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Drake Bell
Drake Bell 2007.jpg
Bell in October 2007
Born Jared Drake Bell
(1986-06-27) June 27, 1986 (age 29)
Santa Ana, California, U.S.
Residence Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Education Orange County High School of the Arts
  • Actor
  • singer-songwriter
  • multi-instrumentalist
  • record producer[1]
Years active 1991–present
Relatives Heath Bell (cousin)
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • drums
  • keyboard
Associated acts

Jared Drake Bell[4] (born June 27, 1986) is an American actor, voice actor, singer-songwriter,[5][6] and multi-instrumentalist. 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 as Drake Parker on the television series Drake & Josh.[7] Bell starred in a trilogy of The Fairly OddParents 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 reality TV series Splash.

In addition to acting, Bell has a career in music. Bell formed his band in 2003, at the time named Drake 24/7. He also 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 23,000 copies its first week of release. It's Only Time has sold 178,000 copies in the United States as of 2012. His first video album, Drake Bell In Concert, was released in 2008. It debuted at #81 on the Top 100 Mexican Albums Chart. Bell released an EP in 2011 called A Reminder independently. In 2014, Bell released his third album, Ready, Steady, Go! under indie label Surfdog Records. Ready, Steady, Go! debuted at #182 on the Billboard 200, and sold 2,000 copies in its first week of release. Bell's song "Bull" became a hit in Mexico peaking at number 8.

Early life

Bell was born on June 27, 1986 in Santa Ana, California.[8] His parents are Robin Dodson, a professional billiards player, and Joe Bell. He has three[9] older brothers, Joey (born 1972), Robert (born 1974) and Travis (born 1980), and one older sister, Kellie (born 1969).[10] Bell is a cousin of former Tampa Bay Rays closer Heath Bell.[11]


1991–2003: Films, Initial Guitar Lessons, and The Amanda Show

Bell started acting at the age of five,[12][13] encouraged by his father. He stated "I was five, and my dad kind of said, 'Hey, you wanna be an actor?' and I said, 'Sure,' that kind of thing, you know? I was kind of put into it by my dad but, you know, good. I really love it, and I still do it." Bell's first televised commercial was 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.'"[14] His first television show appearance was on a 1994 episode of Home Improvement.[9] He appeared in the 1996 film Jerry Maguire,[15] and had a small role in the Seinfeld episode "The Frogger" in 1998.[16] In 1999, he acted in a commercial for Pokémon Red and Blue[17] and in the movie Dragon World: The Legend Continues.[18] 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 began to play guitar at the age of twelve.[19] He received his first official guitar lessons from Roger Daltrey when he starred with him in the 2001 film Chasing Destiny.[20] From 1999 until the show was cancelled in 2002, Bell was a featured performer on The Amanda Show.[20] He also made a guest appearance on the series The Nightmare Room.[21] Bell formed his band, at the time named Drake 24/7, in 2003.[22]

2004–09: 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, a spinoff of The Amanda Show.[23] During this time period, he made a guest appearance as himself on Nickelodeon's Zoey 101[24] and won the first of three consecutive "Blimp Awards" at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in the "Favorite TV Actor" category. His song, "Found a Way" (featured as the theme song for Drake & Josh) is also included on the show's soundtrack, which was released on February 22, 2005. In 2005, Bell co-starred alongside fellow Drake & Josh actress Miranda Cosgrove with Dennis Quaid in Yours, Mine and Ours.[25] Telegraph, Bell's debut album, was released independently on August 23, 2005.[26] The album includes 12 tracks, all written by Bell, but was also co-written with Michael Corcoran or other co-writers.[27] Being an independent release, the album ran out of print, and was re-released on August 7, 2007.[28] Bell's song "Highway to Nowhere" was performed on an episode of Zoey 101.[29] "Highway to Nowhere" is included on the Drake & Josh soundtrack[30] and Bell's album Telegraph.[26] Bell's song "Down We Fall" was played on an episode of Drake & Josh titled "Number 1 Fan".[31][32] 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.[33] The studio version was included on Hawk Nelson's EP Bring 'Em Out[34] and on the special edition of Hawk Nelson Is My Friend.[35]

Bell performing in 2007

In 2006, Bell signed with Universal Motown.[36] Bell's second album, It's Only Time, was released on December 5, 2006.[37] Bell wrote all of the songs. However, as with Telegraph, they were all co-written with C.J. Abraham, Michael Corcoran, or both.[38] It reached Number 81 on Billboard's Top 200.[39] It also charted on the Billboard Rock Charts at number 21.[39] The album was more successful in Mexico, reaching number 4 in the Mexico Top 100.[40] It is his first album to chart on the Billboard 200, and his highest-selling album with more than 178,000 copies sold in the United States as of 2012.[41] He released the lead single, "I Know", on October 17, 2006.[42] The video for "I Know" was released in October 2006. "I Know" also appeared on the 2010 compilation album, Pure Love Songs Vol. 2.[43] His song from It's Only Time, "Makes Me Happy", peaked at number 3 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles Chart, which is an extension of the Hot 100.[44] The song also made an appearance on the Pop 100 at number 67[45] and on the Hot Digital Songs chart at number 45.[46] Because of the song's popularity, on October 16, 2007, the Radio Disney single edit version of his song "Makes Me Happy", was released on iTunes.[47] He also featured on the theme song for the show iCarly, "Leave It All to Me," with his Drake & Josh co Miranda Cosgrove.[48] The music video for the song was released on Cosgrove's Vevo YouTube channel on September 28, 2010.[49] The song took the lowest position on the Hot 100, peaking at number 100. It also peaked on the Pop 100 at number 83. He performed some Christmas songs in the Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh movie, including "Jingle Bells" and "Christmas Promise". 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 in the U.S.,[50] but did chart on the Top 100 Mexican album charts, peaking at number 81.[51] 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.[52] In the spring, Bell had a starring role in the comedy spoof film Superhero Movie.[53][54] Bell recorded a theme song featuring his co-star Sara Paxton for the film called "Superhero! Song", which was released on April 8, 2008.[55] In August 2008, he co-starred in the comedy College,[56] which was shot on location in New Orleans.[57] Bell also starred in Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh alongside Josh Peck, which began production in July 2008, and premiered on December 5, 2008.[58] In 2009, his songs "Unbelievable" and "Modern Times", which was featured on a commercial for Twalkin,[59] were released exclusively on MySpace.[60]

2010–14: Films, A Reminder, and Ready, Steady, Go!

In 2010, he made a cameo appearance as Drake Parker in an iCarly episode entitled "iBloop" and a guest role in I Owe My Life To Corbin Bleu. 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[61] and reprised his role in the 2012 sequel, A Fairly Odd Christmas. On May 18, 2011, a music video for Bell's song "You're Not Thinking" was released on YouTube.[62] Bell's EP, titled A Reminder, was released on June 28, 2011.[63] The lead single of A Reminder, "Terrific", was released on June 14, 2011,[64] with the music video being released on December 9, 2012.[65] 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."[63] Bell was also sued by Fields, the producer of the EP, for 9 songs at 9,000 dollars each, totaling up to 81,000. Bell only paid for 5 songs for 45,000, but only 4 songs made it to the EP.[66] In February 2012, Bell appeared in a Shane Dawson video entitled Kidnapping Drake Bell.[67] Bell was cast as Spider-Man in the animated TV series: Ultimate Spider-Man based on the comic book of the same name.[68][69] He later reprised the role in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, replacing Josh Keaton who originally recorded his role for the series. He has also voiced the role of Spider-Man in two video games, Marvel Heroes,[70] an MMORPG, and Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes,[71] in 2013 and 2014, respectively. He was also in the 2012 Nickelodeon movie Rags as Shawn and a guest role in Keenan Cahill's story as himself. In 2013, Bell participated in the first season of the ABC reality TV series Splash, a celebrity diving competition, in which he made third place.[72] On November 1, 2013, Bell released the studio version of his unreleased song "Nevermind", on YouTube.[73] He released a holiday single, "Christmas Promise", on December 17, 2013.[74] Throughout 2013 and 2014, Bell had roles in several animated films, such as The Naughty List, Adventure Planet,[75] Birds of Paradise[76][77] and Under Wraps.[78][79] Bell starred in the third of the trilogy of The Fairly OddParents Live-action films called A Fairly Odd Summer, reprising his role as Timmy Turner, which was released on August 2, 2014.[80] In 2014, Bell was nominated in the Capital Twitter Awards for Biggest Twitter Feud vs. Justin Bieber.[81] Bell also appeared on Takepart Live, to discuss his bankruptcy and other activities.[82][83] Bell starred in an animated film entitled Frozen in Time, which was released November 11, 2014.[84]

On April 22, 2014, Bell released his third studio album, his first rockabilly album, Ready, Steady, Go!, under Surfdog Records, which he signed with in 2012.[85][86] It was produced by Peter Collins and childhood idol, Brian Setzer, frontman of the rockabilly revival band, Stray Cats.[87] He has referred to the album as "a complete concept record. Getting in a time machine and going back to the 40's and 50's."[88] and as "getting in the DeLorian, hitting 88 miles per hour, and going back to the future."[89] The album's lead single, "Bitchcraft", was released on January 28, 2014.[90] The single was remixed by French electro swing band Caravan Palace.[91] The album's second single, "I Won't Stand In Your Way", a cover of the Stray Cats original song, was released on April 15, 2014.[92] It debuted and peaked at number 182 on the Billboard 200 and sold 2,000 copies in its first week of release.[93] Bell's song from Ready, Steady, Go!, "Bull", peaked at number 8 on the Exametro Top Ten De Musica chart, which charts songs in the top ten in Mexico.[94] Bell took part in the High School Nation Tour in support of Ready Steady Go!, touring High Schools all around the U.S. The tour lasted from September 16, 2014, to October 22, 2014. It began in Los Angeles, California, and ended in Charlotte, North Carolina.[95]

2015: Films and music career-threatening injury

He starred with his Drake & Josh co-star Miranda Cosgrove in the animated film A Mouse Tale, which was released directly to DVD on February 10, 2015.[96][97] Bell stars in the slasher film L.A. Slasher as The Pop Star, which was to be released on June 26, 2015, in a limited theater release.[98][99][100] He also stars alongside Bella Thorne and Cameron Dallas in the United States dub of The Frog Kingdom which was released on June 30, 2015 on video on demand and on DVD.[101] Other upcoming film roles include Ben in Bad Kids Go 2 Hell, as sequel to the 2012 film Bad Kids Go to Hell,[102] and a documentary centered around him titled It's a Rockabilly World![103]

On January 4, 2015, Bell revealed a picture of his broken wrist on Twitter saying, "Doctors say I'll never play guitar again, it's over".[104][105] Even though the injury (which was caused by diving into the shallow end of a pool at his brother's birthday party) at first seemed to threaten Bell's further career as a musician,[106][107] [108] he has recovered quickly from the injury, and is almost back to playing guitar, as revealed in an interview on February 17, 2015.[109] Bell stated he can play guitar, but "Not like I used to but I'm getting there".[110][111][112][113]


Bell has supported the non-profit organization The Thirst Project since 2009.[114] 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.[115] Seth Maxwell, founder of the thirst project, recruited Bell to be the 'face' of the campaign.[116] Bell has also made contributions to other organizations, such as the Make a Wish Foundation, Toys for Tots, World Mission, and Audrey Hepburn Children's Foundation.[117] On April 18, 2015, Bell performed at the Strawberry Bowl, in support of a charity, Rockin A Cure, for Cystic Fibrosis.[118][119]

Personal life

On December 29, 2005, Bell was involved in a car accident on Los Angeles's Pacific Coast Highway. While driving with a friend, another vehicle ran a red light, resulting in a head-on collision. His injuries included a fractured neck and fractured vertebrae and several facial lacerations. Along with losing seven teeth, Bell's jaw was broken in three places and had to be wired shut for healing.[120]

In 2007, Bell purchased a 2,640-sq-ft house in Los Feliz for $2,050,000.[121] After Bell filed for bankruptcy in California in early 2014, the house was taken in foreclosure.[122][123] Sources claim Bell was in debt for $581,000.[124][125]


Brian Setzer has had a significant influence in Drake Bell's music

Bell has described his music as being heavily influenced by The Beatles,[8][126] The Beach Boys,[8] and Brian Setzer.[87][127] Among the other music acts and artists which have influenced Bell are Oasis,[8] Buddy Holly,[128] Elvis Costello,[129] The Rolling Stones,[129] Led Zeppelin,[129] Jimmy Page,[129] Eddie Cochran,[129] Elvis Presley,[130] and Chuck Berry.[131]



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
2000 High Fidelity Young Rob Gordon
2000 Perfect Game Bobby Jr.
2001 Chasing Destiny Walter
2005 Yours, Mine and Ours Dylan North
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
2010 I Owe My Life To Corbin Bleu Himself Short Film
2012 Abominable Christmas Matt Voice
2012 The Reef 2: High Tide Pi Voice
2012 Keenan Cahill's Story Himself Documentary
2013 The Naughty List Snowflake Voice; Direct-to-DVD
2013 Space Warriors Jimmy Narration Voice
2013 The Little Penguin Pororo's Racing Adventure White Tiger Voice
2014 Birds of Paradise Jack Voice
2014 Adventure Planet Sam Voice
2014 Under Wraps Danny Voice
2014 Frozen in Time Brody Voice; Direct-to-DVD
2015 A Mouse Tale Sebastian Voice; Direct-to-DVD
2015 Jungle Shuffle Manu Voice; Direct-to-DVD
2015 L.A. Slasher The Pop Star
2015 The Frog Kingdom[132] Voice; Direct-to-DVD
2015 It's A Rockabilly World! Himself Documentary
2015 Bad Kids Go 2 Hell Ben
2015 The Greys[133][134] Blake Smelt Short film
2015 Bluer Than the Sky Wes
2015 The Nutcracker Sweet[135] Nutcraker Voice; Direct-to-DVD


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 The Jack Bull Cage Redding Television film
1999–2002 The Amanda Show Various roles Main role
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)
2004–05 All That Himself/Various roles Main role, Episode: Drake Bell/ Coolio
2004–07 Drake & Josh Drake Parker Co-Lead role
2005 Zoey 101 Himself "Spring Fling" (Season 1, Episode 9)
2006 Drake & Josh Go Hollywood Drake Parker Television film
2008 Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh Drake Parker Television film
2010 iCarly Drake Parker "iBloop" (Season 3, Episode 15)
2010 7 Secrets with Miranda Cosgrove Himself Nickelodeon documentary
2011, 2012 Victorious Drake Parker / Himself "Who Did It to Trina?" (Season 2, Episode 8)
"April Fools Blank" (Season 3, Episode 9)
2011 A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! Timmy Turner Television film
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)
2012 A Fairly Odd Christmas Timmy Turner Television film
2012 Rags Shawn Television film
2012–present Ultimate Spider-Man Spider-Man/Peter Parker Voice; Main role
2013 Splash Himself Contestant, Season 1 (3rd Place)
2013 Phineas and Ferb Spider-Man/Peter Parker Voice; Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel
2013 Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload Spider-Man Voice; Television film
2013 A Monsterous Holiday Andy Voice; Television film
2013–15 Avengers Assemble Spider-Man/Peter Parker Voice; "Hulk's Day Out" (Season 1, Episode 14)
"Planet Doom" (Season 1, Episode 15)
"Avengers Disassembled" (Season 2, Episode 15)
2013–15 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)
"Spidey, I Blew Up the Dinosaur" (Season 2, Episode 9)
2014 Sam & Cat Drake Parker #blooperepisode (archive footage)
2014 Takepart Live Himself
2014 A Fairly Odd Summer Timmy Turner Television film
2015 Cozmo's Ken Television film

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Drake & Josh Drake Parker Likeness
2007 Drake & Josh: Talent Showdown Drake Parker Likeness
2013 Marvel Heroes Spider-Man Voice
2014 Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man Voice
2013 Disney Infinity 3.0 Spider-Man Voice[136]


Year Title Role Notes
2010 I <3 Vampires Ian "Four's a Crowd" (Season 2, Episode 6)
"I Love Luci" (Season 2, Episode 7)
2012 Kidnapping Drake Bell Himself On YouTube channel Shane Dawson TV


Awards and nominations

Bell was nominated for a Young Artist Award twice, once in 2000 for his role in The Jack Bull, in which he won,[137] and another time in 2006 for Yours, Mine and Ours. He has won 10 Kids Choice Awards, 3 in the United States and 7 internationally for his role as Drake Parker on Drake & Josh.[138][139] He also won an a Kids Choice Award in 2007 in the United Kingdom for Best Male Singer, winning over Justin Timberlake.[140] He was also nominated for Best TV Actor, but lost to Nat Wolff.[141] Bell has also won a Teen Choice Award in 2008 for his role as the Dragonfly in Superhero Movie.[42] He was also nominated for an award in 2014 in the Capital Twitter Awards for biggest Twitter feud against Justin Bieber.[81]

Year Award Category Result
2000 Young Artist Award (21st Young Artist Awards) Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot Won
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 Nominated
Best Male Singer Won
Best TV Show (Drake & Josh) Won
2008 Blimp Award (Kids' Choice Awards) Favorite TV Actor (Drake & Josh) Won
Blimp Award (Germany Kids' Choice Awards) Favorite TV Actor (Drake & Josh) Nominated
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
Blimp Award (Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards) Favorite International TV Star Nominated
2009 Won
2010 Big Kid Award Won
Blimp Award (Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Mexico) Favorite TV Actor (Drake & Josh) Won
Favorite International Character Male Won
2014 Best Feud (Capital Twitter Awards) Biggest Twitter Feud (vs. Justin Bieber) Nominated


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