Drake was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of Lorraine, a homemaker, and Raymond Drake, a drafting engineer for an oil company.
Drake is best known for his portrayal of developmentally disabled Benny Stulwicz on the television show L.A. Law from 1987 until the show’s end in 1994, for which he won two consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards (1988, 1989). He returned to the part of Benny in L.A. Law: The Movie, a “reunion movie” that aired on NBC in 2002.
Drake has appeared in numerous television and film roles, including: Time Quest, Dark Asylum, Paranoid, Bean, Overnight Delivery, The Beast, The Journey of August King, Murder in New Hampshire, Dr. Giggles,Darkman, Darkman II: The Return of Durant, The Taming of the Shrew (1983), American Pie 2, and Dark Night of the Scarecrow. He was also a regular on the 1998 science fiction TV show Prey. Drake provided the voice acting for Pops on Johnny Bravo. In 2007 he co-starred in the made for TV movie Gryphon, a Sci-Fi Pictures original film. Drake died on March 17, 2016. A cause of death is yet to be released, but TMZ reported that he was found dead in his house by a friend of his in Hollywood.