Lucas Cruikshank is an internet personality famous for portraying the persona of Fred Figglehorn, a 6-year-old kid with anger management issues. During this time, YouTube was a small startup and Fred was one of the first breakout stars on the platform. But since retiring the character, fans are asking, what happened to Fred?
Who is Lucas Cruikshank?
Lucas “Fred” Cruikshank was born on August 29, 1993 in Columbus, Nebraska. Raised by Molly Jeanne and Dave Alan Cruikshank, he comes from a big family! The funnyman has seven siblings, five sisters and two brothers.
He is of Scottish, German, and Irish ancestry. After years of speculation, Cruikshank revealed in 2013 that he is gay and his family were supportive. Currently, Lucas has been dating Matthew Fawcus for over 10 years.
How Did he Get Famous?
In 2005, Lucas started making YouTube videos. He was uploading on JKL production, a company founded by Lucas and his twin cousins, Jen and Katie Smet. They initially introduced Fred in a Halloween video while they were still testing out new characters. And that’s when the imaginary figure suddenly became popular.
By 2008, Fred’s popularity had grown to the point where Lucas launched a separate channel for the character later that year. The series hinted at themes like family instability and anger control. It got a lot of attention, and with the silver play button, he became the first most subscribed YouTuber in 2009.
Nickelodeon recognized Fred’s accomplishments and produced a film based on the YouTube series in 2010. Due to its popularity, they released a few sequels. After the initial release of Fred: The Movie, he made a name for himself in acting, starring in multiple hit shows such as iCarly and Monsters Vs Aliens.
What is he Doing Now?
Lucas was nominated for the People’s Choice Awards and won the Teen Choice Awards, earning him the title of Choice Web Star. He also won a YouTube Creators Award in 2010. But after all this grandiosity and some failed experiments, he abandoned the Fred channel in 2015.
In recent years, other YouTubers have surpassed Fred’s prominence, yet the old channel continues to attract views. Since his retirement, Lucas Cruikshank has played Fred in a few skits but there are no plans to make a comeback.
Lucas is still a YouTube content creator, but on his own channel, “Lucas,” he vlogs as himself. The account currently has 3.36 million subscribers and he uploads one to two videos per month. Despite his fall from fame, his videos still attract well over 100,000 views.
Now 30 years old, he no longer supports a full head of luscious blonde hair. The YouTuber’s hair has thinned with age and his hairline has receded slightly. As a result, he made the decision to shave his head and mainly wears a hat in videos.
What is his Net Worth?
Lucas is a prosperous young guy. He’s made the majority of his money from YouTube ad revenue and brand endorsement deals. Through his films and television shows, he promotes a variety of products. Royalties from his movies also contribute significantly to his income. That’s why his net worth is estimated to be $5 million.