2011-04-01 / Community

Rockaway Soap Star Stays Gold

Ringgold Stars Opposite Glenn Close, Films ‘Smurfs’
By Nicholas Briano

Sean Ringgold with Glenn Close while filming an episode of “Damages,” which will air this summer. Sean Ringgold with Glenn Close while filming an episode of “Damages,” which will air this summer. Rockaway’s favorite bodyguard, Sean Ringgold, has come a long way from being a lifeguard on the shores of Rockaway Beach to now signing a full-time contract with the soap opera, “One Life to Live.” But wait, that’s not all he’s doing.

For the past five years, Ringgold has made re-occurring appearances as “Shaun,” a bodyguard on “One Life to Live.” However, in November the show realized the increasing popularity of Ringgold’s character which reflects his growing acting skills and dynamic personality, and signed him to a fulltime, five year contract.

As a resident of Dayton Towers for most of his adolescent years, Ringgold started as a lifeguard patrolling the beaches of Rockaway. He later went on to make a name for himself as a state-wide arm wrestling champ and would eventually land a job as a bodyguard for Black Entertainment Television Network (BET) working on the hit show “106 and Park.“ This led to opportunities providing private bodyguard work for several high profile celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Ludacris and LL Cool J, just to name a few. Ringgold says it’s the constant workflow and intensity of memorizing lines for soap operas, which are filmed every day, that have prepared him to accept bigger roles on television and in the movies.

In 2008, Ringgold made an appearance in “Notorious,” the biopic about the late Sean Wallace, playing the part of record executive Suge Knight. “I am beyond blessed and grateful for these opportunities,” Ringgold said. “Soaps are so high-pressured and working on the show has really given me the confidence to push forward in all areas of acting.”

Ringgold, in addition to having a full-time role on “One Life to Live,” has kept really busy in between, shooting scenes for Ugly Betty, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and recently, Damages, alongside acting legend Glenn Close, which will air on July 27.

This summer Ringgold makes a return to the big screen in the full-length live action and animation film, “The Smurfs,” in which he plays a prison inmate.

“I was a lifeguard. I was selling cars,” he said. “Now I am living my dream as an actor. What can I really say? I’m just a kid from Rockaway Beach.”

Information regarding Ringgold and his acting appearances can be found on both Facebook and Twitter.

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