Ryan Potter

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Ryan Potter
Born (1995-09-12) September 12, 1995 (age 23)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Years active 2010–present
Known for Supah Ninjas
Big Hero 6
Titans

Ryan Potter (born September 12, 1995) is an American actor. Beginning his career as a professional actor at the age of 15, Potter is perhaps best known for his starring role as Mike Fukanaga in Supah Ninjas and for voicing Hiro Hamada in Big Hero 6 (2014). He stars as Garfield Logan / Beast Boy in the television series Titans, which premiered October 12, 2018.

Early life[edit]

Potter was born in Portland, Oregon on September 12, 1995. His father is Japanese. His American mother is Jewish[1]. He uses his mother's last name, Potter.[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 is Japanese; he’s fluent in both Japanese and English. At the age of eight, he began studying White Tiger kung fu, a discipline which he would continue to pursue throughout his teenage years.[9][10][11] Other childhood interests reportedly included baseball, skateboarding, and playing the drums.[5][6][12]

Career[edit]

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.[13][14][15] 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][12][16] In March 2012, Nickelodeon announced it had renewed Supah Ninjas for a second season.[17][18][19]

Following the premiere of Supah Ninjas in January 2011,[20] 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.[21][22][23] In March 2012, Potter began a recurring role on Fred: The Show, portraying Fred's best friend.[24]

Potter later voiced Big Hero 6 protagonist Hiro Hamada and reprised his role in the animated series based on the film.

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.[25] He was then cast as Beast Boy (or Garfield "Gar" Logan) in Warner Bros.'s live-action Titans series.[26]

Philanthropy[edit]

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.[10][27] 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.'"[28] In 2012, Potter was reportedly planning to expand Toy Box of Hope to include a "Birthday Party Box" program.[27]

Advocacy[edit]

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."[29]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Senior Project Peter Hammer
2014 Big Hero 6 Hiro Hamada Voice role
2015 Underdog Kids Eric Barret
2016 Throne of Elves Fish Voice role
2017 Running for Grace Jo

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011–2013 Supah Ninjas Mike Fukanaga Main role
2012 Figure It Out Himself Panelist, 9 episodes
2012 Fred: The Show 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 Titans Garfield "Gar" Logan / Beast Boy Main role

Web series and music videos[edit]

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

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice Notes
2014 Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Hiro Hamada
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Hiro Hamada [30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "disrespectful ryan on Twitter". Twitter.
  2. ^ Fred Topel. "Ryan Potter Talks About Cat Rocket Boots, Film School and BIG HERO 6 with Nuke the Fridge!". Nuke The Fridge.
  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.
  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.
  7. ^ "Ryan Potter Celebrates Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge - Big Brothers Big Sisters". bbbs.org.
  8. ^ Amanda Roark. "Ryan Potter at Great Wolf Lodge - Great Wolf Resorts". greatwolf.com.
  9. ^ Kate Conrad (April 16, 2011). "Twelve Things About Ryan Potter". AOL Kids. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Exclusive Interview: 'Supah Ninjas' Star Ryan Potter". Fanlala. July 23, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  11. ^ "Ryan Potter stars on Nick's "Supah Ninjas"". Asiance Magazine. January 22, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  12. ^ a b "Nickelodeon – About Ryan Potter – Ryan Potter's Bio". Nick.com. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  13. ^ "Supah Ninja's Ryan Potter – My Day My Life". Alloy TV. September 16, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  14. ^ "Supah Ninjas: Carlos Knight and Ryan Potter". StuffWeLike.com. May 7, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  15. ^ "Watch Ryan Potter Film an Episode of Supah Ninjas!". Popstar!. December 30, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  16. ^ "Ryan Potter 'Supah Ninjas!' Interview". ClevverTV. April 21, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
  17. ^ Carl Marcucci (March 15, 2012). "Nickelodeon Presents 2012 Upfront". RBR.com. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  18. ^ "Entertainment briefs: 'Supah Ninjas,' 'From the Top'". Tribune-Review. January 8, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  19. ^ "Nickelodeon's Ryan Potter Talks Supah Ninjas Season 2". Fanlala. January 2, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  20. ^ Robyn Ross (January 10, 2011). "George Takei Joins New Nickelodeon Series". TV Guide. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  21. ^ Bill Gorman (September 24, 2011). "Largest Ever WorldWide Day of Play". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  22. ^ Marc Snetiker (June 8, 2012). "Nickelodeon's Figure It Out' Reboot". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  23. ^ "Supah Ninjas Cast at the HALO Awards". Popstar!. October 27, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  24. ^ Nickelodeon (April 23, 2012). "Fred: The Show: Season 1, Episode 14". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  25. ^ "Tim Drake Concept Fight". September 10, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  26. ^ Arrant, Chris (18 October 2017). "Actor Lands Live-Action TITANS Role, Just Not The One He Campaigned For". newsarama.com. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  27. ^ a b "Ryan Potter Teams Up with Kyle Weiss". ClevverTV. July 19, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  28. ^ "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.
  29. ^ Ryan Potter (June 13, 2012). "Why I Posed, by Ryan Potter". No H8 Campaign. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  30. ^ Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of.

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