Who's who: Famous faces at Pensacon

Starting Thursday we'll have some familiar faces Channel 3 News ahead of Pensacon.

Actor and social media rock star Ming Chen will join us on our 3ITM broadcast.

Then in our Dayside broadcast check out the original green Power Ranger Jason David Frank.

Friday, Frank Beddor, will join us live at 11 a.m. in our studio for our Dayside broadcast.

Watch all of our broadcasts live right here at 4:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4, 5, 6, 9 and 10 p.m.

Ming Chen

Ming Chen’s road to the Stash all began in 1995 when the college student, video store employee, and avid Kevin Smith follower, developed a fan website based on the movie Clerks. Smith, who appreciated Chen’s work, reached out and asked him to create a website for his production company, View Askew Productions.

Almost nineteen years later, not only does Chen continue to work on all of Smith’s online projects, but has also ventured into several other areas within the Kevin Smith empire, most recently hosting a weekly podcast called I Sell Comics with Michael Zapcic on Smith’s radio network S.I.R.: SModcast Internet Radio.

Chen is not only the technical expert for The Stash, but also the perfect person to ask to do the jobs no one else wants to do. He takes it all with a smile, and is happy to be a part of the team.

During his free time, Chen does pro bono website work for two non-profit organizations: Street Poets Inc. and The Kenny Gordon Foundation. Chen has been married to his wife Debbie for 12 years and has two children, Lillian and Harrison.

Jason David Frank

Jason David Frank is well-known for his role of Tommy Oliver in the long-running children’s television show Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. Frank’s character has morphed into the most different power rangers in the show’s twenty year history. He first morphed on the scene as the Green Ranger, a bad boy turned good, who after only ten episodes was intended to be written out of the show. However, due to his popularity, Frank’s character was able to morph into the White Ranger, Red Zeo, Red Turbo, and then returned in 2004 as the Black DinoThunder Ranger.

Throughout Power Ranger history, Jason David Frank’s character has appeared in 225 total episodes and counting, more episodes than any other ranger. Frank also starred in both full-length movies, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers The Movie (1995) and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997). In 2013, Frank reprised his role of the Green Ranger in the Power Ranger‘s 20th Anniversary season, which features a mega war that includes many rangers from the show’s history. With his dynamic screen presence and outstanding martial arts, Frank has catapulted Tommy to legendary fame in the Power Rangers fandom and to this day maintains a fan base that stretches around the world.

His martial arts is not an act. Jason Frank, an inductee of the World Karate Union Hall of Fame, is a highly accomplished and respected martial artist with 34 years experience. In 1994, he created his own martial arts system, Toso Kune Do, which means “Way of the Fighting Fist” and incorporates many different aspects of martial arts. Frank currently holds a seventh degree black belt in American Karate and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In February 2013, Frank received the title of Master of Muay Thai by the world-renowned Muay Thai trainer Grand Master Toddy. He is the owner and operator of Rising Sun Karate and MMA, with three schools in Texas and one in California.

Actor and martial artists are not his only roles; Frank is also an entrepreneur, MMA fighter, and world record holder. He is the founder and CEO of Jesus Didn’t Tap, the first Christian-based line of MMA Clothing and fight gear. It was one of the first apparel company to recognize and celebrate the faith and commitment of MMA fighters. Since its inception, Jesus Didn’t Tap has broadened its name in the MMA world and has been the sponsor to many MMA fighters.

In January 2013, Frank became the Guinness World Record Holder for most 1?inch pine board broken during freefall. Frank, who was introduced to skydiving during Power Rangers, shattered the previous record with seven broken pine boards.

Frank Beddor

Frank Beddor’s route to best sellerdom has been circuitous. But circuitous routes are nothing new to this former World Champion freestyle skier. A sport from which he retired in 1983 to pursue a career in show business. First as a stunt man doubling John Cusack in Better Off Dead, then an actor and finally a producer. He is probably best known for producing the hit Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller vehicle There’s Something About Mary.

This success gave Beddor the chance to indulge his passion for writing. He spent several years writing the Looking Glass Wars trilogy, a unique take on Alice in Wonderland. It became a hit in both the UK and US, spending 21 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List. It has also inspired the Eisner nominated graphic novel series Hatter M based on the series’ blade-wielding analog for the Mad Hatter.

There have been six Hatter M original graphic novels published to date: Far from Wonder, Mad with Wonder, Nature of Wonder, Zen of Wonder, Love of Wonder, and Seeking Wonder.

Beddor hasn’t given up on his career as a film producer. He’s currently in preproduction on The Juliet for Warner Brothers. A near future science fiction tale based on the classic story “Fondly Fahrenheit” by Alfred Bester. Beddor will be partnering on the project with producers Chuck Roven (The Dark Knight trilogy) and Alex Gartner of Atlas Entertainment. Also in development is an adaptation of the classic board game Monopoly, with Ridley Scott attached to direct.

Henry Winkler a.k.a. Fonzie

Henry Franklin Winkler was born on October 30, 1945, in Manhattan, New York. His parents, Ilse Anna Maria (Hadra) and Harry Irving Winkler, were Jewish immigrants who avoided the German Holocaust, moving to the US in 1939. His father was the president of an international lumber company while his mother worked alongside his father.

Henry grew up with “a high level of low self-esteem.” Throughout elementary school and high school, he struggled with academics. This was due to what he would later identify as dyslexia. His parents expected him to eventually work with them at the lumber company. However, Henry had other plans as he saw roles on stage as the key to his happiness. His acting debut came in the eighth grade when he played the role of Billy Budd in the school play of the same name.

Following his graduation from McBurney High School, he was able to incorporate his learning disability and succeed in higher education. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Emerson College in 1967 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama in 1970. He later received an honorary PhD in Hebrew Literature in 1978 from Emerson College.

Following college, his top priority was to become an actor. However, if this was unsuccessful, he wanted to become a child psychologist because of his deep interest in working with children. Like many other actors, he began his career by appearing in 30 commercials. His first major film role was in The Lords of Flatbush (1974) in which he played a member of a Brooklyn gang.

After that, he was cast on a new ABC series which was set in the 1950s called Happy Days (1974). He was given the role of high school dropout and greaser Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli. The character was seldom seen during the first few episodes as ABC initially feared he would be perceived as a hoodlum. However, the character became extremely popular with viewers, and the show’s producers decided to give Fonzie a more prominent role in the series.

Following this, the show’s ratings began to soar, and Fonzie became a 1970s icon and the epitome of cool. His motorcycle, leather jacket, thumbs-up gesture, and uttering of the phrase “Aayyyy!” became television trademarks. The character became so popular that ABC considered renaming the series Fonzie’s Happy Days but eventually decided against it.

Unlike many other stars of the 1970s who rose to fame in a short period of time and developed “big heads,” Henry managed to stay well-grounded and avoided falling into this trap. He was said to be more polite and agreeable, even after his popularity soared. He remained on the series until its cancellation in 1984.

In the mid-1980s, with his Happy Days now behind him, Henry decided to change his focus toward producing and directing. He produced and directed several television shows and movies, most notably MacGyver and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. In the mid-1990s and early 2000s, he was able to re-establish himself with a younger generation of moviegoers and TV viewers, appearing in the popular films Scream (1996) and The Waterboy (1998) and on shows such as The Practice and Arrested Development. His pop culture star has continued to rise, as Henry has also appeared on popular shows such as Parks and Recreation, Children’s Hospital, Royal Pains, and the comedic reality show Better Late Than Never with William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, and George Foreman.

In addition to his movie and film credits, Henry is a well accomplished author. Between 2003 and 2007, he co-authored 12 children’s novels with Lin Oliver. The series is called Hank Zipzer, the World’s Greatest Underachiever and Here’s Hank. The books are based on his early struggles with dyslexia, and they sold more than 2-million books in that time, as well as being turned into a children’s television show that has been renewed for a third season. Off-screen, Henry has been married since 1978 to Stacey Winkler (nee Weitzman) with whom he has three children. Together, they are actively involved with various children’s charities. In 1990, they co-founded the Children’s Action Network (CAN), which provides free immunization to over 200,000 children. He is also involved with the Annual Cerebral Palsy Telethon, the Epilepsy Foundation of America, the annual Toys for Tots campaign, the National Committee for Arts for the Handicapped, and the Special Olympics.

Check out all the guests gearing up to grace Pensacon right here.

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