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.
Ullman during the production of Choice in 2015
January 24, 1986
|Other names||Ricky Ullman|
Ullman was born in Eilat, Israel, to American parents Laura (née Ehrenkranz), a teacher, and Brian Ullman, a printer. He has a younger sister and younger brother named Tali and Nadav, respectively. After his first birthday, his family left their kibbutz in Israel for Norwalk, Connecticut, USA, and then to Fairfield, Connecticut the following year. 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. His maternal grandfather, Joseph Ehrenkranz, was an Orthodox rabbi in Stamford, Connecticut. Ullman is a first cousin, twice removed, of Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman. 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. He was active in National Conference of Synagogue Youth.
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. He had small roles in film and television shows, notably portraying Christopher Knight in the 2000 movie Growing Up Brady.
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. During this period, Ullman appeared in other Disney Channel programming like and 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.
In 2004, Ullman starred as Sam in ABC Family's television film Searching for David's Heart. He appeared in a string of independent films including The Big Bad Swim and Driftwood (2006), Normal Adolescent Behavior (2007), and Prom Wars (2008). During this period, he guest-starred in TV shows like Big Love and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Ullman was cast as Kip in the Lifetime sitcom Rita Rocks, which premiered in 2009. His character was the drummer in the titular character's band and her daughter's boyfriend. The show was canceled after two seasons.
In June 2006, Ullman and a few of his friends created parody hip-hop music videos under the name the Webee Boys. 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.
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. In 2014, Ullman acted opposite of Holly Hunter and Richard Chamberlain in the first revival of Sticks and Bones. Sticks and Bones opened November 6, 2014 and closed December 14, 2014.
Ullman is an accomplished musician and plays drums and guitar. 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. 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.
In October 2016, Ullman announced his project Standing Ground, a documentary that explores the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, the North Dakota Access Pipeline and the fossil fuels industry. Production of the film took place throughout 2017.
Ullman also directs music videos.
|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||Himself||TV movie|
|2006||The Big Bad Swim||Hunter McCarthy|
|That Guy||Logan||TV Movie|
|2007||Normal Adolescent Behavior||Price|
|Mother Goose Parade||Himself|
|2010||How to Make Love to a Woman||Scott Conners|
|The Trouble with Cali||Lois|
|2011||A Sense of Humor||Laughing Man||Short|
|2015||The Other Side||Jacob|
|TBD||Spring Break '83||Billy||Filming completed in 2007; release postponed.|
|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)|
|1997||The King and I||Louis||National tour|||
|1999||A Rosen By Any Other Name||Stanley|
|2005||Dead End||Tommy||Ahmanson Theatre|||
|2012||Russian Transport||Alex||The New Group @ Theatre Row|||
|2012||The Bad Guys||Paul||McGinn/Cazale Theatre|||
|2014||The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner||Gunthorpe||Stage 2|||
|2014||Deathtrap||Clifford Anderson||Bucks County Playhouse|||
|2014||Sticks and Bones||Rick||The Pershing Square Signature Center|||
|2015||Bad Jews||Jonah||Geffen Playhouse|||
|2018||Right Before I Go||The Town Hall||One-night benefit|