Noah Ringer is an American actor and a practicing martial artist. He made his acting debut as a child artist, essaying the characters ‘Aang’ in the 2010 action-adventure fantasy film ‘The Last Airbender’ and ‘Emmett Taggart’ in 2011 science fiction Western film ‘Cowboys & Aliens.’ Although he did not have any previous experience as an actor or any formal coaching, Ringer secured his first role to play the ‘Airbender’ due to his expertise in martial arts and the resemblance to the character. He began training in Tae Kwon Do or Taekwondo, a Korean martial art, at the age of ten, and at twelve earned his first-degree black belt. He has taken part in a number of martial arts competitions and won many prizes.
Childhood & Early Life
Noah was born Noah Andrew Ringer, on November 18, 1996, in Dallas, Texas, United States of America.
Although he was homeschooled, her mother wanted him to participate in activities outside the home. Hence, she enrolled the 10-year old Ringer at ATA Martial Arts, Carrollton, Texas, a part of the American Taekwondo Association. Ringer trained under Eric Pechacek, a master candidate Tae Kwon Do instructor and owner of the institute.
During his days at the ATA, Noah went by the nickname ‘Avatar’ as he resembled the lead character in the Nickelodeon cartoon ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender.’
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Before embarking on a career in acting, Ringer was making waves in the field of martial arts. He earned his first-degree black in December 2008, at the age of 12.
In 2008-2009, Ringer won the Texas State Championships title in five categories - Traditional Forms, Traditional Weapons, Sparring, X-Treme Forms, and X-Treme Weapons.Ringer’s first tournament was the ‘World Championships’ in Arkansas. He won all the categories in which he took part. He received around 100 medals in twenty-five competitions.
Ringer was inspired after watching the ‘Extreme’ routine at the Arkansas event and started training in Extreme Martial Arts or XMA. He even picked up the tricks of using several Eastern weapons, including ‘bo staff,’ used by his character ‘Aang.’
At his Tae Kwon Do club, Ringer heard about the open audition call of Paramount Pictures for the role of ‘Aang’ in the 2010 movie ‘The Last Airbender.’ He sent a homemade video exhibiting his martial art skills. His striking resemblance to the character and similar personality traits impressed the director M. Night Shyamalan, and helped him land the role.
After bagging the role of ‘Aang,’ Ringer attended ‘Young Artists Studio’ in Farmers Branch to learn acting in 60 days.
Ringer was nominated for ‘Best Performance in a Feature Film (Leading Young Actor)’ at 32nd ‘Young Artists Awards,’ in March 2011.
In 2011, he appeared as ‘Emmett, alongside Daniel Craig in the science fiction Western film ‘Cowboys & Aliens.’
It was announced in 2013 that he would be starring in ‘The Peppercorn Chronicles.’ It is reportedly based on Mike Le Han’s short film ‘Mrs Peppercorn's Magical Reading Room.’
Family & Personal Life
Ringer’s ethnicity is widely debated. While there are claims that he is of American-Indian ancestry, there are other reports that state he is of European descent.
Ringer stays along with his parents in Dallas.
A lover of sports, Ringer enjoys wrestling, golf, tennis, basketball, table tennis, and snow skiing. His other interests include reading, creating and editing videos, practicing illusions, and hanging out with his friends
Noah and his taekwondo instructor, Master Eric Pechacek, were huge fans of the anime ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender.’ Eric used to tease him that he would one day become the Airbender.
According to an internet portal, he had said that his shaved head helped him remain cool while practicing Tae Kwon Do.