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Davy Raphaely is an actor based in New York City. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland and started taking acting and dance lessons at the age of 10, and continued his studies with a major in acting at the Carver Center for Arts and Technology high school. Upon graduation, he received a scholarship to attend the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he received a BFA in Acting, and was awarded the University of the Arts Performance Award. 


Davy began his professional career on stage in Philadelphia. He performed in eleven productions at the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre in roles that range from the title role in Romeo and Juliet to himself in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). He has worked with numerous award-winning companies throughout Philadelphia such as Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, and Arden Theatre Company. He has done two international tours with the Walnut Street Theatre, for Proof and A Life in the Theatre. Now residing in Brooklyn, NY, Davy will always have a connection to Philly and continue to call it his home away from home.


Davy continues to grow his film and television career and has been featured in multiple short and feature films. Most recently, he performed the lead in The Special directed by B. Harrison Smith which is now available to rent or buy on all streaming platforms. The film was featured and won Best SFX at the Grimmfest International Film Festival in London.  

What The Critics Say

The Special


"The Special commits to playing a bizarre tale absolutely straight and the fine central performance from Raphaely is certainly one to admire ."

Love Horror, Darren Gaskell

"Davy Raphaely is outstanding as Jerry and believably conveys the range of emotions he experiences, as well as his change in personality." 

Dread Central, Michelle Swope


"You have to have balls to give a performance like that."

Voices From the Balcony, Jim Morazzini

"The performance of Jerry is compassionately captured by Davy Raphaely, and he never stops eliciting sympathy from the viewer, even during his worst, sometimes gross out moments. He nails these complex moments with intense credibility. Raphaely comes across as a “nice guy” in both appearance and demeanor, and these physical and personality traits are what naturally keeps the viewer on his side."

Morbidly Beautiful, Jason McFiggins

"He has some of these really outrageous scenes that will make you laugh, but you'll also have these INSANELY squeamish scenes that will make your skin crawl and make you want to gouge out your eyes... and I mean that in the best way possible! Whoever was responsible for casting Raphaely as the main character fucking nailed it, because he definitely feels like a huge reason this movie is so damn good."

Soulless Cult. Bobby Cvlt

"Raphaely gives a great and very physical performance as the increasingly unhinged Jerry."

Dark Eyes of London, David Dent

"Raphaely actually pulls the whole thing off with aplomb, showing admirable commitment to the role.", Andy Barkworth

"...respect has to be given to Davy Raphaely as Jerry, who still manages to imbue the character with a certain degree of sympathy even as his life collapses around him and he throws everything else aside for what the box has to offer him. He does terrible things, but he suffers while he’s doing them."

Set the Tape, Saun Rodger

""...with some really solid character work. Davy Raphaely as Jerry is completely believable as a man who is just loosing his shit in the chase for that high, it does not matter who he hurts he will do anything to protect his new love. Raphaely is really having to do some weird ass shit in this movie yet never once crosses the line of being just plain campy silly nonsense."

365 Flicks Podcast, 365Flicks

"Raphaely offers some genuine menace as his madness evolves"

Killer Horror Critic, Paul Bauer

"Raphaely gives the role his all"

Scream Horror Magazine, Samantha McLaren

"immensely talented...bring grounded intensity"

Horrorigins, C.J. Duke


Lost in Yonkers

"Davy Raphaely gave a charming comic portrayal — and more — as the lovable but weak and self-centered gangster Uncle Louie"

Rutland Herold, Jim Lowe

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

"Davy Raphaely coolly portrays earnest newbie, Lucas, (representing early career Simon), who observes and commentates throughout the show, with superb subtlety."

DC Metro Theater Arts, Lisa Pranzer

"...the Simon character (called Lucas, and charmingly played here by Davy Raphaely) recalls his heady entrée into professional comedy writing.", David Fox

"...portrayed by a wildly talented group of actors. Simon, the playwright, becomes our narrator, Lucas, played with sweet, deferential charm by Davy Raphaely."

Broad Street Review, Toby Zinman

"For Simon, we have Lucas (played winningly by Davy Raphaely), the newbie, also our narrator", John Timpane


All My Sons

"Raphaely has one of those faces that let's us see what his character feels even when his words are presenting a different picture. It's a marvelous performance of a young man maturing through circumstances and the acquiring of dangerous knowledge."

Berkshire Bright Focus..., J. Peter Bergman.

Raphaely is able to fulfill Chris's role as Miller's onstage orator by balancing passionate monologues with an undertone of sensibility, the whole time exhibiting a spectrum of emotions that brings us to a deeper understanding of Miller's intent.

The Vermont Journal, Jennifer Jones

Davy Raphaely was particularly natural as the ever-optimistic and rational Chris Keller 

Times Argus


Peter and the Starcatcher


"Both Raphaely and Mastronadi are comical and add a good deal of humor to the show."

Theatre Sensation, Kellie Curtain


"Davy Raphaely and Matthew Mastronardi as the endearing orphan boys Prentiss (the self-proclaimed leader) and Ted (aka Tubby), who is obsessed with food" 

Phindie, Debra Miller


Other Desert Cities


"Davy Raphaely, as brother Trip, cushions the curves...He’s the referee in the family and his impeccable comedic timing is well suited for the character’s “no harm- no foul” approach to avoiding confrontation.... and we expect to see him on an ensemble sit-com one day – hopefully soon."

In and around Town, What to do, Ardmonk, NY


New York Times mention



Other Desert Cities


"After reading Brooke’s Memoir, there is a powerful scene between the siblings that brings out the best in Raphaely, whose body reflects the torment of witnessing his family implode."

The Inquirer and Mirror, Nantucket, Mass. Barbara A. White


A Life in the Theatre


"This marks the second Independence Studio show in a row for Raphaely, who just closed Bad Jews last month, and his John makes a great, casual counterpoint to Van Horn's affected Robert...Raphaely gives a fancy little neck pop while spraying his hair that tells you all you need to know about John's healthy ego."

Philadelphia Inquirer, Wendy Rosenfield


"Raphaely infuses the much younger man with a genuine sense of respect and with a live-and-let-live attitude."

NewsWorks (WHYY), Howard Shapiro


"Raphaely gives a poised and energetic performance as John...both these fine actors imbued life into their characters and gave them depth...the play is exquisitely performed by Bill Van Horn and Davy Raphaely."

Theatre Sensation, Kellie Curtain


Bad Jews


"Raphaely in another fine performance as a grandson"

Philadelphia Inquirer, Toby Zinman


"Davy Raphaely is a wonderful Liam. He can be the sweet and open-hearted partner to Melody and the bolstering older brother to Jonah. He shows you Liam’s warm and social side. If Raphaely says it, you take his word...His is an all-encompassing performance, and Raphaely handles it in a way that makes Liam the champion of the evening."

Neals Paper, Neal Zoran


The Chosen


"...effectively delivered a sensitive and secretly rebellious Daniel."

The Catskill Chronical, J. A. Di Bello


Camp Dread


"...everyone does a terrific job bringing their respected characters to life (especially Davy Raphaely who really stands out in the role of Vinny)."

Horror News, Todd Martin


4000 Miles


"...Leo (the excellent Davy Raphaely looking like a young Mark Ruffalo)..."

Philadelphia Inquirer, Toby Zinman


"The story unfolds in a long monologue that Leo shares with Vera one night, a quiet, profound release of the play’s subtly building tension, heart-wrenchingly performed by Raphaely in the near-darkness."

Philadelphia City Paper, Mark Cofta


"Davy Raphaely is all moodiness and natural slouch as Leo. He takes to the “4000 Miles” couch with a book as easily and as freely as if he was about to enjoy a quiet afternoon in his own home."

Neals Paper, Neal Zoran


"Raphaely’s is a complete, genuine performance that reveals every fiber of Leo’s being, from his independent spirit and warmth to his confusion and poor coping skills. His work helps give “4000 Miles” an arc it may not have had except for the all-out honesty and reality of his portrayal."

Neals Paper, Neal Zoran


"That relationship, in the Philadelphia Theatre Company production, has a surprisingly earthy chemistry in the performances of Beth Dixon as the grandmother and Davy Raphaely as her grandson – each holds the stage with a singular presence that embodies the characters."

NewsWorks (WHYY), Howard Shapiro


"Raphaely, a Philadelphian who has been acting on stages here since his teens (most recently as Arden Theatre Company's "Pinocchio" in a family production), climbs to a new level as the grandson. He gracefully shifts moods when called for, and sometimes his posture speaks for his character as well as the words he's delivering."

NewsWorks, Howard Shapiro


"Performances by Beth Dixon (Vera) and Davy Raphaely (Leo) were outstanding."

Philadelphia Jewish Voice, Lisa Grunberger


"The play is carried well by Raphaely (Leo), who exhibits a lovely balance of holistic hippie and considerate caretaker. His impish smile and put-on bravado are ignited as he interacts with two female counterparts...", Samantha Clarke




"Apple, Raphaely and Van Horn bring fully human complexity to each of the roles. Their emotional tone can change, either subtly or dramatically, within a few lines."

Daily Local News, Dante J.J. Bevilacqua


"Raphaely is charming as Hal, Robert’s admiring former mathematics student who finds himself drawn to Catherine romantically on the eve of Robert’s funeral. Although the role is not inherently comical, Raphaely manages to inject subtle doses of physical humor throughout the show that give a welcome, and much needed, comical relief for the audience at crucial moments."

Wooster Weekly News, Jennifer Kneuss


The History of Invulnerability


"Raphaely artfully displays Shuster’s layers of shyness, talent and stoicism."

The Washington Post, Celia Wren


The Bomb-itty of Errors


"The cast is terrific: All four actors are funny, each in his own endearing and super-cute way, and they work as a team to make the necessarily word-perfect rhyming look like reckless riffing."

Philadelphia Inquirer, Toby Zinman


"Raphaely's old rappin' Jewish jeweler presents a litany of borscht belt jokes that must have been Henny Youngman's old routine. Oy-fully hysterical."

Philadelphia Examiner, Sharon Geller


"For the 2011 production, [Rob] McClure has been replaced by Raphaely, who more than meets the rigorous demands the energetic show puts on its cast. And while one might expect the lone newcomer Raphaely to struggle with the musical’s intricacies, he handles the language particularly well, aided no doubt by his considerable experience with Shakespeare."

Philadelphia Weekly, J. Cooper Robb




"... the clarity and honesty of Ford’s and Raphaely’s performances."

Philadelphia Inquirer, Wendy Rosenfield


"Certain moments between the couple--a sleepy slow dance with Ford nestled on Raphaely’s shoulder--are so tender they ache, and the couple’s insecurities ring uncomfortably true."

Philadelphia Inquirer, Wendy Rosenfield


"The warm, naturalistic performances by Raphaely and Ford add to the appeal; you'll feel you know people like them, or wish you did."

Talkin Broadway

Raphaely’s vulnerability knocks down the confining wall of words

Philadelphia Weekly


Saturn Returns


"At 28, Gustin is taking care of his difficult wife Loretta. Raphaely nailed the role of loving her and dealing with her problems."

Stage Magazine, Arnie Finkel


If You Give a Mouse a Cookie


"Raphaely plays the boy, and he's more than just an excellent straight man; he gets to show off his own talent for physical comedy."

Talkin’ Broadway, Tim Dunleavy


"It's the less immediately rewarding of the two roles, but the subtlety with which [Raphaely's] Boy accepts responsibility gives the story a veneer of safety - he's not in control, exactly, but at least he's trying. It's that reassurance that makes Mouse's anarchic capers fun, rather than frightening, to parents and manic younger charges alike.", The Inquirer, Wendy Rosenfield



"Davy Raphaely (in multiple roles), delivers hysterically intentional "bad acting" during the horror film shoot."
Broad Street Review, Jim Rutter

"A standout cast gives it their all, including Davy Raphaely's frowzy, enthusiastic First Assistant, who doggedly tries to live his dream even as the film's "investors" seem to fall away by the minute."

Edge Media Network, Alaina Mabaso

Sleeping Beauty


"Raphaely is outstanding."

Philadelphia Weekly, J. Cooper Robb

"Prince Owain, fantastically played by Davy Raphaely"

County Press, Christina Perryman


House Divided


"...entire cast delivers staggeringly rich performances. Raphaely imparts a passionate yearning diluted by frustration"

Broad Street Review, Jim Rutter


"Raphaely’s performance as Oren showed a subtlety of feelings and thoughts that suited this role perfectly, almost developing his character into an Israeli Hamlet, a young man unsure of which choice to make."

All About Jewish Theatre, Henrik Eger


"The characters came alive in the brilliant performances of the all male cast. David Howey as Lou Goldstein was superb, as was Davy Raphaely who played his son Oren Goldstein."

Jewish Community Voice, Joseph Puder



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