Place of Birth: Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Date of Birth: September 12, 1995
*father – Japanese
*maternal grandfather – Swedish, English, German
*maternal grandmother – Ashkenazi Jewish
Ryan Potter is an American actor, martial artist, and photographer. He is known for playing Mike Fukanaga on the series Supah Ninjas and for voicing the lead character in the film Big Hero 6.
Ryan’s father is Japanese, and Ryan speaks Japanese. He spent most of his early childhood in Japan, and returned to the United States when he was seven, where he was raised by his single mother, who is from California.
Ryan’s maternal grandfather has Swedish, English, and German ancestry. Ryan’s maternal grandmother was Jewish (of Ukrainian Jewish and Russian Jewish descent), and Ryan has described himself as Jewish.
His stepfather is martial arts actor James Lew.
Ryan’s maternal grandfather is Kenneth Lee Potter (the son of Dwight W. Potter and Frances/Francis May Graham). Kenneth was born in California. Dwight was the son of Fred Ira Potter and Swedish-born Agda/Olga C. Lindgren. Frances was born in Iowa, the daughter of Arthur F. Graham and Evelyn M. Brubaker.
Ryan’s maternal grandmother was Elaine Rhoda Cray (the daughter of Max/Morris Cray, originally Krakowsky, and of Sarah Cecilia Negin). Elaine was born in Ohio. Elaine’s brother is author Edward Beryl “Ed” Cray. Max Cray was born in Montréal, Québec, Canada, to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, Josef Jacob Mayer Yosl Krakowsky/Krakosky and Clare Haya Ida Weisberg. Ryan’s matrilineal great-grandmother Sarah Negin was born in Ohio, to Russian Jewish parents, Samuel Negin and Yetta Schwartz. Yetta’s own mother, Ryan’s great-great-great-grandmother, was named Sarah Medvonsky.
Sources: Marriage record of Ryan’s maternal great-grandparents, Dwight W. Potter and Frances/Francis May Graham – https://www.familysearch.org
Ryan’s maternal great-grandfather, Dwight W. Potter, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Ryan’s maternal great-grandmother, Frances/Francis May Graham, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Ryan’s maternal great-grandmother, Sarah Cecilia Negin, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org