Jerry Trainor

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Jerry Trainor
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Trainor at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in 2012
Born Gerald William Trainor
(1977-01-21) January 21, 1977 (age 38)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, director
Years active 2000–present

Gerald William "Jerry" Trainor (born January 21, 1977) is an American actor, widely known for playing Crazy Steve on Drake & Josh and Spencer Shay on iCarly. He also voices the title character Dudley Puppy on T.U.F.F. Puppy, as well as appearing on the web series Hungry Girl TV.[1] Trainor most recently played Vinnie in the Nickelodeon show Wendell & Vinnie.

Life and career[edit]

Trainor was born and raised in San Diego, California, the son of Bill Trainor and Madelyn (née McNenly) Trainor.[2] Trainor studied improv at the Groundlings school in Los Angeles.[3] Trainor also studied theatre at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

His first television role was in the MTV series Undressed as Eric. Some of his other television credits include Law & Order, Angel, and Malcolm in the Middle. His first recurring TV role was as Brian "the A.V. guy" on Crossing Jordan. He has had a number of small roles in films such as the science fiction horror film Donnie Darko and the cheerleader comedy Bring It On Again. He also had a recurring role on the Nickelodeon TV show Drake & Josh as "Crazy" Steve, a movie theater worker from 2004 to 2008 and starred in the hit Nickelodeon show iCarly as Spencer Shay, the older brother and guardian of Miranda Cosgrove's title character from 2007 to 2012. He completed the 2008 music-themed comedy Wreckless Epic, in which he stars. Trainor starred alongside iCarly co-star Jennette McCurdy in the Nickelodeon television movie Best Player. He played Quincy Johnson, a video game enthusiast whose main competition in a video gaming contest is McCurdy's character. In 2013, Trainor starred in the short-lived Nickelodeon show Wendell and Vinnie as Vinnie, the uncle and guardian to Buddy Harrelson's character Wendell. Trainor stars in the animated series T.U.F.F. Puppy as the voice of Dudley Puppy.

Trainor was formerly in a World of Warcraft video series called Project Lore. He played the healer Goggins who is a Draenei shaman. He was replaced by Jeff Cannata when he left the show on February 7, 2009.


Title Year Role Notes
Donnie Darko 2001 Lanky Kid Cameo
Evolution 2001 Tommy Cameo
Wayside 2001 Tommy Direct-to-video
Wrong Hollywood Number 2003 Bailey Warren Short film
Bring It On Again 2004 Smug Guy Direct-to-video
Pieces of Dolores 2007 Bookstore clerk Short film
Waking Dreams 2008 Andrew Direct-to-video
Factory 9 2009 Roland Waters Direct-to-video
Best Player 2011 Quincy Johnson TV movie
Title Year Role Notes
Undressed 2000 Eric Two episodes
Malcolm in the Middle 2001 Cadet Edwards Episode: Evacuation
My Wife and Kids 2002 Star Trek fan Episode: The Bowling Show
Angel 2002 Jared Episode: Supersymmetry
ER 2002 Darius Episode: One Can Only Hope
Crossing Jordan 2004 Brian - A.V. Guy 5 episodes (2004–2005)
Drake & Josh 2004–2007 "Crazy" Steve Recurring role (10 episodes; 2004–2007)
iCarly 2007–2012 Spencer Shay Main role, 109 episodes, 2007–2012
iCarly: iGo to Japan 2008 Spencer Shay Nickelodeon TV movie
Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh 2008 "Crazy" Steve Nickelodeon TV movie
BrainSurge 2009 Himself Played as a contestant
Victorious 2010 Audience member Episode: Jade Dumps Beck (non-speaking cameo in audience)
The Penguins of Madagascar 2010 Cockroach (voice) Episode: Stop Bugging Me (voice)
T.U.F.F. Puppy 2010–2015 Dudley Puppy (voice) Main voice role (voice acting debut)
Kid West 2011 Lemuel Kage
Victorious 2012 Spencer Shay Episode: April Fools Blank (cameo)
Wendell & Vinnie 2013 Vinnie Main Role (20 Episodes)
Sam & Cat 2014 "Crazy" Steve and Himself Episode: #SuperPsycho and #Blooper Episode

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2009 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Comedy ICarly Nominated[4][5]
2010 2010 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Big Kid Award Nominated[6][7]
LOL Award (shared with ensemble) Won[6]
2011 2011 UK Kids' Choice Awards Nick UK's Funniest Person Won[8]
Meus Prêmios Nick Brazil Funniest Character Nominated[9][10]
2012 2012 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Sidekick Nominated[11]
2013 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program T.U.F.F. Puppy Nominated[12]


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