Lucas Alan Cruikshank (born August 29, 1993) is an American actor and YouTube personality who created the character Fred Figglehorn and the associated Fred series for his channel on the video-sharing website YouTube in late 2005. These videos are centered on Fred Figglehorn, a fictional six-year-old who has a dysfunctional home life and "anger management issues".
Cruikshank in 2014
Lucas Alan Cruikshank
August 29, 1993
|Known for||Creator/star of FЯED|
|Fred, Marvin Marvin|
|Home town||Columbus, Nebraska, United States|
|Web alias(es)||Fred, Lucas|
|Web hosting service(s)||YouTube|
|Signature phrase||"Hey! It's Fred!"|
Lucas Alan Cruikshank was born on August 29, 1993, and raised in Columbus, Nebraska, where he attended Lakeview High School. He is the son of Molly Jeanne (née Duffy) and Dave Alan Cruikshank. He has five sisters and two brothers. Cruikshank is openly gay. In a YouTube video released August 20, 2013, he came out saying, "I'm gay. I feel so weird saying it on camera. But my family and friends have known for like three years. I just haven't felt the need to announce it on the Internet." Cruikshank met his current boyfriend, Australian model Matthew Fawcus, "from afar" at a gay club, with Cruikshank and Fawcus being introduced to each other by fellow gay YouTuber Kingsley.
Cruikshank, while testing character ideas, created the Fred character in a Halloween video, and uploaded it to a YouTube channel that he had started with his two cousins. Upon the success of Fred, he started a video series, and set up the Fred channel in April 2008. By April 2009, the channel had over one million subscribers, making it the first YouTube channel to do so, and the most subscribed channel at the time. In December 2009, Cruikshank filmed Fred: The Movie, which aired on Nickelodeon in September 2010. Nickelodeon created a franchise surrounding the character, and began producing the sequel in March 2011. Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred aired on October 22, 2011, also on Nickelodeon. In 2012 Fred: The Show aired, consisting of twenty-four 22-minute episodes, and a third movie called Fred 3: Camp Fred.
Sponsorship and appearancesEdit
In the Fred series, Cruikshank promotes various products and movies. He is seen using a Zipit, as well as his own products and T-shirts. In addition to promoting his own movies and albums, Cruikshank has also promoted the movies City of Ember, Year One, and Adventures of Power, and the artist Kev Blaze.
Cruikshank appeared in the Hannah Montana episode "Come Fail Away", which aired December 6, 2009. He appeared at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards as well as the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards presenting awards to winners off-stage. In 2011, he appeared on the Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards and in an episode of Supah Ninjas. In 2012 and 2013 he starred as the lead in the Nickelodeon television show Marvin Marvin, as an alien "teenage" boy adjusting to human life.
Cruikshank was originally a part of JKL Productions, a group comprising twins Jon and Katie Smet and Lucas Cruikshank, their cousin. Cruikshank formally left the group and deleted his individual videos. In January 2009 he set up his own channel, called "lucas", in which he appears as himself. Since May 2013, Cruikshank has regularly released vlogs on his "lucas" channel. As of April 2019, lucas, now called "Lucas", has over 3 million subscribers.
Cruikshank made an appearance on Brandon Rogers' Four Million Subscriber Freakout video after the latter gained four million subscribers as of June 2018.
|2010||Fred: The Movie||Fred Figglehorn / Derf|
|2011||Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred||Fred Figglehorn / Derf|
|2012||Fred 3: Camp Fred||Fred Figglehorn|
|2009||iCarly||Fred Figglehorn/Himself||Episode: "iMeet Fred"|
|2009||Hannah Montana||Kyle McIntyre||Episode: "Come Fail Away"|
|2011||Supah Ninjas||Spencer / Kickbutt||Episode: "Kickbutt"|
|2012||Fred: The Show||Fred Figglehorn||Lead role|
|2012–13||Marvin Marvin||Marvin||Lead role|
|2013||Big Time Rush||Himself||Episode: "Big Time Cameo"|
|2013||Monsters vs. Aliens||Smarty||Voice; Episode: "Screaming Your Calls/The Time-Out That Wouldn't End"|
|Fred||Fred Figglehorn||Lead role|
|2010||The Annoying Orange||Fred||Episode: "Orange vs FRED"|
|2011||Friggle Chat||Fred Figglehorn||Lead role|
|2011–12||It's Fred!||Fred Figglehorn||Voice|
|2013||The Flipside||Henry||Episode: "Me, Myself and My Conscience"|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart|
|It's Hackin' Christmas
|Who's Ready to
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.|
|"Christmas Cash"||2009||22||5||It's Hackin' Christmas with Fred|
|"Christmas Is Creepy"||9||1|
|"Fred's 12 Days of Christmas"||—||28|
|"I Wanna Be a Celebrity"||2010||11||—||Who's Ready to Party|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2009||Favorite User Generated Video||People's Choice Awards||Nominated|
|2009||Choice Web Star||Teen Choice Awards||Won|
|2010||Choice Web Star||Teen Choice Awards||Nominated|
|2010||Iconic Web Star||J-14 Teen Icon Awards||Nominated|
|2013||Favorite TV Actor||Kids' Choice Awards||Nominated|
- Andrew Keen (July 28, 2008). "Andrew Keen on New Media: Kids with cameras lead the way in giving web users their daily Fred". The Independent. Retrieved October 26, 2008.
- Stephen Hutcheon, with Tom Burton (June 20, 2008). "Fast-talking Fred is the toast of YouTube". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved October 26, 2008.
- Cruikshank, Lucas (March 14, 2013). "Draw My Life - Lucas Cruikshank" (Adobe Flash). YouTube. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
Unofficial transcript is at Lybio.net
- Freeman, Eric. (September 23, 2010) Fred a hit in TV movie. Columbustelegram.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
- The O'Connor Family Lucas Alan Cruikshank. Themeehanfamily.com (November 14, 2010). Retrieved 2012-08-20.
- See today's new hot trend. Feedagg.com (May 23, 2009). Retrieved 2012-08-20.
- partnersproject (April 21, 2011). "Lucas Cruikshank aka Fred Exclusive Interview: The Partners Project Episode 19". YouTube. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
- Columbus' 'Fred' becomes an Internet star : The (402)/411. Journalstar.com (October 6, 2008). Retrieved 2012-08-20.
- Cruikshank, Lucas. "ARE YOU GAY?!?". YouTube. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
- Eby, Margaret (August 20, 2013). "Lucas Cruikshank, star of Nickelodeon's 'Fred,' comes out as gay". Daily News. New York. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
- "'I'm gay': Fred star Lucas Cruikshank comes out on YouTube as he answers questions from fans in video". Daily Mail. August 20, 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
- De Hoyos, Brandon (August 20, 2013). "Lucas Cruikshank, 'Fred' Actor, Comes Out as Gay Man". News 92 FM. Archived from the original on October 9, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
- "Lucas Cruikshank Officially Confirms He's Dating Boyfriend Matthew Fawcus - Superfame". Superfame. January 14, 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
- Editorial Team (November 13, 2008). "BB Suggests: The Best of Web TV". Archived from the original on November 17, 2009. Retrieved November 16, 2009.
- Barnes, Brooks (March 24, 2010). "'Fred: The Movie' Lands on Nickelodeon – Media Decoder Blog – The New York Times". The New York Times.
- "Fred Goes Swimming". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
- "Fred Finds a Creepy Doll". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
- "Fred Faces a Dirty Campaign". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
- "FRED WANTS TO BE A STAR!! (City of Fred?!)". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
- "Fred Gets Dissed at Bible School". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
- "Lucas Gets Kidnapped!". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
- "Kev Blaze feat. FRED – "Watch How I Do This (remix)"". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
- Albrecht, Chris (November 18, 2008). "'Fred' Cranks Up the YouTube Views and Ad Dollars". Business Week. Retrieved July 7, 2009.
- "Come Fail Away". Internet Movie Database. 2009. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
- "Lucas". YouTube. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
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- Andreeva, Nellie (December 1, 2011). "Nickelodeon Greenlights Third 'Fred' Movie, Picks Up 20-Episode 'Fred' Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 2, 2011.
- MacIntyre, April (November 9, 2012). "Nickelodeon's brand-new comedy series, Marvin Marvin Nov. 24". M&C. Archived from the original on November 11, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
- clevverTV (May 30, 2013). "Lucas Cruikshank Talks Guest Spot on 'Big Time Rush' in "Big Time Cameo"". YouTube. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
- "Fred Figglehorn Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
- "YouTube Sensation Fred Releases Christmas Album and Premieres Music Video - Pynk Celebrity". Archived from the original on November 13, 2009. Retrieved November 26, 2009.
- "Who's Ready to Party? by Fred Figglehorn". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
- "Holiday Digital Songs: Oct 09, 2012". Billboard. December 28, 2012. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
- "Vote for J-14's Teen Icon Awards!". J-14. September 14, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2011.