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Raviv Ullman (Ricky Ullman)
Raviv ullman
Born Raviv Ullman
January 24, 1986 (1986-01-24) (age 28

)
Eilat, Israel

Other name(s) Ricky Ullman
Years active 1998 ─ present

Raviv Ullman (Hebrew: רביב אולמן); born January 24, 1986), also known by his stage name Ricky Ullman, is an American actor and rapper. He is best known for playing Phil Diffy, the main character in the Disney Channel series Phil of the Future. He currently plays the role of Kip on the Lifetime sitcom Rita Rocks.

Personal life

Early life

Ullman was born in Eilat, Israel, to American parents, Brian Ullman and Laura Ehrenkrantz. His maternal grandfather, Joseph Ehrenkrantz, is a Rabbi in Stamford, Connecticut and his family is related to Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman.[1] After his first birthday, his family moved to Fairfield, Connecticut in the United States. When Raviv was younger, his father worked as a clown. Ullman took an interest in acting after seeing a musical production in a children's acting camp. He attended the camp the following summer and landed the role of Peter Pan (both lead and supporting roles), which helped him discover his talents in acting, singing, dancing, and reading drama novels.

Ullman speaks fluent Hebrew and has taught himself how to play the drums. He is a graduate of Fairfield Warde High School where he lost an election to be president of the Student Council his senior year.[citation needed] He is not related to Tracey Ullman. He lives in Southern California with his friends, two of them being Lisa and Jess Origlasso from the pop band The Veronicas.[citation needed]

Career

Acting

Ullman's first professional stage 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 graduated from the HOBY program of Connecticut in March 2003.

Ullman is currently 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 as Sam in ABC Family's television film Searching for David's Heart (2005). Ullman is 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. Ullman also appeared in the Law & Order: SVU episode "Obscene", in which his character rapes a teen star (Maggie Grace).

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[2] and continues to use Raviv on all projects since.[3] In 2008, he appeared in an episode of the television series The Middleman.

He is currently playing the character named Kip in a new show called Rita Rocks on Lifetime. He is Rita's daughter's boyfriend, who also plays the drums in Rita's band. The show has been picked up for another full second season 20 episode season order. Ullman is set to star alongside Ike Barinholtz, Jenna Jameson, and Josh Meyers in a new romantic comedy, How to Make Love to a Woman.

Music

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[4]. The video has been viewed over 290,000 times since it was posted to YouTube on June 26, 2006[5]. Two other music videos were released, "Refrigerator (Gangsta' Way)" in August 2006, which has been viewed over 90,000 times[6], and "Bop It (Webee Anthem)" in March 2007. The Webee Boys have performed live exclusively at the Gig in Hollywood, California.[7]

In December 2006, Ullman met actor Douglas Smith of Big Love fame and together they formed a band named Goodbye Ian. The group expanded into 6, sometimes 7, people and later changed their name to his Orchestra. Ullman plays drums and glockenspiel in the band, which released their debut album, Field Guide to the Wilds, on February 24, 2009.[8]

Both groups communicate online through the social networking websites MySpace[4][8] and Twitter.[9][10]

Filmography

Films

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
2005 Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama Eric Voice
2006 The Big Bad Swim Hunter McCarthy
Driftwood David Forrester
2007 Normal Adolescent Behavior Price
The Violin David Short
2008 Prom Wars Percy
2009 Spring Break '83 Billy
How to Make Love to a Woman Scott Conners Post-production
The Trouble with Cali Louis Post-production

Television

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 Phil of the Future Phil Diffy Ran from 2004-2006 (43 episodes)
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 That Guy Logan Pilot, not picked up
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)
2008 The Middleman Derek Episode: "The Obsolescent Cryogenic Meltdown" (August 11, 2008)
Phineas and Ferb Additional voices
Rita Rocks Kip 2008-present (18 episodes)

Stage

Year Play Role Notes
1997 The King and I Louis
1999 A Rosen By Any Other Name Stanley
2005 Dead End Tommy

References

  1. "Jewish Ledger". Jewish Geography. Retrieved on June 15, 2006.
  2. "Screen capture from House". Retrieved on June 28 2008.
  3. The following film posters feature his real name: 1, 2
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Webee Boys on MySpace Music". MySpace. Retrieved on July 19,, 2009.
  5. "The Boat Song". YouTube. Retrieved on July 15, 2009.
  6. "Refrigerator (Gangsta' Way)". YouTube. Retrieved on July 15, 2009.
  7. "Webee Goin To Da Gig". YouTube. Retrieved on July 15, 2009.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "his Orchestra on MySpace Music". MySpace. Retrieved on June 25, 2008.
  9. "Webee Boys (webeeboys) on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved on July 19, 2009.
  10. "his Orchestra (hisorchestra) on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved on July 19, 2009.

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