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Ryan Potter (born September 12, 1995) is an American actor. He made his acting debut as the lead of the Nickelodeon series Supah Ninjas (2011–2013). As a voice actor, he has played Hiro Hamada in the animated film Big Hero 6 (2014) and its television series sequel (2017–present). Potter also currently portrays Garfield "Gar" Logan / Beast Boy in the series Titans (2018–present).

Ryan Potter
Born (1995-09-12) September 12, 1995 (age 23)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActor
Years active2010–present
Known forSupah Ninjas
Big Hero 6
Titans
Parent(s)Jordanna Potter-Lew

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Early lifeEdit

Potter was born in Portland, Oregon on September 12, 1995. His mother, Jordanna Potter-Lew, is Jewish American and his father is Japanese.[1] He uses his mother's last name.[2][3][4] He was raised in Tokyo, Japan, until returning to the United States when he was seven.[5][6] He was raised by his single mother.[7][8] Potter's first language was Japanese, however, he no longer speaks or knows the Japanese language fluently.[9] At the age of eight, he began studying White Tiger kung fu, a discipline which he would continue to pursue throughout his teenage years.[10][11][12] Other childhood interests reportedly included baseball, skateboarding, and playing the drums.[5][6][13]

CareerEdit

In 2010, Potter began his acting career at the age of 15 when he received a leaflet in his kung fu class announcing Nickelodeon was looking for teenagers to star in a new martial-arts themed program entitled Supah Ninjas.[14][15][16] After a few days of considering an acting career, Potter decided to audition, eventually landing the series' lead role of Mike Fukanaga, a typical American teen who discovers he is a descendant from a long line of ninjas.[6][13][17] In March 2012, Nickelodeon announced it had renewed Supah Ninjas for a second season.[18][19][20]

Following the premiere of Supah Ninjas in January 2011,[21] he became one of Nickelodeon's popular young stars, featured in numerous teen magazines and making personal appearances in the network's special Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play and its reboot of Figure It Out, as well as an appearance on its sister network's broadcast of the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards.[22][23][24] In March 2012, Potter began a recurring role on Fred: The Show, portraying Fred's best friend.[25]

Potter later voiced Big Hero 6 protagonist Hiro Hamada and reprised his role in the animated series based on the film and Kingdom Hearts III.[26]

Potter was also lobbying for the role of Tim Drake and created a concept fight scene using the character's signature staff as an audition. He ended the video with a plea to Ben Affleck to cast him as Robin.[27] He was then cast as Beast Boy (or Garfield "Gar" Logan) in Warner Bros.'s live-action Titans series.[28]

PhilanthropyEdit

In 2011, Potter founded the organization Toy Box of Hope, a charity which holds an annual holiday collection drive for children in homeless shelters and transitional living facilities in the Los Angeles area.[11][29] During the second annual event in 2012, Potter spoke of the focus of the organization, stating "[W]hat we want to do is provide bedsheets, jackets and toys to [homeless shelters], so these kids are like, 'Wow, someone cares, there's hope.'"[30] In 2012, Potter was reportedly planning to expand Toy Box of Hope to include a "Birthday Party Box" program.[29]

AdvocacyEdit

In June 2012, Potter became one of the youngest celebrities to lend his voice to California's No H8 Campaign in support of same-sex marriage. When explaining his involvement, 16-year-old Potter stated, "I know what it feels like to be bullied. And I will not tolerate the thought of anyone, for any reason, being bullied. It starts with young people, and it can end with young people. As we learn to embrace our diversity, we become stronger, more tolerant. The differences are beautiful. The differences matter. It's what makes life an adventure."[31]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Senior Project Peter Hammer Main Role
2014 Big Hero 6 Hiro Hamada Voice role
2015 Underdog Kids Eric Barret
2016 Throne of Elves Fish Voice role
2018 Running for Grace Jo Main Role

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2011–2013 Supah Ninjas Mike Fukanaga Main role
2012 Figure It Out Himself Panelist, 9 episodes
2012 Fred: The Show Bryan, Fred's Best Friend 2 episodes
2016 Lab Rats: Elite Force Riker Recurring role
2017–present Big Hero 6: The Series Hiro Hamada Main voice role
2018–present Titans Garfield Logan / Beast Boy Main role

Web series and music videosEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Write It in the Sky (Ken Loi Remix) Nomad Music video
2015 R Styles Himself Web series

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Voice Notes
2014 Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Hiro Hamada
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Hiro Hamada [32]
2019 Kingdom Hearts III Hiro Hamada

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ryan Potter [@ryankpotter] (8 December 2012). "Happy Chanukah! First time celebrating! #imjewish" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Fred Topel. "Ryan Potter Talks About Cat Rocket Boots, Film School and BIG HERO 6 with Nuke the Fridge!". Nuke The Fridge. Archived from the original on 2014-11-04. Retrieved 2014-11-03. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ "Meet the saviors of San Fransokyo in 'Big Hero 6'". USA Today. July 13, 2014.
  4. ^ Martial Arts Entertainment. "Big Hero 6 Wins Best Animated Film". Martial Arts Entertainment.
  5. ^ a b "News – Happy Birthday Ryan Potter!". Nick.com. September 12, 2012. Archived from the original on April 4, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ a b c "Super Ninjas Press Site – Bios – Ryan Potter". NickPress.com. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "Ryan Potter Celebrates Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge - Big Brothers Big Sisters". bbbs.org. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2014-11-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  8. ^ Amanda Roark. "Ryan Potter at Great Wolf Lodge - Great Wolf Resorts". greatwolf.com. Archived from the original on 2014-10-09. Retrieved 2014-11-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  9. ^ [1], Disney's Big Hero 6 Animates a Bridging of Cultures, Kelts, The Japan Times, 2014
  10. ^ Kate Conrad (April 16, 2011). "Twelve Things About Ryan Potter". AOL Kids. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Exclusive Interview: 'Supah Ninjas' Star Ryan Potter". Fanlala. July 23, 2012. Archived from the original on March 14, 2016. Retrieved January 25, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  12. ^ "Ryan Potter stars on Nick's "Supah Ninjas"". Asiance Magazine. January 22, 2013. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved January 25, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  13. ^ a b "Nickelodeon – About Ryan Potter – Ryan Potter's Bio". Nick.com. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. ^ "Supah Ninja's Ryan Potter – My Day My Life". Alloy TV. September 16, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  15. ^ "Supah Ninjas: Carlos Knight and Ryan Potter". StuffWeLike.com. May 7, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  16. ^ "Watch Ryan Potter Film an Episode of Supah Ninjas!". Popstar!. December 30, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  17. ^ "Ryan Potter 'Supah Ninjas!' Interview". ClevverTV. April 21, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
  18. ^ Carl Marcucci (March 15, 2012). "Nickelodeon Presents 2012 Upfront". RBR.com. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  19. ^ "Entertainment briefs: 'Supah Ninjas,' 'From the Top'". Tribune-Review. January 8, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  20. ^ "Nickelodeon's Ryan Potter Talks Supah Ninjas Season 2". Fanlala. January 2, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  21. ^ Robyn Ross (January 10, 2011). "George Takei Joins New Nickelodeon Series". TV Guide. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  22. ^ Bill Gorman (September 24, 2011). "Largest Ever WorldWide Day of Play". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  23. ^ Marc Snetiker (June 8, 2012). "Nickelodeon's Figure It Out' Reboot". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  24. ^ "Supah Ninjas Cast at the HALO Awards". Popstar!. October 27, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  25. ^ Nickelodeon (April 23, 2012). "Fred: The Show: Season 1, Episode 14". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  26. ^ "Kingdom Hearts on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  27. ^ "Tim Drake Concept Fight". September 10, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  28. ^ Arrant, Chris (18 October 2017). "Actor Lands Live-Action TITANS Role, Just Not The One He Campaigned For". newsarama.com. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  29. ^ a b "Ryan Potter Teams Up with Kyle Weiss". ClevverTV. July 19, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  30. ^ "Ryan Potter Hosts The Toy Box of Hope Charity Drive". Nick.com. December 3, 2012. Archived from the original on February 6, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  31. ^ Ryan Potter (June 13, 2012). "Why I Posed, by Ryan Potter". No H8 Campaign. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  32. ^ Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of.

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