Ricky Ullman was born in Israel in 1986 and moved to Fairfield, Connecticut with his family at age 1. Ricky began his acting career in regional theater productions with both dramatic and musical roles. His first professional role came in the national touring company where he played Louis in “The King and I”. Ricky has starred in the Disney Channel’s original movie “Pixel Perfect”, ABC Family’s “Searching for David’s Heart, NBC’s “Growing Up Brady”, and the Disney Channel’s “Phil of the Future”. He has guest-starred on “Law and Order: SVU”, “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”, and “Thats So Raven”. Ricky’s film credits include “The Boys of Sunset Ridge” and the independent film “Crossfire: A Hitman’s Story”.
Ricky Ullman (born Raviv Ullman on January 24, 1986) is an Israeli-born American actor. He is perhaps best known for playing the title role in the television series Phil of the Future.
Ullman was born in Eilat, Israel to Jewish-American parents Brian Ullman and Laura Ehrenkrantz; his maternal grandfather, Joseph Ehrenkrantz, is a Rabbi in Connecticut and his family is related to Connecticut senator Joseph Lieberman. After his first birthday, his family moved to Fairfield, Connecticut in the United States. 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 both lead and supporting roles, which helped him discover his talents in acting, singing, and dancing.
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 1998-99 Best Actor nomination from the Connecticut Critics Awards for his character Stanley in Stamford Theater Work’s A Rosen by Any Other Name.
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 which debuted in June 2004. He also starred as Roscoe in Disney’s made-for-television film, Pixel Perfect and in as Sam in ABC Family’s television film Searching For David’s Heart (2004). 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 speaks fluent Hebrew and Spanish and has taught himself how to play the drums. He is a graduate of Fairfield Warde High School and currently lives in Los Angeles, where his show, Phil of the Future, is filmed. He prefers to be called “Raviv”. Ricky Ullman conceived a parody rap group called The Webee Boys. The Webee Boys have their own myspace group and have uploaded videos to Youtube. There has been controversy among fans as to whether these videos and acts are responsible for someone associated with Disney.
My son wanted to be like ricky when he was little. He’d recite lines from one his shows in the kitchen, and jump around and dance, to point of one time he somehow knocked a fork down the garbage disposal and broke it. So i had to call an arlington appliance repair service to come out and fix it. Needless to say, i told my son to act out scenes in his room after that.