Drake Bell

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Drake Bell
Drake Bell cropped.jpg
Bell performing in 2007
Born Jared Drake Bell
(1986-06-27) June 27, 1986 (age 28)
Santa Ana, California, U.S.
Residence Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Actor
  • musician
  • comedian
  • singer-songwriter
  • director
  • record producer
  • voice actor
  • television personality
Years active 1994–present
Television The Amanda Show, All That, Drake & Josh, Ultimate Spider-Man
Relatives Heath Bell (cousin)
Musical career
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, bass guitar, drums, ukulele
Years active 2005–present
Labels Nine Yards (2004-2005) Universal Motown (2006-2008) Independent (2009-2011) Surfdog (2012-present)
Associated acts Backhouse Mike, Miranda Cosgrove, Brian Setzer
Website www.drakebell.com

Jared Drake Bell[1] (born June 27, 1986),[2] 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.[3] 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 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.[4]

Early life

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.[1] His cousin is former Tampa Bay Rays closer Heath Bell.[5]


1994–2003: Films and The Amanda Show

Bell's first televised commercial at the age of five for Whirlpool Appliances. "I had to sit under a tree and eat a Popsicle," Bell later stated. "I thought, 'I could get used to this.'"[6] His first television show appearance was on 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 "Down We Fall" 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] 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[10] 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".[11] 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."[11] [12] 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 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.[13] 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".[14] 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.[15] On January 28, 2014, Bell released a single from the upcoming album called "Bitchcraft".[16] 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.[17]

Personal life

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.[18]

In 2007, Bell bought a $2,050,000 house in Los Feliz.[19]

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.[20]

As of February 2014, Bell had filed for bankruptcy protection in California. He claims to be around $600,000 in debt.[21]

Bell is good friends with his former Nickelodeon co-stars Josh Peck[22] and Amanda Bynes.[23][24]


Bell has described his music as being heavily influenced by The Beatles, Brian Setzer,[25] and The Beach Boys, with the Beatles being his main influence.[26] He says that three of his other influences are Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly,[27] and Elvis Costello.



Year Title Role Notes
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.
2001 Chasing Destiny Walter
2005 Yours, Mine and Ours Dylan North
2006 Drake & Josh Go Hollywood Drake Parker Television film
2008 Superhero Movie Rick Riker/Dragonfly
2008 College Kevin
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
2010 I Owe My Life To Corbin Bleu[28] Himself Short Film
2011 A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! Timmy Turner Television film
2012 A Fairly Odd Christmas Television film
2012 Rags Shawn Television film
2012 Abominable Christmas Matt Voice
2012 The Reef 2: High Tide Pi Voice
2012 Keenan Cahill's Story[29] Himself Documentary
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 Jungle Shuffle Manu Voice
2014 Birds Of Paradise Jack Voice; Direct-to-DVD
2014 Adventure Planet[30] Jorpe Voice
2014 Under Wraps Danny Voice
2015 It's A Rockabilly World! Himself Documentary
2015 Bad Kids Go 2 Hell[31] Ben


Year Title Role Notes
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[32][33][34] 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 Spider-Man/Peter Parker Voice; Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel
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)
2014 Sam & Cat Drake Parker #blooperepisode (archive footage)
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Marvel Heroes[35] Spider-Man


Studio albums

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
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
2007 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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Josh Keaton
Voice or portrayal of Spider-Man
Succeeded by
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