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Walter Nichols
Character Statistics
Gender: Male
Age Group: 41 (Unaired Pilot)
42-43 (Season 1)
43 (Season 2)
44-45 (Season 3)
45-46 (Season 4)
47 (Merry Christmas, Drake and Josh)
Birthday: January 15, 1961
Height: 6'1"
Eye Color: Green
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Interests: Playing with Dominoes (implied in Helicopter)
Dislikes: His sister
Employment: Weatherman
Weaknesses: Broadcasting an accurate weather forecast, Beating Bruce Winchill
Siblings: Unnamed Sister
Mother: Grammy Nichols
Wife: Audrey Parker-Nichols
Ex-Wife: Jonnah Nichols
Children: Drake Parker (stepson)
Megan Parker (stepdaughter)
Josh Nichols (son)
Grandparents: Papa Nichols
Nephew: Skippy Nichols
Nemesis: Bruce Winchill (main rival)

Drake Parker (sometimes)
Josh Nichols (sometimes)
Tiberius (Vicious Tiberius)
Baaahhb (Sheep Thrills)

Production Info
Portrayed by: Jonathan Goldstein

Stephen Furst (only in Unaired Pilot)

First Appearance: Unaired Pilot (Portrayed By Stephen Furst)

Pilot (Portrayed By Jonathan Goldstein)

Last Appearance: Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh(special)

Walter Jonathan Nichols is a weatherman that almost always is wrong about the weather. Because of this, many characters on the series and even his own family have suffered due to his bad weather predictions. His main rival is the successful Bruce Winchill, another weatherman mentioned in many episodes, who's known for his accurate forecasting and "good-looking hair".

In the "Pilot", Walter gets married to Audrey Parker, and thus becomes Drake and Megan's stepfather. However, both don't show much respect for him, many times refusing calling Walter "dad" and often get annoyed by him. Yet, his biological child Josh respects him and has repeatedly defended Walter from the insults of Audrey's children, though sometimes he agrees that his father acts goofy and somewhat clumsy.

Despite the above, Walter seems to favor Drake over Josh (possibly because Drake is considered cool, and Josh is the most like him). Shown when Walter bets on Drake against Josh when they are betting on who will cave into their habits first.

In addition, he also seems to shift responsibilities he doesn't want onto Josh. When Drake is in bed with injuries from a doom buggy accident Drake asks Walter to get him something to drink then Walter orders Josh (who is in a different room) to get it for him. And after Walter gets tired of taking Megan and the other campers abuse as their councilor (including being tied to a chair) he forces Josh to take the position from him.

Like Audrey he is oblivious to Megan's true nature (despite witnessing it a few times, such as being tied up by her and her camp mates) and tend to believe her lies while punishing Drake and Josh.


  • In "Honor Council", it is revealed that at his sister's wedding, Drake unleashed a stink bomb, and Drake made an assumption that even Walter hates his sister.
  • In "The Affair", it's shown that Walter is allergic to cumin.
  • Walter was portrayed by Jonathan Goldstein.
  • He often mispronounces words such as touché or Capeesh, even when other characters point out to him on the error.
  • In the original pilot episode, he is played by actor Stephen Furst.
  • Drake Bell made a mini-series called "Where's Walter" on his YouTube channel based on him being missing and everyone is trying to find him.
    • The series is a parody of the popular Where's Wally? book series.
  • It is revealed in the episode Steered Straight, that he constantly gets laughed at, mostly due to his bad weather predictions. This is seen when two police officers ask Walter if he is a weatherman and laugh when he says he is.
  • In a way, Audrey and Walter encourage Megan's bad behavior as they fail to punish her or see her guilt when she commits pranks.
  • In Drake & Josh Go Hollywood, it is revealed that Walter thought that Titanic was just a movie until Audrey told him otherwise.
  • As revealed by Drake Bell in the 2024 documentary: Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV, before Jonathan Goldstein was cast as Walter, Brian Peck had tried to get Bell to help him be the "dad of the show", but Bell refused to allow it to happen. This was presumably after Stephen Furst left the role.

Stephen Furst as Walter in the original pilot.


Walter is shown to be geeky and clumsy, who loves magic tricks and electronic devices. He is also very playful, as he often cracks jokes to cheer up people, though nobody finds them funny at all. Still, he is a bit strict and persistent about the conduct of Drake, Josh and Megan. Despite that, Walter is portrayed as a caring and kind father.

Walter isn't aware of Megan's constant pranks on Drake and Josh, so he almost never shows severity towards her. On the other hand, Walter is often scolding and punishing her brothers for things she did, as they are never able to show him what really happens.

Relationships with Other Characters[]

Audrey Parker-Nichols[]

Walter and Audrey are a happy couple and almost never fight. The only episode where they have a real fight is "The Affair", where it was pretty much Drake's fault. Yet, Audrey prefers Walter's competitor, Bruce Winchill as the weatherman along with Megan.

Josh Nichols(Older Son/Younger Child)[]

Josh is very similar to his father. Both like magic tricks and are considered awkward. Josh is the one that most respects Walter, and often defends him in many situations. Walter's love for Josh is proven to be very strong given his reaction to Josh's false passing in the episode, "Paging Dr. Drake". A nurse misunderstands Walter when he asks for Josh Nichols and tells him that the patient (thinking Josh is someone else) has died and Walter nearly has a panic attack. The nurse immediately clears this up, and Walter is relieved.

Drake ParkerStepson/Oldest Son)[]

At first, Drake didn't like Walter and hardly talked to him. In "The Bet", Walter is on Drake's side. In the episode "Guitar", Walter tries to befriend Drake. Drake often times calls Walter by his name.

Megan Parker(Only Daughter/Youngest Child/Stepdaughter)[]

Like Drake, Megan never calls Walter "dad". She also mocks him for his "awful" job and thinks he is goofy. For Walter, Megan is his sweetest and most innocent child. Megan seems to only respect him when he is yelling at Drake & Josh. But he is slowly catching on to her evil nature.


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