Gerald William Trainor (born January 21, 1977) is an American actor, comedian and musician.
Life and career
Trainor was born and raised in San Diego, California, the son of Bill Trainor and Madelyn (née McNenly) Trainor. He studied improv at the Groundlings school in Los Angeles. He also studied theatre at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
His first television role was in the MTV series Undressed as Eric. Some of his other television credits include Law & Order True Crime, Angel, and Malcolm in the Middle. His first recurring TV role was as Brian "the A.V. guy" on Crossing Jordan. He has had a number of small roles in films such as the science fiction drama Donnie Darko and the cheerleader comedy Bring It On Again. He appeared on the web series Hungry Girl.
He is known for his work on Nickelodeon television shows. He had a recurring role on Drake & Josh as "Crazy" Steve, a movie theater worker, from 2004 to 2007. He starred in iCarly as Spencer Shay, the older brother and guardian of Miranda Cosgrove's title character from 2007 to 2012. He completed the 2008 music-themed comedy Wreckless Epic, in which he stars. Trainor starred in the animated series T.U.F.F. Puppy as the voice of Dudley Puppy. He also starred alongside iCarly co-star Jennette McCurdy in the Nickelodeon TV movie Best Player. He played Quincy Johnson, a video game enthusiast whose main competition in a video gaming contest is McCurdy's character. In 2013, Trainor starred in the short-lived series Wendell & Vinnie as Vinnie, the uncle and guardian to Buddy Handleson's character Wendell.
Trainor was involved in a World of Warcraft video series titled Project Lore, playing the Draenei Shaman, Goggins. He was replaced by Jeff Cannata after leaving the series in February, 2009. In 2015, he played Commander Michael Sullivan for both seasons of the Halo in-universe podcast, Hunt the Truth.
In 2017, Trainor voiced the recurring role of Commander Cone on Bunsen Is a Beast. Since 2018, Trainor and Mike O'Gorman have starred in a comedy web series called The Porch, which can be found on YouTube.
In October 2015, Trainor formed the band Nice Enough People with guitarist/vocalist Mike O'Gorman, drummer Andrew Zuber, and guitarist Allison Scagliotti, who also happened to be a co-star of Trainor's in Drake & Josh as the character Mindy Crenshaw. Trainor plays bass for the group. The group released their first EP, Hanover Hideaway, on June 22, 2016.
Awards and nominations
|2009||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor: Comedy||iCarly||Nominated|
|2010||2010 Australian Kids' Choice Awards||Big Kid Award||iCarly||Won|
|2011||2011 UK Kids' Choice Awards||Nick UK's Funniest Person||iCarly||Won|
|Meus Prêmios Nick Brazil||Funniest Character||iCarly||Nominated|
|2012||2012 Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Sidekick||iCarly||Nominated|
|2013||2013 Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program||T.U.F.F. Puppy||Nominated|