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Lucas Cruikshank
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Cruikshank in 2014
Personal information
Born Lucas Alan Cruikshank
(1993-08-29) August 29, 1993 (age 30)
Columbus, Nebraska, U.S.
Nationality American
YouTube information
Pseudonym Fred, Lucas
Years active 2008–present
Subscribers 3.31 million
Total views 221 million
Subscriber and view counts updated as of October 8 2022.

Lucas Alan Cruikshank (born August 29, 1993) is an American YouTuber and actor who created the character Fred Figglehorn and the associated Fred series for his channel on the video-hosting website YouTube in late 2006. These videos are centered on Fred Figglehorn, a fictional six-year-old who has a dysfunctional home life and "anger management issues".

Early life

Lucas Alan Cruikshank was born on August 29, 1993, and raised in Columbus, Nebraska, where he attended Lakeview High School. He is the son of Molly Jeanne (née Duffy) and Dave Alan Cruikshank. He has five sisters and two brothers.



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 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 twenty-four 22-minute episodes, and a third movie called Fred 3: Camp Fred.

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, by featuring in his song "Watch How I Do This".

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

Cruikshank appeared in 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.

Other YouTube work

Cruikshank was originally a part of JKL Productions, a group comprising twins Jon and Katie Smet and Lucas Cruikshank, their cousin. Cruikshank formally left the group and deleted his individual videos. In January 2009 he set up his own channel, called "lucas", in which he appeared as himself. Between 2013 and 2014, Cruikshank partnered with Jennifer Veal to produce a series of videos on the channel, which was renamed "Lucas and Jenny," adding to the duo's popularity. After Jenny left the channel in November 2014, Cruikshank reverted the channel name back to "lucas" and continued to release vlogs. In April 2019, Cruikshank's channel name was changed to "Lucas", and currently sees over 3 million subscribers as of 2020.

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

Personal life

Cruikshank came out publicly as gay in a YouTube video released August 20, 2013, 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 met his current boyfriend, Australian model Matthew Fawcus, "from afar" at a gay club, and the two were introduced by fellow gay YouTuber Kingsley. The pair have been dating since March 18, 2013.

One of Lucas' brothers, Jacob, also makes videos on YouTube. They regularly collaborate on videos, and have also collaborated on a podcast.



Year Title Role Notes
2006–2014 Fred Fred Figglehorn Lead role
2011 Friggle Chat Fred Figglehorn Lead role
2011–2012 It's Fred! Fred Figglehorn Voice
2013 The Flipside Henry Episode: "Me, Myself and My Conscience"
2013–present Lucas Host
2014 Cute Combat Host


Year Title Role
2010 Fred: The Movie Fred Figglehorn / Derf Nrohelggif
2011 Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred Fred Figglehorn / Derf Nrohelggif / Judy
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
2012–2013 Marvin Marvin Marvin Forman Lead role
2013 Big Time Rush Himself Episode: "Big Time Cameo"
2013 Monsters vs. Aliens Smarty Voice; Episode: "Screaming Your Calls/The Time-Out That Wouldn't End"


Comedy albums

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
"Shargay Evans" 2020
"All Night" (with Zhone and Fraxiom) 2021 Mutants Vol.6: HOME
"The Climb (cover)" (with Molly Cruikshank) 2022 Best of Both Worldz
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations

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 Nominated
2013 Favorite TV Actor Kids' Choice Awards Nominated

See also

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