After picking up a handful of small-screen cameos and minor film roles, Raviv Ullman got his big break in 2004, starring as the title character in Disney’s Phil of the Future. He played the time-traveling student for the show’s two-year run, going on to hit the big screen in Normal Adolescent Behavior (2007), How to Make Love to a Woman (2010), and continue his television work with episodes of House, Cold Case, Rita Rocks, and Broad City.
After gaining early experience with episodes of ER, Ally McBeal, The West Wing, and Judging Amy, Amy Bruckner joined Phil of the Future as Phil’s little sister Pim Diffy. She played the mischievous middle schooler for two years, also popping up in Malcolm in the Middle and Rebound during that time. In recent years, Bruckner earned credits for American Dragon: Jake Long and Nancy Drew.
Craig Anton signed on to play Phil of the Future’s Lloyd Diffy, the father to Pim and Phil and the engineer responsible for the time machine. The MADtv alum also appeared in Tom Goes to the Mayor during the show’s two years on air, and went on to act in Dragon Wars: D-War (2007), Workaholics, Weeds, Mad Men, and New Girl.
Lise Colleen Simms
The Young and the Restless alum Lise Colleen Simms joined Phil of the Future as Barb Diffy, the mother to Phil and Pim. Simms continued her small-screen work after the show wrapped, popping up in episodes of iCarly, 90210, Switched at Birth, Days of Our Lives, Grey’s Anatomy, and Castle.
Aly Michalka landed one of her first roles thanks to Phil of the Future. The actress played Keely Teslow, Phil’s friend who becomes his girlfriend. She played the student from 2004 to 2006, releasing two studio albums as a part of Aly & AJ (with sister AJ Michalka) during that time. After the show, she released a third Aly & AJ album and earned credits for Bandslam (2009), Easy A (2010), The Roommate (2011), Two and a Half Men, Hellcats, and Grown Ups 2 (2013).
JP Manoux signed on for Phil of the Future a decade into his career. The character actor played both a caveman named Curtis and the school’s vice principal, Neil Hackett. Manoux spent the next 10 years popping up in Knocked Up (2007), Transformers (2007), Finding Amanda (2008), Weather Girl (2009), and Scary Movie 5 (2013), as well as episodes of Monk, ER, Wilfred, Bones, Community, and Veep.
After picking up credits for Angel, 7th Heaven, and Summerland, Kay Panabaker joined Phil of the Future‘s first season as Debbie Berwick, one of Pim’s friends. The child star kept busy throughout the 2000s, landing roles in Nancy Drew and Fame as well as episodes of Two and a Half Men, Weeds, and Grey’s Anatomy. In recent years, Panabaker continued her small-screen work, appearing in Brothers & Sisters, No Ordinary Family, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Brandon Mychal Smith
Brandon Mychal Smith joined Phil of the Future in the show’s second season, playing Lil’ Danny Dawkins, a classmate of Pim’s who has a crush on her. The Unfabulous alum followed the futuristic gig with a turn as Nico Harris in Sonny With a Chance and So Random!. In recent years, Smith hit the big screen in Get on Up and Dirty Grandpa and continued his television work with One Big Happy, You’re the Worst, and the upcoming Sweet/Vicious.
After spending her childhood racking up roles in 7th Heaven, ER, and Judging Amy, Brenda Song signed on for Phil of the Future‘s first season as Tia. She played one of Phil’s classmates until 2005, joining The Suite Life of Zack and Cody the same year. Song wrapped her run as Suite Life‘s London in 2008, then bringing the character to The Suite Life on Deck. The actress’ recent projects include The Social Network, Scandal, New Girl, and Dads.
Evan Peters landed one of his first roles in 2004 when he joined Phil of the Future as Phil’s pal Seth Wosmer. Peters followed Phil with big screen appearances in An American Crime (2007), Never Back Down (2008), Kick-Ass (2010), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2104), The Lazarus Effect (2015), Elvis & Nixon (2016), and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). Peters is now best known for his work in American Horror Story.
Spencer Locke picked up one of her first roles thanks to Phil of the Future. The young actress played Candida Keegel, the school’s resident mean girl. After wrapping her run on the show in 2005, Locke went on to earn credits for Monster House (2006), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), Cougar Town, Detention (2011), and Tarzan (2013).