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 44)
ResidenceWashington, D.C.
Alma materConcordia University
OccupationActor, martial artist, paramedic
Years active1993–Present
Known forMighty Morphin Power Rangers
Websitehttp://www.austinstjohn.biz

Jason Geiger (born September 17, 1974 in Roswell, New Mexico, U.S.), 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]

Early life[edit]

St. John was born Jason Geiger[2] 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.[3] He has one sibling, a brother named Stephen. With a parent in the armed forces, St. John lived all over the United States whilst 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.[2] 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 presented real challenges for him and he, along with co-stars Walter Emanuel Jones and Thuy Trang, decided to leave the show during its second season and he was replaced by Steve Cardenas.[4] 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.

Aside from his involvement with the Power Rangers franchise, St. John, has had few acting roles, most of them limited to films that were not released theatrically nor received critical acclaim. However, as of February 2018, his official page on IMDb shows that he is shown to be involved with several yet-to-be released films.

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.[5] Additionally, he published a book on the subject, Karate Warrior: A Beginner's Guide to Martial Arts, in 1996.[6]

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.[7] For over a decade, he worked as a paramedic in Washington, D.C. 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 a daughter.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Television program Portraying 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 / Red Power Ranger Co-host / Co-star (original pilot)
2002 Power Rangers: Wild Force Jason Lee Scott / Red Power Ranger Guest star ("Forever Red")

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
2016 Gideon's Frontier Post-production
2016 Tres Leches[8] Officer Jed Post-production
2017 The Order Jack
2017 Survival's End[8] Filming
2017 Monsters At Large[8] Post-production
2017 A Gift Of The Heart[8] Pre-production
2017 Surge Of Power : Revenge Of The Sequel[8] Pre-production
2018 Miller's Justice League Mortal[8] Documentary

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 [1] Archived September 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Q&A with original Red Power Ranger Austin St. John". Central Florida Future. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  4. ^ "Whatever Happened to the Original Power Rangers?". Archived from the original on September 23, 2016. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  5. ^ Rivera, Candida; Matamoros, Stephanie (December 24, 1994). "KIDSDAY TALKING WITH Austin St. John". Newsday.
  6. ^ John, Austin St; Rowe, Steve (1996-10-01). Karate Warrior: A Beginner's Guide to Martial Arts. Philadelphia, Pa.: Courage Books. ISBN 9781561387847.
  7. ^ "Q&A with original Red Power Ranger Austin St. John". Central Florida Future. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Austin St. John". IMDb. Archived from the original on December 22, 2016.

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