Jason David Frank

Power Morphicon 2010 - Day 2

Place of Birth: Covina, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: September 4, 1973

Ethnicity:
*German, Irish (father)
*Greek, Polish (mother)

Jason David Frank is an American actor and mixed martial arts fighter. He plays Tommy Oliver, originally the Green Ranger, in the Power Rangers franchise.

His father, Raivo “Ray” C. Frank, has German, Irish, and likely other, ancestry. His mother, Janice Christine (Soter), was of Greek and Polish descent.

Jason is sometimes thought to be Native American (his character on Power Rangers is Native American), but it is not clear if Jason actually has any Native American ancestry.

Jason’s paternal grandparents were Walter Thomas Frank (the son of Walter W. Frank and Marie Davis) and Elizabeth L. Jason’s great-grandfather Walter was born in Ohio, to German parents, August J. Frank and Emma A./E. Glinke/Glink. Marie was the daughter of Thomas H. Davis and Elizabeth “Bessie” C. McGrath.

Jason’s maternal grandfather was Bill Soter (born Vasili Soteropoulos). Bill was from Athens, Greece.

Jason’s maternal grandmother was Olga Bernice Podgorny (the daughter of Andrzej/Andrew Anthony Podgorny and Mary Josephine Witek). Olga was born in Iowa, to Polish parents. Andrzej was from Zamieście, near Limanowa, and was the son of Matthew Podgorny and Kunegunda Biedron. Mary Josephine was from Tarnow, and was the daughter of John Witek and Agnes Shob.

Sources: Jason’s paternal grandfather, Walter Thomas Frank, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Jason’s maternal grandmother, Olga Bernice Podgorny, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Death record of Jason’s maternal grandmother, Olga Bernice (Podgorny) Soter – https://familysearch.org

Death record of Jason’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Josephine (Witek) Podgorny – https://familysearch.org

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6 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    Jason’s maternal grandmother’s surname was “Podgorny”. -> Olga Bernice Podgorny

    https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VGT5-VF3

    Her on a census:
    https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M8BG-F4M

    Her parents were Andrew/Andrzej Podgorny and Mary Josephine Witek.
    Andrew was from Zamieście near Limanowa, Mary was from Tarnów. Mary’s parents were John Witek and Agnes Shob.

    https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NQ21-47B

  2. Ardor says:

    He does that Mediterranean sexiness.

  3. fuzzybear44 says:

    His green ranger character was native American? I couldn’t tell

    • follers says:

      It was mentioned in a couple of episodes, like “Sowing the Seas of Evil” and “Brother, Can You Spare an Arrowhead?”

      When I was a little older, I thought Frank is Jewish, because of his name.

  4. madman says:

    His grandfather Bill was from Athens, Greece.

    Father is Raivo “Ray” C. Frank.

    Paternal grandparents were Walter T. Frank (the son of Walter Frank) and Elizabeth L. Jason’s great-grandfather Walter was born in Ohio, to German parents, August J. Frank and Emma A.

    Are you sure that his mother was of Polish origin? I think “Podgorny” can also be Ukrainian.

    • follers says:

      His Polish ancestry is just something I read on his Wikipedia talk page.

      So is Jason David Frank Native American? Or has my childhood legend been busted?

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