More than Twenty years ago, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” a television series about teenage superheroes, premiered on FOX. The immensely popular live action show launched a franchise, including a feature film, a live tour, video games and a number of spinoffs. But what happened to the original cast?
Austin St. John (Jason Lee Scott, Red Ranger)
Even before Austin St. John won the role of Jason Lee Scott, the leader of the original team of Power Rangers, he was fascinated by martial arts, including tae-kwon do, judo, kung fu and kickboxing. “”It’s a way of life,” St. John, 38, said on his website. “I don’t do it for sport or hobby.” After leaving the series for the first time, he starred in the video “Karate Masters – Beginning Martial Arts For Kids,” and co-wrote a book about the practice. According to his biography, though he still teaches martial arts, St. John is currently an EMT paramedic and a firefighter in Washington, D.C.
Thuy Trang (Trini Kwan, Yellow Ranger)
Thuy Trang, the Vietnamese-American actress who originated the role of the Yellow Ranger, left the series with St. John and Jones, with whom she was reportedly close. Afterward, she landed the role of a murderer in “The Crow: City of Angels” and appeared in the film “Spy Hard” alongside Leslie Nielsen. However, her life was tragically cut short when she died in a car accident in 2001 at age 27, according to CNN. Her “Power Rangers” co-stars Amy Jo Johnson, St. John and Jones attended her memorial.