THE Mighty Morphin Power Rangers entertained fans around the world in the 1990s – as kids were immersed in their battles against the bad guys.
Decades later, superheroes are back in the spotlight as Austin St John – the first Red Power Ranger – faces fraud charges.
The series, which aired from 1993 to 1996 on Fox Kids, was the first installment in the Power Rangers franchise and featured actresses such as Amy Jo Johnson and Thuy Thang.
In the show, five teenagers were selected by Zordon and had to defend the planet against evil threats.
The Sun takes a look back at the careers of the original Power Rangers stars – nearly three decades after the show’s first episode aired.
AUSTIN ST JOHN
Austin St John, real name Jason Lawrence Geiger, rose to fame as the original red Power Ranger as teenage superhero Jason Lee Scott.
He was the youngest cast member when the show first aired.
The martial artist was renowned for his skills in taekwondo, judo and kenpo before leaving the show in its second season amid a reported salary dispute.
He played the role of Gold Power Ranger Zeo and appeared in a 2002 episode of Power Rangers Wild Force.
Decades later, he faces a 20-year prison sentence after being accused of participating in a multi-million dollar fraud scheme.
He is one of 18 people named in a federal indictment charged with violations of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in Texas.
According to the indictment, St John allegedly conspired in a scheme to create businesses or use existing businesses to fraudulently submit applications to the Small Business Administration for Paycheck Protection Program funding. (PPP).
It is alleged that the defendants managed to secure 16 or more loans and at least $3.5 million.
The government introduced the Paycheck Protection Program to provide loans using taxpayers’ money to support small businesses and their workers hampered by the coronavirus pandemic.
More than $349 billion in repayable loans have been set aside by the US Treasury to help small businesses pay their employees during the crisis.
AMY JO JOHNSON
Amy Jo Johnson played Kimberly Hart, who was the Pink Power Ranger from 1993-95.
Johnson, now 51, starred in an impressive 138 episodes throughout seasons one through three before handing over the role to Catherine Sutherland to end the series finale.
However, she made a return as Kimberly one last time in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie in 1997.
Following her stint on the highly rated program, Johnson starred in Susie Q and Saved by the Bell: The New Class.
Over the years, she landed roles in several popular television shows, such as the drama Felicity and the crime series Flashpoint.
She also appeared in blockbusters such as The Space Between and Tiger Eyes.
WALTER EMANUEL JONES
Walter Emanuel Jones was best known for his role as Zack Taylor – the first Black Power Ranger.
The show’s bosses fired him from the show over a reported contract and a pay dispute where he was replaced by Johnny Yong Bosch.
Years later, in 1999, he returned to the show during the Lost Galaxy season, where he voiced Hexuba’s Nightmare Monster.
He appeared alongside Johnson in a 1993 episode of I Love the 90s and reunited alongside St John in an episode titled The Lost Episode.
Jones also starred in the wrestling film Backyard Dogs and voiced characters in Open Season 2 and the 2013 computer-animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
According to digital spy.
Vietnamese-born actress Thuy Trang fled her native country aged just six when she, her mother and brothers headed for Hong Kong.
His father left the country after the fall of Saigon in 1975.
Trang moved to the United States in 1980, and his role as the original Yellow Power Ranger was his first big gig.
She was selected through a process that saw around 500 actresses audition for the role.
Trang liked to perform her own stunts that she designed, and suffered several injuries on set.
She left the show alongside Str John and Jones midway through the second season amid contract disputes.
Trang also starred in the movie Spy Hard where she played a manicurist and portrayed a villain in the movie The Crow City of Angels.
The actress was killed in a car accident in September 2001.
She was traveling with Angela Rockwood after visiting her bridesmaid in San Jose.
The driver, who was a fellow bridesmaid, lost control of the car after hitting loose gravel on the road.
The car swerved before hitting a rock face and flipping over several times. He then hit a second rock wall after being thrown over an embankment.
Trang suffered internal injuries and died while being airlifted to hospital.
On the show’s 25th anniversary, St John said Weekly entertainment“Wearing only spandex, we were all cold.
“We used to hold each other just to keep warm and chat between shooting scenes. It was like kind of brother and sister.”
JASON DAVID FRANCK
Jason David Frank was among the actors who auditioned for the original role of Red Power Ranger.
After failing, he was chosen to be the Green Ranger, known as Tommy Oliver.
In 1997, he appeared in the Power Rangers Turbo series where he played the Red Turbo Ranger.
He also starred as Tommy Oliver in Power Rangers Wild Force, Power Rangers Dino Thunder, and Power Rangers Super Megaforce.
Frank has excelled in the martial arts as he is eighth Dan in Shotokan Karate and has black belts in Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo.
In 2009, he signed for a sports company specializing in MMA and won his first match in January 2010.
In one of his matches, one of Frank’s opponents dressed up as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle as he walked towards the cage.
Iowa native David Yost played Billy Cranston – The Blue Power Ranger.
He appeared in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers, and Power Rangers Zeo.
Yost was the only actor to appear in every episode of the original series.
The actor left the show near the end of Power Rangers Zeo.
In 2010, he claimed he had been teased about his homosexuality, EO reported.
He told the No Pink Spandex podcast: “Basically I just felt like I was continually being told that I wasn’t worthy to be where I am because I’m gay.
“And I’m not supposed to be an actor. And I’m not a superhero.
Yost has also appeared as a producer on shows such as Alien Hunter and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
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