|Full Name||Jared Drake Bell|
|Birthday||June 27, 1986|
|Birthplace||Newport Beach, California|
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American actor and musician Jared Drake Bell was born in Newport Beach, California. He first broke through as a child star in the 1990s before hitting teen idol status in the 2000s as the lead on hit Nickelodeon show Drake & Josh. Bell parlayed that fame into a music career that has seen him release several popular albums. Now in his 30s, he continues to act and make music with a loyal fanbase supporting him.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Drake Bell was born on June 27, 1986 in California. According to Bell, he grew up loving music, especially artists like The Beatles and Elvis Presley. As a kid, he learned to play guitar and piano. By age five, he was already performing by doing commercials and voiceovers.
In the 1990s, Bell booked small acting roles on shows like Home Improvement. One of his earliest credits was a part in the 1992 movie The Nutty Professor. But Bell‘s big break came in 2004 at age 18 when he landed the lead role on Nickelodeon‘s Drake & Josh.
Rise to Stardom on Drake & Josh
Playing Drake Parker on Drake & Josh turned Drake Bell into a star. The show became one of Nickelodeon‘s most watched and longest-running live-action comedy series. Bell charmed fans with his portrayal of the lazy but lovable Drake. His knack for physical comedy and impeccable timing earned him praise.
During the show‘s four season run from 2004-2007, Bell got to showcase his musical talents as well. According to Bell, he wrote and recorded several songs for the series. This built his credibility as a musician and allowed for an easy transition into a solo career.
Music Career Highlights
Even while acting on Drake & Josh, Bell was cultivating a music career. He signed to Universal Motown Records and released his debut album, Telegraph, in 2005. Over the next two decades, Bell would go on to put out a steady stream of albums and singles:
- It‘s Only Time (2006)
- Ready Steady Go! (2014)
- Honest (2018)
- Singles (2020)
Some of his biggest hits include "I Know", "Makes Me Happy", and "Found a Way". Bell‘s sound spans pop, rock, power pop, and alternative. He cites bands like Oasis and The Beach Boys as influences. As a musician, he has gotten to tour internationally and perform live concerts for thousands of screaming fans.
In the late 2000s, Bell continued booking acting gigs in movies like Superhero Movie and made-for-TV films. He provided the voice for Spider-Man in the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man from 2012 to 2017. More recently, Bell has appeared in episodes of American Dad! and Robot Chicken.
On the music front, Drake Bell remains active through touring and new releases. In 2019, he launched a popular YouTube channel focusing on music covers, comedy sketches, and vlogs. He still communicates regularly with supporters on social media.
Despite some controversies in his personal life, Bell retains a loyal fanbase who grew up watching him on their TV screens and listening to his infectiously catchy songs.
The Legacy of Drake Bell
For many millennials, Drake Bell was their first crush and teen idol. He left an indelible mark on pop culture through Drake & Josh, a show that defined many childhoods. As an actor and musician, he inspired legions of fans to follow their dreams.
According to Bell, he always strives to provide "quality entertainment" for the people who support him. His boyish charm and multi-talents have allowed him to remain relevant across different mediums for over 25 years and counting. While the next chapter of Drake Bell‘s career is still unfolding, he has already cemented his place as a gifted entertainer.