Jerry Trainor is an American actor, comedian, and musician who caught the public eye for his roles in Nickelodeon’s children’s shows “Drake & Josh” and “iCarly” as ‘Crazy’ Steve and Spencer Shay respectively; he predominantly works in Hollywood.
Early Life, Age, Zodiac Sign
Jerry was born Gerard William ‘J.T.’ Trainor under the Aquarius zodiac sign on 21 January 1977, in California, USA, which makes him 44 years old as of 2021. He was raised together with his sister, Liz, by their mother Madelyn Trainor and father Bill Trainor, who is of the Irish descent. Bill was a fighter squadron fleet commander and Madelyn was a calculus teacher at a local high school.
The San Diego-born actor went to the co-educational Catholic, and college preparatory University of San Diego High School, which was closed in 2005. While he was in school, Jerry was an active participant in the drama club and was often selected to appear in plays such as. “Guys and Dolls,” ” The Matchmaker,” “Pajama Game,” “Up the Down Staircase” and “Sugar” among others. He excelled in maths and was considering becoming an architect, but opted to pursue comedy instead. After his matriculation, he enrolled into the University of California, Santa Barbara, from where he graduated with a BFA in Drama. Jerry also attended Groundlings School, Los Angeles, where he learnt improv. After graduating, Jerry got employed by SeaWorld San Diego as a vendor selling cold drinks and churros to visitors, before he focused on full-time acting in the years that followed .
Hobbies and Interests
Jerry is an animal lover and had a rescue dog, Shoe, but he unfortunately died in 2018.
He is an avid vinyl and comic books collector.
His favourite sports are rugby and card games.
Jerry likes travelling, and his favourite destinations are Hong Kong, China and Australia.
He enjoys music as he finds it relaxing, and likes listening to Indian instrumentals.
Gerard, as some people call him, is a non-vegetarian who loves Spanish cuisine; his favourite fruit is grapes.
Career Background and Awards
Jerry made his acting debut in 2000, when he appeared as Eric in Roland Joffe’s second season of “Undressed”.
He was praised for his role as the Lanky Kid in “Donnie Darko” (2001) that starred Jake Gyllenhaal, then before Jerry came into the limelight in 2004 for appearing in “Drake & Josh”, he was in either uncredited or guest-starring roles in shows such as 2001’s “Boston Republic” and”Malcolm in the Middle,” 2002’s “My Wife and Kids,” and “Closing Jordan” (2004). Jerry’s role as Crazy Steve in “Drake & Josh” was his first collaboration with Dan Schneider, with whom he cultivated a long-running professional relationship, subsequently contributing to other Dan Schneider creations including “iCarly”(2007-2012) and “Sam & Cat” (2013).
Jerry has played several leading roles in films and TV series, such as “Best Player” comedy (2011), “iParty with Victorious” in the same year, and Nickelodeon’s “Wendell & Vinnie” (2013), among others.
Career as a Voice Actor
Trainor voiced Dudley Puppy in the animated series “T.U.F.F. Puppy” that was created by Butch Hartman in 2010. He voiced Will in the animated show “Doc McStuffins” (2012), Commander Cone in 2017’s “Bunsen is a Beast,” and the purple guy in “Sky Rat” among other characters.
Career as a Musician
The California-born actor is also a music creator, of a band together with his friends in 2015. He teamed up with the guitarist and actor Allison Scagliotti and Mike O’Gorman, a vocalist, to create his Nice Enough People Band. He was the band’s bass guitarist that had Andrew Zuber as the drummer. The group initially did cover songs before transitioning to composing their own songs with the help of O’Gorman, who is a talented songwriter. The band has released several hits, including “Hanover Hideaway” (22 June 2016).
Jerry also runs the Project Lore online show, and recently created another show called Wendell and Vinnie.
Jerry has been nominated for several awards in his career as an actor, including 2009’s Choice TV Actor’s Teen Choice Awards. In the year that followed, he was nominated for Australia Kids Choice Awards in Lol Kid and Big Kids categories, and he bagged the Lol Kid award; he won two other Kids Choice Awards in 2011 and 2013. Trainer was also nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performance in an Animated TV Program in 2013, for his contributions to “T.U.F.F. Puppy.”
Jerry was rumoured to be romantically involved with Jessica Makinson in 2008.
The duo met during the shooting of “iCarly” and started dating, and have been together for close to 12 years now. However, they aren’t married and don’t have children.
Before dating Jessica, Jerry had been in at least two relationships – he was dating Hannah Stewart, but they broke-up for reasons that are not known to the public.
When he’s not working, Jerry enjoys his family’s company, and likes spending time with them.
Rumors of Jerry’s alleged death gained traction on Facebook after a post, “R.I.P. Jerry Trainor” attracted close to a million ‘likes’ on 16 July 2021. The Facebook post stated that ‘At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday our beloved actor Jerry Trainor who was born in San Diego on 21 January passed away.
He will be missed but will always be remembered. Please show your condolences and sympathy by commenting and liking this page.’ Thousands of fans immediately started writing their condolence messages on the page expressing their sadness, but others didn’t believe the post and remained skeptical of it because there had been many fake news of celebrity deaths over recent months. Some noticed and pointed out that no major network had reported that he had died. The rumour was later on confirmed to be hoax, and was dismissed since Jerry is alive and doing fine. His reps came out and officially confirmed that he was alive on 17 July, saying that ‘Jerry joins the long list of socialites who have been victimised by this hoax. He is alive and well and you are discouraged from believing what you read on the internet.’
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
Trainor is American of white ethnicity who is 6ft 2ins tall (1.88m) and weighs approximately 167lbs (76kgs) with a very fair skin tone, dark brown hair, and black eyes. His body measurements are 34-30-34, and his chest and biceps are 42 and 16 inches respectively.
Trainor has been in the showbiz industry since he was a child and has earned an impressive fortune and made a reputable name for himself in the entertainment industry. Sources reveal that he is worth close to $2.1 million as of 2021 and that he earns an average income of around over $100,000, including from his music band which has been making songs since 2015.