Cruikshank at YouTube Live in 2008
|Born||Lucas Alan Cruikshank
August 29, 1993
|Known for||Creator/star of FRED|
|Notable work(s)||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 (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. These videos are centered on Fred Figglehorn, a fictional 6-year-old who has a dysfunctional home life and "anger management issues".
Cruikshank was raised in Columbus, Nebraska, and attended Lakeview High School. He is the son of Molly Jeanne (née Duffy) and Dave Alan Cruikshank. He is the middle of eight children (he has five sisters and two brothers). 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."
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 has 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 20 11-minute episodes, as well as a third movie.
Sponsorship and appearances
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 has appeared on The Tyra Banks Show, as well as 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. Although Cruikshank formally left the group, JKL prefers to keep Lucas' "L" in its name. Cruikshank deleted all of his individual videos when he left JKL Productions, but he can still be seen in a few of their 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.
|2006–2011||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||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|
|2012||Fred 3: Camp Fred||Fred Figglehorn||Lead role|
|2012–2013||Marvin Marvin||Marvin||TV show, lead role|
|2013||2013 Kids' Choice Awards||Himself||Presenter|
|2013||Big Time Rush||Himself||Guest Star in "Big Time Cameo"|
Awards and nominations
|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|
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- 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.
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- partnersproject (April 21, 2011). "Lucas Cruikshank aka Fred Exclusive Interview: The Partners Project Episode 19". YouTube. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
- 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". New York Daily News. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
- "'I'm gay': Fred star Lucas Cruikshank comes out on YouTube as he answers questions from fans in video". Mail Online. 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. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
- Editorial Team (November 13, 2008). "BB Suggests: The Best of Web TV". Retrieved November 16, 2009.
- Barnes, Brooks (March 24, 2010). "'Fred: The Movie' Lands on Nickelodeon - Media Decoder Blog - NYTimes.com". The New York Times.
- Cruikshank, Lucas (February 22, 2011). "Tweet 40139239941210112". Twitter. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- Cruikshank, Lucas (March 3, 2011). "Tweet 43282065155829760". Twitter. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "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". IMDb. 2009. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- "Vote for J-14's Teen Icon Awards!". J-14. September 14, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lucas Cruikshank.|
- Lucas Cruikshank at the Internet Movie Database
- Lucas Cruikshank's channel on YouTube
- Fred's channel on YouTube
- Fred Figglehorn official website