Josh Peck

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Josh Peck
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Peck in 2017
Joshua Michael Peck

(1986-11-10) November 10, 1986 (age 36)
  • Actor
  • voice actor
  • comedian
  • YouTube personality
Years active1996–present
Paige O'Brien (m. 2017)
YouTube information
Years active2017–present
Total views27.4M
Associated actsJason Nash, Drake Bell, David Dobrik, Liza Koshy
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2017
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2018

Updated: March 29, 2023

Joshua Michael Peck (born November 10, 1986)[1] is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, and YouTube personality. 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. He also starred as Gerald in a lead role with John Stamos in the series Grandfathered. He formerly voiced Casey Jones in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He also starred in a Netflix comedy, Take the 10, along with Tony Revolori.[source?]

As of 2017, Peck began branching out in YouTube starting his own comedic lifestyle YouTube channel, Shua Vlogs, featuring David Dobrik and his wife Paige O' Brien.[source?]

Early life[change | change source]

Peck was born in New York City, New York,[1] 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 mother, Barbara, who is a career coach, and his maternal grandmother. Peck is Jewish,[2] and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.[3][4][5] He had asthma during his childhood, and often stayed indoors watching old sitcoms.[6][7][8] He was inspired to become involved in stand-up comedy when he was eight years old.

Career[change | change source]

Peck at the Red Dawn premiere in 2012

Peck subsequently appeared at TADA! Youth Theater and performed stand-up comedy at Carolines on Broadway 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.[9] 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 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.[10] 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.[11] Peck also made his debut as a director in the Drake & Josh episode, "Battle of Panthatar". He also directed his co-star Drake Bell's music video for the theme song to Drake & Josh, "Found a Way". 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 & 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.

In 2014, Peck appeared as Danny Norwood in the pilot of The Rebels, one of Amazon Studios' five adult test pilots released on Amazon Video in early 2014.

In 2015, Peck was cast as a lead in the comedy series, Grandfathered. He starred alongside John Stamos. Grandfathered premiered on September 29 and has gained generally favorable reviews from Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.[12][13] Both Peck and Stamos are nominated for a 2016 People's Choice Award in the category "Favorite Actor In A New TV Series".[14]

In 2016, Peck was cast as Ross in the FOX series Pitch. He appeared in 2 episodes as a statistics analyst. The series was cancelled after 10 episodes.[15]

Personal life[change | change source]

In the fourth season of Drake & Josh, Peck was noticeably thinner. He said:

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.[3]

He is also a prominent personality on the video-sharing services Vine and Snapchat. He now stars in vlogs made by David Dobrik on YouTube.

In June 2017, Peck married his longtime girlfriend, Paige O'Brien.[16] In August 2018, the couple announced they were expecting their first child, a son.[17][18]

Filmography[change | change source]

Film[change | change source]

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
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
Aliens in the Attic Sparks Voice
2012 ATM Corey
Ice Age: Continental Drift Eddie Voice
Red Dawn Matt Eckert
2013 Battle of the Year Franklyn
2015 The Wedding Ringer[19] Bad Best Man
Danny Collins Nicky Ernst
The Timber Samuel
2016 The Angry Birds Movie Minion Pig 2 Voice
Ice Age: Collision Course Eddie Voice
Chronically Metropolitan[20] John
2017 Take the 10 Chris
Gnome Alone Liam Voice
TBA Bukowski Charles Bukowski

Television[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
2000-2005 All That Himself 2 episodes, Season 6 Episode 4 & 10th Anniversary
2000–01 The Amanda Show Various characters Series regular
2000 Double Dare 2000 Himself With the cast of Snow Day
2001 ER Nick Stevens Episode: "Thy Will Be Done"
Family Guy Charlie (voice), uncredited Episode: "The Kiss Seen Around the World"
Samurai Jack S Kid / Pig #3 / Alien Kid (voices) Episode: "Aku's Fairy Tales"
2002 Whatever Happened to Robot Jones? Lenny (voice) 5 Episodes: Season 1: 2002 "Electric Boogaloo" "Cube Wars" "Sickness" "Politics" Season 2: 2003 "The Yogmans Strike Back"
MADtv Jeffrey Lugz 1 episode
Fillmore! Randall Julian (voice) Episode: "To Mar a Stall"
2003, 2004 The Guardian Chris Rapp 2 episodes
2004–07 Drake & Josh Josh Nichols Co-lead role, 57 episodes
2006 Codename: Kids Next Door Numbuh 50 Million B.C. (voice) Episode: "Operation: C.A.K.E.D.-F.I.V.E."
What's New, Scooby-Doo? Damian / Kid / Zombie Kid #2 (voices) Episode: "E-Screen"
Drake & Josh Go Hollywood Josh Nichols Nickelodeon television movie
2008 Merry Christmas Drake and Josh Josh Nichols Nickelodeon Christmas special movie
2009 iCarly Jimmy (uncredited) (apparently Josh Nichols) Episode: "iReunite with Missy"
2011 Victorious Josh Nichols (uncredited) Episode: "Wok Star" & "Who did it to Trina?"
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Eddie (voice) TV Special
2013–present Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Casey Jones (voice) Co-lead role
2013–14 The Mindy Project Ray Ron 3 episodes
2014 The Big Bang Theory Jesse Episode: "The Occupation Recalibration"
The Rebels Danny Norwood Episode: "Pilot"
2015–16 Grandfathered Gerald Co-lead role
2015 Teen Choice Awards Himself Host
2016 Pitch Ross 2 episodes
Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade Eddie (voice) TV Special

Video games[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Ice Age 2: The Meltdown Eddie Voice role
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Eddie Voice role
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze Casey Jones Voice role

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Year Award Category Work Result
2005 Independent Spirit Awards Special Distinction Award Mean Creek (shared with ensemble) Won[21]
2008 2008 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actor Drake & Josh Nominated[22][23]
2008 UK Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Male TV Star Drake & Josh Won[24]
2013 Behind the Voice Actors Award Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film Ice Age: Continental Drift Nominated
2014 Behind the Voice Actors Award Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Action/Drama Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Nominated
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Web Star: Comedy Himself Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Viner Himself Nominated
Behind the Voice Actors Award Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Action/Drama Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Nominated
2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite Actor In A New TV Series Grandfathered Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Viner Himself Nominated

References[change | change source]

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