Sunday, March 22, 2020

Power Rangers actors who have passed away

UPDATED 3/26/20 Thanks to Khal F for the help!


Robert Lawrence Manahan 
August 23, 1956 – June 30, 2000
Cause of death: heart aneurysm

He voiced Zordon from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to Power Rangers in Space. The Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue episode “The Fifth Crystal” was dedicated to his memory. He was 43. 

Thuy Trang
December 14, 1973 - September 3, 2001
She was born Saigon, South Vietnam. She graduated from Banning High School and earned a scholarship to study civil engineering at the University of California, Irvine. Trang died in a car accident at the age of 27 on September 3, 2001. She was 27.

Erik Frank
October 14, 1971 - April 16, 2001
Jason David Frank's (Tommy) older brother died of an unspecified illness around the same time Thuy Trang died, five months apart but Jason couldn't go to Thuy's funeral. He played Tommy's brother David Trueheart, in several episodes of Power Rangers Zeo. He was 29.

Jacob Becker (a.k.a. Jack Banning) 
August 21, 1931 – July 10, 2005
Cause of death: complications from pneumonia
He played Professor Elliot Phenomenus in Power Rangers in Space and in Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. He was 73.

Robert DeWayne Pappenbrook 
(September 18, 1955 – March 17, 2006; 50 years old)
Cause of death: chronic lung complications
- Voiced Rito Revolto in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Power Rangers Zeo. 
- Voiced monsters Saliguana and Snizard in “The Wedding – part III”.
- Voiced monsters Sting King, Lunartick, and a plant monster in Power Rangers in Space.
- Voiced Deviot, and monster Radster in Power Rangers Lost Galaxy.
- Voiced monsters Fireor and Thunderclaw in Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue.
- Voiced monsters Univolt and Artillacon in Power Rangers Time Force.
- Voiced monster Bell Org in Power Rangers Wild Force, and also played Mike/store clerk on-screen.
- Voiced monsters Spitbot, Footbot, a van monster, and Serpentoid in VR Troopers.
- Voiced monsters Edentada, Cyborgator, and Bruticon in Masked Rider.
- Voiced Shadow Borg and monsters Amp Head, Hammerhands, and Borgslayer in Big Bad BeetleBorgs.
- Voiced Scorpix, and monster Aqualung in BeetleBorgs Metallix.

Machiko Soga
March 18, 1938 - May 7, 2006
The legendary Machiko Soga, best known to Americans as Rita Repulsa, she played Queen Hedrian in Denshi Sentai Denziman and Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan, witch Bandora in Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, Queen Pandora in Jikuu Senshi Spielban, Raraba in Episode 30 of Maskman, and Magiel the Queen of the Sky Saints in Mahou Sentai Magiranger. She was fighting pancreatic cancer for almost two years. She was 68.

Edward Laurence Heimberger 
February 20, 1951 – September 22, 2006
He played Albert Collins (Wes' dad) in Power Rangers Time Force. He was 55 years old and died of lung cancer. His real name was Edward Laurence Albert.

Richard Genelle
October 12, 1961 - December 30, 2008
He played Ernie from 1993-1997, Genelle died following a heart attack in 2008. He was 47.

Franklin Fernando “Grey Wolf” Salsedo May 20, 1929 – July 3, 2009; 80 years old
Cause of death: unknown
- Played Sam True-of-Heart in the Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers episode “Sowing the Seas of Evil”.
- Played Sam Trueheart in Power Rangers Zeo episodes “Inner Spirit”, “Challenges”, “Found and Lost”, and “Brother, Can You Spare an Arrowhead?”.

Peta Rutter
1959 – July 20, 2010
She passed away in July 2010, after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. She portrayed the mentor Udonna/White Mystic Ranger.

Robert Douglas von Fliss
June 28, 1925 – November 22, 2010; 85 years old
Cause of death: unknown
- Played Santa Claus in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers episode “I’m Dreaming of a White Ranger”, the VR Troopers episode “Santa’s Secret Trooper”, the Masked Rider episode “Ferbus’ First Christmas”, and the Big Bad BeetleBorgs episode “Christmas Bells and Phasm’s Spells”.

Richard L. Rabago 
August 14, 1943 – May 18, 2012; 68 years old
Cause of death: unknown
- Played Tao Chong in VR Troopers.
- Played Master Lee in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers episode “Plague of the Mantis”.

Mauricio Damian Mendoza 
July 26, 1974 – August 13, 2013; 39 years old
Cause of death: unknown
- Played Richie in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers episodes “The Beetle Invasion”, “Welcome to Venus Island”, “The Song of Guitardo”, “Green No More – part I”, “Green No More – part II”, “Missing Green”, “Orchestral Maneuvers in the Park”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “White Light – part I”, “White Light – part II”, “Two for One”, and “Opposites Attract”.

Jonathan Martin Simanton 
September 4, 1970 – February 17, 2015; 44 years old
Cause of death: unknown
- Played Lerigot of Lairia in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie and possibly in the Power Rangers Turbo episodes “Shift into Turbo – part II” and “Shift into Turbo – part III”.

Winston Dean Richard November 12, 1940 – April 25, 2016; 75 years old
Cause of death: unknown
- Was the supervising producer for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers episodes from “Day of the Dumpster” to “Doomsday – part II”.
- Played Zordon of Eltar in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie.
- Wrote the VR Troopers episode “Good Trooper, Bad Trooper”.

Ralph Votrian
May 16, 1934 – April 13, 2017; 82 years old
Cause of death: unknown
- Played King Lexian in Masked Rider, and in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers episode “A Friend in Need – part III”.



Grant McFarland
1947 – November 20, 2018; 71 years old
Cause of death: unknown
- Played Sensei Kanoi Watanabe and Kiya Watanabe/Lothor in Power Rangers Ninja Storm.
- Played Daisuke in the Power Rangers Samurai episode “The Tengen Gate”.


Pua Magasiva 
 August 10, 1980 – May 11, 2019
He was a New Zealand actor of Samoan descent, best known for his roles as Shane Clarke, the Red Ranger from Power Rangers Ninja Storm. He passed away in 2019. He was 38. For more information, see here.


Alistair Browning
February 8, 1954 – June 2, 2019; 65 years old
Cause of death: cancer
- Played Jake Brooks in the Power Rangers Ninja Storm episode “Sensei Switcheroo”.
- Voiced Pollinator in the Power Rangers Dino Thunder episode “Back in Black”.
- Voiced Green Monster in the Power Rangers S.P.D. episode “Wormhole”.
- Voiced Zenowing/Silver Dino Charge Ranger in Power Rangers Dino Super Charge.


Justin Cody Slaton (a.k.a. Cody Slaton)
July 9, 1983 – July 24, 2019; 36 years old
Cause of death: unknown
- Played Young Bulk in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers two-parter “Rangers Back in Time” and in Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers. A Bakersfield-area public safety dispatcher died Wednesday in his home, according to the California Highway Patrol. The CHP says the death of Justin Cody Slaton, 36, was "unexpected." Slaton is survived by his wife Veronica, daughters Chloe, 11, and London, 8, and son Maverick, 6.


Robert Axelrod
 May 29, 1949 – September 7, 2019
Robert Axelrod also credited as Axel Roberts and Myron Mensah, was an American actor. Axelrod died in Los Angeles on September 7, 2019 at the age of 70. He had been suffering from problems caused by spinal surgery. He was survived by his sister. He is best known as Lord Zedd but also voiced Finster and other monsters.



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