Jared Drake Bell (born June 27, 1986) is an American actor, voice actor, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He began his career as an actor in the early 1990s, with an appearance on Home Improvement. Bell also appeared in several commercials. He appeared on The Amanda Show and became well-known among young audiences for his role as Drake Parker on the television series Drake & Josh. Bell starred in a trilogy of The Fairly OddParents 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 reality TV series Splash.
In addition to acting, Bell has a career in music. Bell formed his band in 2003, at the time named Drake 24/7. He also 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 23,000 copies its first week of release. It’s Only Time has sold 178,000 copies in the United States as of 2012. His first video album, Drake Bell In Concert, was released in 2008. It debuted at #81 on the Top 100 Mexican Albums Chart. Bell released an EP in 2011 called A Reminder independently. In 2014, Bell released his third album, Ready, Steady, Go! under indie label Surfdog Records. Ready, Steady, Go! debuted at #182 on the Billboard 200, and sold 2,000 copies in its first week of release. Bell’s song “Bull” became a hit in Mexico peaking at number 8.
Bell was born on June 27, 1986 in Santa Ana, California. His parents are Robin Dodson, a professional billiards player, and Joe Bell. He has three older brothers, Joey (born 1972), Robert (born 1974) and Travis (born 1980), and one older sister, Kellie (born 1969). Bell is a cousin of former Tampa Bay Rays closer Heath Bell.
On December 29, 2005, Bell was involved in a car accident on Los Angeles’s Pacific Coast Highway. While driving with a friend, another vehicle ran a red light, resulting in a head-on collision. His injuries included a fractured neck and fractured vertebrae and several facial lacerations. Along with losing seven teeth, Bell’s jaw was broken in three places and had to be wired shut for healing.
In 2007, Bell purchased a 2,640-sq-ft house in Los Feliz for $2,050,000. After Bell filed for bankruptcy in California in early 2014, the house was taken in foreclosure. Sources claim Bell was in debt for $581,000.