Josh Peck

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Josh Peck
Josh Peck (Cropped).jpg
Josh Peck in 2010
BornJoshua Michael Peck
(1986-11-10) November 10, 1986 (age 27)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, voice actor, comedian, director
Years active1999–present
 
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Josh Peck
Josh Peck (Cropped).jpg
Josh Peck in 2010
BornJoshua Michael Peck
(1986-11-10) November 10, 1986 (age 27)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, voice actor, comedian, director
Years active1999–present

Joshua Michael "Josh" Peck (born November 10, 1986) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian and director. He is best known for playing Josh Nichols in the Nickelodeon live-action sitcom Drake & Josh. He began his career as a child actor in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and became known to young audiences after his role on The Amanda Show. He has since acted in films such as Mean Creek, Drillbit Taylor, The Wackness, ATM, and Red Dawn, along with voicing Eddie in the Ice Age franchise.

Early life[edit]

Peck was born in Manhattan, New York City, where he attended P.S.40 and The Professional Performing Arts School. His parents were unmarried at the time of his birth and he has never met his biological father. He grew up with his Jewish mother, Barbara, who is a career coach, and his maternal grandmother.[1][2][3] Peck had asthma during his childhood, and often stayed indoors watching old sitcoms.[4][5][6] He was inspired to become involved in stand-up comedy when he was eight years old. He performed in children's musical theater at New York's TADA! Youth Theater when he was nine years old.

Career[edit]

Peck subsequently appeared at TADA! Youth Theater and performed stand-up comedy at Caroline's Comedy Club for the Audrey Hepburn foundation. At the age of 13, he was offered a role on Nickelodeon's The Amanda Show and, at his mother's suggestion, accepted the part and moved to Los Angeles to further pursue an acting career.

Peck made his film debut in Snow Day (2000), and appeared regularly on The Amanda Show until the end of its run in 2002. He also starred opposite Alex D. Linz and Zena Grey in the theatrical film, Max Keeble's Big Move, which was released on October 5, 2001. In 2001, he guest starred in an episode of the popular NBC drama ER called "Thy Will Be Done". During this period, Peck appeared in several independent films, including Spun and 2004's Mean Creek, for which he received critical praise. He was cast as Josh Nichols, opposite Drake Bell's Drake Parker, in another Nickelodeon sitcom, Drake & Josh, which began airing in 2004 and gained Peck recognition among young audiences. Peck's character, Josh Nichols, was smart, funny, and organized, but was always being tormented along with Drake by Megan Parker (Miranda Cosgrove), Drake's younger sister. Both characters sing in a remake of the song "Soul Man" by Sam and Dave. In 2006, Bell and Peck starred in their own TV movie called Drake & Josh Go Hollywood, and in 2007, they starred in a sequel called Drake & Josh: Really Big Shrimp. Josh was nominated for Favorite Television Actor at the 2008 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards for his work on Drake & Josh. Peck also made his debut as a director in the Drake & Josh episode, Battle of Panthatar. He has also appeared in the series finale of What's New, Scooby-Doo?, an episode of Codename: Kids Next Door called Operation: C.A.K.E.D.-F.I.V.E., and the direct-to-video New Line Cinema film Havoc. Peck returned to the character of Josh Nichols in 2008 for the television film Merry Christmas, Drake and Josh.

In 2006, Peck appeared in the independent film Special, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and voiced Eddie, one of two possum brothers, in the animated sequel, Ice Age: The Meltdown, which was released on March 31 of that year. Peck played a high school bully in 2008's Drillbit Taylor, and starred in the films The Wackness (released July 2008), American Primitive, Safety Glass, and reprised his role as Eddie in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

In 2011, Peck had a cameo role on the hit Nickelodeon show Victorious as an audience member for a play Jade wrote. In 2012, Peck starred in the remake of Red Dawn, and once again reprised his role as Eddie, in Ice Age: Continental Drift. In 2013, he began voicing Casey Jones in Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Personal life[edit]

Peck's favorite actors and inspirations are Richard Pryor, Oprah Winfrey, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Lewis, Bill Cosby, Ben Kingsley, and Morgan Freeman.[2] Peck, like his Drake & Josh co-star and real-life best friend, Drake Bell, plays the piano. In the third season of Drake & Josh, Peck was significantly thinner than he used to be, and by the fourth season of the show, he had lost even more weight. Peck stated: "I made a conscious effort to lose weight because I knew I could be happier as well as being healthier. I started by going on a diet a year and a half ago and I got a personal trainer, but I definitely have a healthier lifestyle now. Also I feel that because I do so much television, I am a better role model. I don't really understand why I should be a role model, but I know that kids do look up to me, so it is my responsibility to motivate people and be inspiring. I hope that I can do that for kids. It doesn't really matter what you look like though".[2] Peck has gained a large following on the social video app Vine, at one point having become the most followed user, with over 3 million followers as of September 25, 2013.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
2000Newcomers, TheThe NewcomersSlim
2000Snow DayWayne Alworth
2001Max Keeble's Big MoveRobert "Robe"
2002SpunFat Boy
2004Mean CreekGeorge Tooney
2005HavocJosh Rubin
2006SpecialJoey
2006Ice Age: The MeltdownEddieVoice
2006Drake & Josh Go HollywoodJosh Nichols
2007Drake & Josh: Really Big ShrimpJosh Nichols
2008Merry Christmas Drake and JoshJosh Nichols
2008Wackness, TheThe WacknessLuke Shapiro
2008Drillbit TaylorRonnie
2008American PrimitiveSpoke White
2009What Goes UpJim Lement
2009Ice Age: Dawn of the DinosaursEddieVoice
2009Aliens in the AtticSparksVoice
2012ATMCorey
2012Ice Age: Continental DriftEddieVoice
2012Red DawnMatt Eckert
2013The TimberSamuel
2013Battle of the YearFranklyn
2014ImagineFilming
2014BukowskiComplete

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000, 2005All ThatHimself2 episodes, Season 6 Episode 4 & 10th Anniversary
2000–2002Amanda Show, TheThe Amanda ShowVarious charactersSeries regular
2000Double Dare 2000himselfwith the cast of Snow Day
2001ERNick StevensEpisode: "Thy Will Be Done"
2001Family GuyCharlieVoice
Episode: "The Kiss Seen Around the World"
2001Samurai JackS Kid
Pig #3
Alien Kid
Voice
episode: "Aku's Fairy Tales"
2002Whatever Happened to Robot Jones?LennyVoice
Episode: "Parents/Embarrassment"
2002MADtvJeffrey Lugz1 episode
2002Fillmore!Randall JulianVoice
Episode: "To Mar a Stall"
2003Guardian, TheThe GuardianChris Rapp29 episodes
2004–2007Drake & JoshJosh NicholsCo-Lead role
2006Codename: Kids Next DoorNumbuh 50 Million B.C.Voice
Episode: "Operation: C.A.K.E.D.-F.I.V.E."
2006What's New, Scooby-Doo?Damian
Kid
Zombie Kid #2
Voice
Episode: "E-Screen"
2009iCarlyJimmy (uncredited)Episode: "iReunite with Missy"
2011VictoriousJosh Nichols (uncredited)Episode: "Wok Star"
2013–presentTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesCasey JonesVoice
2013The Mindy ProjectRay RonEpisodes: "Bro Club For Dudes" and "Mindy Lahiri Is a Racist"
2014The Big Bang TheoryJesseEpisode: "The Occupation Recalibration"

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
2005Independent Spirit AwardsSpecial Distinction AwardMean Creek (shared with ensemble)Won[8]
20082008 Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite TV ActorDrake & JoshNominated[9][10]
2008 UK Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Male TV StarWon[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keck, William (2004-08-25). "Josh Peck lightens up". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  2. ^ a b c "INTERVIEW: Josh Peck Talks Ice Age: The Meltdown". MovieWeb. 2006-03-29. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  3. ^ Young Jewish actor, director give in to ‘Wackness’
  4. ^ Syme, Rachel (2008-06-27). "Who's That: Former Teen Star Josh Peck Mans Up". New York Post. Retrieved 2010-08-04. 
  5. ^ Murray, Rebecca. "Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor Morgan and Josh Peck Interview". About.com. Retrieved 2010-08-04. 
  6. ^ Douglas, Edward (2008-01-25). "Josh Peck on The Wackness". ComingSoon.net. Archived from the original on 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  7. ^ "Who has the most followers on Vine? (TOP 100)". 
  8. ^ Independent Spirit Awards
  9. ^ "Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards – 2008 Winners List – Pictures and Video". Allie is Wired. Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
  10. ^ "Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2008 Press Kit". Nickkcapress.com. Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
  11. ^ "Winners And Photos From Inside The 2008 Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards, Feat Evanna Lynch, Bonnie Wright, Josh Peck, McFly". Popsugar.co.uk. 2008-09-14. Retrieved 2013-01-13. 

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