Jared Drake Bell (born June 27, 1986), better known as Drake Bell, is an American actor, comedian, guitarist, singer/songwriter, producer, and occasional television director. After beginning his career as a child star in the late 1990s and early 2000s, he appeared on The Amanda Show and became well known among young audiences for his role as Drake Parker on the series Drake & Josh. As of 2010, Bell remains one of Nickelodeon's most popular stars ever and has won nine Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. Bell is commonly associated with his real-life friend Josh Peck, who co-starred with him often at their career peaks.

In addition to his 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 Motown. His song "Makes Me Happy" has been used on several Dan Schneider programs, such as the Drake and Josh finale Really Big Shrimp.

Not only had Bell and Peck been brought over from The Amanda Show for Drake and Josh, but so was Nancy Sullivan, who played their mother, Audrey Parker-Nichols, on the latter show.

He also starred in the 2005 version of Yours, Mine and Ours, a Nickelodeon Movie which also starred fellow Nickelodeon alums Miranda Cosgrove and Lil' JJ.

Bell's long-standing connection with Dan Schneider led to appearances as himself in an episode of Zoey 101, the musical guest on later episodes of All That, in one of which he would reprise his Kyle character from Totally Kyle, and as himself attending the "Nickelodeon's All That 10th Anniversary Reunion Special". He also sang backup on former co-star Cosgrove's iCarly theme song "Leave it All to Me", appearing in the music video that accompanies it. He even dropped by the show, seemingly in-character as Parker, during the filming of iWill Date Freddie, as revealed in "iBloop".

In 2011, he starred as a 23-year-old live action Timmy Turner in the movie A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!. He recorded "Lookin' Like Magic" with co-star Daniella Monet, who played Tootie, for the film.

He appeared as Parker once again via archive footage of the episode "I Love Sushi" in the Victorious episode "Who Did It to Trina?", and starred as Shawn in Rags, a Nickelodeon original film.


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