Noah Ringer

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Noah Ringer
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Noah Ringer at the New York City premiere of the 2010 film The Last Airbender
Born Noah Andrew Ringer
(1996-11-18) November 18, 1996 (age 21)
Dallas, Texas, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 2010–2011

Noah Andrew Ringer (born November 18, 1996)[1] is an American actor and a martial arts practitioner. He starred as Aang in the 2010 film The Last Airbender and played Emmett in Cowboys & Aliens.[2][3][4]

Life and career[edit]

Ringer was born in Dallas, Texas.[5] He has stated that he has some Native American heritage.[6] He was a shy child growing up.[7][8] When he was ten, his mother enrolled him at ATA Martial Arts in Carrollton, Texas, part of the American Taekwondo Association, or ATA. Initially reluctant to go, Ringer quickly fell in love with it.[7][8] He showed early promise and soon began competing in tournaments. In December 2008, at age twelve, Ringer earned his first degree black belt.[7]

Ringer kept his head shaved, and fellow students nicknamed him "Avatar," after the character Aang in the animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender.[9] Ringer's taekwondo instructor, Master Eric Pechacek, started watching the show and also noticed the resemblance of Ringer to Aang, in both appearance and personality. He introduced the show to Ringer, who became an immediate fan.[10]

In July 2008, Pechacek received an email from the ATA, inviting any interested students to audition for the role of Aang in The Last Airbender. Pechacek urged Ringer to try out for the part, and he and his parents agreed.[7] For the audition video, Ringer dressed in Aang's attire, using his Halloween costume from the previous year.[11] He performed an XMA Jahng Bong routine and recited a few lines. Ringer, who had never previously acted, was encouraged to be himself.[10] A month after sending in the video, Ringer was called to Philadelphia to meet with director M. Night Shyamalan. A month after that, he was offered the part.[8] Ringer had one month to prepare for the film. He did intense study with director Linda Seto at the Dallas Young Actors Studio, where he still attends classes today. He also began training in different types of martial arts, which continued during the filming process.[12]

Ringer played the role of Emmett Taggart in Cowboys & Aliens, a sci-fi western film directed by Jon Favreau.[2]

Ringer is signed with Creative Artists Agency.[13]

In March 2011, Ringer was nominated for Best Performance In A Feature Film By A Leading Young Actor for the 32nd Annual Young Artist Awards.[14]

In May 2011, Ringer won the 3rd Annual TheSkyKid.Com "Coming of Age" Best Actor movie award for his performance in The Last Airbender.[15]

In May 2013, it was announced that Ringer would be starring in The Peppercorn Chronicles.[16] The project is loosely based on Mrs Peppercorn's Magical Reading Room, a 24-minute fantasy short that won Best Short Film at the HollyShorts Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2011.

Martial arts[edit]

Ringer's first ATA tournament was the World Championships in Arkansas. He won first place in every category he competed in.[7] After watching the "extreme" routines at that tournament, Ringer decided to start training in Extreme Martial Arts, or XMA, which involved him choreographing his own moves and choosing his own music.[5][7] He became proficient with a variety of Eastern weapons, including the bō staff, which his character Aang uses.[10][13] During his first two years with the ATA, Ringer competed in 25 tournaments, winning 100 medals, 80 of them gold.[7] He was given "The Competitor of the Year" award for the Texas region in February 2008.[5] Ringer won the 2008-2009 title of Texas State Champion in five categories: Traditional Forms, Traditional Weapons, Sparring, X-Treme Forms, and X-Treme Weapons.[17]

For The Last Airbender, Ringer learned Baguazhang, T'ai Chi, and Wushu.[8][18] These styles are "soft," compared to Taekwondo, which is a "hard" style.[18][19] Ringer continues to train in American taekwondo. In October 2010, he earned his second degree black belt.[19][20] Ringer teaches other students in the ATA, as part of the Leadership Program.[19] He also does gymnastics and has started to learn Choy Li Fut Kung Fu.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Ringer was homeschooled.[7] He did not watch TV often, but he did have DVDs of his favorite shows (The Cosby Show and Avatar: The Last Airbender) and favorite movies (Remember the Titans, The Greatest Game Ever Played, and The Blind Side). Ringer's favorite actor is Denzel Washington.[19][20][21][22] He has two dogs and two pet rats.[5]

Besides acting and martial arts, Ringer has a wide variety of interests; he loves sports: wrestling, golf, tennis, basketball, table tennis, and snow skiing. He enjoys reading, creating and editing videos, practicing illusions, and hanging out with his friends.[5][12][20][22] Ringer also participates in various local events and charities. He has his own personal Facebook page, on which he posts frequently.[20]


Year Film Role Director Notes
2010 The Last Airbender Aang M. Night Shyamalan 3rd Annual TheSkyKid.Com "Coming of Age" Best Actor movie award[15]
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film (Leading Young Actor)[23]
Nominated — Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple (with the entire cast)
2011 Cowboys & Aliens Emmett Taggart Jon Favreau
TBA The Peppercorn Chronicles [16] Upcoming


  1. ^ Mixco, Rosemarie (August 30, 2010). "Noah El último maestro del aire". El Salvador. Retrieved October 5, 2010.  (English)
  2. ^ a b DreamWorks Studios. "Cowboys & Aliens." DreamWorks Studios. DreamWorks Animation, 2010. Web. February 14, 2011.
  3. ^ Kroll, Justin. "Noah Ringer." Variety. April 16, 2010. Web. February 14, 2011.
  4. ^ Marnell, Blair. "'Last Airbender' Star Noah Ringer Joins ‘Cowboys And Aliens’ Cast.” MTV. April 19, 2010. Web. February 14, 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d e Paramount Pictures. "Noah Ringer." The Last Airbender. Paramount Pictures, 2010. Web. February 1, 2011.
  6. ^ Karen Valby (November 3, 2010). "Noah Ringer of 'The Last Airbender' has nothing up his sleeve: EW at 'The Kids' Table'". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on December 23, 2011. Retrieved October 8, 2011.  NOTE: Upon further inquiry, Karen Valby confirmed that Noah Ringer self-identified as "American Indian." For the discussion, see: Loraine Sammy (November 11, 2010). "Noah Ringer: American Indian". Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Roth, James. "Local boy is 'Last Airbender'" Star Local News. July 14, 2010. Web. February 1, 2011.
  8. ^ a b c d "First News interviews The Last Airbender star Noah Ringer." Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine. First News. December 14, 2010. Web. February 7, 2011.
  9. ^ Bowles, Scott. “First Look: Actors put up a real fight in ‘Airbender.’” USA Today. May 25, 2009. Web. February 14, 2011.
  10. ^ a b c Formichelli, Linda. "Noah Ringer's Big Break." ATA World Summer 2010: 18-24. Print.
  11. ^ Valby, Karen. "The Kids' Table." Entertainment Weekly November 5, 2010: 46-49. Print.
  12. ^ a b c "Hyper Exclusive Interview with Noah Ringer Star of The Last Airbender" Hyper. Scribd, 2010. Web. February 1, 2011.
  13. ^ a b D'Alessandro, Anthony. "Noah Ringer heeds Shyamalan’s call." Variety. December 3, 2009. Web. February 9, 2011.
  14. ^ The Young Artist Foundation. "32nd Annual 2011 Nominations." Young Artist Awards. The Young Artist Foundation, 2011. Web. March 2, 2011.
  15. ^ a b theSkyKid.Com website. "3rd Annual Coming of Age Movie Awards Recipients Named." SkyKids.Com Coming of Age Best Actor award. website, 2011. Web. May 9, 2011.
  16. ^ a b McNary, Dave (May 13, 2013). "'Peppercorn Chronicles' Heading Toward Big Screen (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved October 5, 2017. 
  17. ^ American Taekwondo Association. "Texas 2008-2009 Championship Totals." Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine. ATA. American Taekwondo Association, 2010. Web. February 9, 2011.
  18. ^ a b Bennett, Tara. "The Fourth Element." Sci Fi August 2010: 25-29. Print.
  19. ^ a b c d "American Taekwondo Association and Noah Ringer Kick off The Last Airbender DVD release." Webcast. November 16, 2010. February 1, 2011.
  20. ^ a b c d Ringer, Noah. December 27, 2010. Web. February 1, 2011. <>
  21. ^ Ringer, Noah. "Noah Ringer plays 'The Last Airbender' in New Film." Interview by Tamsen Fadal. Pix Morning News. CW. WPIX, New York. July 1, 2010. Television.
  22. ^ a b Ringer, Noah. "The Last Airbender." Archived 2011-12-23 at the Wayback Machine. Interview by Karen Valby. Entertainment Weekly, November 3, 2010. Web. February 1, 2010.
  23. ^ "32nd Annual Young Artist Awards - Nominations / Special Awards". The Young Artist Foundation. 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 

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