Raviv Ullman

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Raviv Ullman (Hebrew: רביב אולמן‎; born January 24, 1986), is an Israeli-American actor and musician. He is best known for playing Phil Diffy, the main character in the Disney Channel series Phil of the Future. The actor was credited as Ricky Ullman from 1997 until 2006.

Raviv Ullman
Raviv Ullman 2015
Ullman during the production of Choice in 2015
Born Raviv Ullman
January 24, 1986 (age 32)
Eilat, Israel
Other names Ricky Ullman
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 1997–present

Early life

Ullman was born in Eilat, Israel, to American parents Laura (née Ehrenkranz), a teacher, and Brian Ullman, a printer.[1][2] He has a younger sister and younger brother named Tali and Nadav, respectively.[3] After his first birthday, his family left their kibbutz in Israel for Norwalk, Connecticut, USA, and then to Fairfield, Connecticut the following year.[1] When Ullman was younger, his father worked as a clown. While attending summer camp, he played Peter Pan, which helped him discover his talents in acting, singing, dancing, and reading drama novels.

Ullman was raised in the Conservative and Orthodox denominations of Judaism.[4][5] His maternal grandfather, Joseph Ehrenkranz, was an Orthodox rabbi in Stamford, Connecticut.[6] Ullman is a first cousin, twice removed, of Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman.[6] Lieberman's mother and Ullman's matrilineal great-grandmother were sisters.

Ullman taught himself how to play the trombone. Ullman was selected to attend the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation (HOBY) youth leadership program of Connecticut in March 2002 where he was selected as the "outstanding ambassador" enabling him to attend the HOBY World Leadership Congress in the summer of 2002. He went to Hillel Academy and is a graduate of Fairfield Warde High School.[1] He was active in National Conference of Synagogue Youth.[4]


Early Career: 1997–2003

Ullman's first professional role was as Louis in the national touring company of The King and I along with Jesse McCartney. Other productions he worked on include Peter Pan at the Polka Dot Playhouse, The Music Man with the New England Repertory Company, and Just People at the Long Wharf Theatre. He received a 1998–1999 Best Actor nomination from the Connecticut Critics' Awards for his character Stanley in Stamford Theater Work's A Rosen by Any Other Name.

Prominence in television: 2004–2009

Phil of the Future and Disney

Ullman is best known for his starring role as Phil Diffy, a teen from the year 2121 on Disney Channel's Phil of the Future, a series that debuted June 2004. He also starred as Roscoe in Disney's made-for-television film Pixel Perfect and Ullman was an identified member of the Disney Channel Circle of Stars, and appeared with other members of the Circle in the music video for "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes," where he sang as well as played the drums.

While Ullman previously went by the stage name Ricky, he started using his real name in 2006 when he guest-starred on an episode of House[7] and continued to use Raviv on all projects since.[8]

Rita Rocks and other television and film

He starred as Sam in ABC Family's television film Searching for David's Heart (2005).

He played the character Kip in the sitcom Rita Rocks on Lifetime. He is Rita's daughter's boyfriend and plays the drums in Rita's band. The show was canceled after two seasons.


In June 2006, Ullman and a few of his friends created a parody hip-hop music video, "Pointy Hat (The Boat Song)," under the name the Webee Boys.[9] Two other music videos were released, "Refrigerator (Gangsta' Way)" in August 2006 and "Bop It (Webee Anthem)" in March 2007. The Webee Boys have performed live exclusively at the Gig in Hollywood, California.[10]

In December 2006, Ullman met actor Douglas Smith of Big Love fame and together they formed a band called Goodbye Ian. The group expanded to as many as seven people and later changed its name to His Orchestra. Ullman plays drums and glockenspiel in the band, which released its debut album, Field Guide to the Wilds, on February 24, 2009.[11]

Post-television career: 2009–Present


After completing Rita Rocks in 2009, Ullman had some small roles in short films, television, and film but began to focus his career on theater acting, starring in Off-Broadway and regional theater productions. From January 2012 to March 24, 2012, Ullman starred as the character Alex in the New Group's production of Russian Transport Off-Broadway in New York. On April 30, 2012, it was announced that Ullman joined the cast of Alena Smith's new Off-Broadway play The Bad Guys. It began performances on May 22 at the McGinn/Cazale Theater on the Upper West Side in New York City.

Ullman's last professional acting credit was in 2015. However, he has acted since, starring in the 2017 benefit play Right Before I Go at The Town Hall.[12]


Ullman is an accomplished musician and plays drums and guitar.[13] He has worked as a touring musician, notably with Soko on her 2012 tour. Ullman was a member of the band Reputante, which released their 2013 debut on Julian Casablancas' record label Cult Records. He departed the band sometime in 2015. With Reputante members James Levy and Jimmy Giannopoulos, Ullman helped form the band Lolawolf with actress Zoë Kravitz.[14] They released their self-titled debut EP on February 4, 2014. He left Lolawolf before the release of their first full-length record, Come Down, in October 2014.


Personal life

Ullman speaks fluent Hebrew and keeps a kosher kitchen.[4] He lives in Brooklyn, New York.[13]



Year Film Role Notes
1998 Crossfire Aziz
2000 Growing Up Brady Christopher Knight TV movie
2001 The Boys of Sunset Ridge John Burroughs at 13
2004 Pixel Perfect Roscoe TV movie
Searching for David's Heart Sam TV movie
Costume Party Capers: The Incredibles Himself TV movie
2005 Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama Eric Voice
Totally Suite New Year's Eve Sam TV movie
2006 The Big Bad Swim Hunter McCarthy
Driftwood David Forrester
That Guy Logan TV Movie
2007 Normal Adolescent Behavior Price
The Violin David Short
2008 Prom Wars Percy
Mother Goose Parade
2010 The Trouble with Cali Lois
How to Make Love to a Woman Scott Conners
2013 Contest Rip
2015 The Other Side Jacob
TBD Spring Break '83 Billy Filming completed in 2007; release postponed.


Year Show Role Notes
2002 Guiding Light Jacky Episode dated 16 May 2002
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 1st Boy Episode: "Crazy" (January 13, 2002)
2004–2006 Phil of the Future Phil Diffy 43 episodes
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Danny Spencer Episode: "Obscene" (October 12, 2004)
2005 That's So Raven Jake Haskell "On Top of Old Oaky" (April 22, 2005)
2006 Big Love Donna's makeout partner Episode: "Eclipse" (April 2, 2006)
House Jeremy Episode: "Fools for Love" (October 31, 2006)
2007 Cold Case Phil DiPreta, '98 Episode: "That Woman" (September 30, 2007)
2007 Phineas and Ferb Additional voices Episode: "Rollercoaster/Candace Loses It" (August 17, 2007)
2008 The Middleman Derek Episode: "The Obsolescent Cryogenic Meltdown" (August 11, 2008)
2008–2009 Rita Rocks Kip 40 episodes
2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Ben Episode: "The Time Is Now" (May 4, 2011)
2015 Broad City Reginald Carolla Episode: "In Heat" (January 14, 2015)


Year Play Role Notes
1997 The King and I Louis
1999 A Rosen By Any Other Name Stanley
2005 Dead End Tommy
2012 Russian Transport Alex
2012 The Bad Guys Paul
2014 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Gunthorpe
2014 Deathtrap Clifford Anderson
2014 Sticks and Bones Rick
2015 Bad Jews Jonah
2015 Choice Hunter


  1. ^ a b c Levinson, Linda Tishler (19 November 2004). "Fairfield youth is 'Phil of the Future' on Disney Channel". Jewish Ledger. Fairfield, Connecticut. Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Fairfield Actor in Disney Channel Program This June". Fairfield Citizen News. 19 March 2004.
  3. ^ "Ricky Ullman". NNDB. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Ricky Ullman: Jewish A'Phil'iation". Babaganews. Behrman House. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  5. ^ "A teen idol with a difference". December 9, 2004.
  6. ^ a b Jacobson, Judie (23 February 2006). "Jewish Geography: The Celebrity Edition". Jewish Ledger. Archived from the original on 23 June 2009. Retrieved June 15, 2006.
  7. ^ "Screen capture from House". Retrieved June 28, 2008.
  8. ^ The following film posters feature his real name: 1, 2
  9. ^ "Webee Boys on MySpace Music". MySpace. Retrieved July 19, 2009.
  10. ^ "Webee Goin To Da Gig". YouTube. Retrieved July 15, 2009.
  11. ^ "His Orchestra on MySpace Music". MySpace. Retrieved June 25, 2008.
  12. ^ "Choice | Huntington Theatre Company". www.huntingtontheatre.org. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  13. ^ a b "Standing Ground - A Documentary Film". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  14. ^ "I Was Very on Edge: Zoe Kravitz Explains Why Her New Band Lolawolf Came Together at Just the Right Time". ELLE. 2014-01-24. Retrieved 2018-02-14.

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