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Steve Cardenas is a retired American actor and martial artist who portrayed Rocky DeSantos from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to Power Rangers Turbo.


Steve Cardenas was born at Langley Air Force Base near Newport, Virginia and is now living in Los Angeles, California. Settling in Texas, Steve grew up training in martial arts from a very young age with a speciality in tai-kwon-do. There is no information as to what got him to audition but he managed to get In his teens, Cardenas attended an audition for the part of a Power Ranger. Having no prior acting experience, he got the role. He was soon filming Season 2 of Mighty Morphin' and the 1995 movie in Australia.

Cardenas left the series in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie due to wanting to open his own martial arts dojo. His last in universe appearance was the very first episode of Power Rangers Turbo, "Shift Into Turbo-part I" with it even being mentioned that he planned to open a dojo. He was replaced by Blake Foster's Justin Stewart as the Blue Turbo Ranger. After leaving the show, he established a dojo in Los Angeles where he taught martial arts as he planned.

As with co-star Karan Ashley, Steve was also contacted to reprise the role of Rocky for Power Rangers Super Megaforce but turned it down, citing low pay and "not a lot of character development."[1] Furthermore, Cardenas emphasized that Saban let the fans down because he was willing "to get away with paying" the minimum.[2]

Cardenas eventually reprised his role in the Super Ninja Steel episode Dimensions in Danger for the 25th anniversary, though he officially retired from acting shortly afterwards.




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  • Steve started Martial Arts training at the age of 12.
  • Steve holds a 3rd degree black belt
  • Steve is of Mexican descent.
  • Steve attended Power Morphicon 2007.
  • Steve's character of Rocky was the first Red Ranger to later wear Blue followed by Selwyn Ward as T.J. Johnson.
  • On November 20th 2015, Steve appeared on the Youtube video game show "The Completionist", helping host and longtime Power Rangers fan Jirard Khalil to complete the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie game for the Super Nintendo. In the video, Steve admitted he was never much of a video gamer, but as a result of attending conventions, had begun to play them more frequently.
  • From Goldar's Vice-Versa to Rangers Back in Time Part 2 he was credited as "Steven Cardenas".
  • Steve shares a birthday with Blake FosterRobert Axelrod and Chris Violette which is May 29th.
    • Ironically, S.P.D. stars Chris Violete and Matt Austin's respective characters of Sky Tate and Bridge Carson would later become Red Rangers after becoming Blue Rangers.
  • His favorite episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is Rocky Just Wants to Have Fun.

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