In the film, Louden Swain (played by Matthew Modine), is a wrestler who decides to do something of lasting significance with his life the week after he turns eighteen. Swain decides to drop weight from 190 lbs. to 168 lbs. to challenge Brian Shute, a menacing three-time state champion from nearby rival Hoover High School, who has never been defeated in his high school career. At the end of the movie, Swain, who has a nosebleed and is in danger of being disqualified, improbably performs a suplex on Shute in the final seconds of the match and pins him.
The movie was based on a 1979 novel of the same name by Terry Davis (author). In the book, the name of Louden's nemesis was Gary Shute. The books ends when their match begins.
Jasper also appeared in the movies Freeway Maniac (1989) and the TV movie Blindsided (1993).
Jasper's last film role was in the music video for "Right Now" by Van Halen. Jasper appears as a homeless person holding up a sign that reads, "I will wrestle you for food."
In college, Jasper studied Chinese medicine and acupuncture. After earning his M.D., Jasper and his wife Sandra began operation of Osani Holistic Health Care, a holistic medicine clinic in Pacific Palisades, California.
Jasper earned his black belt in Aikido several years ago after his father, himself a black belt judoka and accomplished competitor, first exposed Frank to martial arts. Jasper is also known to enjoy golf.