|This article is about a/an actor in the Power Rangers franchise.|
Richard Genelle (October 21, 1961 - December 30, 2008) was an actor who played Ernie, the owner of the Angel Grove Youth Center and frequent hang out of the Power Rangers, from the first season of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers until the end of Power Rangers: Zeo. Genelle also made a brief appearence in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie. Genelle's only other acting credit was as a guard in the 1991 film The Death Merchant.
Though Genelle played a popular supporting character on the show, he began having health problems due to his weight and was forced to leave the show because of his declining health (due to obesity and smoking problems). After leaving the show, Genelle successfully lost 40 pounds. He later founded a company called Retail Logistics Solutions, Inc. in Cerritos, California, providing transportation services.
Other appearances as Ernie
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Sega CD) (1995) (archive footage)
- Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) (scenes deleted)
- Zeo Serial (1996)
- The Good, the Bad, and the Stupid (1996) (archive footage)
- The Lost Episode (1999) (archive footage)
Genelle passed away on December 30, 2008 due to a heart attack. He was forty-seven years old. His internment was in Riverside, California's Pierce Brothers Crestlawn Memorial Park.