Ryan Potter

AFI Fest 2012 - "Rise of the Guardians" Gala Screening - Arrivals

Potter in 2012, photo by Prphotos.com

Place of Birth: Portland, Oregon, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 12, 1995

Ethnicity:
*father – Japanese
*maternal grandfather – Swedish, English, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish
*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 Hiro 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 caucasian, and from California.

Ryan’s maternal grandfather has Swedish, English, German, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish 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 Willis Potter and Frances/Francis May Graham). Kenneth was born in California. Dwight was the son of Fred Ira Potter, and of Swedish emigrant, Agda/Olga Johanna Christina Lindgren, who was born in Vanga, Ostergotland. Frances was born in Iowa, the daughter of Arthur Frank Graham and Mary/Marie Melissa Geddes.

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 Willis 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

17 Responses

  1. follers says:

    I don’t know about all mixed-race people, but Potter is pretty good-looking.
    http://www.zooeymagazine.com/journal/2015/6/12/conversations-ryan-potter

  2. neiltennant says:

    the asian genes are very strong.

    • WTF says:

      He actually doesn’t look fully Asian at all, it’s very clear he’s half white. Guess you’ve never seen an Asian before….

      • Stargazer says:

        Sorry, but his Asian genes are strong. I am half Japanese and my Asian genes are strong too, but Ryan’s are among the strongest I have seen for half Japanese. I know of only one other person who is more Japanese looking than him for being half Japanese.

  3. Freerk says:

    I can’t read his surname without having the voice of Alan Rickman in my ears … :D

  4. Your Mom says:

    He Looks Like He Could Be Kristin Kreuk’s Brother.

  5. person says:

    he looks weird

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