The short biographies that are listed below are from various forms of Nick.com’s Biography on Ryan. The biographies are no longer available as Nickelodeon has done away with their celebrity profiles.
There’s a new quick-punching performer that just moved in to the hills of Hollywood! Ryan Potter scored the role of Mike Fukanaga; the shy, yet fearless leader of the karate-kicking clan, the Supah Ninjas. But he’s a martial arts master in real life, too! Ryan grew up in Tokyo, Japan and he’s been training in martial arts since he was eight years old. But after moving to the U.S, Ryan decided to take on a new hobby…acting! And now he’s one of the brightest new stars in Tinsel Town. Paparazzi be warned, this Samurai-skilled celeb is fighting his way to the top the A-list.
Explanation for “Iron Ryan”
When they asked him how he got the nifty nickname, Ryan replied, “That actually came from baseball. Catching was my favorite position. And basically the game depended on this one play. And the ball came home, and the guy was running home. And I got the ball and I bumped into the guy and we collided. And the ump ran over and said, “You still have the ball?” And I raised the ball in the air and I was so proud. It was a great moment. So then they called me ‘Iron Ryan’ because I was like an iron wall.”
Supah Ninjas Press Site
Ryan Potter stars as Mike Fukanaga, an average high school student who discovers he is descended from a long line of ninjas, in Supah Ninjas, premiering Saturday, April 16, at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.
Ryan was born in Oregon and raised in Tokyo, Japan until age seven when his family returned to the United States. Skilled in several martial art disciplines, the 15-year-old performed many of the action sequences in the Supah Ninjas pilot himself. Potter began training in White Tiger kung fu at age eight and is currently working on earning his brown sash.
After receiving a leaflet at his kung fu class announcing the casting call for Supah Ninjas, Ryan put the flyer in his bag without a second thought. After a few days, Potter became excited about the idea of pursing his dream of becoming an actor decided to give it a shot and landed the series regular role.
Potter earned the nickname “Iron Ryan” for taking a full body collision with a much larger player when protecting home plate as catcher for his baseball team. He also enjoys skateboarding, playing the drums and reading manga, Japanese comics. He is looking forward to traveling overseas and returning to Japan.