Drake Bell

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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, United States
GenresPop rock, alternative rock, rockabilly
OccupationsActor, musician, singer-songwriter, comedian, record producer, director
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, bass, drums, ukulele
Years active1994–present
LabelsNine Yards (2004–2005)
Universal Motown (2006–2008)
Independent (2008-2012)
Surfdog Records (2012–present)
Associated actsBackhouse Mike, Brian Setzer
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, United States
GenresPop rock, alternative rock, rockabilly
OccupationsActor, musician, singer-songwriter, comedian, record producer, director
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, bass, drums, ukulele
Years active1994–present
LabelsNine Yards (2004–2005)
Universal Motown (2006–2008)
Independent (2008-2012)
Surfdog Records (2012–present)
Associated actsBackhouse Mike, Brian Setzer
Websitewww.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. Recently, 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.

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 Tampa Bay Rays closer Heath Bell.[4]

Career

1994–2003: Films and The Amanda Show

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. 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 "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).

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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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[8] 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".[9] 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."[9] [10] 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.

On July 31, 2012, Bell announced via Twitter that he had signed a new record deal and that an album was in the works.[11] 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".[12] 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.[13] On January 28, 2014, Bell released a single from the upcoming album called "Bitchcraft".[14] 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.[15]

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.[16]

In 2007, Bell bought a $2,050,000 house in Los Feliz.[17]

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.[18]

As of February 2014, Bell had filed for bankruptcy protection in California. He claims to be around $600,000 in debt.[19]

Influences

Bell has described his music as being heavily influenced by The Beatles and The Beach Boys, with the Beatles being his main influence.[20] He says that three of his other influences are Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly,[21] and Elvis Costello.

Filmography

Film

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1995Drifting SchoolKenny Smith
1996Jerry MaguireJesse Remo
1999Dragonworld: The Legend ContinuesJohnny McGowanDirect-to-video
1999The Jack BullCage ReddingTelevision film
2000High FidelityYoung Rob Gordon
2000Perfect GameBobby Jr.
2001Chasing DestinyWalter
2005Yours, Mine and OursDylan North
2006Drake & Josh Go HollywoodDrake ParkerTelevision film
2007Drake & Josh: Really Big ShrimpTelevision film
2008Superhero MovieRick Riker
2008CollegeKevin
2008Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. HareButch HareVoice; Direct-to-DVD
2008The Nutty ProfessorHarold KelpVoice; Direct-to-DVD
2008Merry Christmas, Drake & JoshDrake ParkerTelevision film
2011A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!Timmy TurnerTelevision film
2012A Fairly Odd ChristmasTelevision film
2012RagsShawnTelevision film

Television

Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1994Home ImprovementLittle Pete"Swing Time" (Season 3, Episode 22)
1995Minor AdjustmentsJordan"The Ex Files" (Season 1, Episode 6)
1996ABC Afterschool SpecialScott"Me and My Hormones" (Season 25, Episode 2)
1996Men Behaving BadlyCharlie Atwood"Carpe Dino" (Season 2, Episode 13)
1997GunBrendan"The Hole" (Season 1, Episode 5 )
1997Over the TopClarence"The Bee Story" (Season 1, Episode 8 )
1997The PretenderKenny"Scott Free" (Season 2, Episode 2)
1997The Drew Carey ShowThe Blues Kid"That Thing You Don't" (Season 3, Episode 10)
1998SeinfeldKenny"The Frogger" (Season 9, Episode 18)
1999Caroline in the CityRodney"Caroline and the Horny Kid" (Season 4, Episode 13)
1999–2002The Amanda ShowVarious roleMain cast
2002The Nightmare RoomAlex Sanders"Dear Diary, I'm Dead" (Season 1, Episode 10)
2002RugratsDustyVoice; "They Came from the Backyard/Lil's Phil of Trash" (Season 9, Episode 10)
2002So Little TimeHimself"Waiting for Gibson" (Season 1, Episode 25)
2004–2005All ThatHimself / Various roleMain role
2004–2007Drake & JoshDrake ParkerCo-Lead role
2005Zoey 101Himself"Spring Fling" (Season 1, Episode 9)
2010I <3 VampiresIan"Four's a Crowd" (Season 2, Episode 6)
"I Love Luci" (Season 2, Episode 7)
2010iCarlyDrake Parker"iBloop" (Season 3, Episode 15)
20107 Secrets with Miranda CosgroveHimselfNickelodeon documentary
2011
2012
VictoriousDrake Parker / Himself"Who Did It to Trina?" (Season 2, Episode 8)
"April Fools Blank" (Season 3, Episode 9)
2012–presentUltimate Spider-Man[22][23][24]Spider-Man/Peter ParkerVoice
2012The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest HeroesSpider-Man/Peter ParkerVoice; Recurring role (Season 2)
2012Figure It OutHimself / Panelist
2012Celebrity Ghost StoriesHimself"Tito Ortiz, Cary Elwes, Sally Kellerman and Drake Bell" (Season 4, Episode 6)
2013SplashHimself / Participant
2013Phineas and Ferb: Mission MarvelSpider-Man/Peter ParkerVoice
2013Avengers AssembleSpider-Man/Peter ParkerVoice; "Hulk's Day Out" (Season 1, Episode 14)
"Planet Doom" (Season 1, Episode 15)
2013Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.Spider-Man/Peter ParkerVoice; "The Collector" (Season 1, Episode 4)
"The Venom Inside" (Season 1, Episode 14)

Discography

Studio albums

Awards and nominations

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

  1. ^ a b DeRogatis, Jim (August 31, 2007). "These kids today". 
  2. ^ "Drake Bell: Biography". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  3. ^ "Drake Bell : Biography". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  4. ^ Kurkjian, Tim (April 17, 2009). "Fun-loving Bell finally has his dream job". ESPN The Magazine. 
  5. ^ "It's Only Time – Drake Bell". Billboard. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  6. ^ "The Numbers". The Numbers. 2010-01-27. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  7. ^ "Drake Bell In Concert DVD.". tommy2.net. October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  8. ^ "Exclusive: Nickelodeon Orders Live-Action Movie Adaptation of The Fairly Oddparents". TVGuide.com. 
  9. ^ a b "Drake Bell to Release A Reminder EP on June 28th – ARTISTdirect News". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  10. ^ "Drake Bell "You're Not Thinking" Official Music Video in HD". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  11. ^ "Twitter / DrakeBell: Just closed Record Deal...Album". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  12. ^ "Twitter / DrakeBell: My new album is going to be". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  13. ^ "Surfdog Unites With Drake Bell for Major Strategic Partnership | Surfdog Records". Surfdog.com. 2012-08-21. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  14. ^ "Connecting to the iTunes Store". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  15. ^ "4 Stars for Drake Bell's Bitchcraft! | Surfdog Records". Surfdog.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  16. ^ "Drake Bell seriously injured in car crash". Tvsquad.com. 2005-12-31. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  17. ^ "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. 
  18. ^ "Drake Bell: Charity". Retrieved November 24, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Drake Bell Net Worth". Celebrity Net Worth. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  20. ^ Posted 10/25/11. "Drake Bell | Music Videos, Songs, News, Photos, and Lyrics". MTV. Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  21. ^ "Drake Bell Official MySpace". Drake Bell MySpace. 2009-01-31. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  22. ^ Collura, Scott. "Comic-Con: Ultimate Spider-Man Toon and Avengers Season 2". IGN. Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  23. ^ Disnology Staff. "Drake Bell Will Voice Peter Parker In "Ultimate Spider-Man" On Disney XD". Disnology. 
  24. ^ "Ultimate Spider-Man (2012–)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 

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Josh Keaton
Voice or portrayal of Spider-Man
2012–present
Succeeded by
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