Austin St. John
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|Austin St. John|
St. John in June 2014.
September 17, 1974
Roswell, New Mexico
|Years active||1993–2002, 2007, 2014|
Austin St. John (born Jason Geiger; on September 17, 1974) is an American emergency medical technician, actor, and martial artist, mainly known for his role as Jason Lee Scott, the original Red Ranger and first leader of the Power Rangers in the popular children's television series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
His stage name came as his management team at Pat O'Brien Management Talents thought Jason Geiger was not a strong name, with the actor coming up with "St. John" himself, and Austin being suggested by the managers inspired by Steve Austin, from The Six Million Dollar Man.
Power Rangers and acting career
St. John's first major acting role was in 1993, when he starred as Jason Lee Scott, the Red Power Ranger, in Saban Entertainment's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was an instant success and quickly became one of the highest-rated children's television programs ever. However, Austin left the series mid-way through the second season, after a contract and pay dispute, and was replaced as the Red Ranger on the show by Steve Cardenas as Rocky DeSantos.
St. John later returned to the franchise as the Gold Ranger in Power Rangers: Zeo and in a supporting role as the recently retired-Ranger Jason Lee Scott in the second feature film Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, along with his former castmate Amy Jo Johnson (Kimberly Hart, the original Pink Power Ranger). He also co-hosted the 1999 Power Rangers special titled "The Lost Episode," with his former castmate and close friend Walter Emanuel Jones (Zack Taylor, the original Black Power Ranger), in which they both discussed the history of Power Rangers up to that point and also presented the original, never-before-seen pilot of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
St. John's last Power Rangers appearance was in the tenth anniversary special episode of Power Rangers: Wild Force (2002) entitled Forever Red, where he joined nine other Red Ranger actors from the previous and the then-current season (minus, Steve Cardenas as Rocky DeSantos) to battle and defeat the remnants of the Machine Empire from Power Rangers: Zeo. He once again suited-up as the original MMPR Red Ranger and was reunited with his former cast mate Jason David Frank (Tommy Oliver, the franchise's longest-serving Power Ranger). St. John was also one of the guest speakers who appeared at the 2007 Power Morphicon convention held in Los Angeles, which celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Power Rangers franchise.
St. John will return to the acting world in an upcoming post-apocalyptic thriller called Survival's End.
|1993–1994||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers||Jason Lee Scott / Red Power Ranger||Starring role (80 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")|
|1995||Encyclopedia of Martial Arts: Hollywood Celebrities||Himself|
|1997||Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie||Jason Lee Scott|
- Austin St. John is the author of the book Karate Warrior: A Beginner's Guide to Martial Arts. - ISBN 1-56138-784-3
-  Archived September 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- Dale, Steve (1995-03-10). "It's Pink Floyd For Children.". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
- Rivera, Candida; Matamoros, Stephanie (1994-12-24). "KIDSDAY TALKING WITH Austin St. John". Newsday.
- Gary D. Henry. "A Life Measured by the Minute". Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
- "Whatever Happened to the Original Power Rangers?". Retrieved 2016-09-22.
-  Archived March 26, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
- Snetiker, Marc (2014-05-07). "'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers': Where are they now? | EW.com". Popwatch.ew.com. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
- EXCLUSIVE: Original Red Power Ranger Austin St. John Returns to Hollywood After 20 Years ET Online, Retrieved March 10, 2015