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Jason David Frank  

Actor and Martial Artist

Jason David Frankis an actor and martial artist, perhaps best known for playing Tommy Oliver in Power Rangers (1993-1997, and 2004 with 242 total episode appearances). He is constantly known as a "Power Ranger Legend".

Frank is the longest appearing male Power Ranger, while Amy Jo Johnson was the female to appear for the longest time. He appeared in the most Power Rangers episodes, 257 character appearances and 242 actual appearances. He also appeared in the most seasons: seven (Mighty Morphin, Zeo, Turbo, Wild Force and Dino Thunder). Frank came back to Power Rangers in the special 10th anniversary episode titled "Forever Red" in Power Rangers Wild Force (2002, reuniting with Austin St. John).

Frank was supposed to be the lead character Ryan Steele in VR Troopers (originally called "Cybertron") and shot a pilot episode before being called back to Power Rangers. It has been rumored that Brad Hawkins was to replace him originally as the White Ranger on Power Rangers. However, Hawkins appears in a VR Troopers teaser promo for the MMPR Fan Club video which features Frank as Tommy the Green Ranger. Frank was already re-committed to MMPR while Hawkins was committed to VR Troopers. The White Ranger character was likely considered while Hawkins was already working on VR Troopers

With his knowledge of many different styles of martial arts, Frank collected the most practical applications, modified them with his own philosophies and created his own blend of American Karate, "Toso Kune Do". Most recently, on June 28, 2003, he was inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame.

Frank has showed interest in Mixed Martial Arts. Frank was scheduled to fight against Ron 'The Badger' McMasters on June 23, 2007 at the Williamson County Pavilion in Marion.The fight never took place, however, as the rules were changed to an exhibition boxing match. Frank opted out due to his belief that the fight would be commissioned under MMA rules instead of strictly fists.

Frank has 5 children and has been married three times.


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