Joshua Michael "Josh" Peck (born November 10, 1986) is an American actor, comedian, and voice actor. 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.
Peck was born in Manhattan, New York City, where he attended 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 Jewish mother, Barbara, who is a career coach, and his maternal grandmother. Peck had asthma during his childhood, and often stayed indoors watching old sitcoms. He was inspired to become involved in stand-up comedy when he was eight years old. He performed in children's musical theater at New York's TADA! Youth Theater when he was nine years old.
Peck subsequently appeared in local children's theatre and performed stand-up comedy at Caroline's Comedy Club 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. 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 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 anotherNickelodeon 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. 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 returned to the character of Josh Nichols in 2008 for the television film Merry Christmas, Drake and 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.
Peck's favorite actors and inspirations are Richard Pryor, Oprah Winfrey, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Lewis, Bill Cosby, Ben Kingsley, and Morgan Freeman. Peck, like his Drake & Josh co-star and real-life best friend, 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. Peck stated: "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".
|2000||Snow Day||Wayne Alworth|
|2001||Max Keeble's Big Move||Robert "Robe"|
|2004||Mean Creek||George Tooney|
|2006||Ice Age: The Meltdown||Eddie||Voice|
|2006||Drake & Josh Go Hollywood||Josh Nichols|
|2007||Drake & Josh: Really Big Shrimp||Josh Nichols|
|2008||Merry Christmas Drake and Josh||Josh Nichols|
|2008||The Wackness||Luke Shapiro|
|2008||American Primitive||Spoke White|
|2009||What Goes Up||Jim Lement|
|2009||Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs||Eddie||Voice|
|2009||Aliens in the Attic||Sparks||Voice|
|2012||Ice Age: Continental Drift||Eddie||Voice|
|2012||Red Dawn||Matt Eckert|
|2013||Battle of the Year|
|2000||The Amanda Show||Various characters||23 episodes|
|2001||ER||Nick Stevens||Episode: "Thy Will Be Done"|
Episode: "The Kiss Seen Around the World"
|2001||Samurai Jack||S Kid
Pig #3 Alien Kid
|1 episode: "Aku's Fairy Tales"|
|2002||Whatever Happened to Robot Jones?||Lenny||Voice
|2002||MADtv||Jeffrey Lugz||1 episode|
|2002||Fillmore!||Randall Julian||Episode: "To Mar a Stall"|
|2003||The Guardian||Chris Rapp||2 episodes|
|2004||Drake & Josh||Josh Nichols||60 episodes|
|2006||Codename: Kids Next Door||Numbuh 50 Million B.C.||Voice
Episode: "Operation: C.A.K.E.D.-F.I.V.E."
|2006||What's New, Scooby-Doo?||Damian
Kid Zombie Kid #2
|2008||iCarly||Jimmy||Episode: "iReunite with Missy"|
Awards and nominations
|2005||Independent Spirit Awards||Special Distinction Award||Mean Creek(shared with ensemble)||Won|
|2008||2008 Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Actor||Drake & Josh||Nominated|
|2008 UK Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Male TV Star||Won|