Jason David Frank

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Jason David Frank
Jason David Frank Q&A at Galaxycon Raleigh 2019 53.jpg
Frank at the 2019 GalaxyCon Raleigh
Born (1973-09-04) September 4, 1973 (age 48)
Covina, California, U.S.
ResidenceHouston, Texas, U.S.
Height6 ft 0.5 in (1.84 m)
Weight215 lb (98 kg; 15.4 st)
StyleToso Kune Do[1]
Fighting out ofHouston, Texas, U.S.
TeamSilverback MMA
Rank8th Dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate
Black Belt in Wado-ryu Karate
Black Belt in Taekwondo
Black Belt in Judo
Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Ajarn Degree in Muay Thai[2]
Years active2010 (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
By submission1
Amateur MMA record
By knockout2
By submission2
Other information
  • Shawna Frank
    (m. 1994; div. 2001)
  • Tammie Frank
    (m. 2003)
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: April 28, 2010

Jason David Frank (born September 4, 1973) is an American actor and professional mixed martial artist who is most notable for his career as Tommy Oliver from the Power Rangers franchise.


Power Rangers[edit]

Frank originally auditioned for the role of Jason Lee Scott, the Red Ranger, but lost the role to Austin St. John. He auditioned again in 1993 and was cast in the role of Tommy Oliver, the Green Ranger later in season 2 he became the White Ranger and the new leader of the team.

Frank was supposed to be the lead character Adam Steele in VR Troopers (originally called "Cybertron") and shot a pilot episode before being called back to Power Rangers. According to both Frank and Brad Hawkins, Hawkins' character was to replace Tommy Oliver originally as the White Ranger on Power Rangers.[3][4] However, due to Tommy Oliver's popularity with Ranger fans, Frank was brought back, with Tommy Oliver becoming the White Ranger.[5] Hawkins would take over on VR Troopers. The character Adam Steele was renamed Ryan Steele.

After three seasons, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers transitioned into Power Rangers Zeo. The transition is part of the annual Ranger suit change to match the annual change of the Super Sentai series. Frank's character became the Red Zeo Ranger (also called Zeo Ranger V). The following year in Power Rangers Turbo, his character became the first Red Turbo Ranger. During mid-season, Frank and fellow cast members Johnny Yong Bosch, Nakia Burrise and Catherine Sutherland agreed to leave and were replaced.

After he left the series in 1997, Frank came back to Power Rangers as the Red Zeo Ranger in 2002 for the special 10th-anniversary episode, entitled "Forever Red", in Power Rangers Wild Force, which brought back ten former Red Rangers, and reunited him with Austin St. John. He then reprised his role in 2004 in Power Rangers Dino Thunder, as the Black Dino Ranger. During his time as the Black Dino Ranger, Frank was always shown in long-sleeved shirts to cover his tattoos on his arms. This was also the case during "Forever Red" of ‘’Wild Force’’. Being the Black Dino Ranger was a favor to Douglas Sloan.[6] He has joked that Saban and Disney are "both the same, they're cheap" but that he was impressed with the production crew for Dino Thunder.[7] Frank reprised his role as Tommy Oliver (who in turn was the Green Ranger for the episode) in the season finale of Power Rangers Super Megaforce.[8] Frank has expressed interest in developing a Green Ranger solo series or feature film after an encounter with Stan Lee at a comic book convention.[9]

On November 7, 2013, Frank appeared on "Super Power Beatdown" as the White Ranger taking on Scorpion from Mortal Kombat.[10] He appeared again on "Super Power Beatdown" on May 5, 2015, as the Green Ranger and fought Ryu from Street Fighter.[11] After success with the "Super Power Beatdown" series, Bat in the Sun began developing a web reality series of Frank titled, "My Morphing Life".[12] In 2015, the show began airing season 2.

Frank was given a cameo role in the 2017 film Power Rangers, as a citizen of Angel Grove, alongside fellow Power Rangers actress, Amy Jo Johnson. In 2018 he reprised his role as Tommy in episode 10 of Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel for the 25th anniversary of Power Rangers.

In July 2019, a crowdfunding campaign for the film Legend of the White Dragon, including past Power Rangers performers including Frank, Johnny Yong Bosch, Jason Faunt, Ciara Hanna, Yoshi Sudarso, and Chrysti Ane, as well as Jenna Frank, was launched on Kickstarter. The campaign concluded on August 11, 2019, without reaching its funding goal.[13] On March 27, the project received a second launch on Kickstarter with a lower goal, this time in the form of a mini-series. The project was funded, and now working on its stretch goals for a limited series and potential for a feature film. The second campaign ended on May 27, 2020 with $508,578 raised, meeting the goal for a feature film.[14]

Fighting and martial arts[edit]

Toso Kune Do
Country of originUnited States
CreatorJason David Frank
ParenthoodKarate (Shōtōkan, Wado-ryu), Judo, Wing Chun, Jeet Kune Do, Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Aikido, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Olympic sportNo

With his knowledge of many different styles of martial arts that include Shōtōkan, Wadō-ryū, Taekwondo, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Jeet Kune Do, and Aikido, Frank collected the most practical applications, modified them with his own philosophies and created his own blend of American Karate, "Toso Kune Do".[15][16][unreliable source?] On June 28, 2003, he was inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame.[17][unreliable source?] Frank appeared at the Arnold Classic on February 29, 2008, in Columbus, Ohio.[citation needed]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Frank at the 2017 Phoenix Comicon

On August 21, 2009, Frank officially announced his signing with SuckerPunch Entertainment,[18][unreliable source?][19][20] a sports marketing and management company specializing in MMA. He began training with UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard. Frank made his much anticipated MMA debut for the United States Amateur Combat Association at the company's first event "Lonestar Beatdown: Houston" on January 30 at the Houston Arena Theatre. He defeated Jonathon "the Mack Truck" Mack in the first round by omoplata submission.[21][unreliable source?][22][23][24] Frank fought in his second fight at Lonestar Beatdown: Dallas on February 19 in Arlington, Texas. His opponent was Chris Rose who made his ring entrance wearing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles robe. Frank defeated Rose in round 1 by TKO (strikes).[25][26][27] On May 8, 2010, he fought for the Texas Rage in the Cage Amateur Association "Cage Rage 7" in State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. His opponent was James Willis. Frank defeated Willis via KO in 23 seconds of the first round with a rising knee.[28]

Frank was scheduled to make his debut with Ultimate Warrior Challenge at their upcoming event on May 22 against James "Ray" Handy Jr. in a light heavyweight bout.[29] On May 21, Frank had announced on his official Facebook fan page that James Handy was injured and Carlos Horn would replace him, changing the fight to a heavyweight bout. Frank defeated Horn in the first round by an armbar submission.[30] Since turning pro, Frank has expressed interest in signing a deal with Strikeforce and potentially fighting Herschel Walker.[31]

Frank announced on his Facebook fan page that he would be scheduled to make his professional debut on August 4, 2010 in Houston at "Puro Combate #1." He fought at heavyweight, with his opponent being Jose Roberto Vasquez. Frank won his pro MMA debut quickly at the time of 0:46 in the first round by a Rear Naked Choke Submission.[32][33] Frank was scheduled for a Light heavyweight bout on December 9, 2010 at Puro Combate 3. The fight was canceled on December 8 due to his opponent not being medically cleared.

He was then scheduled to face Shawn Machado on July 22, 2011 at Legacy FC 7. However, due to a possible biceps tear the fight was cancelled.[34]

Personal life[edit]

Jason David Frank at the Louisville Supercon in 2018

Frank identifies as a Christian, and says he began attending church with his wife after the death of his brother Erik. He also had a hand in creating a Christian-based mixed martial arts company named "Jesus Didn't Tap". Frank has the slogan tattooed on his left forearm.[35] He married his first wife Shawna in 1994 and had 2 sons with her named Hunter Jacob and a daughter named Skye. They divorced in 2001. In 2003, he married his second wife Tammie, who is also a martial artist, and the couple have one daughter, Jenna. Frank is of Greek, Polish, Irish and German ancestry.



Title Year Role Notes
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 1993–1996 Tommy Oliver - Green Ranger / White Ranger
also portrayed Tom Gulliver (Green Ranger clone) / The White Stranger (Wild West ancestor)
124 Episodes
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Alpha's Magical Christmas 1994 Tommy Oliver Video short
Power Rangers Zeo 1996 Tommy Oliver - Zeo Ranger V Red 50 Episodes
Cybertron 1994 Adam Steele - Cybertron 1 Episode (Pilot)
Sweet Valley High 1996 A.J.
Family Matters 1996 Skull
Power Rangers Turbo 1997 Tommy Oliver/Red Turbo Ranger 19 Episodes
Power Rangers: The Lost Episode 1999 Tommy Oliver archival footage
Undressed 2000 Carl
Power Rangers Wild Force 2002 Tommy Oliver / Zeo Ranger 5-Red Credited as Jason Frank
Episode: "Forever Red"
Power Rangers Dino Thunder 2004 Dr. Tommy Oliver/ Black Ranger 38 Episodes (12 voice only)
Power Rangers Super Megaforce 2014 Dr. Tommy Oliver / Green Ranger / White Ranger Episode: "Legendary Battle"
My Morphing Life 2014–present Himself Web series
Transformers: Titans Return 2017–2018 Emissary
Web series
Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe 2018 Ray Garrison / Bloodshot Web series
Power Rangers Hyperforce 2018 Dr. Tommy Oliver / Black Dino Ranger
Lord Drakkon
Web series;
Episodes: "Dr. Tommy Oliver Returns"
"Shattered Grid, part 2"
Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel 2018 Dr. Tommy Oliver / Green Ranger / Black Dino Ranger / White Ranger / Zeo Ranger 5-Red / Robot Tommy Episode: "Dimensions in Danger"
We Bare Bears 2018 Silver Bear
Episode: “Imaginary Friend”[36]


Film Year Portraying Notes
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie 1995 Tommy Oliver/The White Power Ranger
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie 1997 Tommy Oliver/The Red Turbo Ranger
Paris 2003 Chad (uncredited)
The Junior Defenders 2007 Tommy Keen
Fall Guy: The John Stewart Story 2007 John Stewart
The Blue Sun 2010
Crammed 2: Hoaching 2011 Christopher Crammed
Power Rangers 2017 Angel Grove Citizen Cameo
Power Rangers: Legacy Wars - Street Fighter Showdown[37] 2018 Tommy Oliver
Making Fun: The Story of Funko 2018 Himself Documentary
Legend of the White Dragon TBA Erik Reed/White Dragon

Video Games[edit]

Film Year Portraying Notes
Piper 1996 Piper Windsong Video capture
Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid 2019 Tommy Oliver/Lord Drakkon Voice

Mixed martial arts record[edit]


Professional record breakdown
1 match 1 win 0 losses
By knockout 0 0
By submission 1 0
By decision 0 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1–0 Jose Roberto Vasquez Submission (rear-naked choke) Texas Cage Fighting - Puro Combate 1 August 4, 2010 1 0:46 Houston, Texas, United States


Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1–0 Jonathon Mack Submission (omoplata) Lonestar Beatdown: Houston January 30, 2010 1 1:07 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 2–0 Chris Rose TKO (punches) Lonestar Beatdown: Dallas February 19, 2010 1 2:09 Arlington, Texas, United States
Win 3–0 James Willis KO (knee) Texas Rage In The Cage: Cage Rage 7 May 8, 2010 1 0:23 McAllen, Texas, United States
Win 4–0 Carlos Horn Submission (armbar) UWC 8: Judgement Day May 22, 2010 1 0:21 Fairfax, Virginia, United States

Accomplishments and awards[edit]

Year Award/Accomplishment
Present Eighth Degree Black Belt
June 28, 2003 Master of the Year (American Karate)
2006 "Ruff Man" Grand Champion
2006 Gold Medal (MTIA) Master Toddy's Full contact Muay Thai
January 17, 2013 Guinness World Record (Most pine boards broke in freefall)

Rising Sun Karate accomplishments and awards[edit]

Year Award/Accomplishment
1994 Hall of Fame Award – American Karate Kung Fu Federation
2000 Fastest Growing Karate School – Fast Track Award
2000 Educational Funding Company – Program Direct Award – Rising Sun Karate Academy
2001 Centurion Club Award
2003 Master of the Year Award – World Karate Federation
2004 Master of the Year for Free-Style Martial Arts – USA Martial Arts
2005 Arnold Schwarzenegger Classics Master Appreciation Award.
2006 One of America's Top 10 Karate Schools – Awarded by President Nick Cokinos – Educational Funding Company
2007 Black Belt Hall of Fame Award – This award was given by Master Alan Goldberg in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
2007 Black Belt Hall of Fame – Most Successful Industry Leader. This award was given by Doctor Jim Thomas, 10th Degree Black Belt.


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