Former ‘Power Rangers’ Star Jason David Frank Dies at 49
At the height of his acting career on the hit TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Jason David Frank made his film debut in the 2002 Robert Rodriguez vehicle “Dead Ever After.” He rose to greater heights later that year in “Necessary Roughness,” which he also co-wrote, and he continued to make regular appearances on television until 2013, when he suffered a fatal heart attack.
His family told Variety that Frank’s death was “an unexpected and tragic end to a beloved loving family man.”
Frank’s work included a recurring role on the ABC drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” and he voiced a character on the Nickelodeon series “Rocko’s Modern Life,” among other roles. Following his brief stint as a regular on “Grey’s,” Frank guest-starred in five episodes of the ABC reality show “The Catch,” alongside former “X-Factor” series judge Simon Cowell. He also appeared onscreen in the ABC drama series, “Law & Order: S.T.A.R. Labs.”
Frank also made guest appearances on other TV shows, including the “Twin Peaks” Showtime series “The Return” (as one of two men who look like James Van Der Beek), “Criminal Minds,” “The Mentalist,” “The Unit,” “The Good Guys” and “Rescue Me,” on which he’s credited as “The Doctor,” and on which he also had a supporting role.
Though Frank’s film credits are fairly sparse, he received a supporting actor nomination for the 2005 black-and-white indie drama “What It Takes,” with a win in the same category at the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards. His other film work includes “Dead Ever After” and the 2008 sci-fi horror film “Bridgerton,” the latter which he wrote.
Frank was a longtime member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and while his membership officially ended on October 31, 2017, he remained a member of