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). In animation, he voiced 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 D. Potter
Potter talks to LA Teen Festival about Supah Ninjas in 2011
|Born||September 12, 1995|
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
|Known for||Supah Ninjas|
Big Hero 6
Potter was born in Portland, Oregon on September 12, 1995. His mother, Jordanna Potter-Lew, is Jewish American and his father is Japanese. He uses his mother's maiden name. He was raised in Tokyo, Japan, until returning to the United States when he was seven. He was raised by his single mother. Potter's first language was Japanese, however, he no longer speaks or knows the Japanese language fluently. At the age of eight, he began studying White Tiger kung fu, a discipline which he would continue to pursue throughout his teenage years. Other childhood interests reportedly included baseball, skateboarding, and playing the drums.
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. 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. In March 2012, Nickelodeon announced it had renewed Supah Ninjas for a second season.
Following the premiere of Supah Ninjas in January 2011, 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. In March 2012, Potter began a recurring role on Fred: The Show, portraying Fred's best friend.
Potter was also lobbying for the role of Tim Drake and created a concept fight scene using the character's signature bō staff as an audition. He ended the video with a plea to Ben Affleck to cast him as Robin. He was then cast as Beast Boy (or Garfield "Gar" Logan) in Warner Bros.'s live-action Titans series.
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. 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.'" In 2012, Potter was reportedly planning to expand Toy Box of Hope to include a "Birthday Party Box" program.
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."
|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; English dub|
|2018||Running for Grace||Jo||Main Role|
|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|
|2019||Where's Waldo?||Koichi||Guest voice role; Episode: Big in Japan|
|2020||Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous||Kenji Kon||Voice|
Web series and music videosEdit
|2014||Write It in the Sky (Ken Loi Remix)||Nomad||Music video|
|2015||R Styles||Himself||Web series|
|2014||Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes||Hiro Hamada|
|2015||Disney Infinity 3.0||Hiro Hamada|||
|2019||Kingdom Hearts III||Hiro Hamada|
- Ryan Potter [@ryankpotter] (8 December 2012). "Happy Chanukah! First time celebrating! #imjewish" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- 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.
- "Meet the saviors of San Fransokyo in 'Big Hero 6'". USA Today. July 13, 2014.
- Martial Arts Entertainment. "Big Hero 6 Wins Best Animated Film". Martial Arts Entertainment.
- "News – Happy Birthday Ryan Potter!". Nick.com. September 12, 2012. Archived from the original on April 4, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- "Super Ninjas Press Site – Bios – Ryan Potter". NickPress.com. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- "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.
- 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.
- , Disney's Big Hero 6 Animates a Bridging of Cultures, Kelts, The Japan Times, 2014
- Kate Conrad (April 16, 2011). "Twelve Things About Ryan Potter". AOL Kids. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- "Exclusive Interview: 'Supah Ninjas' Star Ryan Potter". Fanlala. July 23, 2012. Archived from the original on March 14, 2016. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- "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.
- "Nickelodeon – About Ryan Potter – Ryan Potter's Bio". Nick.com. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- "Supah Ninja's Ryan Potter – My Day My Life". Alloy TV. September 16, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- "Supah Ninjas: Carlos Knight and Ryan Potter". StuffWeLike.com. May 7, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- "Watch Ryan Potter Film an Episode of Supah Ninjas!". Popstar!. December 30, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- "Ryan Potter 'Supah Ninjas!' Interview". ClevverTV. April 21, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
- Carl Marcucci (March 15, 2012). "Nickelodeon Presents 2012 Upfront". RBR.com. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- "Entertainment briefs: 'Supah Ninjas,' 'From the Top'". Tribune-Review. January 8, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- "Nickelodeon's Ryan Potter Talks Supah Ninjas Season 2". Fanlala. January 2, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- Robyn Ross (January 10, 2011). "George Takei Joins New Nickelodeon Series". TV Guide. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- Bill Gorman (September 24, 2011). "Largest Ever WorldWide Day of Play". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on November 9, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- Marc Snetiker (June 8, 2012). "Nickelodeon's Figure It Out' Reboot". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- "Supah Ninjas Cast at the HALO Awards". Popstar!. October 27, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- Nickelodeon (April 23, 2012). "Fred: The Show: Season 1, Episode 14". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- "Kingdom Hearts on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
- "Tim Drake Concept Fight". September 10, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
- Arrant, Chris (18 October 2017). "Actor Lands Live-Action TITANS Role, Just Not The One He Campaigned For". newsarama.com. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
- "Ryan Potter Teams Up with Kyle Weiss". ClevverTV. July 19, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- "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.
- Ryan Potter (June 13, 2012). "Why I Posed, by Ryan Potter". No H8 Campaign. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of.