Walter Emanuel Jones

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Walter Emanuel Jones
Walter Jones by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Walter Emanuel Jones in 2014
Born (1970-11-30) November 30, 1970 (age 50)
  • Actor
  • martial artist
  • dancer
Years active1990–present

Walter Emanuel Jones (born November 30, 1970) is an American actor, martial artist and dancer, known for playing the role of Zack Taylor, the original Black Ranger on the hit television series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.[1][2]

He also appeared in successful television shows including Family Matters, Step by Step, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Moesha, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Early Edition, NYPD Blue, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Off Centre and The Shield.

He played in movies including Backyard Dogs (2000), House of the Dead 2 (2005), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016).

He gave his voice talent to animated movies including Open Season 2 (2008) and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013).

Life and career[edit]

Jones was born in Detroit, Michigan. He lost the middle finger on his left hand at the age of 4.[3] He began his career by an uncredited role in the successful TV show Beverly Hills, 90210. In 1992, he took part in the Malcolm X movie.

Jones played the character of Zack Taylor, the original "Black Power Ranger" in the Power Rangers series. He was written out of the series midway through the second season, after a contract and pay dispute, and was replaced by Johnny Yong Bosch.[4] 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!.[5] He also appeared as Harlan Band in the Nickelodeon series Space Cases,[6] 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 had a small role in the film Suckers in which he played a character named Clay. He also appeared in many successful TV shows including Family Matters, Step by Step, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Moesha, Early Edition, NYPD Blue, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Off Centre. Additionally, he played a small role in the film House of the Dead 2 as "locker zombie". Jones also had a cameo appearance in the movie The Fast and the Furious: 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 "The Kid", the main character in the video game Freedom Fighters. He also voiced characters in the successful animated movies Open Season 2 (2008) and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013).

He appeared briefly as a salsa dance instructor on Age of Love. He also appeared in Mighty Med 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. In 2002, he appeared in the movie Love and a Bullet. In 2016, he appeared in the movie Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and the short movie Star Trek : Captain Pike.

In January 2019, he starred in The Order alongside Austin St. John, Catherine Sutherland, David Yost, Johnny Yong Bosch, Paul Schrier, Karan Ashley, Steve Cardenas, Erin Cahill, Blake Foster, Nakia Burrise, Hilary Shepard Turner, Dan Southworth, Alyson Sullivan, Deborah Estelle Phillips and Azim Rizk.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]


Jones in Guayaquil, Ecuador, in 2016
Year Title Role Notes
1992 White Men Can't Jump Guy on Watts Sideline Uncredited
Malcolm X Barber’s customer
1998 Talisman Jack Fine
The Gardener Punk
1999 The Dogwalker Blonde Guy
2000 6Pat 2
Backyard Dogs Lee Takura
2001 Suckers Clay
2002 American Gun J.B.
Love and a Bullet Cisko
Move Chester / Chakou / Cyrus
2005 House of the Dead 2 Locker zombie Uncredited
2008 Open Season 2 Voice
2009 Steps Toward The Sun Cowboy 2
2012 Speed Demons Terrance
2013 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Additional voices
2016 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Angry fan
Star Trek : Captain Pike Captain Sean Davis
2017 The Order[15] Cole
2018 Miller's Justice League Mortal[16] Documentary
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Beverly Hills, 90210 Guy in Hall
1993–1994 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Zack Taylor Main role
1995 Step by Step Joe
The Parent 'Hood Jared King
Family Matters Kissel
1996 Malibu Shores Michael Hammon 10 episodes
1996–1997 Space Cases Harlan Band Main role, 27 episodes, 2 seasons
1997 The Burning Zone Marcus Dawson
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Dolrimple
1998 Brink! Boomer Disney channel TV movie
1999 Early Edition Crazy H
Mutinerie Shorty TV Movie
In the House Walter
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Edward
Power Rangers Lost Galaxy Nightmare Monster
2000 NYPD Blue Raymond Young
2001 Moesha Jay 2 episodes
Spyder Games Dean 4 episodes
2002 Off Centre Cheddar
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Street Racer
Power Rangers Wild Force Gerrok (voice)
Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe In Santa Ricky Rogers (voice) Christmas TV Movie
2003 The Shield Rondell Robinson 4 episodes
2011 Prime Suspect Randall Hughes
2012 Pair of Kings Tough Poet
2013 Mighty Med Dr.


  1. ^ "Interview With Original Black Power Ranger, Walter Emanuel Jones - ABC News". 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2013-08-12.
  2. ^ Dargis, Manohla (September 13, 2002). "Movie Review; Hard-Boiled 'Dogwalker' Turns Into a Charmer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  3. ^ Daniel, Sherryn (11 October 2012). "My exclusive interview with Walter Emanuel Jones, the original Black Power Ranger Part 1". Sharing the Details. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Whatever Happened to the Original Power Rangers?". Retrieved 2016-09-22.
  5. ^ "Brink! (1998)". Retrieved 2013-08-12.
  6. ^ Space Cases Intro. YouTube. Retrieved on 2012-06-18.
  7. ^ "The Order". 1 January 2000 – via IMDb.
  8. ^ "Power Rangers Actors Reunion Film "The Order" Revealed". 18 May 2016. Archived from the original on 22 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Primer tráiler de 'The Order', el sorprendente reencuentro del reparto de la serie 'Power Rangers'".
  10. ^ "[Movie] The Order".
  11. ^ Jefferson, Corey (19 May 2016). "'The Order,' Cast Entirely With Former Power Rangers, Is Basically 'Power Rangers: Civil War'".
  12. ^ "A Dream Team Of Former Power Rangers Assemble For A Dark New Action Movie 'The Order'".
  13. ^ "The Power Rangers are Back in "The Order" - Ace of Geeks". 18 May 2016.
  14. ^ "The Order - Atores de Power Rangers em novo filme". 30 May 2016.
  15. ^ The Order on IMDb
  16. ^ "Walter Jones".

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