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Jerry Trainor

Jerry Trainor’s quirky style of physical comedy appeals to audiences of all ages.

Trainor’s recurring role as Crazy Steve on "Drake & Josh" led to his first regular series gig when he was cast as Spencer, an off-centered aspiring artist and brother and guardian of his teenaged sister Carly on Nickelodeon’s mega-hit television series "iCarly." Trainor’s portrayal of Spencer garnered the actor his first Teen Choice nomination for Choice TV Actor: Comedy in 2009. He co-hosted the Kids’ Choice Awards Australia in 2010.

“Spencer is a carpe diem guy to a fault. He’s fun-loving, eternally optimistic and eccentric,” says Trainor of the character whose wacky creations include a fan made of hammers and a Christmas tree adorned with plastic noses. He continues, “In many ways, Carly is the more mature sibling. I goof off a lot off-screen, but Spencer and I both know there’s a time and place to reel it in and be responsible.”

Trainor will star in the new Nickelodeon animated comedy series "T.U.F.F. Puppy" as the voice of Dudley Puppy. Dudley is a gung-ho, dim-witted dog who is thrust into the role of “hero” when recruited by the super secret crime fighting organization T.U.F.F. (Turbo Undercover Fighting Force). Additionally, he will play Quincy, a thirty-something bachelor who dedicates his life to being the best cyber multi-player athlete online in the upcoming Nickelodeon Original TV movie "Best Player."

Born and raised in San Diego, far from the clamor of Hollywood, he lived in the same childhood home until venturing to college. His father was a Navy commander of a fighter squadron and his mother was a calculus teacher at USD High School, the same high school Trainor attended. He credits both of his parents for his comedic bent and his ability to balance it with a serious side.

Growing up, the actor excelled in math and considered becoming an architect but he opted to build a career in comedy instead. Trainor attended UC Santa Barbara for the quintessential college experience, combined academics and partying on the beach. He graduated from UCSB with a BFA in acting – but not before a Hollywood agent caught his one-man comedy show at college and urged him to audition in Los Angeles.

After moving to Los Angeles, Trainor auditioned opposite a UCSB classmate and landed a three-episode arc on MTV’s "Undressed," directed by another UCSB alumnus. He has also appeared in the feature film "Donnie Darko," starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and went on to guest-star in episodes of "Malcolm in the Middle," "ER" and "Angel." He also played a recurring character as an audio-visual geek in "Crossing Jordan" before winning the career catalyst role of erratic usher Crazy Steve in "Drake & Josh." All the while, he kept his day jobs at Starbucks, the Geffen Theater box office and Center Theater Group phone room.

Appropriately the iCarly co-star is a self-described “internet addict” who creates short web comedy films with his friends. He often plays video games and built his own gaming computer. Music is another pastime for the performer who gravitates to indie bands and classic ‘80s rock and hopes to one day learn to play drums. His additional off-hours are spent reading graphic novels, mysteries and thrillers.