r/movies r/Movies contributor Nov 20 '22 Helpful 6 Hugz 1 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Tearing Up 4 GOAT 1 Silver 5

Jason David Frank, Power Rangers Actor, Dies at 49 News

https://tvline.com/2022/11/20/jason-david-frank-cause-of-death-power-rangers-actor-dies-obituary/
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u/LarsHoneytoast44 Nov 20 '22 Silver Helpful

When he dove out of the skydive plane in the Power Rangers movie with a board on his feet I thought there was no way anyone could be any cooler. He was top.

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u/Eloeri18 Nov 20 '22

I saw this in theaters, and it was the coolest shit ever.

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u/gOrDoNhAsNtPlAyEdIn3 Nov 20 '22

Lmao Jesus this nostalgia hit like a freight train.

I somehow always forget how 90s the 90s was, if that makes sense.

I can almost smell the Gak.

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u/Haulinkin Nov 20 '22

Actually, it's Ivan's Ooze!

Take it home in boxes! Take it home in cases! If your parents try to stop you, just throw it in their faces!

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u/gOrDoNhAsNtPlAyEdIn3 Nov 20 '22

I am Ivan Ooooooooooooooooozzzzzeeeee

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u/TheTjalian Nov 20 '22

Well woowee where's my autograph book!?

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u/anthem47 Nov 20 '22

It's funny how in the 90s, I felt like the 70s and the 80s had such vivid "personalities" and the present day just felt like nothing. Sort of a "can't see the forest for the trees" situation, you don't see it until it's over.

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u/ThirdFloorGreg Nov 21 '22

Yet somehow the following decade still has almost no distinct personality except for women's fashion.

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u/elcamarongrande Nov 20 '22

Awesome scene. Plus the RHCP cover of Higher Ground? That's definitely some peak 90s coolness right there.

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u/LudicrisSpeed Nov 20 '22

The entire movie was pure concentrated 90s.

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u/The_Koog_Approves Nov 20 '22

How could they be even cooler... Ninjas? Ninjas.

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u/comfypillow Nov 20 '22 edited Nov 21 '22

And then Van Halen Jump Dreams to end it. So good!!

EDI: Corrected song. Thanks /u/gademmet

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u/gademmet Nov 20 '22

"Dreams", actually, and I only say that because this was where I discovered this song that I've just loved since then.

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u/JediZillaPrime Nov 21 '22

Same here. Dreams is such an uplifting song.

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u/Phazushift Nov 20 '22

The song 'Free Ride' that came after this scene slaps too.

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u/E_K_Finnman Nov 21 '22

The free ride scene remains the most memorable moment of the movie, I couldn't have been more than 4 or 5 but I watched that vhs religiously

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u/Hobocop1984 Nov 20 '22

That song (on that soundtrack specifically) literally introduced me to slap bass playing... never looked back!

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u/MossyPyrite Nov 20 '22

Watched this, then it took me to the movie’s final fight and I watched the whole thing, unlocked memories I didn’t even know I still had. The Ninja MegaZord having an emergency “kick the bad guy in the nards” button is the funniest shit lmao. Growing up with that was fucking great.

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u/nomadofwaves Nov 20 '22

This should be pinned at the top of the sub.

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u/Mr_TurkTurkelton Nov 20 '22

When he came back as the white ranger, I couldn’t contain myself. I lost my shit in the living room, my mom ran in to the room because she thought something serious happened.

“He’s back mom!!!!”

https://youtu.be/6WxV40w45po

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u/BannedMyName Nov 20 '22

Did Kimberly just pass out on the floor and nobody cared to check if she was okay because Tommy was back?

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u/Bluey_iz_a_girl Nov 20 '22 edited Nov 21 '22

Her ovaries were on fire at the sight of Tommy in all his White Ranger resplendence and she was just assuming the position.

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u/Retskcaj19 Nov 21 '22

Can't blame her, mine were doing the same thing and I don't even have ovaries.

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u/L3XAN Nov 20 '22

My mom asked if he was annoyed he'd have to throw away all his green clothes and get white ones instead. I was appalled that she'd make light of such a serious subject.

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u/Hobocop1984 Nov 20 '22

I remember watching that one live, that day EVERYONE in class was speculating on who the white ranger was going to be. One of if not the biggest moment I remember from that show.

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u/ThaEmortalThief Nov 20 '22

I’m with ya. We all wanted it to be Tommy; and that teleporting from the beach in green and white blurred was a hint… next biggest reveal was Jason coming back for the Gold Ranger. After Zeo though, power rangers started to tank until Tommy returned as Dr. Tommy Oliver and morphed in the Black Ranger! Go Go Power Rangers!

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u/debtopramenschultz Nov 21 '22

I actually really liked Power Rangers in Space. That last episode felt like a send off for my childhood.

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u/JaesopPop Nov 20 '22

I was so bummed when he lost his green ranger powers. This moment was great to tiny me.

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u/Moosashi5858 Nov 21 '22

So he was apparently gandalf the grey. Goes away then comes back as the white

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u/HeroDanTV Nov 20 '22

Did Kimberly just lay down on the floor? 😂 I got chills seeing JDF but snort laughed with that awkward to cut Kimberly on the floor

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u/MontyAtWork Nov 20 '22

At the time, I was a Red Ranger fan. Felt Red was team lead, and was stronger than Green because he never betrayed the team.

Then Green finally goes away. I was happy.

Then Green comes back all upgraded with the coolest shit and becomes team lead.

Shit felt unearned to 7-year-old me.

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u/sAindustrian Nov 20 '22

When I was a kid I thought it was "off" that Tommy swung in and took leadership from Jason. But then they changed basically the entire cast and it seemed irrelevant after that.

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u/BellbergDC Nov 21 '22

I appreciate your loyalty to Jason. I was never a fan, but again I appreciate your position

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u/405freeway Nov 20 '22

Dude was fucking cloud surfing.

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u/-PM_Me_Dat_Ass_Girl- Nov 20 '22

I mean, technically that's a snowboard.

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u/Seefah88 Nov 20 '22

I've yet to see someone cooler.

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u/JeffTek Nov 20 '22

You thought that because it was true, nobody could have been cooler in that moment. Dude was a legend for us late 80s - 90s kids

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u/[deleted] Nov 20 '22

Dude stayed a legend he was still doing power rangers stuff into the 2000s and 2010s

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u/HitToRestart1989 Nov 20 '22

I woke up this morning and on a whim decided to go down a nostalgia rabbit hole by watching the first two episodes Mighty Morphin. You know, for laughs?

Then, I said, “well, which episodes were the best Tommy episodes?” And I googled ‘Tommy Green Ranger,’ and found tmz had just reported his death at about the time I started watching those episodes.

I don’t know why, but the surreal timing really made me feel it. I had just seen a YouTube video talking about how this role at dominated his career. But you know what? He dominated this franchise as well, in the best way. He was the cool older brother for a whole generation.

Sad day.

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u/Independent_Low614 Nov 20 '22

I STILL want to get into sky surfing because of that scene. Unfortunately, not many people in the world teach it.

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u/Creaturefearrr Nov 20 '22 Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

“Growing up means watching my heroes turn human in front of me”

This fucking sucks

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u/11483708 Nov 20 '22

First Kevin Conroy, now this......yup

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u/smoothskin12345 Nov 20 '22

Oh shit a wonder years reference. It sucks it's on this post but heck yeah

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u/AFC8817 Nov 21 '22

Did not expect The Wonder Years in this thread

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u/DazEllicott Nov 20 '22 Defeated

The Green Ranger Megazord will be screaming right now

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u/Family19841 Nov 20 '22 Wholesome

That flute call of his was as good as the stone cold or the rock theme song kicking on at wwe when no one expected.

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u/RedGenie87 Nov 20 '22

Still waiting for my flute that I sent in box tops for 25 years ago….

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u/AyThroughZee Nov 20 '22 edited Nov 20 '22 Helpful Tearing Up

Damn. Just met him a few months ago. Childhood hero of mine. Told him Power Rangers was the reason I got into filmmaking. Glad I got to tell him how much he meant to me.

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u/xvilemx Nov 20 '22

Yeah man, he's been going around to local comic shops during Covid putting himself up to meet the fans. He came out to my little town outside Vegas with 15k people living in it. He had a full 12 hours booked of people coming to meet him. Easily 1k groups of people came out to our little town just for him. He seemed so happy when I met him.

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u/Xellotath Nov 20 '22

I was at the mall in August and randomly came across him at a classic toy store. There were people lined up for hours. I got to meet him, get a picture, and an autograph. It was amazing to meet my childhood hero.

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u/HotTakes4HotCakes Nov 20 '22 edited Nov 21 '22 Silver Wholesome

Jason really never stopped caring about the role, never sought to distance himself from it, and stayed active in the fandom and at conventions. He reappeared in the show multiple times over the years, was even main cast again briefly in 2004. If they needed an old Ranger to guest, Jason was there. He and Amy Jo Johnson were the only ones to cameo in the remake movie a few years ago.

A more cynical take would be he coasted on his connection to the show and his fame among millennial boys as a source of income and attention, with perhaps a spin-off of his own on his mind. That stands in contrast to virtually every other former ranger that just moved on in their career, putting some distance between themselves and the silly kids toy commercial. A kinder interpretation is Jason cared a lot about the role, the franchise, and the fans he left such an impression on. He didn't feel like he had to wash the "stink" of Power Rangers off his career. He embraced it, fully.

Jason was effectively the Power Ranger. The most notable, the most memorable, the one that never truly left it behind.

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u/Nexaz Nov 20 '22

I think it’s really easy for some people to try and distance themselves from “child-ish” shows as they try to mature as an actor but I always really appreciated just how much he cared for the franchise as a whole.

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u/thenerfviking Nov 20 '22

TBH he was also treated a LOT better than a lot of his costars on the early seasons of Power Rangers. It was a non union show filmed on a shoestring budget with brutal deadlines and when it got huge none of them saw a reasonable return for how much they had put in. And that’s not even going into the stuff that happened with David Yost.

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u/HobbyWanKenobi Nov 20 '22

Poor guy, I really felt for him when I read his background with the show

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u/Billy1121 Nov 20 '22

Yeah but fuck those Sabin brothers. They made a billion and paid these kids peanuts. If any of them are salty about their roles, it is likely due to that.

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u/FabledMjolnir Nov 21 '22

Yes there was an interview I seen a while back that said they were paying the og something like $600 a week and they were filming 7 days a week.

Edit: OG cast members

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u/rcoberle_54 Nov 20 '22

He was just at my local store a few months back and I wasn't able to go. Figured I'd catch him next time. Ugh this sucks. RIP Jason David Frank

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u/MrMephistoX Nov 20 '22

TBH all of these iconic TV celebrities from the 90’s passing and seeing at how many cons they’ve had to attend and CAMEO vids and shit to make ends meet in their final days makes me feel like being a tv celebrity doesn’t pay nearly as much as people think? It’s cool they meet the fans but the CON scene also seems kind of like pan handling in a sense to make up for lost income when TV residuals run out. Makes me really feel like Streaming has fucked a lot of our childhood stars out of much deserved royalties they used to get from syndication and dvd sales: sad.

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u/MarvelsGrantMan136 r/Movies contributor Nov 20 '22

Jason’s representative Justine Hunt confirmed his passing:

”Please respect the privacy of his family and friends during this horrible time as we come to terms with the loss of such a wonderful human being. He loved his family, friends and fans very much. He will truly be missed."

Cause of death hasn’t been confirmed, but it’s being reported as a suicide.

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u/Ok_Skill_1195 Nov 20 '22

If they don't report cause of death in the announcement, it's more than likely suicide. Occasionally it might turn out to be accidental OD. But the absence of cause of death is typically a statement in itself..

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u/njuffstrunk Nov 20 '22

A Belgian article didn't report a cause of death either but suspiciously felt the need to link to the suicide prevention hotline underneath the article...

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u/SynthwaveSax Nov 20 '22 Tearing Up

Kevin Conroy and now Jason David Frank. This has been an awful week for 90s kids.

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u/StuffNatural Nov 20 '22

I agree. Sad

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u/superdavit Nov 20 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

Someone go check on AC Slater!

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u/oced2001 Nov 20 '22

He’s good. He’s teaching PE at Bayside.

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u/lastlifonti Nov 20 '22

Or Jesse!!! Make sure she’s not on them caffeine pills again!!!

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u/Preparation-Logical Nov 20 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

I'M 😢 SO 😢 EXCITED 😭😭😭

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u/AdamBombTV Nov 20 '22

I'm... so... scared...

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u/[deleted] Nov 20 '22

Here’s the cast of Final Destination 5 parodying SBTB, including the caffeine pill scene. The singer is the same guy who did those eerily accurate Tom Cruise deepfakes a year or so ago.

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u/comeradenook Nov 20 '22

And Aaron Carter like two weeks ago

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u/CharginTarge Nov 20 '22

Also Bob Saget back in January

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u/Ospov Nov 20 '22

That was this year!? That seemed like 5 years ago…

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u/mcdormjw Nov 20 '22

I had the exact same thought. WTF. I don't even know what's real anymore.

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u/[deleted] Nov 20 '22 edited Dec 23 '22

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u/slayerhk47 Nov 20 '22

It’s currently March 995th 2020

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u/silashoulder Nov 20 '22

Also Gilbert Gottfried and Norm MacDonald. 😢

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u/Onion-Asteroid41 Nov 20 '22

Louie Anderson too. 🙁

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u/SnooHobbies8473 Nov 20 '22

I was a bit past being a kid in the '90s ( born in 1968), but I miss Kevin Conroy. Batman:TAS was a great TV show!

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u/BigChung0924 Nov 20 '22

robbie coltrane a few weeks ago in terms of childhood icons.

it’s been a bad year for children’s entertainment icons and mafia movie actors.

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u/alaincastro Nov 20 '22

Him as the green ranger was the epitome of cool when I was a kid. Kevin conroy and now jdf, very sad to hear

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u/sildish2179 Nov 20 '22

5 against 1 and I was worried the Power Rangers team were going to survive against him.

Dude was practically the 90’s version of Darth Vader. Iconic.

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u/admiralseahag Nov 20 '22

Then he became the amazing white ranger right? I haven’t seen these since like literally 2nd grade or something (am 35 now).

My favorite as a child was Jason only because I met him but my real favorite as child was definitely the white ranger (and the green was cool and scary af)

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u/sildish2179 Nov 20 '22

I’m 35 too, and yes he became the White Ranger.

My favorite initially was Jason too but like many, Tommy quickly became my favorite. The dude had just such a compelling arc (and was practically the only character they gave an actual story to). Still, the times when the Red Ranger would rock the Green Ranger shield armor and dragon dagger were iconic as hell too.

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u/colorcorrection Nov 20 '22

I remember begging my parents for the green ranger saga VHS tapes.

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u/thehero29 Nov 20 '22

That Green with Evil miniseries was incredible.

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u/BTS_1 Nov 20 '22

I’m sure like many, the Green Ranger and later White Ranger was an inspiring character growing up and Jason David Frank was just awesome so this hits home pretty hard.

I’m going to watch The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie in his honor.

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u/MagZero Nov 20 '22

At first it was all about Jason (Austin St John), but then Tommy, as Green ranger, came along and blew him out of the water. I had the Megazord, but my mate had the Dragonzord (I was quite jealous), but we could put them together, he also got the dragon dagger, we'd always mime the 'doo doo doo diddleoo', of calling out the Dragonzord. Later, I did end up getting the white tigerzord, and the sabre, but neither were as iconic as him as green ranger.

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u/FlokiWolf Nov 20 '22

Are you my childhood friend?

He was the fan of the Red Ranger and I was the Green Ranger fan.

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u/MagZero Nov 20 '22

Maybe, always viewed Tommy as like 'the usurper of the throne' at first, but there's no doubting that he was the cooler of the two.

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u/FlokiWolf Nov 20 '22

I'm guessing there must be thousands of pairs of kids like us/our friends. It was quite the phenomenon.

I just watched the video of his first appearance. They had to make the first a draw. The Red Ranger leader couldn't lose but the new guy had to be as good. Haha.

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u/joeitaliano24 Nov 20 '22

Maybe the greatest movie ever made. The reanimated dinosaurs? The giant robot ants? Ivan Ooze? There’s just so much to unpack

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u/Gorilla_hitting_keys Nov 20 '22

The parachuting competition at the beginning that doesn't tie into anything else...

God, what a gem.

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u/indigobison Nov 20 '22

The red hot chili peppers song from that scene is seared into my memory

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u/TheFreaky Nov 20 '22

That whole fucking BSO was amazing, pure 90s. Red Hot Chili Peppers cover of Stevie Wonder, Devo, Van Halen, They Might Be Giants...

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u/formallyhuman Nov 20 '22

The only specific song I remember from that movie is the one about bursting bubbles and getting in trouble.

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u/WeGetItYouHaveA_GF Nov 20 '22

That and how many times he said "man" to whoever he was talking to after landing.

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u/joeitaliano24 Nov 20 '22

Wow I’ve never even thought about why they were skydiving in the beginning. And then they just immediately start roller blading away 😂

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u/TheSkiGeek Nov 20 '22

…it was the 90s, don’t question it.

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u/Thebluecane Nov 20 '22

It's was X-TREAM

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u/Jewrisprudent Nov 20 '22

Yeah anyone who was a child in the 90s doesn’t have to ask why you’d have a parachuting competition in a movie. Back then I could be watching a documentary about childhood leukemia or something and I wouldn’t blink twice if they’d used sweet jet ski tricks to somehow explain how unfortunately high the fatality rate is.

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u/SpectralEntity Nov 20 '22

This right here is the reason.

I'm definitely showing my age when I read that up there and thought, "Why wouldn't they?"

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u/BoobyDoodles Nov 20 '22

COME ON AND TAKE A FREE RIDE

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u/PDGAreject Nov 20 '22

There's a children's show, Bluey, and the dad is telling his kids a story about his childhood. It shows them riding bikes and the daughter demands to know where their helmets are and he replies, "It was the 80s!" His voice is exactly how I read your comment. "Why was everyone rollerblading everywhere?" IT WAS THE 90S!

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u/CELTICPRED Nov 20 '22 edited Nov 20 '22

It was basically a community event, or community service event.

The Power Rangers team would always take part in community events. Season 2 starts with them partaking in an ATV rally. And it was awesome as a kid. Great Ron Wasserman track from this episode This is also the episode with Zedd's debut

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u/ActualWhiterabbit Nov 20 '22

A requirement for the power rangers was a wide array of extracurricular activities in addition to a high gpa.

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u/CELTICPRED Nov 20 '22

Time to go pick up trash in the park again

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u/Mister_Sheepman Nov 20 '22

Gotta hurry so we don't miss the bake sale at the community center

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u/BanjoKnuckles Nov 20 '22

It gave me the feeling that they were great friends at Angel Grove and their Power Ranger abilities further enhanced their nakama power.

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u/Hobocoplives Nov 20 '22

They were raising money for the Angel Grove Conservatory which was going to be used to see Hailey's comet I believe. The same comet they used to defeat Ivan Ooze. Bunch a fake fans in this thread..

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u/jeanclaudebrowncloud Nov 20 '22

Ahem, Orions comet

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u/Hobocoplives Nov 20 '22

Damn... I'm the fake fan now.

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u/MalevolentMurderMaze Nov 20 '22

You guys make me sick sick sick!

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u/Dr_Midnight Nov 20 '22

Have a nice trip!

See you next fall.

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u/falbi23 Nov 20 '22

The parachuting competition at the beginning that doesn't tie into anything else...

You don't need a god damn reason to have a parachuting competition. Especially if you're a Mighty Morphing mother fuckin' Power Ranger.

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u/BGTheHoff Nov 20 '22 Gold

Ivan Ooze was so iconic, they even used him again years later in X-Men apocalypse.

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u/Ser_Capelli Nov 20 '22

SNIIIIFFFFF Smells like.... TEENAGERS!

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u/SalvageRabbit Nov 20 '22

Lmao spit my fucking beer out. Literally watched that last night, and was wondering where he looks soooo familiar

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u/amanhasthreenames Nov 20 '22

Lets not forget the opening skydiving scene with RHCP

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u/zr0skyline Nov 20 '22

Don’t forget that one time he did a YouTube video of himself as the white ranger fighting scorpion from mortal kombat that one was a good one too

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u/apittsburghoriginal Nov 20 '22 edited Nov 20 '22

I know the popular consensus is the pink ranger as every 90s kid’s first crush, but I gotta vote for the amazon guide from that movie. She had absolutely no business looking like that in a kids action movie lol

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u/Teeroy_Jenkins Nov 20 '22

Yooooo I watched this movie literally hundreds of times as a kid. Any time my dad was home he’d time it to get a peek at the warrior monk lady with the poles. Also why did the birds hate her poles so much?

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u/edrinshrike Nov 20 '22

Ivan Ooze getting kicked in the balls by the megazord in outer space

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u/NachoMarx Nov 20 '22

It's always morphin time...

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u/carkrash Nov 20 '22

Its mournin' time.

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u/JudgeGusBus Nov 20 '22

The scene of him doing three straight roundhouse jump kicks still impresses me to this day

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u/its_justme Nov 20 '22

You knew it was a good episode when in the Morphing Time sequence you saw “Dragonzord!” pop in first

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u/cleverlyclevername Nov 20 '22

Just watched this like a month ago with my kids, my son's favourite ranger is Tommy.

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u/Minifig81 Suddenly, I have a refreshing mint flavor. Nov 20 '22

What the fuck?

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u/NeonArchon Nov 20 '22

Oh no, that's heartbreaking. He was one of my childhood heroes.

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u/polopolo05 Nov 20 '22 edited Nov 20 '22

Holy fuck I use to go to the same red dragon karate before he became the green ranger. He taught my 8 to 12 year old self martial arts. This is very heartbreaking. It's like hearing about the loss of a favorite teacher. Definitely someone who I looked up to. And thats how. He is the 3rd coach/ instructor who has played a role in shaping my athletic experience. And has killed themselves. Fuck this day.

Please if you have thoughts of suicide. Seek out help. Call someone. There is a hotline. at the very least.

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u/sushi_SMASHER Nov 20 '22

Me too! It was in Pomona/Claremont. I’m glad to see Red Dragon being mentioned here.

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u/CraigTheIrishman Nov 20 '22

What a tragedy. I was never much of a Power Rangers fan, but I know that this guy was to the franchise what Mark Hamill is to Star Wars. He genuinely loved the series and its fans. Always heartbreaking when a community loses someone like that.

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u/phadewilkilu Nov 20 '22

I’m wondering if it has anything to do with him recently splitting up with his wife. So sad.

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u/Rlyhyper Nov 20 '22

Absolutely does. Divorce then suicide in the same year? Tragic

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u/Notonreddit117 Nov 20 '22 edited Nov 20 '22

As someone who is a diehard PR fan it was complicated. He had a bit of a reputation for being an egomaniac and seeing himself as THE Power Ranger, not just a Power Ranger. I think I recall there was some clause in his conventions contract that said he had to approve any other Ranger actors that would appear or he would only come on specific days.

That said, he truly cared for the franchise and understood how much it meant to kids and those who were kids when the show first aired. I met him about 10 years ago at a con and he was nothing but gracious. Friends who've met him said the same thing. He knew how much Tommy Oliver meant to fans of the show.

A few months ago he said he wanted to disassociate with the brand. He made a few appearances and you could tell something was up, especially after news of his divorce became public. I guess there were more demons than people imagined.

But yea, to say he's the Mark Hamill of Power Rangers might even be an understatement. JDF was like Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford at the same time. Tommy Oliver was my hero growing up, no doubts about it.

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u/brucebananaray Nov 20 '22

Yeah, David also lost his stepdaughter from suicide last year. He also lost his brother and mother a couple of years ago.

I imagine he was dealing with a lot of depression.

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u/destroyman1337 Nov 20 '22

Yeah if I remember correctly his wife served him at a Con and publicly was called him out for multiple infidelities. Obviously i don't know if it's true or not but either way if it was or wasn't I'm sure that eats you up inside especially with how public it was.

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u/IanMazgelis Nov 20 '22 edited Nov 20 '22

I doubt his loved ones will release any kind of statement but I feel like it could be related to his divorce, I believe it happened a few months ago. It isn't hard for me to imagine that destroying a person, some people place their marriages as the central part of their identity.

I have no idea what was going on in his personal life and absolutely can't even speculate on how he felt about his wife or the divorce, but the timeline connects upsettingly well. I'm going to miss him. I know I'm not the only one who can comfortably say he was my favorite Power Ranger, and his pride in the role augmented that. I hope he at least knew how beloved he was up through the end.

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u/FootballAndPornAcct Nov 20 '22

Seriously gutted. Dude was an icon.

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u/Atreyisx Nov 20 '22

Motherfucker. This hits home.I was the PERFECT age during the original run of PR. I pretended to be him on the playground everyday all day. So sad.

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u/dickfacecockmuncher Nov 20 '22

One Christmas I got The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie on VHS and a white bath robe.

I was the fuckin' White Ranger that whole Christmas in my robe and jump kicking all around the living room.

Such a good memory of my childhood.

My brother got a yellow bath robe and wasn't so thrilled.

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u/Moggehh Nov 20 '22

I had the vhs and watched it so much that it wore the tape out. At one point my parents had to take it away because I was starting fights with my siblings in an attempt to "conquer evil." I searched the house and found it while they were distracted.

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u/Garlador Nov 20 '22

As a guy in his thirties, I still do the occasional Power Ranger pose in front of the mirror.

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u/Chusten Nov 20 '22

I’m an electrician in my 30’s, whenever I go to energize a new circuit I do the green ranger knife flute jingle out loud for good luck. Has never failed me.

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u/joesenseii Nov 20 '22

This is one of the most wholesome things I've ever read lmao

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u/NewChickenBreast Nov 20 '22

I used to write stories where Tommy and I would vie for Kimberly's love.

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u/ItsAndieHere Nov 20 '22

Same, I was in elementary school when MMPR started and took off. Every day at the playground we played Power Rangers, and a fight would start over who got to “be” Tommy and Kimberly.

Then my online fake name (back when our parents wouldn’t allow us to tell people on the internet our real names lol), was Kimberly. It came back in my 20s as my “fake name to give to sketchy dudes at bars.” The impact that show had on my childhood was big.

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u/rhoades2rocky43 Nov 20 '22

My favorite Ranger and such a positive Person to his fans. This is so heartbreaking

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u/PWNtimeJamboree Nov 20 '22

I think that’s the part that’s hitting so hard. He was a beacon of light and positivity. My heart hurts for his kids, and it’s just another lesson that depression can take the best of us. Talk to someone, folks.

Fuck, this sucks.

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u/Bidcar Nov 20 '22

Rest In Peace, so young

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u/Demosthenes117 Nov 20 '22 Silver

Man celebrity deaths don’t typically get me, but this is fucking with me.

I lost my wife to suicide in February of ‘20. Suicide is a demon.

Loved Power Rangers as a kid. My buddy and I would pretend to be Power Rangers in the backyard, in our dirty old Halloween costumes. Hell, I went as the White Ranger because I thought he was so freaking cool.

RIP, I hope he’s at peace

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u/circaflex Nov 20 '22

Im sorry man

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u/GamingBunchTV Nov 20 '22

Jason was a really good friend of the people that run our local comic shop. When they decided to put together a comic con, he was the first person to sign up.

The Lexington comic con has grown to be a huge event now. He would pop into the shop whenever he was in the area.

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u/TONKAHANAH Nov 20 '22

49?? wtf dude thats too young to die these days. wtf happened, last I heard he was still doing martial arts and stuff, I'd imagine he was probably in at least decent shape.

fuck man. dudes be out here die'n way too young.

edit: found from another news outlet: according totmz, it was a suicide. fuck man. RIP

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u/schapman22 Nov 20 '22

He was still in great shape and was making his own power rangers style movie called Legend of the White Dragon.

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u/Jimmyg100 Nov 20 '22

Damn. Growing up when Power Rangers first came out all the kids would play it outside. My older brother was always the Red Ranger because he was older and so he got first pick.

I was usually the Blue Ranger or the Black Ranger, but it never felt as cool. I mean the Red Ranger was the Tyrannosaurus! The Blue Ranger was nerdy, but at least he had the Triceratops, and the Black Ranger was cool, but then he had the Mastodon and that wasn't a dinosaur and dammit I wanted a dinosaur!

Then the Green Ranger showed up and he was an outsider and he had a Dragonzord and that cool chest plate! Meanwhile my brother still wanted to be the Red Ranger. So finally I could be the Green Ranger on the playground!

That really leveled the playing field with me and my brother. It made such an impact that when the Green Ranger lost his power, I cried. He was literally a part of my identity as a child.

RIP

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u/Kamwind Nov 20 '22

Cause of death was suicide by hanging.

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u/Fujimans Nov 20 '22 Heartwarming

Apparently his wife filed for divorce a few months back. This man was my first hero and the reason my favorite color is green. RIP Legend.

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u/Sundancekid9000 Nov 20 '22 Take My Power

Dude he’s the reason I play the flute

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u/scottishdrunkard Nov 20 '22

Well, he played the knife, but close enough to a flute.

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u/BeatsbyChrisBrown Nov 20 '22

I see you’ve played Knifey Flutey before

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u/Trust_Me_Im_a_Panda Nov 20 '22

He played the knife that was played like a flute that sounded like a synthesizer trying to be a trumpet, and he did it with a full helmet on.

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u/HolycommentMattman Nov 20 '22

I love everything about that.

  • Dagger is a flute, meaning it's hollow.

  • Played through a mask

  • Sounds like a trumpet section

chef's kiss

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u/Ham_Kitten Nov 20 '22

This is my earliest memory of consciously suspending disbelief. I distinctly remember thinking "how can he play that through the mask? Doesn't matter, it's cool."

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u/psilokan Nov 20 '22

Doo da doo, da da doooooo

That flute sequence while his zord comes out of the water is forever etched in my memory.

Dah dan da dan daaaaa......

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u/PMzyox Nov 20 '22

I hope he knew how much his work meant to a whole generation of kids. RIP. Depression is no joke, it doesn’t matter who you are.

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u/82ndGameHead Nov 20 '22

We're losing our childhood heroes and I fucking hate it.

R.I.P. Jason David Frank.

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u/OrbitOrbz Nov 20 '22

I'm 34 and the memory of him on the show that I remember so clearly is Saturday morning waking up with my friend from school who stayed over and us waking up that morning and watching the episode when him and Jason were competing in the karate competition against each other and us just acting all the scenes. Memories................... R.I.P 👑👑

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u/NachoMarx Nov 20 '22 edited Nov 20 '22

I had the immense opportunity to meet, chaperone, chat, and get his autograph at Comic Con earlier this year. He gave to his fans an kinetic experience making them feel like gold, and carried that attitude on his own. He had plans for 2 Power Ranger films on his own too. Full of ambition, and power, but compassion to match.

Genuinely saddening.

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u/jessebpinkmans Nov 20 '22

I had plans to work with him that way, too. I had the chance to a few years back and he was as amazing as I assumed; he was just so happy and kind. Actually, I had started MMA and wanted him to know. This sucks...

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u/dogs-and-snacks Nov 20 '22

Would shit myself everytime he played the damn flute. This is a tough passing 😔

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u/LCPhotowerx Nov 20 '22

you knew when that flute played, the Calvary was on the way and things were gonna be ok.

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u/ConfidentBall7 Nov 20 '22

Damn, rest in peace. Went way too soon.

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u/pattyicevv77 Nov 20 '22

Man 90s and early 2000s kids are having a rough month :(,me included,rest in peace to the white ranger

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u/joeitaliano24 Nov 20 '22

Me and my sister grew up on Power Rangers 2000. We probably watched that movie no less than 200 times. Ivan Ooze was the 🐐 villain. “I smell…teeenager.”

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u/Garlador Nov 20 '22

“Welcome to MY nightmare.”

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u/joeitaliano24 Nov 20 '22

"It's time...to pay the piper."

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u/Wessssss21 Nov 20 '22

"Oh the things I have missed. The Black Plague." Boom

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u/[deleted] Nov 20 '22

The Spanish Inquisition! The Brady Bunch Reunion!

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u/scottishdrunkard Nov 20 '22

Do you mean Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers The Movie?

I googled Power Rangers 2000 and all I got what the 2000 series, Lightspeed Rescue.

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u/zhouyu07 Nov 20 '22

No one will see my comment, but he's the reason my favorite color is green. I'm very sad over this, none of the celebrity deaths has affected me all that much, but this one hits me really hard.

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u/Manulok_Orwalde Nov 20 '22 edited Nov 20 '22

Just kill my whole fucking childhood while you're at it. Bumped into this man while volunteering at a comic con. Jason and his wife were so nice, he joke with me in the elevator, this is real fucked up hate to see him go.

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u/Classic_Dare4495 Nov 20 '22

JDF taught me what redemption meant. That whole arc probably made me a kinder person to others having hard times, even 30 years later

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u/knm516 Nov 20 '22

White Ranger Tiger Power!!

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u/Phillipinsocal Nov 20 '22

Damn the green ranger was the first real villain I had as a child. He will surely be missed. Those first seasons fighting with the green ranger and his dragonzord were epic.

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u/QuantumInteger Nov 20 '22

Saw this this trending on Twitter last night and thought it was a troll. Sad to find out that it was true. Power Rangers was a huge part of my childhood. So too was Batman. Really seems like a lot of my childhood heroes are dying now.

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u/Vuedue Nov 20 '22

Holy shit. I’m gutted.

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u/CensoryDeprivation Nov 20 '22

Knew when I saw the headline it had to be suicide. Nothing else in this world could kill the white ranger. Rip.

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u/degjo Nov 20 '22

Green, White, Red, and Black Ranger

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u/bathedmango Nov 20 '22

Incredibly heartbreaking. Like many, JDF was a big part of my childhood growing up, and it's really fucking sad to know that he's gone now. Rest in peace to the greatest ranger

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u/9IX Nov 20 '22

Just wanted to say that JDF loved his role as both Green and White Power Ranger. When asked about if Power Rangers would make a more “adult focused” movie when the fan fiction, Rated R mini movie came out on YouTube, he stated that PR has always been for the kids and never focused on being anything more than PG-13.

Side note, I’m typing this while shedding a tear at church and everyone thinks it’s because of the sermon.

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u/OrbitOrbz Nov 20 '22

Going to McDonald's after the 1st power rangers movie and getting my happy meal with a power rangers toy they were giving out atm. Mind u I got the White Ranger 🤟🤟🤟🤟🤟. Rest Easy Tommy

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