Robert Englund –

Englund in Fear Clinic.

About Robert Englund (1947 – ____)

Robert Barton Englund was born in Glendale, California, on June 6, 1947, the son of Janis (née MacDonald) and John Kent Englund, an aeronautics engineer who helped develop the Lockheed U-2 airplane. He is of part Swedish ancestry. Englund began studying acting at the age of twelve, accompanying a friend to a children's theater program at California State University, Northridge. 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, at the time a branch of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Englund had five successful years performing in regional theater 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. 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.

Englund was briefly considered for the part of Han Solo in the 1977 film Star Wars and told his close friend who was sleeping on his couch, Mark Hamill, to go audition for the role of young Luke Skywalker for which Hamill ultimately was cast. Englund wound up in the 1977 film Eaten Alive directed by Tobe Hooper. He then acted out 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. His early film roles usually typed him 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. This role catapulted him to fame, and Englund became the first new horror movie star since Sir Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in the 1960s.

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). However, New Line underestimated his importance to the franchise and originally cast someone else as Freddy in Freddy's Revenge, the first sequel.

Englund is one of only two actors to act out a horror character eight consecutive times, the other being Doug Bradley, who portrayed the Pinhead character eight times in the Hellraiser film series. Englund has said that he enjoys the role of Freddy as it gives him a break from always acting out the nice guy; indeed, many people 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.

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" or "Fred Krueger" in the series Freddy's Nightmares. 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.

Englund performed as host of the Horror Hall of Fame awards show three times from 1989-1991.

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, who he would marry. 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.

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 2009.

Recently he had starred in the web series "Fear Clinic", where he appeared in five episodes as Dr. Andover.

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. But the series was canceled before he could make such a guest appearance.

Englund made a guest appearance in the "The Death of the Queen Bee" episode of Bones, appearing as a quirky janitor at protagonist Dr. Temperance Brennan’s old high school. 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, and also appeared as a special guest of the CA Weekend of Horrors on 8 October 2010.

Englund appeared on the Creation Entertainment Weekend of Horrors in May 2010. In May of 2010, he was signed for the American independent thriller Inkubus.

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.

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 legitimately 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. He's up to star in Death House (2016) and Echo Of Evil (2017).

Robert Englund's movie and TV credits include...

Year Movie Role
1974Buster and Billie
1976Stay Hungry
1976St. Ives
1976A Star is Bornuncredited
1977Eaten Alive
1977The Great Smokey Roadblock
1977Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy
1977The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries: Mystery of the Fallen Angels
1978Big Wednesday
1978The Fifth Floor
1979The Ordeal of Patty Hearst
1979Mind Over Murder
1981CHiPs Episode "Forty Tons of Trouble"Zack
1981Dead & Buried
1981Walking Tall
1981Galaxy of Terror
1982Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder
1983Hobson's Choice
1984V The Final Battle
1984A Nightmare on Elm StreetFreddy Krueger
1985A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's RevengeFreddy Krueger
1985Hunter Episode "Million Dollar Misunderstanding"Vaughn
1986North and South Book II — episode 1.03
1986Never Too Young to Die
1986Knight RiderEpisode "Fright Knight" — Edward Kent
1986MacGyverEpisode "Flame's End" — Tim
1987A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Freddy Krueger
1988A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream MasterFreddy Krueger
Freddy's Nightmares
1989A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child Freddy Krueger
1989The Phantom of the Opera
1990The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
1991Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare Freddy Krueger
1992Dance Macabre
1992Nightmare Cafe
1993Tobe Hooper's Night Terrors
1994Wes Craven's New Nightmare
1995The Mangler
1995The Unspoken Truth
1996The Paper Brigade
1996Sliders Episode "State of the A.R.T." — Dr. James Aldohn
1996Killer Tongue
1996"Babylon 5"Episode "Grey 17 is Missing"
1997Married... with Children
1997Perfect Target
1998Urban Legend
1998Meet the Deedles
1998The SimpsonsFreddy Krueger [voice]
1999Idle Hands [voice]
2001CharmedEpisode "Size Matters" — Gammill
2002Justice League as Felix Faust
2002Wish You Were Dead
2003Freddy vs. Jason as Freddy Krueger
2003The Return of Cagliostro Il ritorno di Cagliostro
20052001 Maniacs
2005Masters of HorrorEpisode — Dance of the Dead
2005Justice League UnlimitedFelix Faust
2005The BatmanThe Riddler
2006Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
2007Jack Brooks: Monster SlayerProfessor Gordon Crowley
2007Black SwarmEli Giles
2008Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer
2008Killer Pad
2008Zombie Strippers
2008The Spectacular Spider-ManVulture
2008Night of the Sinner
2009The Vij
2009Fear Clinic
2009The Super Hero Squad ShowDormammu
2010Web Cam 3D
2010BonesRay Buxley
2010Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street LegacyHimself
2010Hollywood Don't Surf!Himself
2010ChuckDr. Stanley Wheelwright
2010SupernaturalSeason 6, Episode 11, "Appointment in Samarra" — Dr. Robert
2010Tamora Gambleas Rory Columbus
2010I Want to Be a SoldierPsychiatrist
2011Call of Duty: Black OpsHimself
2011The Mole Man of Belmont AvenueMr. Confab
2011Regular ShowThe Deer Man
2011Hawaii Five-0Samuel Lee
2012Green Lantern: The Animated SeriesMyglom
2012Strippers vs WerewolvesTapper
2012Criminal MindsDetective Gassner
2012Lake Placid: The Final ChapterJim Bickerman
2013WorkaholicsDr. TelAmeriCorp/Josh
2014The Last Showing
2014Fear ClinicDr. Andover
2015Hell's KitchenHimself
2015Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Pluto
2015Lake Placid vs. AnacondaJim Bickerman
2016Master of Orion: Conquer the StarsTerran Emperor

Memorable Quotes by Robert Englund

“When I was 9, I went to a birthday party. We were supposed to see a cowboy movie, but the programming got screwed up and we saw The Bad Seed (1956) instead. Horrifying. For years I was frightened of girls with pigtails.”

“I saw an entire magazine of Freddy Krueger tattoos. Hey, I'm a classically trained actor who was doing [Anton Chekhov], and now there are thousands of people walking around America with my tattoo on them. I just take it as pop culture.”

“Many great horror stories are period pieces and English actors have a facility for historic characters.”

[on his wide-ranging career, including Shakespeare] “I had a nude scene with Susan Sarandon, for God's sake. I've done fight scenes with Kris Kristofferson and Richard Gere. I was in all sorts of places in the 1970s. I shot Burt Reynolds point-blank, so I have been around the block.”

“Freddy Krueger is a great politically incorrect villain, the logo character of a franchise spawned by a low-budget movie, made by some reasonably artistic people who came up with a gimmick. And it is a great gimmick — the idea that a bogey man, a revenge-motif serial killer could manifest himself in the subconscious of the children of the people that did him wrong. Freddy likes it, he is having fun doing it. He is unapologetic about that. You have a punk-rock nihilistic villain.”

“I would like to see the technology used to explore more period horror genre works, for example, E. A. Poe.”

Things You May Not Know About Robert Englund

He has been ranked the #40 top villain for the American Film Institution's Top 100 list of 100 Heroes and Villains for his role as Freddy Krueger.

Robert is an honors graduate from the Academy of Dramatic Art at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Prior to that he attended Cal State University, Northridge and UCLA.

He cannot, despite popular belief, speak Swedish fluently.

In 1973 he returned to the Academy of Dramatic Art to teach a stunts and stage fight class while appearing at the nearby regional professional Meadow Brook Theatre.

He was considered for the role of Mr. Joshua in Lethal Weapon (1987).

He has Swedish and Danish ancestry on his father's side, and Scottish ancestry on his mother's side.

Robert Englund in 976-EVIL (1988).
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Robert Englund in the role that made him famous: Freddy Krueger
in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise... second picture with
Tuesday Knight... third and fourth pictures with Mark Patton.
Englund in Chuck (2012)... bottom picture with Zachary Levi.
Englund in Criminal Minds (2012), with Joe Mantegna.
Englund in Dead and Buried (1981), with
Lisa Blount, Michael Pataki, Joseph Medalis, and Linda Shusett.
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In Fear Clinic (2009)... middle picture with Kane Hodder.
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Englund in Freddy versus Jason (2003)... top picture with
Kelly Rowland... middle picture with Monica Keena and Ronny Yu.
In Galaxy of Terror (1981).
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In Hawaii Five-O (2011)... top picture with Scott Caan and Alex O'Loughlin.
Englund in Inkubus (2011).
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Englund in Kantemir (2015)... middle and bottom pictures with Diane Cary.
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In Lake Placid: The Final Chapter (2012) and Lake Placid vs. Anaconda (2015).
Englund in Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994).
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In Nightworld (2016).
In The Phantom of the Opera (1989).
In Sanitarium (2013).
Englund in Stay Hungry (1976).
In Strippers vs. Werewolves (2012).
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In The Last Showing (2014).
With Jason Bernard in V (1983-1985).
In V: The Final Battle (1984).
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Robert Englund in Zombie Strippers (2008)... top picture with with Roxy Saint.