Lucas Cruikshank Wiki Bio
Lucas Cruikshank was born in Columbus, Nevada USA, on 29 August 1993 – his zodiac sign is Virgo, and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor and a YouTuber, well-known for posting videos as the fictional character Fred Figglehorn.
Early life and education
Lucas was born to Molly Jeanne, a nurse, and Dave Alan Cruikshank, who works as an executive engineer. Lucas has two brothers, Jacob and Ethan, who are also YouTubers, and five sisters. He comes from a diverse ethnic background, having Scottish, German and Irish heritage.
Lucas attended the local Lakeview High School, matriculating in 2011. During his time there, he discovered his talent for dance, and started taking dancing lessons. As his YouTube career took off, he didn’t enroll at a college
Lucas got his start as a YouTuber during his teenage years, first posting videos with his cousins, Jon and Katie, on the YouTube channel called JLK Productions. Along the way, he started developing his Fred Figglehorn character, which turned out to be widely popular.
This prompted Lucas to launch a separate YouTube channel entirely dedicated to Fred, in April 2008. By early 2009, it had already amassed more than a million subscribers, becoming the first YouTube channel to reach that milestone. During the height of his popularity, Lucas collaborated with other famous YouTubers, most notably Annoying Orange.
His videos gained record-breaking numbers of views at the time, with some of his most popular videos, such as “Fred Goes Grocery Shopping”, “Fred Goes Swimming” and “Fred Stays in a Hotel”, amassing more than 70 million views each.
In December 2009, Lucas filmed “Fred: The Movie”, which aired on Nickelodeon in the following year, and also saw a theatrical release in UK and Ireland. Despite receiving exceptionally negative reviews from the critics, the movie became a huge commercial success, with its TV premiere drawing a total of almost eight million viewers.
In 2011, a sequel entitled “Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred” premiered on Nickelodeon, drawing more than 5.7 million viewers. In 2012, the third and final installment in the “Fred” movie franchise, entitled “Fred 3: Camp Fred” saw its release, receiving overall more positive reviews, but attracting slightly lower viewership compared to its predecessors.
In the same year, Lucas starred in the Nickelodeon comedy series “Fred: The Show”, which consisted of 24 episodes.
In 2014, Lucas retired his Fred character, and opened his YouTube channel to anyone who wanted to post family-friendly videos, such as sketches, music videos and animations. However, the idea wasn’t well received by Lucas’ audience, and he ultimately stopped uploading videos to the channel altogether as of July 2015.
Through his YouTube career, Lucas has collaborated with numerous brands, such as Zipit, and has also promoted the movies “City of Ember”, “Year One” and “Adventures of Power”. As of January 2022, FRED YouTube channel numbers close to three million subscribers, and more than 1.3 billion views.
Aside from his main channel FRED, Lucas has also been running his second channel, simply named Lucas, which he launched in January 2009. Onto this channel, he mainly uploads more personal, vlog or reaction videos out of character. From 2013 through 2014, Lucas was joined by the fellow YouTuber, Jennifer Vial, with whom he posted videos onto this channel, which he briefly renamed to Lucas and Jenny, but later reverted to making videos alone. Although Lucas quit making videos for his original channel in 2015, he still regularly posts videos onto his second channel, which now numbers more than three million subscribers, and almost 300 million views.
In addition, in November 2013, Lucas launched his third YouTube channel, called More Lucas, however, he is yet to post any videos onto it.
In 2009, Lucas made a guest appearance as Fred, in an episode of the Nickelodeon show “iCarly”, as well as the widely popular Disney Channel series “Hannah Montana”. In the following year, he was one of the show presenters of that year’s edition of Kids’ Choice Awards, and in 2011, he hosted the Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards.
In 2012 and 2013, he starred as the lead character Marvin, in the Nickelodeon children’s sitcom “Marvin Marvin”, centered on an alien boy, having to adjust to his new life as a human.
Despite its popularity, the series ended after Lucas’ departure from Nickelodeon.
His most recent TV appearance was in an episode of the comedy series “Big Time Rush”, entitled “Big Time Cameo”, which aired in 2013. As he retired the Fred Figglehorn character, Lucas has stopped appearing in TV series and movies.
Is Lucas Cruickshank gay?
To the surprise of many of his fans, Lucas came out as gay in a YouTube video released In August 2013. ‘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.’, he said.
In 2015, Lucas confirmed that he was in a relationship with the Australian model Matthew Fawcus, whom he met at a gay club, where the two were introduced by their common friend and YouTube star, Kingsley. They started dating back in March 2013, and are still together.
Hobbies and interesting facts
Lucas generated Fred’s infamous voice by uploading his audio clips to Audacity, and setting the pitch to be higher.
His biggest ‘guilty pleasure’ is watching reality TV shows, with some of his favorites being “90 Day Fiancée”, “Hype House” and “Extreme Cheapskates”.
Lucas documented his love for Pomeranian dogs in his viral song “Pomeranians”, which he released on YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music.
Earnings and net worth
According to Businessweek, it’s estimated that Lucas was making more than $100,000 per year from YouTube ads and sponsorship at the height of his popularity. As he’s less active on his YouTube channels today, these numbers are somewhat lower, but the YouTube star has still accumulated a large amount of wealth through his previous work, including both YouTube, the “Fred” movie, and TV series franchise.
As of January 2022, Lucas’ net worth has been estimated at more than $5 million.
Age, height and appearance
Lucas is 28 years old. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 8ins (1.72m) tall, and weighs around 132lbs (60kgs).