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Joshua Michael "Josh" Peck (born November 10, 1986) is an American actor, comedian, and occasional director, producer, voice actor and singer 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 starred in films such as Mean Creek, Drillbit Taylor, The Wackness, and Red Dawn.

Early life[]

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


Peck subsequently appeared in local children's theater, as well as performed stand-up comedy at the Caroline's Comedy Club for the Audrey Hepburn foundation. At the age of 14, 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 the 2000 film, Snow Day 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 time 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. Josh's character, Josh Nichols, was smart, funny, and organized. In Drake and Josh, Josh was always being tormented along with Drake Bell's character Drake Parker by Miranda Cosgrove's character Megan Parker. 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 also performed in "Merry Christmas, Drake and Josh" as Josh Nichols. He also appeared as the voice of Eddie in Ice Age 2 & 3.

In 2006, Peck appeared in the independent film Special, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and he 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 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Josh Peck will also star in a new movie called The Hearts of Men, which said to be released this year.[6] He will also appear in the 2010 remake of Red Dawn.

Personal life[]

Peck's favorite actors and inspirations are Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Lewis, Bill Cosby, Ben Kingsley, and Morgan Freeman.[2] Peck, like his real-life best friend Drake & Josh co-star 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. According to a 2006 interview, Peck stated that:

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, it is who you are that matters, of course.[2]


Year Film Role Notes
2000 The Newcomers Slim
Snow Day Wayne Alworth
2001 Max Keeble's Big Move Robert "Robe"
2002 Spun Fat Boy
2004 Mean Creek George Tooney
2005 Havoc Josh Rubin
2006 Special Joey
Ice Age: The Meltdown Eddie Voice role
2008 The Wackness Luke Shapiro
Drillbit Taylor Ronnie
American Primitive Spoke White
2009 What Goes Up Jim Lement
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Eddie Voice role
Aliens in the Attic Sparks Voice role
2010 Red Dawn Matt Eckert Post production
2011 The Hearts of Men Unknown Filming
Year Title Role Notes
2000–2002 The Amanda Show Regular performer
2002–2003 Whatever Happened to Robot Jones? Lenny Voice role
2001 ER Nick Stevens Episode: Thy Will Be Done
Family Guy Charlie the bully Uncredited voice role
Episode: The Kiss Seen Around the World
Samurai Jack S Kid
Pig #3
Alien Kid
Episode: Aku's Fairy Tales
2002 MADtv Jeffrey Lugz Episode: 7.24
Fillmore! Randall Julian Episode: To Mar a Stall
2003–2004 The Guardian Chris Rapp Episode: Swimming
Episode: Blood In, Blood Out
2004–2008 Drake & Josh Josh Nichols
2006 Drake & Josh Go Hollywood Josh Nichols Nickelodeon TV-Movie
Codename: Kids Next Door Numbuh Voice role
Episode: Operation: C.A.K.E.D.-F.I.V.E.
What's New, Scooby-Doo? Damian
Zombie Kid #2
Voice role
Episode: E-Screen
2007 Drake & Josh: Really Big Shrimp Josh Nichols Nickelodeon TV-Movie
2008 Merry Christmas Drake and Josh Josh Nichols Nickelodeon TV-Movie


  1. 1.0 1.1 Keck, William (2004-08-25). "Josh Peck lightens up". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "INTERVIEW: Josh Peck Talks Ice Age: The Meltdown". MovieWeb. 2006-03-29. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  3. Syme, Rachel (2008-06-27). "Who's That: Former Teen Star Josh Peck Mans Up". New York Post. Archived from the original on 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2010-08-04. Josh, who is Jewish,... 
  4. Murray, Rebecca. "Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor Morgan and Josh Peck Interview". Retrieved 2010-08-04. 
  5. Douglas, Edward (2008-01-25). "Josh Peck on The Wackness". Archived from the original on 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  6. "Josh Peck Cast in Hearts of Men; What Goes Up Photos". 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 

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