Jason David Frank
Place of Birth: Covina, Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: September 4, 1973
*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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