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.
Englund in 2008
Robert Barton Englund
June 6, 1947
Glendale, California, U.S.
|Residence||Laguna Beach, California|
|Alma mater||California State University, Northridge|
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
|Known for||A Nightmare on Elm Street|
|Home town||Los Angeles, California|
(m. 1968; div. 1972)
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. 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. 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, 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. Englund wound up 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).
Englund is one of only three actors to portray a horror character eight consecutive times, the others being Doug Bradley, who portrayed the Pinhead character eight times in the Hellraiser film series and Tobin Bell who played Jigsaw. 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" 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 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. 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”
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.
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.
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. 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, 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 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. On February 2016, Englund hosted a "Nightmare on Elm Street" marathon on El Rey Network.
|1974||Buster and Billie||Whitey|
|1976||St. Ives||Hood #1|
|1976||A Star is Born||Marty||Uncredited|
|1977||The Great Smokey Roadblock||Beebo Crozier|
|1978||Big Wednesday||Narrator, Fly|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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||Zombie Strippers||Ian Essko|
|2009||Night of the Sinner||The Prince|
|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|
|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|
|2015||Fear Clinic||Dr. Peter Andover|
|2015||The Funhouse Massacre||Warden|
|2016||The Midnight Man||Dr. Harding|
|2017||Nightmares in the Makeup Chair||Doccumentary|
|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||Walking Tall||Bobby Joe Wilson||1 episode|
|1983||Hobson's Choice||Freddy Beenstock||Television film|
|1984||V The Final Battle||Willie||3 episodes|
|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||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||Season 3 Ep. 12 "Bro Jack"|
|1999||The Hughleys' Storm o' the Century||Evil Bloodthirsty Brian||Season 1 Episode 17|
|2000||Python||Dr. Anton Rudolph||Television film|
|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"|
|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"|
|1988||"Are You Ready for Freddy"||The Fat Boys||Freddy Krueger|||
|2009||Fear Clinic||Dr. Andover||5 episodes|
|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 Emperor|
|2017||Injustice 2||Dr. Jonathan Crane / The Scarecrow|||
2001 Maniacs is a 2005 American comedy horror film directed by Tim Sullivan and starring Robert Englund, Lin Shaye, Jay Gillespie, Dylan Edrington, and Matthew Carey. It is a remake of the 1964 film Two Thousand Maniacs! written and directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis. The film is distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment. It was filmed in Westville, Georgia.976-EVIL
976-EVIL is a 1988 horror film directed by Robert Englund, and co-written by Brian Helgeland.
The film's title refers to the 976 telephone exchange, a now mostly defunct premium-rate telephone number system that was popular in the late 1980s, but has since been superseded by area code 900.Are You Ready for Freddy
"Are You Ready for Freddy" is a song by American hip hop trio The Fat Boys from their 1988 album Coming Back Hard Again . Portions of the song were rapped by Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger. The song was originally released in 1988 as the theme for A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.Black Swarm
Black Swarm is a 2007 Canadian suspense film directed by David Winning. Actor Robert Englund plays a mysterious beekeeper who has a secret to hide in the small town of Black Stone. It is the 9th film of the Maneater Series.Fear Clinic
Fear Clinic is a 2009 web series that was directed by Robert Green Hall and distributed through FEARnet. The series comprised five webisodes and starred Robert Englund, Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris, and Lisa Wilcox. Englund commented that it was initially difficult for him to "wrap [his] head around the idea of the webisode because it’s consolidated storytelling". A feature-length film was released on October 22, 2014.Freddy Krueger
Freddy Krueger () is a character from the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series. He first appeared in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) as a burnt serial killer who uses a gloved hand with razors to kill his victims in their dreams, causing their deaths in the real world as well. In the dream world, he is a powerful force and almost completely invulnerable. However, whenever Freddy is pulled into the real world, he has normal human vulnerabilities.
The character was created by Wes Craven and was consistently portrayed by Robert Englund in the original film series as well as in the television spin-off. In the 2010 franchise reboot, Freddy Krueger was portrayed by Jackie Earle Haley. In 2011, Freddy appeared as a playable character in the video game Mortal Kombat. Over the course of the series, Freddy has battled numerous survivors including Nancy Thompson.In the film Freddy vs. Jason and the Nightmares on Elm Street comics, an alias is used, namely "the Springwood Slasher".Freddy attacks his victims from within their dreams. He is commonly identified by his burned, disfigured face, red-and-green striped sweater, brown fedora, and trademark metal-clawed brown leather glove only on his right hand. This glove was the product of Krueger's own imagination, the blades having been welded by himself. Robert Englund has said many times that he feels the character represents neglect, particularly that suffered by children. The character also more broadly represents subconscious fears.
Wizard magazine rated Freddy the 14th greatest villain, the British television channel Sky2 listed him 8th, and the American Film Institute ranked him 40th on its "AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains" list. In 2010, Freddy won an award for Best Villain (formerly Most Vile Villain) at the Scream Awards.Freddy vs. Jason
Freddy vs. Jason is a 2003 American slasher film directed by Ronny Yu and written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. The film, a crossover between the A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th series, retroactively establishes them in a shared universe and pits Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees against each other. It is the last film in each series before their respective reboots. The film is the eighth in the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and the eleventh in the Friday the 13th franchise.
In the film, Freddy (Robert Englund) has become incapable of haunting people's dreams; the residents of Springwood, Ohio, have largely forgotten about him after his death and descent into hell. To regain his power (and freedom), he resurrects Jason (Ken Kirzinger) and manipulates him into traveling to Springwood to cause panic and fear; this sparks rumors that Freddy has returned. Although Jason arouses enough fear for Freddy to haunt the town again, he angers Freddy by depriving him of potential victims. This culminates in a climactic battle between the two supernatural killers.
Freddy vs. Jason was released in the United States on August 15, 2003. It grossed $114 million, the highest-grossing film in the Friday the 13th series and the second-highest-grossing film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. Adjusted for inflation, at $174 million it is the second-highest-grossing film in the Friday the 13th series and the highest-grossing film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. The film is Englund's final cinematic appearance as Freddy Krueger, although he appeared as the character in an episode of The Goldbergs.Hollywood Don't Surf!
Hollywood Don't Surf! is a 2011 documentary film that premiered in the 2010 Cannes Film Festival while a work in progress and held its North American premiere at the 2011 Telluride Film Festival, where it was presented to a packed park at the Abel Gance Outdoor theater by actress Daryl Hannah.Narrated by Robert Englund, the film explores the purportedly strained relationship between Hollywood film makers and the surfing community. After an irreverent and wild main title sequence (including the first printed and filmed images of surfing), Hollywood Don't Surf! examines the legendary film Gidget and the subsequent surf exploitation genre that followed, centering on the ambitious John Milius written and directed 1978 Warner Bros. film Big Wednesday, a commercial disappointment at the time, and the smattering of surf films that followed as Big Wednesday enjoyed a subsequent rebirth as a cult film on home video.
The documentary features:
Holly BeckKiller Pad
Killer Pad is a 2008 comedy/horror film directed by Robert Englund and starring Daniel Franzese, Eric Jungmann and Shane McRae.Meet the Deedles
Meet the Deedles is a 1998 American comedy film directed by Steve Boyum in his directorial debut, and starring Paul Walker, Steve Van Wormer, A. J. Langer, John Ashton, Robert Englund, and Dennis Hopper.Night Terrors (film)
Night Terrors is a film directed by Tobe Hooper. It stars Robert Englund in a dual role, as both Chevalier and the Marquis de Sade. The film was originally set to be shot in Egypt, which later was changed to Tel Aviv, which led the original director to quit the feature and the production company to hire director Tobe Hooper.
The film has received several negative reviews, noting Hooper's lower quality output following the release of Poltergeist.Nightmares in the Makeup Chair
Nightmares in the Makeup Chair is a documentary film, written and directed by Mike Kerz and released in 2018.The film stars Robert Englund, Robert Kurtzman and Rich Koz. The film features Robert Englund’s return to his Freddy Krueger makeup and documents the process as special makeup effects artist Robert Kurtzman creates and applies the Freddy makeup to Robert Englund. Every step in the Freddy Krueger makeup process is detailed as Robert Englund reminisces and shares stories and anecdotes about the making of the Nightmares on Elm Street movies and his years playing Freddy Krueger.
Robert Englund agreed to wear his Freddy Krueger makeup one more time and produce Nightmares in the Makeup Chair to pay tribute to the art of practical special effects makeup artists.
The Freddy makeup application process was filmed at the 2014 Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. Scenes for Nightmares in the Makeup Chair were also filmed in Robert Kurtzman’s studio, Creature Corps, in Crestline, Ohio. Robert Kurtzman filmed the process in which he details the creative steps in designing, sculpting, manufacturing and applying the final version of Robert Englund’s Freddy Krueger overlapping appliance prosthetic makeup.
The film was announced to the public on February 1, 2017 by Entertainment Weekly. The trailer was premiered on YouTube and had over 100,000 views in the first two days.Raise Your Fist and Yell
Raise Your Fist and Yell is the tenth solo album by rock musician Alice Cooper released on September 5th 1987. It features the track “Prince of Darkness”, which is featured very briefly in the John Carpenter film of the same name, in which Cooper has a cameo as a murderous vagrant. The song can be heard on the Walkman of one of his victims. A music video was made for the song “Freedom”, which also became the album's sole single. Raise Your Fist and Yell is the only Alice Cooper album to feature Ken K. Mary on drums and the last to feature Kip Winger on bass.
The album continues the slasher film trend created by Cooper’s previous album Constrictor. The track “Lock Me Up” features a guest appearance from Robert Englund, who portrayed Freddy Krueger in the A Nightmare On Elm Street series.
The album cover for Raise Your Fist and Yell was painted by artist Jim Warren.The Mangler (film)
The Mangler is a 1995 horror film directed by Tobe Hooper and co-written by Hooper and Harry Alan Towers (under the pseudonym of Peter Welbeck). The film is based upon the Stephen King short story of the same name, which appeared in his inaugural short story collection Night Shift. It stars Robert Englund and Ted Levine. It also spawned two sequels The Mangler 2 and The Mangler Reborn.The Paper Brigade
The Paper Brigade (also known as Gunther and the Paper Brigade) is a 1997 adventure/comedy film directed by Blair Treu. The film stars Kyle Howard and Robert Englund.The Phantom of the Opera (1989 film)
The Phantom of the Opera is a 1989 American horror film directed by Dwight H. Little and based on Gaston Leroux's novel of the same name. The film is an updated and gorier version of the classic 1910 tale, and stars Robert Englund as the Phantom.Zombie Strippers
Zombie Strippers is a 2008 American zombie comedy. The film was shot, edited, written, and directed by Jay Lee. The film, starring Robert Englund, Jenna Jameson, Penny Drake, and Roxy Saint, was distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.