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Drake Bell
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Bell performing in 2007
Background information
Birth nameJared Drake Bell
Born(1986-06-27) June 27, 1986 (age 27)
OriginSanta Ana, California, U.S.
GenresPop rock, alternative rock
OccupationsActor, musician, singer-songwriter, comedian, television personality, voice actor, record producer, director
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, bass, drums, ukulele
Years active1994–present
LabelsNine Yards (2004-2005), Universal Motown (2006–2008), Drake Bell Enterprises (2008–2013), Surfdog Records[1] (2013–present)
Associated actsBrian Setzer Backhouse Mike
Websitewww.drakebell.com
 
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Drake Bell
Drake Bell cropped.jpg
Bell performing in 2007
Background information
Birth nameJared Drake Bell
Born(1986-06-27) June 27, 1986 (age 27)
OriginSanta Ana, California, U.S.
GenresPop rock, alternative rock
OccupationsActor, musician, singer-songwriter, comedian, television personality, voice actor, record producer, director
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, bass, drums, ukulele
Years active1994–present
LabelsNine Yards (2004-2005), Universal Motown (2006–2008), Drake Bell Enterprises (2008–2013), Surfdog Records[1] (2013–present)
Associated actsBrian Setzer Backhouse Mike
Websitewww.drakebell.com

Jared Drake Bell[2] (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.[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 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.

Early life[edit]

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.[2][4] His cousin is Arizona Diamondbacks closer Heath Bell.[5]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

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[6] 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.

Reality television[edit]

In 2013, Bell participated in the first season of the ABC reality TV series Splash.

Directing[edit]

Bell directed part 1 of the Drake & Josh episode "Really Big Shrimp".

Music[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

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.[7] He says that two of his other influences are Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly.[8]

Telegraph (2004–2005)[edit]

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)[edit]

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.[9] 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.

An acoustic version of "Found a Way" is included on Bell's album It's Only Time, as is "Makes Me Happy" which was performed by himself on an episode of Drake & Josh.

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.[10] 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.[11]

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)[edit]

In 2009, he released the songs "Unbelievable", "Modern Times" and "Shades of Grey" on his official MySpace.[8]

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).[12]

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".[13] 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."[13]

On July 31, 2012, Bell announced via Twitter that he had signed a new record deal and that an album was in the works.[14] 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".[15]

On August 23, Bell revealed that his third album will be recorded under Surfdog Records, and will be produced by the president of Surfdog Records, Dave Kaplan.[16]

Personal life[edit]

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.[17]

In 2007, Bell bought a $2,050,000 house in Los Feliz.[18]

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.[19]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1995Drifting SchoolKenny Smith
1996Jerry MaguireJesse Remo
1999Dragonworld: The Legend ContinuesJohnny McGowanDirect-to-video
The Jack BullCage ReddingTV movie
2000High FidelityYoung Rob GordonSupporting role
Perfect GameBobby Jr.
2005Yours, Mine and OursDylan North
2006Drake & Josh Go HollywoodDrake ParkerCo-lead role; TV movie
2007Drake & Josh: Really Big Shrimp
2008Superhero MovieRick Riker
CollegeKevin
Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. HareButch HareVoice; Direct-to-DVD
The Nutty ProfessorHarold Kelp
Merry Christmas, Drake & JoshDrake ParkerCo-lead role; TV movie
2011A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!Timmy TurnerLead role; TV movie
2012A Fairly Odd Christmas
RagsShawnMain role; TV movie
The Reef 2: High TidePiVoice; Direct-to-DVD
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1994Home ImprovementLittle PeteEpisode: "Swing Time"
1995Minor AdjustmentsJordanEpisode: "The Ex Files"
1996ABC Afterschool SpecialScottEpisode: "Me and My Hormones"
1997GunBrendanEpisode: "The Hole"
1998SeinfeldKennyEpisode: "The Frogger"
1999—2002The Amanda ShowRegular performer
2002The Nightmare RoomAlex SandersEpisode: "Dear Diary, I'm Dead"
2004—2007Drake & JoshDrake ParkerCo-Lead role
2005Zoey 101HimselfEpisode: "Spring Fling"
2010iCarlyDrake ParkerEpisode: "iBloop"
2012—PresentUltimate Spider-Man[20][21][22][23]Spider-Man/Peter ParkerLeading voice role
2012The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest HeroesEpisode: "Along Came a Spider"
VictoriousHimselfEpisode: "April Fools Blank"
Figure It OutPanelist
Celebrity Ghost Stories
2013Splash
Phineas and Ferb: Mission MarvelSpider-Man/Peter ParkerSpecial guest star

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

TitleDetailsPeak chart positions
US
[24]
US Rock
[25]
MX
[26]
Telegraph
  • Release date: September 27, 2005
  • Label: Nine Yard Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
It's Only Time
  • Release date: December 5, 2006
  • Label: Universal Motown
  • Formats: CD, music download
81214

Extended plays[edit]

TitleDetails
A Reminder
  • Release date: June 28, 2011
  • Label: Drake Bell Entertainment, Inc.
  • Formats: music download

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak positionsAlbum
US Pop
[27]
Hot Digital Songs
[27]
2005"Found a Way"Telegraph
2006"I Know"It's Only Time
2007"Makes Me Happy"6773
2008"Superhero! Song"
2011"Terrific"[13]A Reminder
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Featured singles[edit]

YearSingleArtistPeak chart
positions
Album
USUS Pop
2007"Leave It All to Me"Miranda Cosgrove10083iCarly (soundtrack)

Music videos[edit]

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".[28]

YearSingleArtistPeak chart
positions
Album
USUS Pop
2003"Don't Go (Girls and Boys)"Fefe Dobson
2005"Found a Way"Drake BellTelegraph
2006"I Know"It's Only Time
2007"Leave It All to Me"Miranda Cosgrove ft. Drake Bell10083iCarly (soundtrack)
2010"Our Love"Drake Bell
2011"You're Not Thinking"A Reminder
"Terrific"
2013"Get The Girl Back"Hanson

Video albums[edit]

YearVideo detailsPeak chart positions
MX
[29]
2008Drake Bell in Concert
  • Released: December 16, 2008
  • Label: Motown/Universal
  • Formats: DVD
81

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryResult
2000Young Artist Award (21st Young Artist Awards)Best Performance in a TV Movie or PilotNominated
2006Young Artist Award (27th Young Artist Awards)Best Performance in a Feature FilmNominated
Blimp Award (Kids' Choice Awards)Favorite TV Actor (Drake & Josh)Won
2007Won
Blimp Award (UK Kids' Choice Awards)Best TV ActorWon
Best Male SingerWon
2008Blimp Award (Kids' Choice Awards)Favorite TV Actor (Drake & Josh)Won
Blimp Award (KCA Brazil 2008 – Meus Prêmios Nick)Favorite International ArtistWon
Surfboard Award (Teen Choice Awards)Choice Movie Breakout Actor (Superhero Movie)Won
ASCAP Award (ASCAP)Top TV Series (Drake & Josh)Won
2009Blimp Award (Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards)Favorite International TV StarWon
2010Big Kid AwardWon
Blimp Award (Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Mexico)Favorite TV Actor (Drake & Josh)Won

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b DeRogatis, Jim (August 31, 2007). "These kids today". 
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0068166/bio
  4. ^ Ingrassia, Lisa (April 10, 2006). "Crash & Learn". People. 
  5. ^ Kurkjian, Tim (April 17, 2009). "Fun-loving Bell finally has his dream job". ESPN The Magazine. 
  6. ^ "Exclusive: Nickelodeon Orders Live-Action Movie Adaptation of The Fairly Oddparents". TVGuide.com. 
  7. ^ Posted 10/25/11. "Drake Bell | Music Videos, Songs, News, Photos, and Lyrics". MTV. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  8. ^ a b "Drake Bell Official MySpace". Drake Bell MySpace. 2009-01-31. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  9. ^ "It's Only Time – Drake Bell". Billboard. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  10. ^ "The Numbers". The Numbers. 2010-01-27. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  11. ^ "Drake Bell In Concert DVD.". tommy2.net. 2008-10. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  12. ^ "Drake Bell "You're Not Thinking" Official Music Video in HD". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  13. ^ a b c "Drake Bell to Release "A Reminder" EP on June 28th – ARTISTdirect News". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  14. ^ "Twitter / DrakeBell: Just closed Record Deal...Album". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  15. ^ "Twitter / DrakeBell: My new album is going to be". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  16. ^ "Surfdog Unites With Drake Bell for Major Strategic Partnership | Surfdog Records". Surfdog.com. 2012-08-21. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  17. ^ "Drake Bell seriously injured in car crash". Tvsquad.com. 2005-12-31. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  18. ^ "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. 
  19. ^ "Drake Bell: Charity". Retrieved November 24, 2011. 
  20. ^ Harris, Jeffrey. "SDCC2011: New Details and Voice Cast of "Ultimate Spider-Man" Revealed". Toon Zone. Archived from the original on September 18, 2012. Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  21. ^ Collura, Scott. "Comic-Con: Ultimate Spider-Man Toon and Avengers Season 2". IGN. Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  22. ^ Disnology Staff. "Drake Bell Will Voice Peter Parker In "Ultimate Spider-Man" On Disney XD". Disnology. 
  23. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1722512/
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  25. ^ "Drake Bell Album & Song Chart History – Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 4, 2011. 
  26. ^ "mexicancharts.com – Mexican charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 4, 2011. 
  27. ^ a b "Drake Bell : Allmusic : Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved March 4, 2011. 
  28. ^ https://twitter.com/hansonmusic/status/319706008605831169
  29. ^ DRAKE BELL - IN CONCERT (ALBUM). mexicancharts.com. Accessed from 22 May 2013.

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Josh Keaton
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2012–present
Succeeded by
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