The Original 'Power Rangers' Have Come So Far

If you consider yourself a millennial, then you may remember racing home after school, grabbing a Capri Sun and a Fruit Roll-Up, and plopping down in front of the TV to watch Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. While the original Power Rangers cast has now moved on to various projects over the years, there's no doubt that they are still best known for their roles on this all-important show, which was foundational in so many millennials' formative years. So, where exactly did the original Power Rangers go? That's a bit of a tricky question to answer.

By and large, a majority of the original cast stuck to the Power Rangers extended universe. There has been no shortage of versions of the series on television and made for home video over the years; this has meant plenty of opportunities for the original cast that most likely introduced you to the world of the Power Rangers.

You may have seen these familiar faces pop up in indie films or various television shows over the years. Or, if you still love to revisit the world of the Power Rangers, you'll probably have seen a handful of these originals pop up on other shows. Either way, it's certainly interesting to see where each cast member has ended up and where they're headed in the near future.

Amy Jo Johnson

The Pink Ranger a.k.a. Kimberly Hart, played by Johnson, was one of two women on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Johnson's career may have kicked off with her Power Rangers role, but she's maintained a lively and steady career since she left the Pink Ranger behind her in 1999. Johnson has had a variety of television roles, including Felicity, Flashpoint, Covert Affairs. She also has a special cameo in the Power Rangers reboot this year, appearing as a bystander during the Rangers' battle with Goldar.

David Yost

Yost played tech genius Billy Cranston on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers back in the '90s. Geeky and lovable, Billy was the most bae of Blue Rangers. Yost's career is mostly Power Rangers-based: over the years, he's appeared in a ton of Power Rangers home videos, Power Rangers: Zeo, and two indie films.

Jason David Frank

Frank has perhaps held onto his Power Rangers role the longest in the Power Rangers extended universe. Frank first appeared as Tommy, the Green Ranger, in the 1993 TV series before appearing in various Power Rangers movies, Power Rangers: Zeo and Power Rangers: Turbo. In every film and TV show in the Power Rangers franchise, Frank has played his original role of Tommy. In 2017, Frank popped up in the Power Rangers reboot in a cameo role, playing a bystander along with former Power Rangers co-star Amy Jo Johnson.

Austin St. John

St. John played Jason, the Red Ranger, during his time on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. If you were a diehard fan of the show, you may have found yourself arguing with your friends about who got to pretend to be the Red Ranger because he was considered one of the leaders of the group, like the Green Ranger. St. John also appeared in Power Rangers Wild Force and Power Rangers: Zeo, as well as recent, smaller films Gideon's Frontier and The Order. Fun fact: the latter two films also featured, respectively, St. John's Power Rangers co-stars Walter Jones and David Yost.

Walter Jones

In the 1993 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Jones played Zack Taylor. Zack was the Black Ranger on the show. Interestingly, the connection of suit color to race loomed so large over the years that Jones had to dispel it as a fiction. This has become a pop culture punchline to the point that in the 2017 Power Rangers reboot, RJ Cyler's character, Billy, makes an observation about being black but not the Black Ranger.

Jones has had a variety of film and television roles over the years and most recently appeared in Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.

Thuy Trang

Trang could be considered a major influence on millennials thanks to her role as Trini, the Yellow Ranger, on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. According to her IMDb profile, Trang and her family emigrated from Vietnam shortly after the end of the Vietnam War. Tragically, Trang was killed in a car accident in September 2001 and left behind a small body of work — four roles altogether. To this day, her most well-known role is from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.