The Original 'Power Rangers' Cast: Where Are They Now?

What have the original cast members been up to? Let's take a look.

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It's hard to believe that it's been a full thirty years since the premiere of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. First premiering on August 28th, 1993, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers aka MMPR was the first official show/entry of the Power Rangers franchise, and to say it became something of a pop culture phenomena (even inspiring video games) would be quite the understatement. In fact, you could technically argue that it's an obsession that continues to this day (rightfully so of course) due to the beloved heroes, flashy villains and visual style of the IP. And while Power Rangers lovers appreciate everything that has come afterwards in the franchise, there's a special place in the heart for the original cast members. Today we're going to take a blast to the past back to the 1990s and revisit the original Power Rangers cast to see what they've been up to recently. Stick with us if you want to find out, and if you are a new Power Rangers fan or need to jog your memory a bit, you can check out a breakdown of the series in order here.

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When did the original 'Power Rangers' debut?

The original Power Rangers aka Mighty Morphin Power Rangers made its debut via Fox Kids on August 28th, 1993.

The Original 'Power Rangers' Cast, Then and Now

As we just mentioned, we're going to be taking a look at the original Power Rangers cast, and what they have been up to since Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Let's dive in.

1. Austin St. John

1. Austin St. John
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Jason Lee Scott / Red Ranger

Austin St. John portrayed Jason Lee Scott, the original Red Ranger of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the first leader of the team. In the years following 1993, St. John would reprise his role as Scott on multiple occasions, which included a permanent role in 1996's Power Rangers Zero, and a 2002 appearance in the "Forever Red" episode of Power Rangers Wild Force. More recently, St. John made a cameo appearance in the film Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel, along with other acting credits such as 2018's Monsters At Large, 2019's A Walk With Grace, reprising his role as Jason in the episode "Grid Connection" in 2020's Power Rangers Beast Morphers, and a lead role in the 2022 film Tres Leches.

2. Walter Emanuel Jones

2. Walter Jones
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Zack Taylor / Black Ranger

Walter Emanuel Jones took on the role of the original Black Ranger Zack Taylor, who was the first team's second-in-command. In the years since Jones has kept quite busy with a role as Harlan Band in the 1996 series Space Cases and appearances in other popular 1990s shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. In the last several years, Jones has also made appearances in the films Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, House Party, and appeared in the 30th Anniversary Special as Zack Taylor of course in 2023's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always.

3. Thuy Trang

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Trini Kwan / Yellow Ranger

Unfortunately we lost Thuy Trang at the age of 27 back in 2001. Trang portrayed Trini Kwan, the original Yellow Ranger of MMPR, winning the role over 500 other actors. Trang only portrayed the role of Kwan through the middle of the second season due to contractual obligations, and would go on to make appearances in the films Spy Hard (1996) and The Crow: City of Angels (1996). At the time of her untimely passing, Trang had several more films lined up to start shooting.

4. Amy Jo Johnson

3. Amy Jo Johnson
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Kimberly Hart / Pink Ranger

Amy Jo Johnson was Kimberly Hart, the original Pink Ranger of MMPR and the first Pink Ninja Ranger. In the years after her role as Kimberly, Johnson would make multiple appearances in several television shows and movies throughout the 1990s and 2000s including: Saved by the Bell, Susie Q, Felicity, Spin City, and Interstate 60. Johnson has also put on her director hat within the last decade, directing the short films Bent (2013) and Lines (2014), along with the feature films The Space Between (2017) and Tammy's Always Dying (2019).

5. David Yost

4. David Yost
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Billy Cranston / Blue Ranger

David Yost portrayed Billy Cranston on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, who was the Blue Ranger/Blue Ninja Ranger, and the longest-lasting member of the original team. Following his portrayal as the Blue Ranger (which includes appearances in multiple other Power Rangers entities), Yost has mostly chosen to go the producer route with credits like 2001's Temptation Island, 2004's You Are What You Eat, and a brief stint as segment producer of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in 2010. Recently, Yost reprised his role as Blue Ranger the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always 30th Anniversary Special.

6. Jason David Frank

5. Tommy Oliver
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Tommy Oliver / Green Ranger

Long live Jason David Frank, who played the legendary Tommy Ranger, aka the Green Ranger and White Ranger of MMPR which he portrayed from 1993 to 1997. Frank would reprise his role as Tommy Ranger on multiple occasions after leaving the show including an appearance on the tenth anniversary special of Power Rangers Wild Force in 2002, 2004's Power Rangers Dino Thunder, and 2014's Power Rangers Super Megaforce. Frank was also an incredibly skilled martial artist who made his MMA debut in 2010, winning his pro MMA debut against Jose Roberto Vasquez on August 4th, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Tammy, and their four children.

7. Steve Cardenas

6. Steve Cardenas
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Rocky DeSantos / Red Ranger

Steve Cardena's was Rocky DeSantos, the second Red Ranger of MMPR and the Red Ninja Ranger, eventually transitioning to the Blue Zeo Ranger in Power Rangers Zeo. With a martial arts background that currently has him at a 5th degree black belt in Taekwondo and a 2nd degree black belt in Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, Cardena auditioned for and won the role of Rocky, replacing Jason Lee Scott as the Red Ranger after his departure. In the years since, Cardena has continued appearing in the Power Rangers franchise (Power Rangers Turbo and Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel to name a couple), and has continued to advance in martial arts.

8. Johnny Yong Bosch

7. Johnny Yong Bosch
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Adam Park / Black Ranger

Johnny Yong Bosch was Adam Park, the second Black Ranger of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/ the Black Ninja Ranger. A martial artist, Bosch auditioned for the role in 1994, replacing Walter Emanuel Jones after his departure in the second season. Several years later, Bosch began voice acting and has appeared as a voice actor in multiple films and video games including the cult-classic anime film Akira, Code Geass, the 2021 Netflix anime series Godzilla Singular Point along with the games Final Fantasy II, Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, Mortal Kombat X, and tons of others. Bosh recently reprised his role as Black Ranger in the 30th Anniversary Special as well.

9. Karan Ashley

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Aisha Campbell / Yellow Ranger

Karan Ashley played Aisha Campbell, the second Yellow Ranger of MMPR and the Yellow Ninja Ranger. Ashley won the role against thousands of others who auditioned for the part, and continued making guest appearances through the 1990s on shows like Hangin With Mr. Cooper', Kenan & Kel, and The Parkers to name a few. She has also recently appeared in the 2016 web series Class Dismissed.

10. Catherine Sutherland

8. Catherine Sutherland
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Katherine "Kat" Hillard / Pink Ranger

Catherine Sutherland portrayed Katherine "Kat" Hillard, the second Pink Ranger and the second Pink Ninja Ranger, replacing Amy Jo Johnson after she left the show. Throughout the remainder of the 1990s, Sutherland would go to make some more Power Rangers appearances along with a couple of other credits such as 1998's State Coroner and 2000s The Dream Factory. Sutherland reprised her role with her fellow Power Rangers cast for the 30th Anniversary Special in 2023.

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