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Lucas Alan Cruikshank (born August 29, 1993) is an American comedian, 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.[1] These videos are centered on Fred Figglehorn, a fictional six-year-old who has a dysfunctional home life and "anger management issues".[2]

Lucas Cruikshank
Lucas Cruikshank by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Cruikshank in 2014
Lucas Alan Cruikshank

(1993-08-29) August 29, 1993 (age 26)
Years active2005–present
Known forCreator/star of FЯED
Notable work
Fred, Marvin Marvin
Home townColumbus, Nebraska, United States
Internet information
Web alias(es)Fred, Lucas
Web hosting service(s)YouTube
Signature phrase"Hey! It's Fred!"

Early lifeEdit

Lucas Alan Cruikshank was born on August 29, 1993,[3] and raised in Columbus, Nebraska, where he attended Lakeview High School. He is the son of Molly Jeanne (née Duffy) and Dave Alan Cruikshank.[4][5] He has five sisters and two brothers.[6][7] 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."[8][9][10][11] Cruikshank met his current boyfriend, Australian model Matthew Fawcus, "from afar" at a gay club, and the two were introduced by fellow gay YouTuber Kingsley.[12]



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.[6] 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.[13] 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.[14] 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,[15] as well as his own products[16] and T-shirts.[17] In addition to promoting his own movies and albums, Cruikshank has also promoted the movies City of Ember,[18] Year One,[19] and Adventures of Power,[20] and the artist Kev Blaze.[21]

He has made a guest appearance as both "Fred" and himself on Nickelodeon's iCarly in "iMeet Fred", which originally aired on February 16, 2009.[22]

Cruikshank appeared in the Hannah Montana episode "Come Fail Away", which aired December 6, 2009.[23] 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.

Other workEdit

Cruikshank was originally a part of JKL Productions, a group comprising twins Jon and Katie Smet and Lucas Cruikshank, their cousin.[6] 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.[24]

Cruikshank made an appearance on Brandon Rogers' Four Million Subscriber Freakout video after the latter gained four million subscribers as of June 2018.[25]


Year Title Role
2010 Fred: The Movie Fred Figglehorn / Derf
2011 Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred
2012 Fred 3: Camp Fred Fred Figglehorn
Year Title Role Notes
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[26]
2012–13 Marvin Marvin Marvin Lead role[27]
2013 Big Time Rush Himself Episode: "Big Time Cameo"[28]
2013 Monsters vs. Aliens Smarty Voice; Episode: "Screaming Your Calls/The Time-Out That Wouldn't End"
Year Title Role Notes
2006–08 (pre-series)
2008–14 (series)
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"
2013–present Lucas Host
2014 Cute Combat Host


Comedy albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart



It's Hackin' Christmas
with Fred
8 24 13
Who's Ready to
  • Released: September 21, 2010
  • Formats: Digital download
  • Label: Collective Records
1 29
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart


"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

Year Category Award Result
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[34] Nominated
2013 Favorite TV Actor Kids' Choice Awards Nominated


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Stephen Hutcheon, with Tom Burton (June 20, 2008). "Fast-talking Fred is the toast of YouTube". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved October 26, 2008.
  3. ^ Cruikshank, Lucas (March 14, 2013). "Draw My Life - Lucas Cruikshank" (Adobe Flash). YouTube. Retrieved October 27, 2014. Unofficial transcript is at
  4. ^ Freeman, Eric. (September 23, 2010) Fred a hit in TV movie. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  5. ^ See today's new hot trend. (May 23, 2009). Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  6. ^ a b c partnersproject (April 21, 2011). "Lucas Cruikshank aka Fred Exclusive Interview: The Partners Project Episode 19". YouTube. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
  7. ^ Columbus' 'Fred' becomes an Internet star : The (402)/411. (October 6, 2008). Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  8. ^ Cruikshank, Lucas. "ARE YOU GAY?!?". YouTube. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
  9. ^ Eby, Margaret (August 20, 2013). "Lucas Cruikshank, star of Nickelodeon's 'Fred,' comes out as gay". Daily News. New York. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
  10. ^ "'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.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "Lucas Cruikshank Officially Confirms He's Dating Boyfriend Matthew Fawcus - Superfame". Superfame. January 14, 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  13. ^ Editorial Team (November 13, 2008). "BB Suggests: The Best of Web TV". Archived from the original on November 17, 2009. Retrieved November 16, 2009.
  14. ^ Barnes, Brooks (March 24, 2010). "'Fred: The Movie' Lands on Nickelodeon – Media Decoder Blog – The New York Times". The New York Times.
  15. ^ "Fred Goes Swimming". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  16. ^ "Fred Finds a Creepy Doll". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  17. ^ "Fred Faces a Dirty Campaign". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  18. ^ "FRED WANTS TO BE A STAR!! (City of Fred?!)". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  19. ^ "Fred Gets Dissed at Bible School". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  20. ^ "Lucas Gets Kidnapped!". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  21. ^ "Kev Blaze feat. FRED – "Watch How I Do This (remix)"". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  22. ^ Albrecht, Chris (November 18, 2008). "'Fred' Cranks Up the YouTube Views and Ad Dollars". Business Week. Retrieved July 7, 2009.
  23. ^ "Come Fail Away". Internet Movie Database. 2009. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
  24. ^ "Lucas". YouTube. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  25. ^ "Four Million Subscriber Freakout". Brandon Rogers. June 10, 2018. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  26. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 1, 2011). "Nickelodeon Greenlights Third 'Fred' Movie, Picks Up 20-Episode 'Fred' Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 2, 2011.
  27. ^ 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.
  28. ^ clevverTV (May 30, 2013). "Lucas Cruikshank Talks Guest Spot on 'Big Time Rush' in "Big Time Cameo"". YouTube. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  29. ^ a b c "Fred Figglehorn Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  30. ^ "YouTube Sensation Fred Releases Christmas Album and Premieres Music Video - Pynk Celebrity". Archived from the original on November 13, 2009. Retrieved November 26, 2009.
  31. ^ "Who's Ready to Party? by Fred Figglehorn". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  32. ^
  33. ^ "Holiday Digital Songs: Oct 09, 2012". Billboard. December 28, 2012. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  34. ^ "Vote for J-14's Teen Icon Awards!". J-14. September 14, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2011.

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