Nov. 18th, 1992
Glendale, California, USA
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Nathan Karl Kress (born November 18, 1992) is an American actor. He was also a professional child model. Kress has acted since the age of three and is known for his role as Freddie Benson on the Nickelodeon television series iCarly.
Kress was born in Glendale, California. He has two older brothers, Andrew (born October 23, 1987) and Kevin (born May 30, 1990), neither of whom are involved in show business.
Kress began his professional career at the age of four when he displayed a natural talent for memorizing and re-enacting the shows he saw on television, prompting his mother to take him to an open "cattle call" showcase where he was quickly signed with a talent agent. Over the next three years, Kress modeled for various print advertisements, as well as performing in numerous commercials and voice-over roles; the most notable of which was his dual role as the voices of "Easy" and "Tough Pup" in the 1998 feature film Babe: Pig in the City. At the age of six, he decided to take a break from acting and return to regular school, where he led a relatively "normal" life for the next five years until deciding to return to acting professionally at the age of eleven.
In April 2005, Kress made his first live television appearance since returning to acting in a comedy sketch on Jimmy Kimmel Live! where he played a young Simon Cowell of American Idol, and would continue to appear in various comedy sketches on the show a total of 5 times over the next year. Kress continued to land steady work over the next two years, appearing in guest-starring roles on dramatic series such as House M.D., Standoff, and Without a Trace as well as the Disney Channel comedy series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. Kress also appeared in several short films including Pickled, Magnus, Inc., and Bag, for which he was awarded a 168 Film Festival Jury Award for his portrayal of a small-fry drug dealer with a conscience. In addition to live-action roles, Kress continued to work as a voice-actor, lending his voice to various characters in the animated feature film Chicken Little and on the Nickelodeon animated series Shuriken School.
In March 2010, Kress guest-starred in the CBS television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in season 10 episode 15 titled "Neverland". Kress played Mason Ward, one of two best friends of a fourteen-year-old victim with traces of blood of an inmate under his fingernails. Kress told Fanlala.com of his CSI role "It was a great opportunity to try my hand at something different. I had done scenes in dramas in the past, but other than a few semi-serious scenes on iCarly, it had been a long time since I've had the opportunity to do anything other than comedy". Later that same year, Kress returned to comedic roles, guest-starring as Prince Gabriel on the Nickelodeon comedy series True Jackson, VP, and as the voice of Ronald on the Nickelodeon animated series The Penguins of Madagascar.
As of February 2011, Kress was finishing up his senior year of high school and hoped to attend UCLA, which is his father's alma mater. While filming iCarly, Kress was tutored on the set along with his co-stars 'Miranda Cosgrove' and 'Jennette McCurdy', and is home-schooled on the weekends or when on hiatus from the shooting of the show. Kress is a fan of the Lord of the Rings films, and his hobbies include football, tennis, which he plays on weekends, air-soft, and video games, as well as an avid interest in photography and acting.
Kress is a devout evangelical Christian and has said that he feels a responsibility to be a great role model to his younger fans. Kress wears a purity ring from his family as a symbol of his vow to remain abstinent until marriage.
His favorite band is Relient K, other bands that he likes are Switchfoot, The Classic Crime, Anberlin, Flyleaf, P.O.D. and Skillet.
- He has 2 brothers: Kevin and Andrew.