Jason David Frank (born September 4, 1973) is an American actor, martial artist and professional Mixed martial arts fighter, best known for playing Tommy Oliver in Power Rangers (1993–1997, 2002 and 2004, with 243 total episode actual appearances and 258 character appearances). Frank auditioned for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in 1993 when he was 19. He was cast in the role of Tommy Oliver, the Green Ranger. He later became the White Ranger. Frank was supposed to be the lead character Adam Steele in VR Troopers (originally called "Cybertron") and shot a pilot episode before being called back to Power Rangers. According to both Frank and Brad Hawkins, Hawkins was to replace Frank originally as the White Ranger on Power Rangers. However, due to Frank`s popularity with Ranger fans, he was brought back as the white Ranger again Hawkins would take over on VR Troopers. After 3 seasons Mighty Morphin Power Rangers became Power Rangers: Zeo. The transition is part of the annual Ranger suit change to match the annual change of the Super Sentai series. Frank`s character became the Red Zeo Ranger. The following year in Power Rangers: Turbo he became the first Red Turbo Ranger. During mid-season Frank and fellow cast members Johnny Yong Bosch, Nakia Burrise and Catherine Sutherland agreed to leave and were replaced. After he left the series in 1997, Frank came back to Power Rangers as the Red Zeo Ranger in 2002 for the special 10th anniversary episode, entitled "Forever Red", in Power Rangers: Wild Force (reuniting with Austin St. John). He then reprised his role in 2004 in Power Rangers: Dino Thunder, as the Black Dino Ranger. This was a favor to Douglas Sloan. He`s joked that Saban and Disney are "both the same, they`re cheap" but that he was impressed with the production crew for Dino Thunder. He took a lot of time off from the season to return to Los Angeles, as he still had to manage Rising Sun Karate.