Lucas Cruikshank

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Lucas Cruikshank
Lucas Cruikshank by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Cruikshank in 2014
Born Lucas Alan Cruikshank
(1993-08-29) August 29, 1993 (age 21)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005–present
Known for Creator/star of FRED
Notable work(s) Fred, Marvin Marvin
Home town Columbus, Nebraska, United States
Internet information
Web alias(es) Fred, Lucas
Web hosting service(s) YouTube
Signature phrase "Hey! It's Fred!"
Website
fredfigglehorn.com

Lucas Alan Cruikshank (born August 29, 1993) is an American comedic actor. Living in Columbus, Nebraska, he created the character Fred Figglehorn, and the associated Fred series for his channel on the video-sharing website, YouTube.[1] These videos are centered on Fred Figglehorn, a fictional 6-year-old who has a dysfunctional home life and "anger management issues".[2]

Career[edit]

Fred[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4] In December 2009, Cruikshank filmed Fred: The Movie, which aired on Nickelodeon in September 2010. Nickelodeon has created a franchise surrounding the character and began producing the sequel in March 2011.[5] Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred aired on October 22, 2011, also on Nickelodeon. In 2012 Fred: The Show aired, consisting of 20 11-minute episodes, as well as a third movie.

Sponsorship and appearances[edit]

In the Fred series, Cruikshank promotes various products and movies. He is seen using a Zipit,[6] as well as his own products[7] and T-shirts.[8] In addition to promoting his own movies and albums, Cruikshank has also promoted the movies City of Ember,[9] Year One,[10] and Adventures of Power,[11] and the artist Kev Blaze.[12]

He has made a cameo appearance as both "Fred" and himself on Nickelodeon's iCarly in "iMeet Fred", which originally aired on February 16, 2009.[13]

Cruikshank has appeared on the Hannah Montana episode "Come Fail Away", which aired December 6, 2009.[14] 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,[15] 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 work[edit]

Cruikshank was originally a part of JKL Productions, a group comprising twins Jon and Katie Smet and Lucas Cruikshank, their cousin.[3] 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 with friend, and fellow actor, Jennifer Veal. As of December 2014, lucas, now called "Lucas and Jenny", has over 900 thousand subscribers.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Lucas Alan Cruikshank was born on August 29, 1993,[17] and raised in Columbus, Nebraska, where he attended Lakeview High School. He is the son of Molly Jeanne (née Duffy) and Dave Alan Cruikshank.[18][19][20] He has five sisters and two brothers.[3][21] Cruikshank is openly gay. In a 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."[22][23][24][25]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006–11 Fred Fred Figglehorn/various voices Web-based series
2009 2009 Teen Choice Awards Fred Figglehorn Backstage clips
2009 iCarly Himself/Fred Figglehorn Guest star in "iMeet Fred"
2009 Hannah Montana Kyle McIntyre Guest star in "Come Fail Away"
2010 2010 Kids' Choice Awards Himself Presenter of awards
2010 Fred: The Movie Fred Figglehorn/Derf Lead role
2011 Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards[15] Himself Presenter of award
2011 Supah Ninjas Spencer/Kickbutt Guest star in "Kickbutt"
2011 Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred Fred Figglehorn/Derf Lead role
2012 Fred: The Show Fred Figglehorn Lead role[26]
2012 Fred 3: Camp Fred Fred Figglehorn Lead role[26]
2012–13 Marvin Marvin Marvin TV show, lead role[27]
2013 2013 Kids' Choice Awards Himself Presenter
2013 Big Time Rush Himself Guest Star in "Big Time Cameo"[28]

Awards and nominations[edit]

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[29] Nominated
2013 Favorite TV Actor Kids' Choice Awards Nominated

References[edit]

  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. ^ a b c partnersproject (April 21, 2011). "Lucas Cruikshank aka Fred Exclusive Interview: The Partners Project Episode 19". YouTube. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ Editorial Team (November 13, 2008). "BB Suggests: The Best of Web TV". Retrieved November 16, 2009. 
  5. ^ Barnes, Brooks (March 24, 2010). "'Fred: The Movie' Lands on Nickelodeon – Media Decoder Blog – The New York Times.". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ "Fred Goes Swimming". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Fred Finds a Creepy Doll". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Fred Faces a Dirty Campaign". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  9. ^ "FRED WANTS TO BE A STAR!! (City of Fred?!)". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Fred Gets Dissed at Bible School". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Lucas Gets Kidnapped!". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Kev Blaze feat. FRED – "Watch How I Do This (remix)"". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  13. ^ Albrecht, Chris (November 18, 2008). "'Fred' Cranks Up the YouTube Views and Ad Dollars". Business Week. Retrieved July 7, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Come Fail Away". Internet Movie Database. 2009. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  15. ^ a b Gorman, Bill (February 16, 2011). "Cartoon Network 'Hall of Game Awards' To Feature All Star Line-Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 4, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Lucas and Jenny". YouTube. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  17. ^ Cruikshank, Lucas (Mar 14, 2013). "Draw My Life - Lucas Cruikshank" (Adobe Flash). YouTube. Retrieved October 27, 2014. Unofficial transcript is at Lybio.net 
  18. ^ Freeman, Eric. (September 23, 2010) Fred a hit in TV movie. Columbustelegram.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  19. ^ The O'Connor Family Lucas Alan Cruikshank. Themeehanfamily.com (November 14, 2010). Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  20. ^ See today's new hot trend. Feedagg.com (May 23, 2009). Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  21. ^ Columbus' 'Fred' becomes an Internet star : The (402)/411. Journalstar.com (October 6, 2008). Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  22. ^ Cruikshank, Lucas. "ARE YOU GAY?!?". YouTube. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  23. ^ Eby, Margaret (August 20, 2013). "Lucas Cruikshank, star of Nickelodeon's 'Fred,' comes out as gay". Daily News. New York. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  24. ^ "'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. 
  25. ^ De Hoyos, Brandon (August 20, 2013). "Lucas Cruikshank, 'Fred' Actor, Comes Out as Gay Man". News 92 FM. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  26. ^ a b 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. 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. ^ "Vote for J-14's Teen Icon Awards!". J-14. September 14, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 

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