Weird Facts About Jason David Frank, The Original Green Power Ranger

Like many '90s kids, you might find yourself occasionally wondering "Where are the Power Rangers now?" They've become a phenomenon spanning generations, but it all started with the mid-'90s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Back in the day, the young actors who played the Power Rangers were actually a pretty tightknit group (though, there were some behind-the-scenes shenanigans), and a few remain so to this day. Perhaps even more specifically, though, you might wonder what happened to the Green Power Ranger, Tommy, who became a fan-favorite on the show.

Frank, who passed November 19, 2022, at age 49, went on to have a pretty interesting life, much of it still revolving around Power Rangers, but that's not all that defined him. He was somewhat of an enigmatic character, in fact - both devoutly Christian and an MMA fighter - and if you're a frequent Comic-Con attendee, you might very well have seen him displaying his karate moves at some point. 

Here's a ton of crazy stuff you almost certainly didn't know about Jason David Frank, the original Green Ranger. If you want to find out which Power Ranger was missing a finger (and who wouldn't?), and other crazy stuff about the original series, check that out here.

  • A Guy Tried To Assassinate Him At Phoenix Comic-Con

    A Guy Tried To Assassinate Him At Phoenix Comic-Con
    Photo: Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

    In May of 2017, Jason David Frank was at the Phoenix Comic-Con when a man entered the conference wearing body armor and strapped with at least three guns and a knife. According to People, the man was "booked for one count of attempted murder, three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, wearing body armor during the commission of a felony, resisting arrest and carrying a weapon in a prohibited place."

    Though he explicitly said he was there to kill Frank, he allegedly had a reminder set on his phone to "Kill JDF." After the incident, Frank expressed his gratitude for the Phoenix police, suggesting heightened security for future Comic-Cons, and perhaps the banning of prop weapons. 

    Frank then assured his fans of his well-being, saying: "You will start hearing stuff on social media. I’m fine. I’m okay. Love y’all. Even though it looks like things don’t faze me, I refuse to have a situation tear me apart mentally. You gotta remember, things could always be worse. Things could’ve been worse. But it wasn’t. You know, everyone is safe, things are okay, and it’s a great thing." 

  • Jean-Claude Van Damme Provoked Him Into A Physical Altercation

    Jean-Claude Van Damme Provoked Him Into A Physical Altercation
    Photo: Bloodsport / The Cannon Group

    Both Frank and Van Damme appeared at a Comic-Con in Mexico in 2017 and were supposed to share a green room despite the fact that Frank had once publicly challenged Van Damme to a fight, a challenge that went unaddressed. Frank apparently assumed that wouldn't be an issue, but he found himself in a confusing altercation. After spending his allotted time in the Con, Frank returned to their supposedly shared green room to find it full and blocked off. After being reassigned to another room, one of Van Damme's associates came to him asking if he'd be willing to take a picture with Van Damme. He agreed, but when he got to Van Damme's room, he found an entire production crew with lights and cameras rolling.

    Frank recalled Van Damme saying: "'Hey, you like writing articles about people, you want to beat my a**? You gonna apologize for that?' and I said 'Nope.' He goes 'You think you can still beat my a**?' and I said, 'Yeah.'"

    Frank said he then pinned Van Damme against the wall, asking him if he really wanted to fight. When Van Damme didn't respond, he released him, at which point Van Damme apparently started threatening again. That's when Van Damme's security stepped in, which prompted Van Damme to get even more vociferous, dropping an F-bomb on Frank. Frank offered to fight him for real and Van Damme continued to demure. Frank said he wasn't going to let Van Damme "punk him," and it seems he succeeded.

  • He Was Kicked Out Of The Reboot Premiere After Being Accused Of Pirating The Film

    He Was Kicked Out Of The Reboot Premiere After Being Accused Of Pirating The Film
    Photo: Power Rangers / Lionsgate

    Frank has a cameo in the 2017 Power Rangers reboot, so naturally, he wanted to document it on his phone while viewing the premiere. "There's one particular moment in the movie that I wanted to look at, at least maybe take a picture of, or a video of," he said in a Facebook video after the incident. Someone caught him in the act and pointed him out to theater staff, who removed him from the auditorium. Once in the lobby, security asked for his phone so they could delete any images, but he refused. He entered the bathroom to try to elude theater staff, but they followed him in. Frank makes it clear in the video that he feels he was wronged. Some of his fans defended him while others pointed out he wasn't exactly a victim - you're not supposed to have your phone out during movies and you're definitely not supposed to record them.

  • He Was An Undefeated MMA Fighter

    Okay, so he only won one MMA fight, but since it's the only professional MMA match he'd ever been in, he was technically undefeated. In 2010, he defeated Jose Roberto Vasquez in a 46-second bout. He had also won three amateur fights leading up to his professional debut, bringing his overall record to 4-0, which is obviously a little more impressive.

  • He Once Set The World Record For Most Pine Boards Broken During Freefall

    He Once Set The World Record For Most Pine Boards Broken During Freefall
    Video: YouTube

    Mike Janela of Guinness World Records documented his experience as the adjudicator of Jason David Frank's 2013 attempt to set the World Record for Most Pine Boards Broken During Free Fall. Yes, as in breaking boards while you free fall from the sky after jumping out of a plane. You'd be forgiven for assuming this was the only such attempt, thus ensuring his status as World Record holder, but there actually was an existing record... of two.

    He had to break more than two boards during free fall in order to capture the record, which he did, as he broke seven. Now, it's not exactly as easy as it sounds because "free fall" doesn't mean the entire duration of the jump, but specifically the moment when he reached maximum downward velocity until he pulled the parachute - although, the description by the adjudicator makes it sound as though his "free fall" began the moment he jumped out of the plane.

    Unfortunately for Frank, his free-fall record was broken just five months later.

  • 'My Morphin Life' Was His Self-Produced Online Reality Show

    'My Morphin Life' Was His Self-Produced Online Reality Show
    Video: YouTube

    Frank's YouTube reality show, My Morphin Life, was produced by Machinima and Bat in the Sun Productions. The first episode documents his attempt to break a Guinness World Record involving skydiving and breaking boards. The series ran over the course of 2014, but there are supposedly five more episodes in the (again, supposedly) ongoing series that are nowhere to be found.