It’s Morphin’ Time!
The new Power Rangers reboot hits theaters March 24, so in the meantime, we’re looking back on the good old Ranger days of the ‘90s and remembering why we loved those spandex-wearing teens so much. Go, go, Power Ranger fans, and find out what’s new with your favorite alien-monster-fighting teenagers with attitude!
Austin St. John
St. John played Jason, the Red/Gold Ranger, in the original series, the later series Power Rangers Zeo, and the Power Rangers movie Turbo. After four years of military service as a paramedic, St. John is back in the States and getting back into both acting and the enduring Power Rangers fandom. He is currently in various stages of production on the films Survival’s End, Gideon’s Frontier, The Order, and A Gift of the Heart.
After she was the Yellow Ranger Trini in the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Trang appeared in the 1996 films The Crow: City of Angels and Spy Hard. She died in a car accident in 2001, at the age of 27.
Jones has been busy since he played Zack, the Black Ranger, in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. He has done a lot of voice acting in video games and animated films, had roles on the series Malibu Shores and Space Cases, held a three-episode arc on the first season of The Shield, and appeared in episodes of Family Matters, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and CSI, among other series. He will appear next in the films The Order and Gideon’s Frontier, alongside Power Rangers costar Austin St. John.
Amy Jo Johnson
After Johnson played Kimberly the Pink Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, she resumed the role in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie and the 1997 Power Rangers movie Turbo. She has also had major roles on Felicity, The Division, and Flashpoint, and appeared in a variety of TV movies and episodes of other series. She will make her feature debut as a writer-director with the film The Space Between, in which she stars. Also a singer-songwriter, Johnson has released three albums since her Pink Ranger days: 2001’s The Trans-American Treatment, 2005’s Imperfect, and 2013’s Never Broken.
Yost played Billy the Blue Ranger on the original series, the 1995 Power Rangers movie, and the later series Power Rangers Zeo. In the time since, he has stayed on the Power Rangers convention circuit and appeared in the films Ladykiller (1996) and Degenerate (2010), but has mostly focused on producing, primarily for television.
Jason David Frank
Frank played the iconic Ranger Tommy Oliver — a.k.a the White Ranger, the Green Ranger, the Red Zeo Ranger, the Red Turbo Ranger, and the Black DinoThunder Ranger — in the original series, the 1995 movie, Power Rangers Zeo, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, Power Rangers Turbo, and Power Rangers DinoThunder. In addition to his acting, Frank has largely focused on his MMA career in the time since he played Tommy: He is accomplished in Karate, Jiu Jitsu, and Muay Thai, and in 2013 he broke the world record for most 1-inch pine boards broken during freefall. He owns four Karate and MMA schools across the U.S. and has founded a line of MMA clothing and fight gear.
Richard Steven Horvitz
Horvitz provided the voice of the robot Alpha 5 in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the 1995 movie, Power Rangers Zeo, the 1997 MMPR film Turbo, and the series Power Rangers Turbo. He has been an extremely prolific voice actor, with some live-action roles as well, ever since. His notable voice credits include Billy and Billy’s dad in The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Dagget in Angry Beavers, and Zim in Invader Zim.
David J. Fielding
Fielding played the Power Rangers’ mentor Zordon, who appears as a floating head, in the first season of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series. He has appeared in a few films since his days as Zordon, and done voice acting for video games including Sanitarium, Zeus: Master of Olympus and Empire Earth.
Schrier played the bully Farkas “Bulk” Bulkmeier in the original series, the 1995 movie, Power Rangers Zeo, the 1997 Turbo film, Power Rangers Turbo, Power Rangers in Space, Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, and Power Rangers Samurai. He is also a director, and has helmed multiple episodes in various Power Rangers series.
Narvy played Eugene Skullovitch, or “Skull,” Bulk’s sidekick. He appeared in the original series, the 1995 movie, Power Rangers Zeo, the 1997 Turbo film, Power Rangers Turbo, and Power Rangers in Space, and reprised his role for single episodes of later series as well. Narvy holds a PhD in theater studies and currently teaches as a part of the theater department faculty at Concordia University in Chicago, and is set to appear in the film Gideon’s Frontier alongside his former MMPR co-stars Austin St. John and Walter Jones.
Genelle played Ernie, the friendly owner of the Angel Grove Youth Center. He appeared in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Power Rangers Zeo, and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie before hanging up his Hawaiian shirt. He has no more acting credits post-Power Rangers. He passed away in 2008, at the age of 47.
Axelrod did double duty on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, having provided the voice of both the evil Lord Zedd and the monster-maker Finster. In addition to the original series, Axelrod resumed the vocal performance of both roles in Power Rangers Zeo and as Lord Zedd in the 1995 Power Rangers movie and Power Rangers in Space. He is a very prolific voice actor, and has had long-term roles on Transformers: Robots in Disguise and Digimon: Digital Monsters, among other series and films.