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Blake McIver Ewing (born March 27, 1985), also known as Blake McIver and Blake Ewing, is an American singer-songwriteractor, model and pianist. He was known for playing Michelle's friend, Derek, on the sitcom Full House. Ewing also portrayed the role of Waldo in the 1994 feature film version of The Little Rascals, and voiced Eugene on Hey Arnold! during its 5th season (replacing Benjamin Diskin, Jarrett Lennon and Christopher Castile). He is currently one of the hosts of the Bravo series The People's Couch.

Ewing co-wrote and performed the song "Along the River", the end credit song for the film End of the Spear. He has contributed his work to the It Gets Better Project, citing his own experiences as a gay teenager as his motivation. His debut album, The Time Manipulator, was released in May 2014. Throughout 2013 Ewing worked as a go-go dancer in Los Angeles. "The tips were good. In fact, I raised so much money, I was able to finish my record — mission accomplished."

He also portrayed Waldo in the 1994 film adaptation of The Little Rascals and voiced the role of Eugene Horowitz on the Nickelodeon animated series Hey Arnold from 2000 to 2004. He is also openly gay.

Ewing was nominated for an Ovation Award for his role as "The Little Boy" in the Los Angeles production of Ragtime. He is a graduate of UCLA.

Blake released his equality anthem "This Is Who We Are" on July 14, 2015 and works as a host for AfterBuzz TV.

Latest issues include him saying “So is Pose just Glee with a viral load now?” causing him to delete all social media accounts due to backlash to his comment.

Filmography

Films

Year Film Role Other notes
1993 Calendar Girl Six-year-old Ned
1994 The Little Rascals Waldo Aloysius Johnston III
1995 Gordy Piglet (voice)
Tom and Huck Taverner
Problem Child 3: Junior in Love Corky McCallum
1997 Anastasia Additional voices
2000 The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea Boy #1 (voice)
2002 Hey Arnold!: The Movie Eugene Horowitz (voice)
2003 Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade Additional voices
2004 Raising Helen Church Choir

Television

Year Title Role Other notes
1992 Star Search Himself (one episode)
1992–1995 Full House Derek S. Boyd (nine episodes)
1993 The Nanny Robbie (one episode)
1993 Home Improvement Choir Boy (one episode)
1995–1996 Minor Adjustments Duncan (four episodes)
1997 Clueless Cody (one episode)
1997–2000 Recess Menlo (four episodes)
2000 The Drew Carey Show Wolfgang (one episode)
2001–2003 Hey Arnold! Eugene Horowitz (voice) (Season 5)
2014 The People's Couch Himself (eight episodes)

Discography

Albums

  • 2014 The Time Manipulator

Full House

Derek S. Boyd is one of Michelle's friends later in the series. He appears in nine episodes throughout seasons six through eight. Michelle first meets Derek in the episode "The Play's the Thing", when he gets the role of Yankee Doodle in their school play America the Beautiful. Though Michelle is initially jealous of Derek for winning the part over her (due in no small part to the fact that both of her sisters played "Yankee Doodle"), she helps him recover from stage-fright, and they eventually become friends. Derek is very educated and well-spoken for a boy of his age, though also a bit on the wimpy side. He also shows signs of being a bit obsessive-compulsive. As shown in several episodes, he is also a very talented singer. He says he blends in with his surroundings.

In "Wrong-Way Tanner", he's the goalie for Michelle's soccer team. When Michelle scores what she thinks is the winning goal for her team, she doesn't realize that Derek is the goalie and he can't get out of the way in time, thus scoring the winning goal for the other team instead, thus leading to her team abandoning her.

Derek From 'Full House' Covers Demi Lovato Songs Now Which Is Exactly What You'd Expect Him To Be Doing — VIDEO

Look, I have nothing against John Stamos' Elvis impersonations or Jodie Sweetin's ability to say "how, rude!" But I've always held the belief that the most talented Full House cast member was Blake McIver, the actor behind Michelle's BFF star Derek Boyd. Thanks to McIver, Derek was often responsible for some of the funniest lines on the show ("I tend to blend in with my surroundings" is a favorite), and whenever he had a chance to sing, he absolutely stole the show (Yankee Doodle, anyone?). So it's no surprise that as a grown-up, the actor is pursuing a career in entertainment, as shown when McIver covered Demi Lovato's "Cool for the Summer" and, no surprise, totally knocked it out of the park.

Posted by the singer on Aug. 6, the cover puts a retro spin on Lovato's hit song, with McIver giving "Cool" a late '50s, early '60s jazz-filled vibe that might seem odd at first, but somehow totally works. The video is equally great; McIver explains on his Youtube that it was "basically an excuse to wear some vintage duds at the beach and to the pool." He spends much of the video shirtless and/or looking longingly out at the water, and yes, it's just as good as it sounds.


It's pretty great, right? And, let's be real — it's exactly what you'd have expected Derek from Full House to be doing all these years later. The kid was bound for the spotlight, and having his throwback, beach-set cover of a massive pop hit go viral is honestly kind of how I pictured him getting there. I mean, remember when he totally killed it singing "Yankee Doodle Dandy"?


Sorry, Michelle; there's no way you would've been a better Yankee Doodle than Derek. That's pure star power. Or how about when he dueted the hell out of "Don't Go Breaking My Heart?"


Derek and Lisa > Sonny and Cher. McIver's talents were evident since the very beginning, and thankfully, Youtube and Demi Lovato came along and helped push him into the spotlight. But what about the rest of Michelle Tanner's friends? Have they, too, found stardom post-Full House? Let's take a look.

Aaron Bailey

If you recall, Aaron was Michelle's snarky, eye-rolling BFF who made life miserable for the Tanners, but looked totally cute doing it. Today, 29-year-old Miko Hughes is still acting, although his time as a child star is how you might remember him best; in addition to Full House, he appeared in Apollo 13 and The Nanny.

Lisa Leeper

Played by Kathryn Zaremba I was as popular a character as Derek or Aaron, but she was just as talented; as portrayed by Kathryn Zaremba, Michelle's BFF showed off her vocal skills when she dueted with Derek on "Don't Go Breaking My Heart." She gave up acting to become an illustrator and designer, but Full House fans will always remember her as Lisa.

Teddy

Played by Tahj Mowry, Teddy was perhaps the most lovable of all of Michelle's friends. He was kind, funny, and totally adorable. Most of all, he was there for Michelle every time she got into trouble. Today, Mowry (the brother of Sister, Sister stars Tia and Tamera) is a successful actor, with a main role on ABC Family's Baby Daddy.

Denise Frazer

Although Denise didn't stay on the show for long, thanks to actress Jurnee Smollett's rising fame, she had quite an impact. She was funny, smart, and had a famous singer for an uncle — what could be better? As for Smollett, she's done quite well over the years, with starring roles on Friday Night Lights and True Blood and an equally impressive career in film.

Howie

Michelle's cousin from Nebraska, Howie, only appeared for an episode, but man, what an impact. Michelle was heartbroken when he left, and it took a video of him waving into the camera for her to fully heal. The baby was portrayed by twins Kara and Kimberly Albright, who, unfortunately, seem to have left acting, following a major role on Knots Landing back in the early '90s.

No surprise, here; when it came to her friends, Michelle knew how to pick 'em.

Images: Youtube; The WB

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