Bell performing in 2007
|Born||Jared Drake Bell
June 27, 1986
Santa Ana, California, U.S.
|Residence||Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Television||The Amanda Show, All That, Drake & Josh, Ultimate Spider-Man|
|Relatives||Heath Bell (cousin)|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano, bass guitar, drums, ukulele|
|Associated acts||Backhouse Mike, Josh Peck, Miranda Cosgrove, Brian Setzer|
Jared Drake Bell (born June 27, 1986), better known as Drake Bell, is an American actor, musician, singer-songwriter, comedian, television personality, voice actor, record producer, and occasional television director. He began his career as an actor in the early 1990s, with an appearance on Home Improvement. Bell also appeared in several commercials. He appeared on The Amanda Show and became well-known among young audiences for his role on the series Drake & Josh while playing Drake Parker. Recently, Bell starred in a trilogy of Fairly Odd Parents movies on Nickelodeon. Bell is the voice of Peter Parker / Spider-Man in the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man on Disney XD. Bell appeared on ABC's new reality TV series Splash.
In addition to acting, Bell had a growing career as a musician, and co-wrote and performed the theme song to Drake & Josh, entitled "Found a Way". In 2005 he independently released his debut album, Telegraph. His second album, It's Only Time, was released in 2006 after signing with Universal Motown Records and debuted at #81 on the Billboard 200, selling over 7,500 copies its first week of release. Bell released an EP in 2011 called A Reminder. In 2014, Bell released his third album, Ready, Steady, Go! under a new record label, Surfdog Records. Ready Steady Go! debuted at #182 on the Billboard 200, and sold 2,000 copies in its first week of release.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Influences
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Discography
- 7 Awards and nominations
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Bell was born and raised in Santa Ana, California, the son of Robin Dodson, a professional billiards player, and Joe Bell. He has three older brothers, Joey, Robert and Travis, and one older sister, Kellie. His cousin is Tampa Bay Rays closer Heath Bell.
1994–2003: Films and The Amanda Show
Bell first appeared on television in a 1994 episode of Home Improvement. He appeared in the film Jerry Maguire (1996), and had a small role in the Seinfeld episode "The Frogger" in 1998. In 1999, he acted in a commercial for Pokémon Red and Blue and in the movie Dragon World: The Legend Continues. In 2000, he was nominated for a Young Artist Award for his role as Cage Redding in the made-for-television film The Jack Bull. He received his first guitar lessons from Roger Daltrey when he starred with him in the 2001 movie, Chasing Destiny. During the early 2000s (decade), Bell was a featured performer on The Amanda Show and made a guest appearance on the series The Nightmare Room.
2004–2008: Drake & Josh, Telegraph and It's Only Time
In 2004 Bell was cast as Drake Parker alongside real life best friend and former Amanda Show costar Josh Peck on the Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh. During this time period, he made a guest appearance as himself on Nickelodeon's Zoey 101 and won the first of three consecutive "Blimp Awards" at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in the "Favorite TV Actor" category. In 2005, Bell co-starred alongside fellow Drake & Josh actress Miranda Cosgrove with Dennis Quaid in Yours, Mine and Ours. Telegraph is Drake Bell's first studio album. The album includes 12 tracks. His song, "Found a Way" (featured as the theme song for Drake & Josh) is also included on the show's soundtrack. Telegraph, which was released independently on September 27, 2005 and subsequently re-released on August 7, 2007. Bell's song "Highway to Nowhere" was performed on an episode of Zoey 101. "Highway to Nowhere" is included on the Drake & Josh soundtrack and Bell's album "Telegraph". Drake Bell's song "Don't Preach" was played on an episode of Drake & Josh. In 2005, Bell performed with Hawk Nelson in a video for the Hawk Nelson song called "Bring 'Em Out," which was featured in the movie Yours, Mine and Ours.
In 2006, Bell signed with Universal Motown. He released his first single, "I Know", on October 17, 2006. The video for "I Know" was filmed in October 2006. Bell's second album, It's Only Time, was released on December 5, 2006 and reached Number 81 on Billboard's Top 200. On October 16, 2007, the Radio Disney single edit version of his song "Makes Me Happy", was released on iTunes. This was the second single for Bell's album It's Only Time. He also wrote with band-mates Michael Corcoran (Backhouse Mike), and C.J. Abraham (The Super Chris), and sang the theme song for the show iCarly, "Leave It All to Me," with Miranda Cosgrove. The music video for the song premiered on May 24, 2008. Bell has recorded a theme song featuring Sara Paxton for his movie Superhero Movie called "Superhero! Song". He performed some Christmas songs in the Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh movie. A DVD entitled Drake Bell In Concert was released on December 16, 2008. The video was unable to crack the 2008 or 2009 Top 100. The DVD contains footage of him and his band live on stage while they toured in Mexico, in October 2008. It also features 2 new songs and five covers, all of which are exclusive to the DVD. In the spring, Bell had a starring role in the comedy spoof film Superhero Movie. In August 2008, he co-starred in the comedy College, which was shot on location in New Orleans. Bell also starred in Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh alongside Josh Peck, which began production in July 2008, and premiered on December 5, 2008.
2009–present: Films, A Reminder, and Ready, Steady, Go!
In 2010, he made a cameo appearance as Drake Parker in an iCarly episode entitled "iBloop". He starred as Timmy Turner in the live-action TV-movie adaptation of its hit animated series The Fairly Odd Parents, A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!, released in 2011 and reprised his role in the 2012 sequel, A Fairly Odd Christmas. A behind-the-scenes video of the making of the music video for a new song "Our Love" was uploaded on Bell's Official YouTube Channel in 2010. The official music video for "Our Love" appeared on YouTube soon after. In 2010 also, Bell released a video showing him and Toby Gad working on a new song "Nevermind". In March 2011, Bell released a 1:00 clip of the music video for a new song "Terrific", with a sneak preview of the studio version of the song. On May 18, 2011, an official music video for the new song "You're Not Thinking" was released on YouTube, the video already airing heavily in Latin and South America (MTV Mexico Top 10). A new single, "Terrific", was released on June 14, 2011, and was also included on an EP titled A Reminder, released on June 28, 2011, also featuring the songs "You’re Not Thinking", "Big Shot" and "Speak My Mind". The EP was produced by John Fields, who previously worked with Rooney, Jimmy Eat World, Selena Gomez, the Jonas Brothers, and Bleu. Bell said he decided to release A Reminder because he hasn't put out new music in a few years and "a full album will probably not happen until next year."  Bell was cast as Spider-Man in the animated TV series: Ultimate Spider-Man based on the comic book of the same name. He later reprised the role in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, replacing Josh Keaton who originally recorded his role for the series. He was also in the 2012 Nickelodeon movie Rags as Shawn. In 2013, Bell participated in the first season of the ABC reality TV series Splash. In 2014, Bell was in the comedy/horror film L.A. Slasher as the pop star.
On July 31, 2012, Bell announced via Twitter that he had signed a new record deal and that an album was in the works. On August 10, 2012, he tweeted "My new album is going to be a complete concept record. Getting in a time machine and going back to the 40's and 50's". On August 23, 2012 Bell revealed that his third album will be recorded under Surfdog Records, and will be produced by the president of Surfdog Records, Dave Kaplan. On January 28, 2014, Bell released a single from the upcoming album called "Bitchcraft". It was announced recently on Surfdog's website, in a post about an article published on 4 February 2014 on examiner.com about "Bitchcraft" that the album will be released on April 22, 2014.
On December 29, 2005, Bell was involved in a car accident on Los Angeles's Pacific Coast Highway. He was driving with a friend when a truck ran a red light and caused a head-on collision. This resulted in a fractured neck, a fractured back, a jaw broken in three places, seven missing teeth and several facial lacerations.
He has supported the non-profit organization The Thirst Project since 2009. The Thirst Project is an organization that addresses the issue of the clean water crisis by raising awareness through education. Bell's contributions include public appeals and concerts to raise funds. In 2010, the organization gave him the Pioneering Spirit Award, the highest honour that The Thirst Project has.
Bell has described his music as being heavily influenced by The Beatles and The Beach Boys, with the Beatles being his main influence. He says that three of his other influences are Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and Elvis Costello.
|1995||The Neon Bible||David, aged 10|
|1995||Drifting School||Kenny Smith|
|1996||Jerry Maguire||Jesse Remo|
|1999||Dill Scallion||Eugene Bob|
|1999||Dragonworld: The Legend Continues||Johnny McGowan||Direct-to-video|
|1999||The Jack Bull||Cage Redding||Television film|
|2000||High Fidelity||Young Rob Gordon|
|2000||Perfect Game||Bobby Jr.|
|2005||Yours, Mine and Ours||Dylan North|
|2006||Drake & Josh Go Hollywood||Drake Parker||Television film|
|2008||Superhero Movie||Rick Riker|
|2008||Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. Hare||Butch Hare||Voice; Direct-to-DVD|
|2008||The Nutty Professor||Harold Kelp||Voice; Direct-to-DVD|
|2008||Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh||Drake Parker||Television film|
|2009||The Fish Tank||Fish|
|2010||I Owe My Life To Corbin Bleu||Himself||Short Film|
|2011||A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!||Timmy Turner||Television film|
|2012||A Fairly Odd Christmas||Television film|
|2012||The Reef 2: High Tide||Pi||Voice|
|2013||Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload||Spider-Man (Voice)||Television film|
|2013||The Naughty List||Snowflake||Voice; Direct-to-DVD|
|2013||A Monsterous Holiday||Andy||Voice; Television Film|
|2013||Space Warriors||Jimmy Narration||Voice|
|2013||The Little Penguin Pororo's Racing Adventure||White Tiger||Voice|
|2014||A Fairly Odd Summer||Timmy Turner||Television Film|
|2014||L.A. Slasher||The Pop Star|
|2014||Birds Of Paradise||Jack||Voice; Direct-to-DVD|
|1994||Home Improvement||Little Pete||"Swing Time" (Season 3, Episode 22)|
|1995||Minor Adjustments||Jordan||"The Ex Files" (Season 1, Episode 6)|
|1996||ABC Afterschool Special||Scott||"Me and My Hormones" (Season 25, Episode 2)|
|1996||Men Behaving Badly||Charlie Atwood||"Carpe Dino" (Season 2, Episode 13)|
|1997||Gun||Brendan||"The Hole" (Season 1, Episode 5 )|
|1997||Over the Top||Clarence||"The Bee Story" (Season 1, Episode 8 )|
|1997||The Pretender||Shawn Boyd||"Scott Free" (Season 2, Episode 2)|
|1997||The Drew Carey Show||The Blues Kid||"That Thing You Don't" (Season 3, Episode 10)|
|1998||Seinfeld||Kenny||"The Frogger" (Season 9, Episode 18)|
|1999||Caroline in the City||Rodney||"Caroline and the Horny Kid" (Season 4, Episode 13)|
|1999–2002||The Amanda Show||Various role||Main cast|
|2000||Double Dare 2000||Himself||Along with the cast of The Amanda Show|
|2002||The Nightmare Room||Alex Sanders||"Dear Diary, I'm Dead" (Season 1, Episode 10)|
|2002||Rugrats||Dusty||Voice; "They Came from the Backyard/Lil's Phil of Trash" (Season 9, Episode 10)|
|2002||So Little Time||Himself||"Waiting for Gibson" (Season 1, Episode 25)|
|2004–2005||All That||Himself / Various role||Main role|
|2004–2007||Drake & Josh||Drake Parker||Co-Lead role|
|2005||Zoey 101||Himself||"Spring Fling" (Season 1, Episode 9)|
|2010||I <3 Vampires||Ian||"Four's a Crowd" (Season 2, Episode 6)
"I Love Luci" (Season 2, Episode 7)
|2010||iCarly||Drake Parker||"iBloop" (Season 3, Episode 15)|
|2010||7 Secrets with Miranda Cosgrove||Himself||Nickelodeon documentary|
|Victorious||Drake Parker / Himself||"Who Did It to Trina?" (Season 2, Episode 8)
"April Fools Blank" (Season 3, Episode 9)
|2012–present||Ultimate Spider-Man||Spider-Man/Peter Parker||Voice|
|2012||The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes||Spider-Man/Peter Parker||Voice; Recurring role (Season 2)|
|2012||BlackBoxTv||Jason||Silverwood: The Last Encounter|
|2012||Figure It Out||Himself / Panelist|
|2012||Celebrity Ghost Stories||Himself||"Tito Ortiz, Cary Elwes, Sally Kellerman and Drake Bell" (Season 4, Episode 6)|
|2013||Splash||Himself / Participant|
|2013||Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel||Spider-Man/Peter Parker||Voice|
|2013||Avengers Assemble||Spider-Man/Peter Parker||Voice; "Hulk's Day Out" (Season 1, Episode 14)
"Planet Doom" (Season 1, Episode 15)
|2013||Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.||Spider-Man/Peter Parker||Voice; "The Collector" (Season 1, Episode 4)
"The Venom Inside" (Season 1, Episode 14)
- Studio albums
- Nashville Sessions (2008)
- A Reminder (2011)
Awards and nominations
|2000||Young Artist Award (21st Young Artist Awards)||Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot||Nominated|
|2006||Young Artist Award (27th Young Artist Awards)||Best Performance in a Feature Film||Nominated|
|Blimp Award (Kids' Choice Awards)||Favorite TV Actor (Drake & Josh)||Won|
|Blimp Award (UK Kids' Choice Awards)||Best TV Actor||Won|
|Best Male Singer||Won|
|2008||Blimp Award (Kids' Choice Awards)||Favorite TV Actor (Drake & Josh)||Won|
|Blimp Award (KCA Brazil 2008 – Meus Prêmios Nick)||Favorite International Artist||Won|
|Surfboard Award (Teen Choice Awards)||Choice Movie Breakout Actor (Superhero Movie)||Won|
|ASCAP Award (ASCAP)||Top TV Series (Drake & Josh)||Won|
|2009||Blimp Award (Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards)||Favorite International TV Star||Won|
|2010||Big Kid Award||Won|
|Blimp Award (Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Mexico)||Favorite TV Actor (Drake & Josh)||Won|
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- "Drake Bell : Biography". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
- "Chart Moves: Bruce Springsteen Earns 26th Top 40 Album, Bastille Hits Target With 'Blood'". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-05-16.
- Kurkjian, Tim (April 17, 2009). "Fun-loving Bell finally has his dream job". ESPN The Magazine.
- "It's Only Time – Drake Bell". Billboard. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2010-01-28.
- "The Numbers". The Numbers. 2010-01-27. Retrieved 2010-01-27.
- "Drake Bell In Concert DVD.". tommy2.net. October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-14.
- "Exclusive: Nickelodeon Orders Live-Action Movie Adaptation of The Fairly Oddparents". TVGuide.com.
- "Drake Bell to Release A Reminder EP on June 28th – ARTISTdirect News". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- "Drake Bell "You're Not Thinking" Official Music Video in HD". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- "Twitter / DrakeBell: Just closed Record Deal...Album". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
- "Twitter / DrakeBell: My new album is going to be". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
- "Surfdog Unites With Drake Bell for Major Strategic Partnership | Surfdog Records". Surfdog.com. 2012-08-21. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
- "Connecting to the iTunes Store". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
- "4 Stars for Drake Bell's Bitchcraft! | Surfdog Records". Surfdog.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
- "Drake Bell seriously injured in car crash". Tvsquad.com. 2005-12-31. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- "Actor, singer Drake Bell pays $2,050,000 for a 2,640-sq-ft house in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz area". Bergproperties.com. Retrieved 2013-03-31.
- "Drake Bell: Charity". Retrieved November 24, 2011.
- "Drake Bell Net Worth". Celebrity Net Worth. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
- Posted 10/25/11. "Drake Bell | Music Videos, Songs, News, Photos, and Lyrics". MTV. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- "Drake Bell Official MySpace". Drake Bell MySpace. 2009-01-31. Retrieved 2009-01-31.
- Collura, Scott. "Comic-Con: Ultimate Spider-Man Toon and Avengers Season 2". IGN. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
- Disnology Staff. "Drake Bell Will Voice Peter Parker In "Ultimate Spider-Man" On Disney XD". Disnology.
- "Ultimate Spider-Man (2012–)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
- "I Owe My Life To Corbin Bleu (2010)". imdb.com. Retrieved July 30 2014.
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- Drake Bell on Myspace
- Drake Bell at the Internet Movie Database
- Works by or about Drake Bell in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
|Voice or portrayal of Spider-Man