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Logan Paul
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Paul at the 2016 New York Comic Con
Born Logan Alexander Paul
(1995-04-01) April 1, 1995 (age 23)
Westlake, Ohio, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation
Relatives Jake Paul (brother)
YouTube information
Years active 2013–present
Genre
Subscribers 18.300 million (Logan Paul Vlogs)
4.931 million (TheOfficialLoganPaul)
23.231 million (total)
(August 31, 2018)
Total views 3.654 billion (Logan Paul Vlogs)
416.702 million (TheOfficialLoganPaul)
3.584 billion (total)
(May 20, 2018)
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2016
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2016
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2017
Website Official website

Logan Alexander Paul (born April 1, 1995)[1][2] is an American actor and internet celebrity. Paul first gained fame through videos shared on former internet video service Vine.[3][4] Paul's television and film work includes guest appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Weird Loners, and roles in films The Thinning and The Space Between Us.

Early life

He has claimed to possess English, Irish, Austrian-Jewish, German-Jewish, Hungarian-Jewish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry.[5] Growing up in Ohio with younger brother Jake Paul,[3] began creating internet videos for a YouTube channel called Zoosh when he was 10 years old.[6]

Paul attended Westlake High School, achieving the ranks of the Plain Dealer's All-Star linebacker on the football team in 2012,[7] and qualifying for the state-level Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) 2013 Division I Wrestling Individual Championships.[8][9]

By the time he attended college, his YouTube channel had attained a modest following.[10] He majored in Industrial Engineering at Ohio University before dropping out in 2014 to pursue a career as a full-time social media entertainer in Los Angeles,[6] moving into an apartment complex in LA with other Vine stars.[3][6]

Entertainment career

Paul on a panel discussing The Thinning at the New York Comic Con with (left to right) co-star Peyton List, writer/director Michael Gallagher and moderator Andy Signore

2013–2015: Vine and YouTube beginnings

Paul rose to fame as a member on the Internet video sharing service Vine.[11] In February 2014, he had over 3.1 million followers on various social media platforms.[12] By April 2014 he had attained 105,000 Twitter followers, 361,000 Instagram followers, 31,000 likes on his Facebook page and about 150,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. A YouTube compilation video of his Vine work garnered more than four million views the first week it was posted.[10] In 2015 he was ranked as the 10th most influential figure on Vine, with his six-second videos earning him hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising revenue.[6] By that October, his Facebook videos alone had more than 300 million views.[3]

"TheOfficialLoganPaul" is the YouTube account used by Paul to upload short films and comedy sketches. Paul also posts a daily vlog to "Logan Paul Vlogs", uploading every day from September 12, 2016, to January 1, 2018. While his first channel has a following of 4.36 million,[13] his vlog channel surpassed it with a following of 15.7 million as of January 10, 2018.[14]

2015–2016: television roles, YouTube Red series, and Airplane Mode

In early 2015, Paul appeared on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[15] He also appeared on the Fox TV series Weird Loners, where he appeared in the role of the Paul Twins. He starred in two episodes of the Freeform series Stitchers. In 2016, Paul starred in the YouTube Red movie The Thinning opposite Peyton List. In early 2016, Paul trained with drama coaches and the comedy troupes The Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade.[3]

Paul wrote the screenplay for an adult comedy, Airplane Mode, which has been described as "American Pie for Gen Z", and by Paul himself as "Expendables with Internet stars."[3][16] The film has yet be to released. Paul was also involved in a number of advertising campaigns, including for Hanes, PepsiCo, and HBO.[3] In 2016, Comcast purchased a short form digital TV series from Paul called Logan Paul VS.[17]

2017–present: Baywatch

In February 2017, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson released on his own YouTube channel "Logan Paul has been cut from, like, all of The Rock's movies", a video starring himself and Paul, in which Johnson informs Paul that he has been cut from all of Johnson's films, and consoles Paul by making him the "ambassador" to his upcoming Baywatch feature film.[18] That April, Johnson and Paul reunited for "Logan Paul is, like, totally terrible at falling in love with Alexandra Daddario", the first part of a video sketch in which Paul tries to impress Johnson in order to win a part in the film, and falls in love with actress Alexandra Daddario in the process.[19] It was later revealed in a deleted scene that Paul really was cut from the 2017 film Baywatch. He would have cameoed as Zane, who bullies Ronnie for taking his shirt off.[20]

Amateur boxing career

Logan Paul in the weigh-in for the boxing match with KSI

On February 3, 2018, following his white collar amateur boxing match with Joe Weller, British YouTube personality Olajide "JJ" Olatunji, better known as KSI, challenged Paul to a boxing match while also challenging Paul's brother Jake, and retired footballer Rio Ferdinand.[21]

On February 24, 2018, it was announced that the Paul brothers would be fighting the Olatunji brothers (KSI and his younger brother Deji, also known as ComedyShortsGamer) in a series of boxing matches,[22] with Logan boxing Olajide in one match and Jake boxing Deji in the other.[22] The fight ended in a draw with two judges scoring the fight as 57–57 and a third judge, who decided it was 58–57 in favor of KSI.[23]

Amateur boxing record

Professional record summary
1 fight 0 wins 0 losses
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
1 Draw 0–0–1 United Kingdom Olajide Olatunji MD 6 Aug 25, 2018 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England For YBC title

Controversies and legal issues

"No Handlebars" controversy

On November 23, 2017, Paul released his new single, "No Handlebars", a track based heavily around an interpolated sample of the song "Handlebars" by the American alternative hip hop group Flobots. The song was heavily criticized for its perceived sexual objectification of women, including a scene in its music video where Paul rides several women like a bicycle. Flobots frontman Jamie Laurie lambasted Paul for both the "sexist" lyrical content of the song and for unauthorized use of the sample, calling him the face of "douchebag entitlement." Laurie would later go on to release a track with lyrics deriding Paul, titled "Handle Your Bars". Paul did not respond to Laurie's comments nor the backlash towards "No Handlebars", however, he has since deleted the song from YouTube.[24]

Suicide video controversy

On December 31, 2017, Paul uploaded a vlog to his YouTube channel depicting the recently deceased corpse of a man who had committed suicide by hanging in Aokigahara at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan, known as the "suicide forest" due to its infamy as a suicide site. Initially intended to be part three of his "Tokyo Adventures" series, Paul and his group had planned to camp in the woods, but in response to finding the corpse, decided to notify the authorities and cancel their plans. The video gained 6.3 million views within 24 hours of being uploaded.[25]

Paul was criticized for posting the video by celebrities[26] and politicians,[27] and was accused by other members of the YouTube community of being insensitive to suicide victims.[28] Several petitions were made to Change.org urging YouTube to delete Paul's channel, the largest of which received more than 500,000 signatures as of January 12, 2018.[29]

As a result of the backlash, Paul removed the video from his YouTube channel, following up with a written apology on Twitter on January 1, 2018. On January 2, 2018, a subsequent video apology was released to YouTube in which Paul describes his behavior as a "coping mechanism," asking his fans to stop defending his actions in the process.[30][31][32] While acknowledging his actions as irresponsible, he denied that his intention was to mock the victim. The video has garnered over 51.5 million views as of June 2, 2018.[33]

On January 9, YouTube issued a statement via their Twitter account condemning Paul's video. In the series of tweets they said, "It's taken us a long time to respond, but we've been listening to everything you've been saying. We know that the actions of one creator can affect the entire community, so we'll have more to share soon on steps we're taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again."[34] On January 10, YouTube announced it was removing Paul's channels from Google Preferred, its preferred ad program, and the sequel to his YouTube film The Thinning was placed on hold,[35][36] with the airing of Logan Paul VS. being halted as well. Paul was also cut from season 4 of the YouTube Red series Foursome and the role of Alec Fixler was terminated.[37] On January 15, Paul was seen at LAX by reporters from TMZ. Paul said that he has learned a lot from his mistakes and believes he has been treated "fairly." When asked whether or not he deserves a second chance, Paul replied, "Everyone deserves second chances, bro."[38]

On January 24, Paul uploaded his first video to the "Logan Paul Vlogs" channel since the apology video uploaded three weeks prior. In this video, Paul takes an in-depth look at suicide prevention, interviewing Golden Gate Bridge jumper Kevin Hines, musical activist Bob Forrest, and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline director Dr. John Draper.[39] The video was met with mostly positive feedback and has a total of 29 million views as of June 2, 2018.[40] In addition, Paul has donated $1 million to suicide prevention agencies, a quarter of which is going to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.[41]

On February 4, Paul officially returned to his daily vlogs on YouTube, after taking a month-long hiatus.[42][43]

Maverick Apparel lawsuit

In wake of the controversy regarding the suicide video, Maverick Apparel, a brand for juniors and children, threatened Paul with legal action for giving his clothing line a similar name ("Maverick by Logan Paul"), believing shoppers are confusing their line with Paul's, resulting in a deep decline in sales.[44][45]

Temporary suspension from ad revenue on YouTube

On February 9, 2018, YouTube suspended all advertising on Logan Paul's channels due to his "pattern of behavior", since he had recently joked about participating in the Tide pod challenge, removed an ill fish from his pond to "jokingly give it CPR", and tasered two dead rats.[46] The income stream estimated to be worth more than a million dollars a month was halted, however temporarily.[47]

Personal life

In October 2015, Paul lived in the same apartment complex on Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood, California as other social media celebrities including Amanda Cerny, Juanpa Zurita, and Andrew Bachelor, with his roommates Mark Dohner and Evan "Dwarf Mamba" Eckenrode. This proximity facilitated various collaborations on their respective videos.[11] In October 2017, Paul and Eckenrode relocated to an estate in Encino, California,[48][49] having been evicted from their previous residence.[50] On February 10, 2018, Paul revealed that nearly twenty individuals were living with him in his estate.[51] He is currently dating actress Chloe Bennet.[52]

Health

In October 2017, Paul revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that he was missing 15% of his right testicle from the result of a stunt. For one of his Vine videos, Paul was at a shopping mall and during the stunt had landed onto a chair with his right testicle afflicted. Three days after the stunt, Paul decided to go to a hospital where he was told the right testicle had been damaged.[53]

Paul is red-green colorblind. However, he has been parodied and criticized by YouTube personalities such as h3h3 Productions and iDubbbz for faking his reactions in a video, in which he used color-corrective glasses for the first time. Paul himself admits that he "embellished" and "exaggerated [his] reactions" to the glasses, but added that he "did not lie" about his impairment.[54]

Filmography

Film

Year Film Role Notes
2015 Close Before Midnight Miles Short film
2016 Chainsaw Craig
The Thinning Blake Redding Youtube Red exclusive
2017 The Space Between Us Roger
Where's the Money Eddie
Can't Take It Back Clint Plotkin
Baywatch Lifeguard Applicant Uncredited
2018 Valley Girl Mickey Post-production; potentially cancelled
Liked Logan Post-production
Airplane Mode N/A Post-production
Superstition: The Rule of 3's Preston Production placed on hold
The Thinning: New World Order Blake Redding YouTube Red exclusive;
Post-production; film placed on hold in January 2018

Television

Year Show Role Notes
2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ryan Episode: "Intimidation Game"
Weird Loners Logan Twins Episode: "Weird Pilot"
2016 Stitchers Theo Engelsen Episodes: "The Two Deaths of Jamie B." and "The One That Got Away"
Walk the Prank Himself Episode: "So You Think You Can Middle School Dance"
Bizaardvark Kirk Episode: "The First Law of Dirk"
2016–present Logan Paul VS. Himself YouTube Red exclusive;
Series placed on hold in January 2018
2016–17 Foursome Alec Fixler YouTube Red exclusive;
Main role for 3 seasons; cut from the fourth season in January 2018

Music videos

Year Artist Title Role Notes
2014 Bart Baker "Wiggle Parody" Murray Wiggle

Web exclusives

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Rainbow Man Thomas Trainor/Rainbow Man Short film
2015 Lyin' Ryan Ryan
2015–present Logan Paul Vlogs Himself Daily video series

Discography

Singles

As a lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
Bub.

[55]
AUS
[56]
NZ
Heat.

[57]
"Help Me Help You"
(featuring Why Don't We)
2017 5 90 Non-album singles
"Outta My Hair"
"No Handlebars" 6

As a featured artist

Title Year Album
"The Song of the Summer"
(Seven Bucks featuring Logan Paul and Desiigner)
2017 Non-album single

Promotional singles

List of promotional singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"2016" 2016 Non-album singles
"The Fall of Jake Paul"
(featuring Why Don't We)
2017
"I Love You Bro"
(with Jake Paul)
"The Rise of the Pauls"
(featuring Jake Paul)
"Hero"
(featuring Zircon)

Music videos

Title Year Director
2016 2016 Strø
Help Me Help You
(featuring Why Don't We, Shay Mitchell)
2017 Logan Paul
The Fall of Jake Paul
(featuring Why Don't We)
Logan Paul
The Fall of Jake Paul (Full Song)
(featuring Why Don't We)
Logan Paul
The Rise of the Pauls
(featuring Jake Paul)
Logan Paul
Hero
(featuring Zircon)
Logan Paul
No Handlebars Logan Paul
Outta My Hair
(featuring Bella Thorne)
Eli Sokhn & Logan Paul
Santa Diss Track Logan Paul

Awards and nominations

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014 Logan Paul Shorty AwardsVine of the Year Nominated
2014 Logan Paul Shorty Awards – Videographer Nominated
2015 Logan Paul Shorty Awards – Best Vine Comedian Nominated
2016 Role in Foursome Streamy Awards – Best Ensemble Cast in a Web Series Nominated
2016 Logan Paul Streamy Awards – Best Comedy Series Nominated
2017 Logan Paul Teen Choice Awards – Male Web Star Won
2017 Logan Paul Teen Choice Awards – Comedy Web Star Won
2017 Logan Paul Teen Choice Awards – YouTuber Nominated
2017 Role in The Thinning Streamy Awards – Best Comedy Series Nominated
2017 Logan Paul Streamy Awards – Audience Choice Creator of the Year Nominated
2017 Logan Paul Streamy Awards – Storyteller Nominated

See also

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