Robert Englund

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Robert Englund
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Englund in Chicago, September 2017
Robert Barton Englund

(1947-06-06) June 6, 1947 (age 72)
ResidenceLaguna Beach, California, U.S.
Alma mater
Years active1973–present
Known forA Nightmare on Elm Street
Home townLos Angeles, California
Elizabeth Gardner
(m. 1968; div. 1972)

Nancy Booth
(m. 1988)
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Robert Barton Englund (born June 6, 1947) is an American actor, voice actor, singer, and director, best known for playing the infamous serial killer Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street film series. He received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors in 1987 and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master in 1988, and won a Fantafestival Award for The Mangler in 1995. Englund is a classically trained actor.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Englund was born on June 6, 1947, in Glendale, California, the son of Janis (née MacDonald) and John Kent Englund, an aeronautics engineer who helped develop the Lockheed U-2 airplane.[3][4] He is of part Swedish ancestry and part Scottish. Englund began studying acting at the age of twelve, accompanying a friend to a children's theater program at California State University, Northridge.[5][6] While he was in high school, he attended the Cranbrook Theatre School (organized by the Cranbrook Educational Community) in Bloomfield Hills. He then attended UCLA for three years, before dropping out and transferring to Michigan's Oakland University, where he trained at the Meadow Brook Theater,[3] at the time a branch of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[1][dead link] Englund had five successful years performing in regional theater[7] including plays by Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw. He married for the first time in 1968 to the nurse Elizabeth Gardner, whom he divorced in 1972.[8] Shortly afterward, he returned to the West Coast in search of film work, and landed a supporting role in the film Buster and Billie, directed by Daniel Petrie.[7]


Englund was briefly considered for the part of Han Solo in the 1977 film Star Wars and, apocryphally, told his close friend Mark Hamill, who was sleeping on his couch, to go audition for the role of young Luke Skywalker, for which Hamill ultimately was cast.[9][10] Englund appeared in the 1977 film Eaten Alive directed by Tobe Hooper. He then played Ranger in Galaxy of Terror, produced by Roger Corman, which was released in 1981. Since then, Englund has made over 100 appearances on film and television. In his early film roles Englund was usually typecast as a nerd or a redneck, and he first gained attention in the role of Visitor technician and resistance fighter Willie in the 1983 miniseries V, as well as the 1984 sequel V: The Final Battle, and V: The Series, in which he was a regular cast member.

But after such typecasting, Englund went against type when he accepted the role of Freddy Krueger, the psychotic burn victim and child murderer in Wes Craven's hugely successful A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984.

His association with the genre led him to top-billed roles in The Phantom of the Opera (1989), The Mangler (1995) – another film directed by Tobe Hooper, and 2001 Maniacs (2005). He reprised his role as Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985), A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989), Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991), Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) and Freddy vs. Jason (2003).[11]

Englund is one of only three actors to portray a horror character eight consecutive times,[citation needed] the other two being Doug Bradley, who portrayed the Pinhead character eight times in the Hellraiser film series[citation needed] and Tobin Bell who played Jigsaw.[citation needed] Englund has said that he enjoys the role of Freddy as it gives him a break from always acting out the nice guy;[citation needed] indeed, many people[who?] who have worked with Englund attest to his congeniality. Makeup artists responsible for the Krueger makeup have commented that Englund was so friendly and talkative that it made the lengthy makeup application slightly more challenging.[citation needed]

Englund's TV appearances include starring in the short-lived series Nightmare Cafe (1992), in which he played Blackie, the mysterious proprietor of the title cafe, and reprising his role of "Freddy Krueger" in the series Freddy's Nightmares – A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series. His guest roles include the science fiction series Babylon 5, one episode of the show MacGyver as Tim Wexler, Masters of Horror, MadTV, Sliders, and Knight Rider, where he appeared as a phantom haunting a film studio, and Walking Tall: The Series as well as a guest star spot on the hit TV show Walker, Texas Ranger. His work in voice-over animation includes magician Felix Faust in Justice League, The Riddler on The Batman, The Vulture on The Spectacular Spider-Man, and as Dormammu on The Super Hero Squad Show. On the TV witch drama Charmed (Episode: "Size Matters"), he appeared as a demon who used the services of a lackey to lure people into a decrepit household (where he lived in the walls) and shrank them down to action figure size. He also appeared on an episode of Married...With Children as The Devil. He appeared most recently, in one episode of the 2010 season of the television spy send-up Chuck, as a scientist who created a fear-inducing nerve toxin, a similar character to the Scarecrow, one of Batman's enemies in the DC Comics (A character he would later portray in the video game Injustice 2).

Englund performed as host of the Horror Hall of Fame awards show three times from 1989 to 1991.[6]

Englund in 2005

Englund made his directorial debut with the 1988 horror film 976-EVIL, co-written by future Oscar winner Brian Helgeland and starring Stephen Geoffreys. During production, Englund met set decorator Nancy Booth, whom he would marry.[6] His second feature, Killer Pad, was released direct-to-DVD in 2008. As of the beginning of July 2013, he was in pre-production to direct The Vij, about a young priest who is led by an evil genie to commit murder, and who falls in love with an old witch who is not what she seems.

Englund also directed 2 episodes of “Freddy's Nightmares” first was “Cabin Fever” and the second “Monkey Dreams”

Englund in 2008


His memoir, Hollywood Monster: A Walk Down Elm Street with the Man of Your Dreams, which Alan Goldsher transcribed from his dictations, was published by Pocket Books on October 13, 2009.

Recently he had starred in the web series "Fear Clinic",[12][failed verification] where he appeared in five episodes as Dr. Andover.[13][failed verification]

Englund in the 2014 Fan Expo Canada

Englund recently noted he would welcome a guest appearance in the ABC revival of V in an interview with Todd Sokolove from Forces of Geek.[14] But the series was canceled before he could make such a guest appearance.

In January 2010, it was announced that Englund would return as Jackson Roth for the sequel to Dee Snider's Strangeland, titled Strangeland II: Disciple.[15] However, as of December 2010, no specific dates or plans had been made regarding the project.

Englund made a guest appearance in "The Death of the Queen Bee" episode of Bones,[16] appearing as a quirky janitor at protagonist Dr. Temperance Brennan's old high school.[17][failed verification] His character, a friend of Brennan's, and situation were introduced as "very creepy... it's like Freddy creepy." Englund was a special guest at the 2010 Streamy Awards,[18][failed verification] and also appeared as a special guest of the CA Weekend of Horrors on 8 October 2010.[19]

Englund appeared on the Creation Entertainment Weekend of Horrors in May 2010.[20][failed verification] In May 2010, he was signed for the American independent thriller Inkubus.[21][failed verification]

Englund appeared as himself in the new Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies map, "Call of the Dead" as one of the playable characters, and acted out the part of a Halloween-themed serial killer in the 2010s revival of Hawaii Five-0. He also took part in a Halloween "Come dine with me" for Channel 4 in 2012. He also appeared in Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer and Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon.[22]

Although the character of Freddy Krueger is regarded as one of the most terrifying in cinema history, Englund is often described by fellow actors and film crews as being extremely friendly and appreciative of his fans, many admitting that his portrayal of Krueger frightened them as children.

He recently starred in The Last Showing and Fear Clinic, the latter was released on October 22, 2014 at the Screamfest Film Festival. Englund was also a special guest at Shock Comic Con on Valentine's Day 2015.[23] In February 2016, Englund hosted a "Nightmare on Elm Street" marathon on El Rey Network.[24]



Year Title Role Notes
1974 Buster and Billie Whitey
1975 Sunburst Michael Sutherland
1975 Hustle Hold-up Man
1976 Stay Hungry Franklin
1976 St. Ives Hood #1
1976 Eaten Alive Buck
1976 A Star is Born Marty Uncredited
1977 The Great Smokey Roadblock Beebo Crozier
1978 Big Wednesday Narrator, Fly
1978 Bloodbrothers Mott
1978 The Fifth Floor Benny
1981 Dead & Buried Harry
1981 Galaxy of Terror Ranger
1982 Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder Tripper
1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street Freddy Krueger
1985 A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge Freddy Krueger / Bus Driver
1986 Never Too Young to Die Riley
1987 A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Freddy Krueger
1988 A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master Freddy Krueger / Nurse
1988 976-EVIL Director
1989 CHUD II: Bud the CHUD Man in Trenchcoat Walking with Trick-or-Treaters Uncredited
1989 A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child Freddy Krueger / Maniac
1989 The Phantom of the Opera Erik Destler / The Phantom
1990 The Adventures of Ford Fairlane Smiley
1991 Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare Freddy Krueger
1992 Dance Macabre Anthony Wager / Madame
1993 Tobe Hooper's Night Terrors Paul Chevalier / Marquis De Sade
1994 Wes Craven's New Nightmare Himself / Freddy Krueger
1995 The Mangler Bill Gartley
1996 Killer Tongue Prison Director
1996 The Paper Brigade Crazy Man Cooper
1996 The Vampyre Wars
1997 Perfect Target Colonel Shakwell
1997 Wishmaster Raymond Beaumont
1998 Meet the Deedles Nemo
1998 Urban Legend Professor Wexler
1998 Strangeland Jackson "Jack" Roth
1999 Idle Hands the Hand Voice
1999 The Prince and the Surfer Kratski
2001 Wish You Were Dead Bernie Garces
2003 Freddy vs. Jason Freddy Krueger
2003 As a Bad Dream Professor
2003 The Return of Cagliostro Erroll Douglas (Il ritorno di Cagliostro)
2003 Nobody Knows Anything! Jack Sampson
2005 2001 Maniacs Mayor George W. Buckman
2005 Repetition Himself
2006 Hatchet Sampson Dunston
2006 Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon Doc Halloran
2006 Heartstopper Sheriff Roger Berger
2007 Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer Professor Gordon Crowley
2008 Red Mr. Doust
2008 Zombie Strippers Ian Essko
2008 Killer Pad Director
2009 Night of the Sinner The Prince
2009 The Vij
2010 Web Cam 3D
2010 De mayor quiero ser soldado Psychologist
2010 Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy Himself
2010 Hollywood Don't Surf! Himself
2010 Tamora Gamble Rory Columbus
2011 Good Day for It Wayne Jackson
2011 Inkubus Inʞubus
2012 Strippers vs Werewolves Tapper
2012 Zombie Mutation Dream Man
2013 Sanitarium Sam (segment "Figuratively Speaking")
2013 The Moleman of Belmont Avenue Mr. Hezekiah Confab
2014 The Last Showing Stuart
2014 Witches Blood Himself
2015 Fear Clinic Dr. Peter Andover
2015 Kantemir John
2015 The Funhouse Massacre Warden
2016 The Midnight Man Dr. Harding
2017 Nightworld Jacob
2017 Nightmares in the Makeup Chair Himself Documentary
TBA Abruptio Mr. Salk Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1977 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries: Mystery of the Fallen Angels Gar 1 episode
1977 Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy Willy Television film
1979 The Ordeal of Patty Hearst Informer Television film
1979 Mind Over Murder Ted Beasly Television film
1981 CHiPs Zack 1 episode
1981 Walking Tall Bobby Joe Wilson 1 episode
1983 Hobson's Choice Freddy Beenstock Television film
1983 V Willie 2 episodes
1984 V: The Final Battle Willie 3 episodes
1984 Alice Sammy 1 episode
1984-1985 V Willie 13 episodes
1985 Hunter Vaughn 1 episode
1986 MacGyver Tim 1 episode
1986 Knight Rider Edward Kent 1 episode
1986 North and South Book II Deserter 1 episode
1986-1987 Downtown Dennis Shothoffer 14 episodes
1988 D.C. Follies Freddy Krueger 1 episode
1988-1990 Freddy's Nightmares – A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Series Freddy Krueger 44 episodes,
Director: "Cabin Fever"
1992 Nightmare Cafe Blackie 6 episodes
1995 The Unspoken Truth Ernest "Ernie" Trainor Television film
1996 Walker, Texas Ranger Lyle Eckert Episode: "Deadline"
1996 Babylon 5 Jeremiah Episode: "Grey 17 Is Missing"
1996 Sliders Dr. James Aldohn 1 episode
1997 Married... with Children Lucifer 1 episode
1998 The Simpsons Freddy Krueger Voice, Episode: "Treehouse of Horror IX"
1999 The Jamie Foxx Show Clive Episode: "Bro Jack"
1999 The Hughleys' Storm o' the Century Evil Bloodthirsty Brian 1 episode
2000 Python Dr. Anton Rudolph Television film
2001 Charmed Gammill 1 episode
2002 Justice League Felix Faust Voice, Episode: "Paradise Lost" Parts 1 & 2
2004 Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Ringmaster Voice, Episode: "Circus of Ooze"
2004-2008 The Batman The Riddler Voice, 4 Episodes: "Riddled", "Night and the City",
"Riddler's Revenge", "Rumors"
2005 Justice League Unlimited Felix Faust Voice, Episode: "The Balance"
2005 Dance of the Dead The MC 1 episode
2007 Black Swarm Eli Giles Television film
2008-2009 The Spectacular Spider-Man Vulture Voice, 4 Episodes
2009 The Super Hero Squad Show Dormammu Voice, Episode: "Enter Dormammu!"
2010 Bones Ray Buxley 1 episode
2010 Chuck Dr. Stanley Wheelwright Episode: "Chuck Versus the Aisle of Terror"
2010 Supernatural Dr. Robert Episode: "Appointment in Samara"
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Samuel Lee 1 episode
2011-2017 Regular Show the Stag Man / Anti-Pops Voice, 8 episodes
2012 Green Lantern: The Animated Series Myglom Voice, Episode: "Razer's Edge"
2012 Criminal Minds Detective Gassner 1 episode
2012 Lake Placid: The Final Chapter Jim Bickerman Television film
2013 Workaholics Dr. TelAmeriCorp / Josh 1 episode
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dire and Dread Beaver Voice, Episode: "In Dreams"
2015 Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Pluto Voice, Episode: "The Tale of Hercules"[25]
2015 Hell's Kitchen Himself 1 episode
2015 Lake Placid vs. Anaconda Jim Bickerman Television film
2018 The Goldbergs Freddy Krueger Episode: "Mister Knifey-Hands"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role Ref.
1987 "Dream Warriors" Dokken Freddy Krueger
1988 "Are You Ready for Freddy" The Fat Boys Freddy Krueger [26]


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Fear Clinic Dr. Andover 5 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
2011 Marvel Super Hero Squad Online Dormammu
2011 Mortal Kombat Freddy Krueger Uncredited
2011 Call of the Dead Himself
2016 Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars Terran Khan
2017 Injustice 2 Dr. Jonathan Crane / The Scarecrow [27]


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