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Logan Alexander Paul[1] (born April 1, 1995) is an American actor, director, and internet personality. He first gained fame through videos shared on the internet video service Vine.[2][3]

Logan Paul
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Paul at the 2016 New York Comic Con
Born Logan Alexander Paul
(1995-04-01) April 1, 1995 (age 22)
Westlake, Ohio, U.S.
Residence Hollywood, California, U.S.
Occupation
  • Actor
  • director
  • internet personality
Relatives Jake Paul (brother)
Website Official website
YouTube information
Years active 2013–present
Genre
Subscribers 16.674 million (Logan Paul Vlogs)
4.58 million (TheOfficialLoganPaul)
21.32 million (total)
(February 9, 2018)
Total views 3.32 billion (Logan Paul Vlogs)
374 million (TheOfficialLoganPaul)
3.584 billion (total)
(February 9, 2018)
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2016
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2016
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2017
Subscriber and view counts updated as of February 8, 2018.

After the discontinuation of Vine, Paul began a daily video series on YouTube under the name "Logan Paul Vlogs". Paul successfully vlogged every day from September 12, 2016 to January 1, 2018. Paul also branched out into acting in television and films. His television work includes a guest appearance on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and a role in the comedy series Weird Loners. His film work includes the dystopian science fiction YouTube Red film The Thinning and the adult comedy Airplane Mode.

Paul has been involved in several controversies regarding his videos, the most notable of which was when he filmed the corpse of a man who committed suicide in Aokigahara, Japan. This led to massive criticism from celebrities, politicians and other YouTubers, and Paul taking a three-week break from making videos.

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Early life

Paul was born on April 1, 1995, in Westlake, Ohio, the son of Pamela Ann Stepnick (née Meredith) and realtor Gregory Allan Paul.[1] He has claimed to possess English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Jewish ancestry.[4] Growing up in Ohio with younger brother Jake,[2] Paul began creating internet videos for a YouTube channel called Zoosh when he was 10 years old.[5]

Paul attended Westlake High School, achieving the ranks of the Plain Dealer's All-Star linebacker on the football team in 2012[6], and qualifying for the state-level Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) 2013 Division I Wrestling Individual Championships.[7][8]

By the time he was ready to attend college, his YouTube channel had attained a modest following.[9] He majored in Industrial Engineering at Ohio University before dropping out in 2014 to pursue a career as a social media entertainer full-time in Los Angeles,[5] moving into an apartment complex in LA with other Vine stars.[2][5] Paul was only 19 at the start of his career.[10]

Career

2013–2015: Vine and YouTube beginnings

Paul rose to fame as a member on the Internet video sharing service Vine.[11] In February 2014, he had over 3.1 million followers on various social media platforms.[12] By April 2014 he had attained 105,000 Twitter followers, 361,000 Instagram followers, 31,000 likes on his Facebook page and about 150,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. A YouTube compilation video of his Vine work garnered more than four million views the first week it was posted.[9] In 2015 he was ranked as the 10th most influential figure on Vine, with his six-second videos earning him hundreds of thousands of dollars USD in advertising revenue.[5] By that October, his Facebook videos alone had more than 300 million views.[2]

 
Paul on a panel discussing The Thinning at the New York Comic Con with (left to right) co-star Peyton List, writer/director Michael Gallagher and moderator Andy Signore

TheOfficialLoganPaul is the YouTube account used by Paul to upload short films and comedy sketches. Paul also posts a daily vlog to "Logan Paul Vlogs", uploading every day without fail from September 12, 2016 to January 1, 2018. While his first channel has a following of 4.36 million[13], his vlog channel surpassed it with a following of 15.7 million as of January 10, 2018.[14]

2015–2016: television roles, YouTube Red series, Airplane Mode, and commercial roles

In early 2015, Paul appeared on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[15] He also appeared on the Fox TV series Weird Loners, where he appeared in the role of the Paul Twins. He starred in two episodes of the Freeform series Stitchers. In 2016, Paul starred in the YouTube Red movie The Thinning opposite Peyton List. In early 2016, Paul trained with drama coaches and the comedy troupes The Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade.[2]

Paul wrote the screenplay for an adult comedy, Airplane Mode, which has been described as "American Pie for Gen Z", and by Paul himself as "Expendables with Internet stars."[2][16] Paul was also involved in a number of advertising campaigns, including for Hanes, PepsiCo and HBO.[2] In 2016, Comcast purchased a short form digital TV series from Paul called Logan Paul Vs.[17]

2017–present: Baywatch

In February 2017, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson released on his own YouTube channel "Logan Paul has been cut from, like, all of The Rock's movies", a video starring himself and Paul, in which Johnson informs Paul that he has been cut from all of Johnson's films, and consoles Paul by making him the "ambassador" to his upcoming Baywatch feature film.[18] That April, Johnson and Paul reunited for "Logan Paul is, like, totally terrible at falling in love with Alexandra Daddario", the first part of a video sketch in which Paul tries to impress Johnson in order to win a part in the film, and falls in love with actress Alexandra Daddario in the process.[19] It was later revealed in a deleted scene that Paul really was cut from the 2017 film Baywatch. He would have cameoed as Zane, who bullies Ronnie for taking his shirt off.[20]

Legal issues, controversies, and YouTube suspensions

"No Handlebars" controversy

On November 23, 2017, Paul released his new single, "No Handlebars", a track based heavily around an interpolated sample of the song "Handlebars" by the American alternative hip hop group Flobots. The song was heavily criticized for its perceived sexual objectification of women, including a scene in its music video where Paul literally rides several women like a bicycle. Flobots frontman Jamie Laurie lambasted Paul for both the "sexist" lyrical content of the song and for unauthorized use of the sample, calling him the face of "douchebag entitlement [sic]". Laurie would later go on to release a track with lyrics deriding Paul, titled "Handle Your Bars". Paul did not respond to Laurie's comments nor the backlash towards "No Handlebars".[21]

Suicide video controversy

On December 31, 2017, Paul uploaded a vlog to his YouTube channel depicting the recently deceased corpse of a man who had committed suicide by hanging in Aokigahara at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan, known as the "suicide forest" due to its high occurrence as a suicide site. Initially intended to be part three of his "Tokyo Adventures" series, Paul and his group had planned to camp in the woods, but in response to finding the corpse, decided to notify the authorities and cancel their plans. The video gained 6.3 million views within 24 hours of being uploaded.[22]

Paul was criticized for posting the video by celebrities[23] and politicians,[24] and was accused by other members of the YouTube community of being insensitive to suicide victims.[25] Several petitions were made to Change.org urging YouTube to delete Paul's channel, the largest of which received more than 500,000 signatures as of January 12, 2018.[26]

As a result of the backlash, Paul removed the video from his YouTube channel, following up with a written apology on Twitter on January 1, 2018. On January 2, 2018, a subsequent video apology was released to YouTube in which Paul describes his behavior as a "coping mechanism," asking his fans to stop defending his actions in the process.[27][28][29] While acknowledging his actions as irresponsible, he denied that his intention was to mock the victim. The video has garnered over 50.6 million views as of February 17, 2018.[30]

On January 9, YouTube issued a statement via their Twitter account condemning Paul's video. In the series of tweets they said, "It's taken us a long time to respond, but we've been listening to everything you've been saying. We know that the actions of one creator can affect the entire community, so we'll have more to share soon on steps we're taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again."[31] On January 10, YouTube announced it was removing Paul's channels from Google Preferred, its preferred ad program, and the sequel to his YouTube film The Thinning was placed on hold,[32][33] with the airing of Logan Paul Vs. being halted as well. Paul was also cut from season 4 of the YouTube Red series Foursome and the role of Alec Fixler was terminated.[34] On January 15, Paul was seen at LAX by reporters from TMZ. Paul said that he has learned a lot from his mistakes and believes he has been treated "fairly." When asked whether or not he deserves a second chance, Paul replied, "Everyone deserves second chances, bro."[35]

On January 24, Paul uploaded his first video to the "Logan Paul Vlogs" channel since the apology video uploaded three weeks prior. In this video, Paul takes an in depth look at suicide prevention, interviewing Golden Gate Bridge jumper Kevin Hines, musical activist Bob Forrest, and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline director Dr. John Draper.[36] The video was met with mostly positive feedback and has a total of 22 million views as of January 28, 2018.[37] In addition, Paul has donated one million dollars to suicide prevention agencies, with a quarter of the proceeds going to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.[38]

On February 4, Logan Paul officially returned to his daily vlogs on YouTube after taking a month long hiatus.[39][40]

Maverick Apparel lawsuit

In wake of the controversy regarding the suicide video, Maverick Apparel, a brand for juniors and children, threatened Paul with legal action for giving his clothing line a similar name ("Maverick by Logan Paul"), believing shoppers are confusing their line with Paul's, resulting in a deep decline in sales.[41][42]

Temporary suspension from ad revenue on YouTube

On February 9, 2018, YouTube suspended all advertising on Logan Paul's channels due to his "pattern of behavior", since he had recently joked about participating in the Tide pod challenge, removed a fish from his pond to "jokingly give it CPR", and tasered two dead rats.[43] The income stream estimated to be worth more than a million dollars a month was halted, however temporarily.[44]

Personal life

In October 2015, Paul lived in the same apartment complex on Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood, California as other fellow social media celebrities, like Amanda Cerny, Juanpa Zurita, and Andrew Bachelor, with his roommates Mark Dohner and Evan "Dwarf Mamba" Eckenrode. It was this that allowed various collaborations with one another on their videos.[11] In October 2017, Paul and Eckenrode relocated to an estate in Rancho Mirage, California,[45][46] having been evicted from their previous residence.[47] On February 10, 2018, Paul revealed that nearly twenty individuals were living with him in his estate.[48]

Paul has a Sun Conure[49] named Maverick, who ended up inspiring the name of his clothing brand and fanbase. Paul also has a Pomeranian dog named "Kong Da Savage".[50]

Health

In October 2017, Paul revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that he was missing 15% of his right testicle from the result of a stunt. For one of his Vine videos, Paul was at a shopping mall and during the stunt had landed onto a chair with his right testicle afflicted. Three days after the stunt, Paul decided to go to a hospital where he was told the right testicle had been damaged.[51] On February 10, 2018, Paul revealed that nearly twenty individuals were living with him in his estate.[52]

Paul claims to be red-green colorblind. However, he has been parodied and criticized by YouTube personalities such as h3h3Productions and iDubbbz for faking his reactions in a video, in which he used color-corrective glasses for the first time. Paul himself admits that he "embellished" and "exaggerated [his] reactions" to the glasses, while adding that he "did not lie" about his impairment.[53]

Filmography

Film

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2015 Close Before Midnight Miles Short film
2016 Chainsaw Craig
2017 The Space Between Us Roger
Superstition: The Rule of 3's Preston Post-production
Where's the Money Eddie Post-production
Linked Logan Post-production
Airplane Mode N/A Post-production
Can't Take It Back Clint Plotkin Post-production
2018 Undying N/A Post-production
Valley Girl Mickey Post-production

Television

Television
Year Show Role Notes
2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ryan Episode: "Intimidation Game"
Weird Loners Logan Twins Episode: "Weird Pilot"
2016 Stitchers Theo Engelsen Episodes: "The Two Deaths of Jamie B." and "The One That Got Away"
Walk the Prank Himself Episode: "So You Think You Can Middle School Dance"
Bizaardvark Kirk Episode: "The First Law of Dirk"

Web exclusive

Web-exclusive
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Rainbow Man Thomas Trainor/Rainbow Man Short film
2015 Lyin' Ryan Ryan
2015–present Logan Paul Vlogs Himself Daily video series
YouTube Red
Year Title Role Notes
2016 The Thinning Blake Redding Film
2016–present Logan Paul Vs. Himself Series placed on hold in January, 2018
2016–17 Foursome Alec Fixler Main role for 3 seasons; cut from the fourth season in January, 2018
2018 The Thinning - New World Order Blake Redding Post-production; film placed on hold in January, 2018

Discography

Singles

As a lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Bub.

[54]
AUS
[55]
NZ
Heat.

[56]
"Help Me Help You"
(featuring Why Don't We)
2017 5 90 Non-album singles
"Outta My Hair"
"No Handlebars" 6

As a featured artist

Title Year Album
"The Song of the Summer"
(Seven Bucks featuring Logan Paul and Desiigner)
2017 Non-album single

Promotional singles

List of promotional singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"2016" 2016 Non-album single
"The Fall of Jake Paul"
(featuring Why Don't We)
2017
"I Love You Bro"
(with Jake Paul)
"The Rise of the Pauls"
(featuring Jake Paul)
"Hero"
(featuring Zircon)

Music videos

Title Year Director
2016 2016 Strø
Help Me Help You
(featuring Why Don't We, Shay Mitchell)
2017 Logan Paul
The Fall of Jake Paul
(featuring Why Don't We)
2017 Logan Paul
The Fall of Jake Paul (Full Song)
(featuring Why Don't We)
2017 Logan Paul
The Rise of the Pauls
(featuring Jake Paul)
2017 Logan Paul
Hero
(featuring Zircon)
2017 Logan Paul
No Handlebars 2017 Logan Paul
Outta My Hair
(featuring Bella Thorne)
2017 Eli Sokhn & Logan Paul
Santa Diss Track 2017 Logan Paul

Awards and nominations

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014 Logan Paul Shorty Awards - Vine of the Year Nominated
2014 Logan Paul Shorty Awards - Videographer Nominated
2015 Logan Paul Shorty Awards - Best Vine Comedian Nominated
2016 Role in Foursome Streamy Awards - Best Ensemble Cast in a Web Series Nominated
2016 Logan Paul Streamy Awards - Best Comedy Series Nominated
2017 Logan Paul Teen Choice Awards - Male Web Star Won
2017 Logan Paul Teen Choice Awards - Comedy Web Star Won
2017 Logan Paul Teen Choice Awards - YouTuber Nominated
2017 Role in The Thinning Streamy Awards - Best Comedy Series Nominated
2017 Logan Paul Streamy Awards - Audience Choice Creator of the Year Nominated
2017 Logan Paul Streamy Awards - Storyteller Nominated

See also

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