It has been 17 years since the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers first burst onto the Saturday morning TV scene, and since then there have been a plethora of wannabes. This year, for example, a re-version of the show was produced for ABC Kids: all new toys, all new zords, all new characters to fill the shoes of our beloved blue and pink rangers. It got us thinking, as we are wont to do: What are the original Power Ranger actors up to? The answer: nervous breakdowns, fatal car accidents, straight-to-VHS movies, and martial arts fame. The Rangers reunion, after the jump.
Walter Jones – Zack Taylor, the Black Ranger
The Black Ranger was one of the best parts of the original series — Zack’s hip-hop swagger and hilarious flat-top added to his awesome fighting moves, plus his gigantic robotic mastodon. But, thanks to disagreements over his contract, Jones was written out of the second season. He returned to later Power Rangers series to do voice work, mostly for monsters and aliens.
Jones kept acting, grabbing small cameos on shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Shield, and, later, CSI. He also starred in the independent film Backyard Dogs, a film that earned the dubious distinction of IMDb’s lowest-rated film (though it was later disqualified because it was a straight-to-video production). He continued to do voice work for various video games, including Red Dead Redemption. In 2009, he was arrested for a DUI while driving through Huntsville, Alabama.