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One sure ticket to achieving childhood dreams is to work hard towards actualizing them. For what it’s worth, not many child actors end up on Hollywood A-list when they grow up, some wither away and fade into oblivion, either because they couldn’t handle the fame and limelight or they simply found another path to follow in life but not for Josh Peck. Despite his obese nature as a teenager, he successfully transitioned from child star to an adult and still making magic in the industry.
Though his acting career started in 1996, he embraced fame as young audiences were introduced to him on the Amanda Show (2000) but he is more popular for his role as Josh Nichols in the Nickelodeon live-action sitcom Drake & Josh. In addition to TV and film acting, he is also a voice actor, comedian, and popular YouTube personality.
Josh Peck’s Biography, Age
On November 10, 1986, Josh was born in New York City, New York to parents who were not officially married at the time, in fact, he never met his biological father. Thus, his mother (a career coach) and maternal grandmother played the huge role of raising him. As a Jew – which was his mother’s religion, Josh had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.
Young Josh Peck suffered from asthma and would prefer to stay at home, watching old sitcoms which perhaps, triggered his love for comedy. He made up his mind to try stand-up comedy as early as eight years old and received his education and training at P.S. 40 and The Professional Performing Arts School.
In his budding days, Josh made appearances in shows but none of them brought the spotlight to him until when he got a role on Nickelodeon’s The Amanda Show and with the support of his mother, he relocated to Los Angeles to make his dreams of becoming an actor a reality.
His first film appearance came in Snow Day in 2000, the same time he became a regular on The Amanda Show and remained on the show until it ended. In 2001, the actor bagged a guest starring role in ER – he appeared in an episode of the NBC drama titled “Thy Will Be Done” and also appeared in numerous independent films to rave reviews.
In 2004, another Nickelodeon sitcom, Drake & Josh started airing with Josh starring as Josh Nichols, giving him more recognition among young audiences. His efforts didn’t go without recognition at the awards which came in the 2008 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards where he scored a nomination for Favorite Television Actor for his role on Drake & Josh.
So far, Josh has films like Mean Creek, ATM, Drillbit Taylor, Red Dawn, The Wackness and a lot more to his credit. He also lent his voice to Eddie in the popular Ice Age franchise as well as Casey Jones in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He has been nominated for numerous awards for his efforts some of which he won.
In 2017, Josh Peck launched his personal comedic lifestyle YouTube channel, Shua Vlogs which boasts more than 900,000 subscribers. He equally enjoys a high level of popularity on other social media platforms with an impressive fan following. He has 1.98 million people following him on Twitter, his Instagram account is flooded with 3.5 million followers. He is also active on Snapchat and Vine.
With an estimated net worth of $2.5 Million, there is no doubt Josh is getting it right in what he does for a living. Though his salary is not known a the moment, the actor has appeared in many top series and films which means he must be taking a lot of cash home.
Is Josh Peck Married Or Is He Gay? – Wife
The New York-born star was supposedly in a relationship with actress who was his on-screen girlfriend but it wasn’t long before their affair became history. Though his fans were utterly disappointed, Josh moved on and started dating Paige O’Brien, quietly got engaged in 2016 and by June 2017, the two got married in a private ceremony.
Based on the fact that he has only dated women in the past and is currently married to one, we can safely say that Josh Peck isn’t gay, unless, of course, he comes out to refute that theory.
Weight Loss Journey
Josh Peck wasn’t always the hunky fit actor we know today. As a teenager, he played the fat kid roles a lot but along the line, he decided to drop the extra baggage and was able to achieve that feat without going under the knife. He did it with the help of a fitness trainer and a nutritionist.
His weight loss journey started in 2006 when he embarked on cardio and exercise routines from his personal trainer and also changed his diet to more healthy stuff. His hard work took shape when he lost more than 100 pounds of extra flesh within a year. According to the actor, he is comfortable in his new skin, quipping that he has to stay like that because a new wardrobe will be too expensive. He now flaunts his chiseled abs at the beach whenever and wherever he pleases.