Former Nickelodeon star Drake Bell is most famous for starring in the teen sitcom Drake & Josh. Before this, he rose to stardom in the sketch comedy series The Amanda Show. More recently, he has been focusing on his career as a musician. As of 2022, Drake Bell has a net worth of $600,000.
On June 27, 1986, Jared Drake Bell was born in Newport Beach, California. He was raised along with four other siblings by Robert Bell and Robin Dodson. His mother is a former professional billiards player.
As a kid, he loved skateboarding and going to punk rock concerts, which he claims was his influence for his eventual musical stint. At five years old, his parents decided to get a divorce. It was around this time that his father discovered his talent for acting.
Initially, he tried his hand at various sports but had no luck with any of them. Bell underwent intensive acting lessons while a student at Orange County High School of the Arts.
Drake’s first appearance on television was with a Whirlpool Appliances commercial in 1994. The same year, he was featured in an episode of the ABC sitcom Home Improvement. In 1996, he made his movie debut with the Jerry Maguire film.
In 1999, he became a featured musician in Nickelodeon’s The Amanda Show. Five years later, the children’s network gave him his own show, Drake & Josh, with his real-life pal Josh Peck. Sad to say, the two are no longer friends today.
Bell became the live-action Timmy Turner in The Fairly OddParents movie trilogy. He also got to work with Disney XD by voicing Peter Parker in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series.
The teen actor started playing the guitar at age twelve, taking his first lessons from singer Roger Daltrey when they worked together in a movie. It was his musical talents that earned him a spot on The Amanda Show.
In the 2000s, he was the lead vocalist of the band Drake 24/7. He was the one who performed the Drake & Josh theme song Found a Way. In 2005, he independently released his first record, Telegraph.
Bell inked a deal with Universal Motown Records in 2006. This helped him produce three official studio albums. His music became very popular in Mexico, so he toured there in 2016. In 2020 there were reports that Drake moved to Mexico, changed his name to “Drake Campana” and started releasing Spanish music. Apparently, his fanbase in Mexico is much larger than America.
Net Worth and Earnings
According to his memoir, “Happy People Are Annoying,” the young man was paid $15,000 per episode on Drake & Josh. Given that the show aired for four seasons, he earned a total of $900,000.
Today, he invests in cryptocurrencies and mostly advocates for Ethereum and NFTs. However, back in 2014, he filed for bankruptcy with a debt of $581,000. Currently, it’s estimated that Drake is worth $600,000.
From 1999 to 2001, Drake Bell dated Nickelodeon co-star Amanda Bynes. Later on, he got engaged to Paydin LoPachin, but they called it off in 2016. In 2018, he married Janet Von Schmeling, and they have a son together. They live in a Disney-themed house in Los Angeles, California.