Jason David Frank

Power Morphicon 2010 - Day 2

Frank in 2010, photo by Prphotos.com

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

Date of Birth: September 4, 1973

Ethnicity:
*father – German, English, Irish
*mother – Greek, Polish

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.

Jason is sometimes thought to be Native American (his character on Power Rangers is Native American), but Jason does not have Native American ancestry.

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

Jason’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth “Libby” Martin (the daughter of Charles H. Martin and Eula Carol Wood). Elizabeth was born in Ohio. Charles was the son of Frank W. Martin and Flora/Florilla Belle Turner. Eula was the daughter of Ebenezer Wood and Minerva Dell Rowling.

Jason’s maternal grandfather was William Peter Soter (born Vasili Soteropoulos, the son of Peter/Panyiotis Nickolas Soter/Soteropoulos and Christina/Chrissoula Phillips/Philipopoulos). Bill was born in Greece. Jason’s great-grandfather Peter was born in Siamo, Messenia, Greece, the son of Nickolas Soteropoulos. Christina was born in Meropi, Messenia, 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

8 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    Jason’s maternal grandfather was William Peter Soter (born Vasili Soteropoulos, the son of Peter/Panyiotis Nickolas Soter/Soteropoulos and Christina/Chrissoula Phillips/Philipopoulos). Bill was born in Greece. Peter was born in Siamo, Messenia, Greece, to Nickolas Soteropoulos. Christina was born in Meropi, Messenia, Greece.

    • bablah says:

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

      Jason’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth ”Libby” Martin (the daughter of Charles H. Martin and Eula Carol Wood). Elizabeth was born in Ohio. Charles was the son of Frank W. Martin and Flora/Florilla Belle Turner. Eula was the daughter of Ebenezer Wood and Minerva Dell Rowling.

  2. 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

  3. Ardor says:

    He does that Mediterranean sexiness.

  4. 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.

  5. 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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