Bell performing in 2007
|Birth name||Jared Drake Bell|
|Born||June 27, 1986|
|Origin||Santa Ana, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Pop rock, alternative rock|
|Occupations||Actor, musician, singer-songwriter, comedian, television personality, voice actor, record producer, director|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano, bass, drums, ukulele|
|Labels||Nine Yards (2004-2005), Universal Motown (2006–2008), Drake Bell Enterprises (2008–2013), Surfdog Records (2013–present)|
|Associated acts||Brian Setzer Backhouse Mike|
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. After beginning his career as an actor in the late 1990s and early 2000s (decade), he made 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. Bell is one of Nickelodeon's most popular stars ever and has won nine Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. He has also won a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Actor. Bell appeared in A Fairly Odd Christmas on Nickelodeon. Bell is also 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 has 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. He has an upcoming album in 2013 and it will be his first album release under the record label Surfdog Records.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Discography
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 References
- 8 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 Arizona Diamondbacks closer Heath Bell.
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. 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, before being cast as teenage heartthrob Drake Parker alongside real life best friend and former Amanda Show costar Josh Peck on the Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh, which began airing in 2004. 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. In the spring of 2008, 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. 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. Bell also guest starred as himself on a Victorious episode in 2012. He was also in the 2012 Nickelodeon movie Rags as Shawn.
In 2011, 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.
In 2013, Bell participated in the first season of the ABC reality TV series Splash.
In the film Chasing Destiny, he co-starred with The Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey, who gave him his first guitar lessons. Bell performed on television for the first time in 2002 when he performed his first original song, "Lost A Lover", on The Amanda Show. He also performed part of this song on an episode of "The Nightmare Room", and "So Little Time".
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 two of his other influences are Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly.
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. Bell and then-band-mates Michael Corcoran (Backhouse Mike) and C.J. Abraham (The Super Chris), worked on music for Drake & Josh, Zoey 101, and iCarly.
It's Only Time and concert DVD (2006–2008)
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. Bell performed live on MTV's TRL the day after it was released. In the summer of 2007, he went on a Nextfest tour in support of It's Only Time, opening up alongside Corbin Bleu for Aly & AJ.
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.
The Live In Concert DVD featured new music for the first time since 2006's It's Only Time; "Sea Song" and "All Alone at the Disco". He released a preview of a Spanglish edit of "All Alone at the Disco".
A Reminder and third album (2009–present)
In 2009, he released the songs "Unbelievable", "Modern Times" and "Shades of Grey" on his official MySpace.
In 2009, Bell uploaded a new track "Yesterday's Fool" to his SoundCloud page that he wrote/produced.
In 2010, Bell released a video showing him and Toby Gad working on a new song "Nevermind". 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 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."
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 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.
|1995||Drifting School||Kenny Smith|
|1996||Jerry Maguire||Jesse Remo|
|1999||Dragonworld: The Legend Continues||Johnny McGowan||Direct-to-video|
|The Jack Bull||Cage Redding||TV movie|
|2000||High Fidelity||Young Rob Gordon||Supporting role|
|Perfect Game||Bobby Jr.|
|2005||Yours, Mine and Ours||Dylan North|
|2006||Drake & Josh Go Hollywood||Drake Parker||Co-lead role; TV movie|
|2007||Drake & Josh: Really Big Shrimp|
|2008||Superhero Movie||Rick Riker|
|Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. Hare||Butch Hare||Voice; Direct-to-DVD|
|The Nutty Professor||Harold Kelp|
|Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh||Drake Parker||Co-lead role; TV movie|
|2011||A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!||Timmy Turner||Lead role; TV movie|
|2012||A Fairly Odd Christmas|
|Rags||Shawn||Main role; TV movie|
|The Reef 2: High Tide||Pi
|tTimmy Turner||Voice; Direct-to-DVD|
|1994||Home Improvement||Little Pete||Episode: "Swing Time"|
|1995||Minor Adjustments||Jordan||Episode: "The Ex Files"|
|1996||ABC Afterschool Special||Scott||Episode: "Me and My Hormones"|
|1997||Gun||Brendan||Episode: "The Hole"|
|1998||Seinfeld||Kenny||Episode: "The Frogger"|
|1999—2002||The Amanda Show||Regular performer|
|2002||The Nightmare Room||Alex Sanders||Episode: "Dear Diary, I'm Dead"|
|2004—2007||Drake & Josh||Drake Parker||Co-Lead role|
|2005||Zoey 101||Himself||Episode: "Spring Fling"|
|2010||iCarly||Drake Parker||Episode: "iBloop"|
|2012—Present||Ultimate Spider-Man||Spider-Man/Peter Parker||Leading voice role|
|2012||The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes||Episode: "Along Came a Spider"|
|Victorious||Himself||Episode: "April Fools Blank"|
|Figure It Out||Panelist|
|Celebrity Ghost Stories|
|Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel||Spider-Man/Peter Parker||Special guest star|
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|It's Only Time||
|Hot Digital Songs
|2005||"Found a Way"||—||—||Telegraph|
|2006||"I Know"||—||—||It's Only Time|
|2007||"Makes Me Happy"||67||73|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2007||"Leave It All to Me"||Miranda Cosgrove||100||83||iCarly (soundtrack)|
Bell has several music videos for his music, he also has been in music videos for songs by other artists. He appeared in the music video for the song "Leave It All to Me" by Miranda Cosgrove featuring Drake Bell. He appeared in Fefe Dobson's music video for her song "Don't Go (Girls and Boys)". He also appeared in Hanson's music video for "Get The Girl Back".
|2003||"Don't Go (Girls and Boys)"||Fefe Dobson||—||—|
|2005||"Found a Way"||Drake Bell||—||—||Telegraph|
|2006||"I Know"||—||—||It's Only Time|
|2007||"Leave It All to Me"||Miranda Cosgrove ft. Drake Bell||100||83||iCarly (soundtrack)|
|2010||"Our Love"||Drake Bell||—||—|
|2011||"You're Not Thinking"||—||—||A Reminder|
|2013||"Get The Girl Back"||Hanson||—||—|
|Year||Video details||Peak chart positions|
|2008||Drake Bell in Concert
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 on Myspace
- Drake Bell at the Internet Movie Database
- Works by or about Drake Bell in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
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