Joshua Michael Peck
November 10, 1986
New York City, U.S.
|Total views||348 million|
Last updated: January 12, 2023
Joshua Michael Peck (born November 10, 1986) is an American actor and comedian. Peck began his career as a child actor in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and had an early role on the Nickelodeon sitcom The Amanda Show from 2000 to 2002. Peck rose to prominence for his role as Josh Nichols alongside Drake Bell's character on Nickelodeon's Drake & Josh from 2004 to 2007, and in its two television films, Drake & Josh Go Hollywood (2006) and Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh (2008).
He has acted in films such as Snow Day (2000), Max Keeble's Big Move (2001), Spun (2002), Drillbit Taylor (2008), What Goes Up (2009), Red Dawn (2012), The Timber (2015), Chronically Metropolitan (2016), and Oppenheimer (2023). He also starred in the Disney+ original series Turner & Hooch, a continuation of the 1989 movie of the same name.
Peck provided the voice of Eddie in the Ice Age franchise since Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), and voiced Casey Jones in the Nickelodeon animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012–2017). He also starred with John Stamos in the Fox comedy series Grandfathered (2015–2016).
Peck was born in New York City. He grew up with his mother, Barbara Peck, who is a career coach, and his maternal grandmother. Peck has never publicly identified his father, who was a married co-worker of his mother, and Peck's birth was the result of an extramarital affair. Peck never met his father, who died in 2013. Peck is Jewish, as are both his parents. He grew up in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, and attended P.S. 40 and The Professional Performing Arts School. He had a bar mitzvah ceremony. He 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.
Peck subsequently appeared at TADA! Youth Theater and performed stand-up comedy at Carolines on Broadway for the Audrey Hepburn foundation. He appeared on The Rosie O'Donnell Show at the age of 10 in 1996. 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 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. 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 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 2015, Peck was cast as a lead in the comedy series, Grandfathered, starring alongside John Stamos. Grandfathered premiered on September 29 and has gained generally favorable reviews from Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. Both Peck and Stamos are nominated for a 2016 People's Choice Award in the category "Favorite Actor In A New TV Series". However it was canceled after one season.
Peck made several features on David Dobrik's vlog, becoming a frequent contributor to "The Vlog Squad", before pursuing his own YouTube channel. Peck is an active Influencer on Instagram, YouTube and TikTok with 10.3m, 3.76m and 1.9m followers respectively.
Peck also currently has a podcast called "Curious with Josh Peck" produced by Ramble, where he interviews celebrities such as John Stamos and Bob Saget discussing not only current topics but their personal lives.
In February 2020, it was announced that Peck had been cast in the title role as U.S. Marshal Scott Turner II in the sequel series of Turner & Hooch on Disney+. The series premiered in July 2021, and after one season was canceled in December.
In August 2021, Peck joined the cast of How I Met Your Father as Drew, an elementary school vice principal. The series premiered on Hulu on January 18, 2022. He appears in two episodes of the second season of the iCarly revival, debuting in "iBuild a Team".
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."
In June 2017, Peck married his longtime girlfriend, Paige O'Brien. In August 2018, the couple announced they were expecting their first child. Their son was born that December. On October 13, 2022, they welcomed their second son.
In 2022, Peck revealed that he had struggled with addictions to alcohol and drugs in the past, stating, "I was always looking for something to fix my insides. But eventually I realized that whether my life was beyond my wildest dreams or a total mess, it didn't change the temperature of what was going on in my mind. I knew that nothing in the outside world would make me feel whole. . . . I used food and drugs to numb my feelings." He has been sober since 2008.
|Snow Day||Wayne Alworth|
|2001||Max Keeble's Big Move||Robert "Robe"|
|2004||Mean Creek||George Tooney|
|Ice Age: The Meltdown||Eddie||Voice role|
|2008||The Wackness||Luke Shapiro|
|2009||Wild About Harry||Spoke White|
|What Goes Up||Jim Lement|
|Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs||Eddie||Voice role|
|Aliens in the Attic||Sparks||Voice role|
|Ice Age: Continental Drift||Eddie||Voice role|
|Red Dawn||Matt Eckert|
|2013||Battle of the Year||Franklyn|
|2015||The Wedding Ringer||Bad Best Man|
|Danny Collins||Nicky Ernst|
|2016||The Angry Birds Movie||Minion Pig 2||Voice role|
|Ice Age: Collision Course||Eddie||Voice role|
|2017||Take the 10||Chris|
|Gnome Alone||Liam||Voice role|
|2018||Locating Silver Lake||Daniel|
|2019||Fantastica: A Boonie Bears Adventure||Bramble||Voice role|
|2000||All That||Himself||Episode: "The cast from Snow Day/Hoku"|
|2000||Double Dare 2000||Himself||Episode: "Snow Day vs. The Amanda Show"|
|2000–2001||The Amanda Show||Various characters||Series regular|
|2001||ER||Nick Stevens||Episode: "Thy Will Be Done"|
|2001||Family Guy||Charlie||Voice role (uncredited); Episode: "The Kiss Seen Around the World"|
|2001||Samurai Jack||S Kid / Pig #3 / Alien Kid||Voice; Episode: "Aku's Fairy Tales"|
|2002||Whatever Happened to Robot Jones?||Lenny||Voice role (5 episodes)|
|2002||MADtv||Jeffrey Lugz||1 episode|
|2002||Fillmore!||Randall Julian||Voice role; episode: "To Mar a Stall"|
|2003–2004||The Guardian||Chris Rapp||2 episodes|
|2004–2007||Drake & Josh||Josh Nichols||Co-lead role|
|2005||All That||Himself||Episode: "Nickelodeon's All That 10th Anniversary Reunion Special"|
|2006||Codename: Kids Next Door||Numbuh 50 Million B.C.||Voice role; Episode: "Operation: C.A.K.E.D.-F.I.V.E."|
|2006||What's New, Scooby-Doo?||Damian / Kid / Zombie Kid #2||Voice roles, episode: "E-Scream"|
|2006||Drake & Josh Go Hollywood||Josh Nichols||Nickelodeon television film|
|2008||Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh||Nickelodeon Christmas special film|
|2009||iCarly||Jimmy||Uncredited; episode: "iReunite with Missy"|
|2011||Victorious||Josh Nichols||Uncredited (2 episodes)|
|2011||Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas||Eddie||TV special; voice role|
|2013–2017||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Casey Jones||Voice|
|2013–2014||The Mindy Project||Ray Ron||3 episodes|
|2014||The Big Bang Theory||Jesse||Episode: "The Occupation Recalibration"|
|2014||The Rebels||Danny Norwood||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2015||Teen Choice Awards||Himself||Host|
|2016||Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade||Eddie||TV special; voice role|
|2016||Lip Sync Battle||Himself||Episode: "Josh Peck vs. Christina Milian"|
|2018–2020||Fuller House||Ben||2 episodes|
|2021||Turner & Hooch||Scott Turner||Main role|
|2021||Robot Chicken||Josh Nichols||Voice role; episode: "May Cause Immaculate Conception"|
|2022–2023||How I Met Your Father||Drew||13 episodes|
|2006||Ice Age 2: The Meltdown||Eddie|
|2007||Drake & Josh||Josh Nichols||Character design|
|Drake & Josh: Talent Showdown|
|2009||Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs||Eddie|
|2012||Ice Age: Continental Drift – Arctic Games||Mobile game|
|2014||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze||Casey Jones|
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||Drake & Josh||Won|
|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|
- "About Josh Peck". YouTube.
- "Josh Peck Actor". TV Guide. Archived from the original on June 3, 2016. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
- Goldberg, Lesley (February 10, 2020). "'Turner & Hooch' Reboot, Starring Josh Peck, Ordered to Series at Disney+". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
- Weiss, Geoff (May 15, 2018). "Vlogger/Podcasters David Dobrik And Jason Nash To Kick Off Summer Tour". Tubefilter News. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
- Emmanuele, Julia (March 15, 2022). "Josh Peck Book Revelations: Weight Struggles, His Addiction and Drake Bell". Us Weekly. Retrieved August 22, 2022.
- Peck, Josh [@ItsJoshPeck] (July 13, 2017). "I did one of those DNA tests and the results were.......Jewish. I feel like I didn't need a test for that" (Tweet). Retrieved April 16, 2018 – via Twitter.
- Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "My DNA Results REVEALED! 23andMe || Mayim Bialik". YouTube.
- "Josh Peck leaves 'Drake & Josh' behind". Today. August 3, 2010. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
- Keck, William (August 25, 2004). "Josh Peck lightens up". USA Today. Retrieved January 25, 2008.
- "INTERVIEW: Josh Peck Talks Ice Age: The Meltdown". MovieWeb. March 29, 2006. Archived from the original on January 13, 2008. Retrieved January 25, 2008.
- Fox, Michael (July 11, 2008). "Young Jewish actor, director give in to Wackness". J. The Jewish News of Northern California. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
- Murray, Rebecca. "Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor Morgan and Josh Peck Interview". About.com. Archived from the original on November 18, 2007. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
- Douglas, Edward (January 25, 2008). "Josh Peck on The Wackness". ComingSoon.net. Archived from the original on July 10, 2008. Retrieved January 25, 2008.
- "Josh Peck @ 10 - Hilarious Stand-Up". YouTube. Archived from the original on November 7, 2021.
- Lakshmin, Deepa (April 26, 2017). "Josh Peck Explains How He Turned His 'Awkward' Nickelodeon Years Into Social Media Gold". MTV News. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
- "Drake & Josh: Songs from & Inspired By the Hit TV Series - Various Artists". iTunes Store. March 8, 2005. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
- "Nickelodeon's 21st Annual Kids' Choice Awards Taps Jack Black to Host, as Hollywood Primes to Meet the Slime, Saturday, March 29" (Press release). Los Angeles, CA: Nickelodeon KCA Press Kit. February 7, 2008. Archived from the original on April 27, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
- "Grandfathered". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
- "Grandfathered Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
- "People's Choice Awards 2016: Full List Of Nominees". People's Choice Awards. Archived from the original on November 4, 2015. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
- Andreeva, Nellie (May 12, 2016). "'Grinder', 'Grandfathered', 'Bordertown' & 'Cooper Barrett' Canceled By Fox After One Season". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
- Wagmeister, Elizabeth (May 2, 2017). "'Pitch' Officially Canceled After One Season at Fox". Variety. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
- "SURPRISING GIRLFRIEND WITH A PUPPY!!". David Dobrik Vlog. Episode 217. December 14, 2016. Event occurs at 3:02. Archived from the original on November 7, 2021. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
- "Josh Peck's Instagram". www.instagram.com. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
- "Josh Peck - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
- "Josh Peck (@joshpeck) Official TikTok | Watch Josh Peck's Newest TikTok Videos". TikTok. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
- "Curious with Josh Peck by Ramble on Apple Podcasts". App Store, Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide, itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/curious-with-josh-peck/id1378163166?mt=2.
- Andreeva, Nellie (February 10, 2020). "'Turner & Hooch': Josh Peck To Headline TV Series Reboot For Disney+". Deadline. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
- Fowler, Matt (July 21, 2021). "Turner & Hooch Series Premiere Review - "Forever and a Dog"". IGN. Retrieved December 13, 2021.
- Perine, Aaron (December 2, 2021). "Disney+ Cancels Turner & Hooch After Only One Season". ComicBook.com. Retrieved December 3, 2021.
- Andreeva, Nellie (August 31, 2021). "'How I Met Your Father': Josh Peck & Ashley Reyes To Recur On Hulu's 'HIMYM' Spinoff". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 16, 2021.
- Wynne, Kelly (December 13, 2021). "Josh Peck to Make Guest Appearance on iCarly Reboot: It 'Feels Very Full Circle'". People. Retrieved December 13, 2021.
- "Happy People Are Annoying - Josh Peck". HarperOne. Archived from the original on October 4, 2022. Retrieved March 22, 2022.
- "Josh Peck Book Revelations: Weight Struggles, His Addiction and Drake Bell". Us Weekly. March 15, 2022. Retrieved March 22, 2022.
- "Josh Peck on weight loss, addiction and using comedy 'as a defense mechanism'". TODAY. March 16, 2022. Retrieved March 22, 2022.
- "The Cast of 'Oppenheimer' and the Real People They Play". Vanity Fair. July 20, 2023. Retrieved July 28, 2023.
- Quinn, Dave (June 18, 2017). "Drake & Josh Star Josh Peck Marries Paige O'Brien — and John Stamos Was There to Take It All In". People. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
- Drysdale, Jennifer (August 23, 2018). "Josh Peck and Wife Paige O'Brien Expecting First Child". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
- Goldstein, Joelle (December 31, 2018). "Drake & Josh Alum Josh Peck and Wife Paige Welcome Son Max Milo". People. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
- "Josh Peck and Paige O'Brien Welcome Baby No. 2". E Online.com. October 14, 2022. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
- "Josh Peck Talks 'Ice Age: The Meltdown'". Movieweb. March 29, 2006. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
- Nahas, Aili (March 9, 2022). "Josh Peck Opens Up About His Past Addiction to Drugs and Alcohol: 'I Used It to Numb My Feelings'". PEOPLE.com. Archived from the original on March 9, 2022. Retrieved March 9, 2022.
- "Chronically Metropolitan". 13 Films. Retrieved December 24, 2015.
- "Josh Peck's Sci-Fi Film 'Doors' Review - A Creative Vision Not Quite Realized - Hollywood Insider". www.hollywoodinsider.com. March 25, 2021. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
- Gelman, Vlada (August 3, 2018). "TVLine Items: FEUD: Charles and Diana Nixed, Josh Peck Gets Fuller and More". TVLine. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
- King, Susan (December 1, 2004). "Independent bids for Spirit Awards". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
- Allie (March 30, 2008). "Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards – 2008 Winners List – Pictures and Video". Allie is Wired. Archived from the original on July 6, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
- "Winners And Photos From Inside The 2008 Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards, Feat Evanna Lynch, Bonnie Wright, Josh Peck, McFly". PopSugar. September 14, 2008. Archived from the original on August 9, 2011. Retrieved January 13, 2013.