The Morphin Power Rangers entertained superhero fans around the world while the kids of the 1990s were immersed in their battles with evil villains.
Decades later, cartoon superheroes are back in the spotlight as Austin St. John – the original Red Power Ranger – has faced fraud allegations.
The animated series, which aired from 1993 to 1996 on Fox Kids, was the first installment in the Power Rangers franchise, starring actresses such as Amy Jo Johnson and Tui Thang.
In the series, Zordon chose five teenagers to protect the planet from evil threats.
Kristen Bell Tattoos chronicles the careers of the original Power Rangers stars, nearly three decades after the first episode of the animated series aired.
Austin St. John
Austin St. John, real name Jason Lawrence Geiger, rose to fame as the first red Power Ranger as teenage superhero Jason Lee Scott.
He was the youngest actor when the show first aired.
The martial artist was known for his taekwondo, judo and kenpo skills before he left the cartoon in the second season due to a salary dispute.
He starred as Golden Power Ranger Zeo and appeared in a 2002 episode of Power Rangers Wild Force.
Decades later, he faces a 20-year prison sentence after being accused of participating in a multi-million dollar stimulus fraud scheme.
He is one of 18 people in federal indictment charged with violating conspiracy to commit wire fraud in Texas.
According to the indictment, St. John allegedly participated in a scheme to create businesses or use existing ones to fraudulently file applications with the Small Business Administration for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding.
The defendants are said to have secured 16 or more loans worth at least $3.5 million.
The government has established the Paycheck Protection Program to provide taxpayer-funded loans to support small businesses and their workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The US Treasury has provided more than $349 billion in forgiveable loans to help small businesses pay their employees during the crisis.
AMY JOE JOHNSON
Amy Jo Johnson played Kimberly Hart, who was the Pink Power Ranger from 1993-95.
Johnson, now 51, starred in an impressive 138 episodes during seasons one through three before handing over the role to Katherine Sutherland to end the final series.
However, she made her final return as Kimberly in Turbo: Power Rangers in 1997.
After participating in her favorite program, Johnson starred in the films Suzie Q and Saved by the Bell: The New Class.
Over the years, she has landed roles in several popular series such as the drama Felicity and the crime series Flashpoint.
She has also appeared in blockbusters such as The Space Between and Tiger Eyes.
WALTER EMANUEL JONES
Walter Emanuel Jones was best known for his role as Zack Taylor, the original Black Power Ranger.
The show’s bosses dropped him from the cartoon due to a reported contract and a salary dispute, where he was replaced by Johnny Yong Bosch.
Years later, in 1999, he returned to the cartoon during the Lost Galaxy season, where he played the voice of the Nightmare Monster Hexuba.
He appeared alongside Johnson in a 1993 episode of I Love the 90s and reunited alongside St. John in an episode called The Lost Episode.
Jones also starred in the wrestling film Backyard Dogs and voiced characters in Open Season 2 and the 2013 animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
He guest-starred on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and appeared in Andy Samberg’s musical mockumentary Pop Star: Never Stop, Never Stop. Digital spy.
Vietnamese-born actress Tui Trang left her homeland when she was only six years old when she, her mother and her brothers headed to Hong Kong.
Her father left the country after the fall of Saigon in 1975.
Trang moved to the US in 1980 and her role as the first Yellow Power Ranger was her first major performance.
She was selected in an audition for the role by about 500 actresses.
Trang loved to perform her own stunts that she came up with and suffered several injuries on set.
She left the cartoon along with Str Jones and Jones midway through the second season due to contract disputes.
Trang also starred in Hard Spy, where she played a manicurist and villainess in Raven City of Angels.
The actress died in a car accident in September 2001.
She traveled with Angela Rockwood after they visited her lady-in-waiting in San Jose.
The driver, who was another bridesmaid, lost control of the car after hitting gravel that was loose on the road.
The car swerved before hitting a rock and rolling over several times. He then hit a second rock after being thrown over the bank.
Trang suffered internal injuries and died as he was airlifted to the hospital.
Marking the show’s 25th anniversary, St. John said Entertainment weeky: “We were wearing nothing but spandex and we were all cold.
“We used to hug to keep warm and chat in between filming. It was like brother and sister.”
JASON DAVID FRANK
Jason David Frank was among the actors who auditioned for the role of the Red Power Ranger.
After passing, he was cast as the Green Ranger known as Tommy Oliver.
In 1997, he appeared in the TV series Power Rangers Turbo where he played the Red Turbo Ranger.
He also starred as Tommy Oliver in Power Rangers Wild Force, Power Rangers Dino Thunder and Power Rangers Super Megaforce.
Frank excelled in the martial arts as he holds an 8th dan in Shotokan Karate and black belts in Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo.
In 2009, he signed with an MMA sports company and won his first match in January 2010.
In one of his matches, one of Frank’s opponents, dressed as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, was heading towards the cage.
David Yost, originally from Iowa, played Billy Cranston, the Blue Power Ranger.
He has appeared in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Mighty Morphin Alien Power Rangers, and Zeo Power Rangers.
Yost was the only actor to appear in every episode of the original series.
The actor left the show towards the end of Power Rangers Zeo.
In 2010, he claimed to have been teased for being gay. electronic warfare reported.
He said on the No Pink Spandex podcast, “Basically, I just felt like I was being told all the time that I’m not worthy to be where I am because I’m gay.
“And I don’t have to be an actor. And I’m not a superhero.”
Yost has also acted as a producer on shows such as Alien Hunter and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
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