Jason David Frank, who was best known for playing Tommy Oliver, the green Power Ranger on the first season of “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers,” died on Saturday at the age of 49. What some people might not know is that Frank was also known as an avid fan of professional wrestling, and even came very close to competing in a match only a few short years ago. The actor and MMA fighter leaves behind a legacy that has impacted countless children across generations.
Frank participated in a storyline for the Laredo Wrestling Alliance in Texas in the year 2019. The Texas crowd was seen chanting “JDF” after Frank punched LWA performer Brysin Scott out, and the referees were seen holding the actor and fighter back as they did so. Even if the crowd at the local event was clearly and obviously excited, the heated exchange was only intended to set up a match for Frank in the promotion.
Woke up to the news that Jason David Frank has passed away. As the green/white ranger he had a huge impact on my childhood. When I finally got the chance to meet him he was always kind to me. Really gonna miss him pic.twitter.com/Oklo4kNyNn
— Austin Creed (@AustinCreedWins) November 20, 2022
The news about Jason David Frank is absolutely heartbreaking, man..
Before Pro Wrestling.. Power Rangers was my EVERYTHING when I was little.. and Tommy Oliver was my hero.
I wore my Green/White Ranger costume that my Mom made me and pretended to be him literally every day.. pic.twitter.com/7ykrAulhsu
— Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano) November 20, 2022
I’m truly at a loss for words… 💔
My childhood hero, Jason David Frank, passed away. The Power Rangers had such a huge impact on my life growing up. My heart goes out to his friends and family. An absolute legend. His legacy will live on forever! 💚⚡️🤍
RIP Jason 🙏🕊 pic.twitter.com/1jVZsFyfRC
— Kayla Sparks 🌠 (@KaylaSparks247) November 20, 2022
Rest in power buddy. You’ll be missed. Thx for all the joy you brought to so many. pic.twitter.com/jfdHeud0U0
— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) November 20, 2022