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Austin St. John in June 2014.
Jason Lawrence Geiger

(1974-09-17) September 17, 1974 (age 49)
Alma mater Concordia University
Occupation Actor, martial artist, paramedic
Years active 1993–present
Known for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers portraying Jason Lee Scott
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Children 3

Jason Lawrence Geiger (born September 17, 1974), professionally known as Austin St. John, is an American actor, martial artist, and paramedic best known for his portrayal of Jason Lee Scott in the Power Rangers franchise.

Early life

Austin St. John was born on September 17, 1974, in Roswell, New Mexico, and is the son of U.S. Marine and martial artist Steve John and his wife, Sharon. He has one sibling, a brother named Stephen. With a parent in the armed forces, St. John lived all over the United States while growing up.


Austin St. John's first acting role and most well-known role to date came to him when he was just a teenager, when he was cast as teen superhero Jason Lee Scott, the Red Power Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the first installment of the Power Rangers franchise, which debuted on Fox Kids in 1993. For his role, he took the stage name Austin St. John, Austin coming from The Six Million Dollar Man's Steve Austin and St. John being a name of his own choosing.

Like St. John, his character had a background in martial arts. Though the series was hugely successful and brought St. John international recognition as an actor, long hours on set combined with low pay and no union recognition presented real challenges for him. As a result, St. John, along with all of his other co-stars including Jason David Frank agreed to leave the show during its second season if their employers rejected their pay demands and unionization attempts, but when time came, only Walter Emanuel Jones and Thuy Trang joined him in the ultimatum and ultimately left the show. St. John was replaced by Steve Cardenas as the Red Ranger.

St. John went onto reprise the role of Jason several times over, in both film and television, including a permanent role in Power Rangers Zeo, and making an appearance as the character in 2002, in an episode of Power Rangers Wild Force entitled “Forever Red”. He also appeared alongside Jones, as himself, in the Power Rangers special The Lost Episode in 1999, which focused on the history of the franchise up to that point and showed the original pilot episode for the series, which had never before been aired.

In 2020, St. John reprised the role of Jason in a second season episode of Power Rangers Beast Morphers titled "Grid Connection".

In 2017, he made a cameo in the movie Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel. In 2018, he was acting in the television movie Monsters At Large and had a major role in the dramatic movie A Walk with Grace.

Other ventures

Austin St. John began as a proficient martial artist, holding a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo, a first-degree black belt in Judo and a first-degree black belt in Kenpo and for a time, he worked as a martial arts instructor. Additionally, he published a book on the subject, Karate Warrior: A Beginner's Guide to Martial Arts, in 1996.

Personal life

Austin St. John attended Robert Frost Middle School and W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, VA, before moving to Fullerton, California where he attended Sunny Hills High School, but did not graduate. As an adult, he went on to earn his G.E.D. and ultimately obtained his undergraduate degree from Concordia University. For over a decade, he worked as a paramedic in the Washington, D.C. area. He also worked with the U.S. military as a healthcare provider in the Middle East for several years, though he was not actually a member of any branch of the armed forces. He has two sons and a daughter.

In May 2022, he was indicted on federal fraud charges related to the CARES Act. He allegedly conspired in a $3.5 million scheme to create businesses or use an existing business to submit applications to fraudulently obtain Paycheck Protection Program funding. Prosecutors said participants in the conspiracy would file false supporting documentation and misrepresent key details, including the number of their employees and the amount of their payroll, causing the Small Business Administration and financial institutions to issue loans. Prosecutors allege St. John and co-defendants paid the ringleaders of the scheme, and spent the money on personal purchases. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

Since the incident, St. John agreed to be put on probation and his movements were restricted within his home state of Texas. However as his occupation requires him to travel across the country, the court granted him permission to do so under legal supervision within his submitted itinerary, which included his previously scheduled convention appearances. On May 25, 2022, St. John released a video confirming these recent events as true and reiterated his legal inability to discuss said events at his entertainment-based public appearances.



Year Film Portraying Notes
1995 Encyclopedia of Martial Arts: Hollywood Celebrities Himself
1997 Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie Jason Lee Scott
2009 Steps Toward The Sun Cowboy Short film
2016 Gideon's Frontier Simon Kenton Short film
Tres Leches Officer Jed
2017 The Order Jack unreleased
Survival's End
Monsters At Large Sean Parker
A Gift of The Heart
2019 A Walk with Grace Duane Shaffer


Year Title Role Notes
1993–1994 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Jason Lee Scott / Red Power Ranger Starring role (79 episodes)
1994 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Alpha's Magical Christmas Jason Lee Scott Video short (archival footage)
1996 Power Rangers Zeo Jason Lee Scott / Gold Zeo Ranger Starring role (17 episodes)
1998 Exposé Detective Anderson TV film
1999 Power Rangers: The Lost Episode Himself / Jason Lee Scott Co-host / Co-star (original pilot)
2002 Power Rangers Wild Force Jason Lee Scott / Red Power Ranger Guest star ("Forever Red")
2020 Power Rangers Beast Morphers Guest star ("Grid Connection")

Video games

Year Game Portraying Notes
2019 Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid Jason Lee Scott / Red Power Ranger Voice-over role

See also

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