters At Large[2] and had a major role in the dramatic movie A Walk with Grace.[2]

Early life[edit]

St. John was born Jason Geiger[3] in Roswell, New Mexico, U.S. on September 17, 1974, the son of U.S. Marine and martial artist Steve Geiger and his wife Sharon.[4] He has one sibling, a brother named Stephen. With a parent in the armed forces, St. John lived all over the United States while growing up.

Career[edit]

St. John's first acting role and most well known role to date came to him when he was just a teenager, when he was cast as teen superhero Jason Lee Scott in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the first installment of the Power Rangers franchise, which debuted on Fox Kids in 1993. For his role, he took the stage name Austin St. John, Austin coming from The Six Million Dollar Man's Steve Austin and St. John being a name of his own choosing.[3] Like St. John, his character had a background in martial arts. Though the series was hugely successful and brought St. John international recognition as an actor, long hours on set combined with low pay and no union recognition presented real challenges for him. As a result, St. John, along with his co-stars Walter Emanuel Jones and Thuy Trang, decided to leave the show during its second season when their employers rejected their pay demands and unionization attempts, and St. John was replaced by Steve Cardenas.[5] St. John went onto reprise the role of Jason several times over, in both film and television, and his last appearance as the character was in 2002, in an episode of Power Rangers Wild Force entitled “Forever Red”. He also appeared alongside Jones, as himself, in the Power Rangers special The Lost Episode in 1999, which focused on the history of the franchise up to that point and showed the original pilot episode for the series, which had never before been aired. In 2020, St. John will reprise the role of Jason in a special team-up episode for Season 2 of Power Rangers Beast Morphers.[6]

In 2017, he made a cameo in the movie Surge Of Power : Revenge Of The Sequel.[2] In 2018, he was acting in the television movie Monsters At Large[2] and had a major role in the dramatic movie A Walk with Grace.[2]

Other ventures[edit]

St. John began as a proficient martial artist, holding a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo and a first-degree black belt in Judo, and for a time, he worked as a martial arts instructor.[7] Additionally, he published a book on the subject, Karate Warrior: A Beginner's Guide to Martial Arts, in 1996.[8]

Personal life[edit]

St. John attended Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, California, but did not graduate. As an adult, he went on to earn his G.E.D. and ultimately obtained his undergraduate degree from Concordia University.[9] For over a decade, he worked as a paramedic in the Washington, D.C. area. He also worked with the U.S. military as a healthcare provider in the Middle East for several years, though he was not actually a member of any branch of the armed forces. He has two sons and a daughter.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Portraying Notes
1995 Encyclopedia of Martial Arts: Hollywood Celebrities Himself
1997 Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie Jason Lee Scott
2009 Steps Toward The Sun Cowboy Short film
2016 Gideon's Frontier Simon Kenton Short film
Tres Leches[2] Officer Jed
2017 The Order Jack
Survival's End[2]
Monsters At Large[2] Sean Parker
A Gift of The Heart[2]
2019 A Walk with Grace Duane Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993–1994 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Jason Lee Scott / Red Power Ranger Starring role (79 episodes)
1996 Power Rangers Zeo Jason Lee Scott / Gold Zeo Ranger Starring role (17 episodes)
1998 Exposé Detective Anderson TV film
1999 Power Rangers: The Lost Episode Himself / Jason Lee Scott Co-host / Co-star (original pilot)
2002 Power Rangers Wild Force Jason Lee Scott / Red Power Ranger Guest star ("Forever Red")
2020 Power Rangers Beast Morphers Jason Lee Scott / Red Power Ranger Post-production / Guest star

Video games[edit]

Year Game Portraying Notes
2019 Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid Jason Lee Scott / Red Power Ranger Voice-over role[10]

Books[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dale, Steve (March 10, 1995). "It's Pink Floyd For Children". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on May 31, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Austin St. John". IMDb. Archived from the original on December 22, 2016.
  3. ^ a b [1] Archived September 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Q&A with original Red Power Ranger Austin St. John". Central Florida Future. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  5. ^ "Whatever Happened to the Original Power Rangers?". Archived from the original on September 23, 2016. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  6. ^ Deckelmeier, Joe (May 2, 2019). "EXCLUSIVE: Austin St. John Set To Return For Team-Up In POWER RANGERS: Beast Morphers". That Hashtag Show. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  7. ^ Rivera, Candida; Matamoros, Stephanie (December 24, 1994). "KIDSDAY TALKING WITH Austin St. John". Newsday.
  8. ^ John, Austin St; Rowe, Steve (October 1, 1996). Karate Warrior: A Beginner's Guide to Martial Arts. Philadelphia, Pa.: Courage Books. ISBN 9781561387847.
  9. ^ "Q&A with original Red Power Ranger Austin St. John". Central Florida Future. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "'Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid Shattered Grid Story Mode Trailer Revealed; Update Live Today". comicbook.com. April 30, 2019. Retrieved May 28, 2019.

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