Lucas Cruikshank

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Lucas Cruikshank
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Cruikshank in 2014
BornLucas Alan Cruikshank
(1993-08-29) August 29, 1993 (age 20)
OccupationActor
Years active2005–present
Known forCreator/star of FRED
Notable work(s)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!"
Website
fredfigglehorn.com
 
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Lucas Cruikshank
Lucas Cruikshank by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Cruikshank in 2014
BornLucas Alan Cruikshank
(1993-08-29) August 29, 1993 (age 20)
OccupationActor
Years active2005–present
Known forCreator/star of FRED
Notable work(s)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!"
Website
fredfigglehorn.com

Lucas Alan Cruikshank[1] (born August 29, 1993)[2] 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.[3] These videos are centered on Fred Figglehorn, a fictional 6-year-old who has a dysfunctional home life and "anger management issues".[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7][8][9] 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,[10] as well as his own products[11] and T-shirts.[12] In addition to promoting his own movies and albums, Cruikshank has also promoted the movies City of Ember,[13] Year One,[14] and Adventures of Power,[15] and the artist Kev Blaze.[16]

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.[17]

Cruikshank has appeared on the Hannah Montana episode "Come Fail Away", which aired December 6, 2009.[18] 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,[19] 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.[5] 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 July 2014 lucas, now called "Lucas and Jenny", has over 700 thousand subscribers.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Cruikshank was raised in Columbus, Nebraska, and attended Lakeview High School. He is the son of Molly Jeanne (née Duffy) and Dave Alan Cruikshank.[21][22][23] He is the middle of eight children (he has five sisters and two brothers).[24][5] 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."[25][26][27][28]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2006–2011FredFred Figglehorn/various voicesWeb-based series
20092009 Teen Choice AwardsFred FigglehornBackstage clips
2009iCarlyHimself/Fred FigglehornGuest star in "iMeet Fred"
2009Hannah MontanaKyle McIntyreGuest star in "Come Fail Away"
20102010 Kids' Choice AwardsHimselfPresenter of awards
2010Fred: The MovieFred Figglehorn/DerfLead role
2011Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards[19]HimselfPresenter of award
2011Supah NinjasSpencer/KickbuttGuest star in "Kickbutt"
2011Fred 2: Night of the Living FredFred Figglehorn/DerfLead role
2012Fred: The ShowFred FigglehornLead role[29]
2012Fred 3: Camp FredFred FigglehornLead role[29]
2012–2013Marvin MarvinMarvinTV show, lead role[30]
20132013 Kids' Choice AwardsHimselfPresenter
2013Big Time RushHimselfGuest Star in "Big Time Cameo"[31]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearCategoryAwardResult
2009Favorite User Generated VideoPeople's Choice AwardsNominated
2009Choice Web StarTeen Choice AwardsWon
2010Choice Web StarTeen Choice AwardsNominated
2010Iconic Web StarJ-14 Teen Icon Awards[32]Nominated
2013Favorite TV ActorKids' Choice AwardsNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lucas Alan Cruikshank. Lybio.net (2010-12-19). Retrieved on 2012-08-20.
  2. ^ Cruikshank, Lucas (March 18, 2011). "Tweet 48841375063605248". Twitter. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Stephen Hutcheon, with Tom Burton (June 20, 2008). "Fast-talking Fred is the toast of YouTube". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved October 26, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b c partnersproject (April 21, 2011). "Lucas Cruikshank aka Fred Exclusive Interview: The Partners Project Episode 19". YouTube. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ Editorial Team (November 13, 2008). "BB Suggests: The Best of Web TV". Retrieved November 16, 2009. 
  7. ^ Barnes, Brooks (March 24, 2010). "'Fred: The Movie' Lands on Nickelodeon - Media Decoder Blog - NYTimes.com". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ Cruikshank, Lucas (February 22, 2011). "Tweet 40139239941210112". Twitter. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ Cruikshank, Lucas (March 3, 2011). "Tweet 43282065155829760". Twitter. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Fred Goes Swimming". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Fred Finds a Creepy Doll". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Fred Faces a Dirty Campaign". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  13. ^ "FRED WANTS TO BE A STAR!! (City of Fred?!)". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Fred Gets Dissed at Bible School". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Lucas Gets Kidnapped!". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Kev Blaze feat. FRED – "Watch How I Do This (remix)"". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  17. ^ Albrecht, Chris (November 18, 2008). "'Fred' Cranks Up the YouTube Views and Ad Dollars". Business Week. Retrieved July 7, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Come Fail Away". IMDb. 2009. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  19. ^ 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. 
  20. ^ "Lucas and Jenny". YouTube. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  21. ^ Freeman, Eric. (2010-09-23) Fred a hit in TV movie. Columbustelegram.com. Retrieved on 2012-08-20.
  22. ^ The O'Connor Family Lucas Alan Cruikshank. Themeehanfamily.com (2010-11-14). Retrieved on 2012-08-20.
  23. ^ See today's new hot trend. Feedagg.com (2009-05-23). Retrieved on 2012-08-20.
  24. ^ Columbus' 'Fred' becomes an Internet star : The (402)/411. Journalstar.com (2008-10-06). Retrieved on 2012-08-20.
  25. ^ Cruikshank, Lucas. "ARE YOU GAY?!?". YouTube. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  26. ^ Eby, Margaret (August 20, 2013). "Lucas Cruikshank, star of Nickelodeon's 'Fred,' comes out as gay". New York Daily News. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  27. ^ "'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. 
  28. ^ De Hoyos, Brandon (August 20, 2013). "Lucas Cruikshank, 'Fred' Actor, Comes Out as Gay Man". News 92 FM. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  29. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (December 1, 2011). "Nickelodeon Greenlights Third ‘Fred’ Movie, Picks Up 20-Episode ‘Fred’ Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  30. ^ MacIntyre, April (November 9, 2012). "Nickelodeon’s brand-new comedy series, Marvin Marvin Nov. 24". M&C. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  31. ^ clevverTV (May 30, 2013). "Lucas Cruikshank Talks Guest Spot on "Big Time Rush" in "Big Time Cameo"". YouTube. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Vote for J-14's Teen Icon Awards!". J-14. September 14, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 

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