At some point in the second season of Power Rangers, for some reason, Jason, Trini, and Zach just up and LEFT. They got, like, an internship to go work in the rain forest or something. Of course, in the real world, it was a way to get rid of the self-important actors who played Jason, Trini, and Zach. They were asking for a pay increase when their job literally consisted of pouring smoothies on Bulk and Skull and pretending to talk to a giant head in a tube. They deserved to be paid in donuts and Olive Garden gift certificates. In any event, this weird event inspired me to follow the Power Rangers AFTER they were Power Rangers, and soon it trickled into their real lives. Here are what some of the real-life Power Rangers, and some of the Power Ranger's friends, are doing today.
Austin St. John, the original Red Ranger
The original Red Ranger, Jason, was my favorite. How could he not be? Besides being the Power Rangers' leader, he was strong, steadfast, and best of all, a HERO. So what is he up to today?
Today, Austin St. John is a firefighter and emergency medical technitian in Washington DC. So still a hero, but less of a leader and more of a cog in the machine of heroes. This is how a lot of our careers turn out — we have a dream as a kid which is CLOSE to what we really want to do, but slightly shifted. Like how when I was a kid and wanted to be a professional wrestler and am I making my living by pretending to be hit by cars, faking injuries, and suing the drivers.
Michael Copon, the Blue Ranger from Power Rangers: Time Force
I never watched Power Rangers: Time Force, but the Blue Ranger was a huge nerd in the original Power Rangers, so I'm just going to assume this guy's a huge nerd too.
These days, Michael Copon is a DJ for a Christian Rock station in Virginia Beach, Virginia. So while he might LOOK cool with his leather jackets and Jesus crosses and iPod Classics, we all know what Michael Copon REALLY is — a chess playin', pocket protectin', bow-tie sportin', inhaler breathin' NERD. And again, I make this asumption based on essentially zero evidence.
Anna Hutchison, the Yellow Ranger from Power Rangers: Jungle Fury
As the Yellow Ranger in Power Rangers: Jungle Fury, Anna Hutchison played the yellowest, jungle furiest Power Ranger to date!
Seriosuly though. JUNGLE FURY? Have the Power Rangers producers given up ANY coherency? Do they just pick two words to go after "Power Rangers" in their title? How far away are we from Power Rangers: Disco Hotsauce?
But despite being in the stupidest named Power Rangers series yet, Anna Hutchison might be the most successful former Ranger. I say this only because she was in The Cabin in the Woods, an awesome movie with an interesting, logical, well-built mythology. Unlike Power Rangers, who had a movie that made literally no sense. Like, Ivan Ooze's henchmen failed to kill the Power Rangerts, and then asked him if they should take another crack at it. He said "why don't you take another quack at it" and then killed them. How dare ANYONE write that?
David Yost, the original Blue Ranger
David had a VERY long run on Power Rangers, playing Billy, the Blue Ranger for Four Seasons without even changing his ranger color.
A few years ago, Yost came out as gay, and even alleged that he left Power Rangers due to harassment on the set. Besides being active in California’s NOH8 campaign to keep same-sex marriage legal, he’s also worked behind the camera as a segment producer on shows like The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills.
Richard Steven Horvitz, voice of Alpha 5
Alpha 5 was straight up the worst character in Power Rangers. Whenever ANYTHING monster-related happened, he would lose his goddamn MIND. "Ay yi yi yi yi! Rita Repulsa's monster is HUGE!" You'd think after six or seven times he'd learn to just send a sword to a giant robot and relax. Would that we ALL could solve our problems by sending a sword to a giant robot!
Horvitz continued voice acting, playing hundreds of characters including Zim on Invader Zim, and Billy on The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. So great job, Richard Steven Horvitz, you really broke out of the old "Playing a short comic relief robot character" curse that has plauged Hollywood since the guy who played R2-D2 murdered all those hookers.
Johnny Yong Bosch, Black then Green Ranger on various Power Ranger shows
Playing the second Black Ranger, Adam Park, Johnny Yong Bosch took over a role after the much-beloved original black Ranger, Walter Emanuel Jones left Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to host the Nickelodeon game show Nick Arcade.
Oh, wait, no. He didn't do that. I'm just a racist.
Today, Johnny Yong Bosch is a professional voice actor, working on animes like, Bleach, Code Geass, Naruto, Trigun and Samurai Champloo. Now, you may be surprised to see a second voice actor on the list. I was too, so I went to see how many other former Rangers went into voice acting. Turns out, the answer is BASICALLY EVERYONE ELSE WHO EVER AHD A ROLE ON POWER RANGERS. Seriously, like, 98 percent of that shows actors are voice actors now, which means either Power Rangers was just an ad hoc show made so the interns at a voice-acting company had something to do with themselves or it's a show that walks in two worlds — a live action show for actors who are charismatic but not necessarily attractive enough to have their faces looked at by people.
Jason Narvy, Skull (of Bulk & Skull)
As half of the villainous-ish duo Bulk and Skull, Jason Narvy played one of the weirdest characters in Power Rangers. He and Paul Schrier's Bulk were bullies, but they were also the only non-Power Ranger characters I believe we ever saw on the show, meaning that BULK AND SKULL WERE THE EMBODIMENT OF THE PEOPLE THE RANGERS WERE FIGHTING FOR. No wonder we were all rooting for Lord Zedd to win. Also we were all rooting for Lord Zedd because he looked cool.
I was shocked to find this out, but nowadays Jason Narvy is a legit drama professor, teaching at Concordia University, Chicago. And his class is tough, too — his students have to walk in to class to goofy tuba music or they're told to get the HELL OUT.
The guy who played Zordon
I tried really hard to find out what happened to David Fielding, the actor who played Zordon, but the original actor's wiki page actually links to the character Zordon's wiki page. This is, of course, the biggest bummer of all time.
Thùy Trang, the original Yellow Ranger
Finding this out in my research was a major major bummer, but Thùy Trang, the first yellow ranger, died in a tragic car accident in 2001. RIP Yellow Ranger.
Jason David Frank, The original Green Ranger
The Green Ranger started out as a bad guy, but somehow he became a good guy, probably from being out-karated by the Red Ranger or something. Whatever. At one point the Power Rangers got new Zords by going to, like, the ZORD DESERT. So don't concern yourself too much with the plot details — the writers sure as sh*t didn't. So what's the Green Ranger doing today?
He is a goddamn MMA FIGHTER. Like, a real-life MMA fighter. And while Jason David Frank has an impressive record of 5-0, it's mostly because his opponents are so disconcerted when they punch him and his chest shoots out sparks.
Which Power Ranger do you think came out of Power Rangers least scathed? Let me know on Twitter at @mikeyfromsu or in the comments below!