Robert Englund

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]

Robert Englund
Englund in Chicago, September 2017
Born
Robert Barton Englund

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

Nancy Booth
(m. 1988)
Websiterobertenglund.com
Signature

Early life

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] Englund had five successful years performing in regional theater[7] including plays by Shakespeare and 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]

Career

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

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”

.

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] where he appeared in five episodes as Dr. Andover.[13]

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] 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] 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] In May 2010, he was signed for the American independent thriller Inkubus.[21]

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]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1974Buster and BillieWhitey
1975SunburstMichael Sutherland
1975HustleHold-up Man
1976Stay HungryFranklin
1976St. IvesHood #1
1976Eaten AliveBuck
1976A Star is BornMartyUncredited
1977The Great Smokey RoadblockBeebo Crozier
1978Big WednesdayNarrator, Fly
1978BloodbrothersMott
1978The Fifth FloorBenny
1981Dead & BuriedHarry
1981Galaxy of TerrorRanger
1982Don't Cry, It's Only ThunderTripper
1984A Nightmare on Elm StreetFreddy Krueger
1985A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's RevengeFreddy Krueger / Bus Driver
1986Never Too Young to DieRiley
1987A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream WarriorsFreddy Krueger
1988A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream MasterFreddy Krueger / Nurse
1988976-EVILDirector
1989CHUD II: Bud the CHUDMan in Trenchcoat Walking with Trick-or-TreatersUncredited
1989A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream ChildFreddy Krueger / Maniac
1989The Phantom of the OperaErik Destler / The Phantom
1990The Adventures of Ford FairlaneSmiley
1991Freddy's Dead: The Final NightmareFreddy Krueger
1992Dance MacabreAnthony Wager / Madame
1993Tobe Hooper's Night TerrorsPaul Chevalier / Marquis De Sade
1994Wes Craven's New NightmareHimself / Freddy Krueger
1995The ManglerBill Gartley
1996Killer TonguePrison Director
1996The Paper BrigadeCrazy Man Cooper
1996The Vampyre Wars
1997Perfect TargetColonel Shakwell
1997WishmasterRaymond Beaumont
1998Meet the DeedlesNemo
1998Urban LegendProfessor Wexler
1998StrangelandJackson "Jack" Roth
1999Idle Handsthe HandVoice
1999The Prince and the SurferKratski
2001Wish You Were DeadBernie Garces
2003Freddy vs. JasonFreddy Krueger
2003As a Bad DreamProfessor
2003The Return of CagliostroErroll Douglas(Il ritorno di Cagliostro)
2003Nobody Knows Anything!Jack Sampson
20052001 ManiacsMayor George W. Buckman
2005RepetitionHimself
2006HatchetSampson Dunston
2006Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie VernonDoc Halloran
2006HeartstopperSheriff Roger Berger
2007Jack Brooks: Monster SlayerProfessor Gordon Crowley
2008RedMr. Doust
2008Zombie StrippersIan Essko
2008Killer PadDirector
2009Night of the SinnerThe Prince
2009The Vij
2010Web Cam 3D
2010De mayor quiero ser soldadoPsychologist
2010Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street LegacyHimself
2010Hollywood Don't Surf!Himself
2010Tamora GambleRory Columbus
2011Good Day for ItWayne Jackson
2011InkubusInʞubus
2012Strippers vs WerewolvesTapper
2012Zombie MutationDream Man
2013SanitariumSam(segment "Figuratively Speaking")
2013The Moleman of Belmont AvenueMr. Hezekiah Confab
2014The Last ShowingStuart
2014Witches BloodHimself
2015Fear ClinicDr. Peter Andover
2015KantemirJohn
2015The Funhouse MassacreWarden
2016The Midnight ManDr. Harding
2017NightworldJacob
2017Nightmares in the Makeup ChairHimselfDocumentary
TBAAbruptioMr. SalkPost-production

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1977The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries: Mystery of the Fallen AngelsGar1 episode
1977Young Joe, the Forgotten KennedyWillyTelevision film
1979The Ordeal of Patty HearstInformerTelevision film
1979Mind Over MurderTed BeaslyTelevision film
1981CHiPsZack1 episode
1981Walking TallBobby Joe Wilson1 episode
1983Hobson's ChoiceFreddy BeenstockTelevision film
1983VWillie2 episodes
1984V: The Final BattleWillie3 episodes
1984AliceSammy1 episode
1984-1985VWillie13 episodes
1985HunterVaughn1 episode
1986MacGyverTim1 episode
1986Knight RiderEdward Kent1 episode
1986North and South Book IIDeserter1 episode
1986-1987DowntownDennis Shothoffer14 episodes
1988D.C. FolliesFreddy Krueger1 episode
1988-1990Freddy's NightmaresFreddy Krueger44 episodes
Director: "Cabin Fever"
1992Nightmare CafeBlackie6 episodes
1995The Unspoken TruthErnest "Ernie" TrainorTelevision film
1996Walker, Texas RangerLyle EckertEpisode: "Deadline"
1996Babylon 5JeremiahEpisode: "Grey 17 Is Missing"
1996SlidersDr. James Aldohn1 episode
1997Married... with ChildrenLucifer1 episode
1998The SimpsonsFreddy Krueger
(voice)
Episode: "Treehouse of Horror IX"
1999The Jamie Foxx ShowCliveEpisode: "Bro Jack"
1999The Hughleys' Storm o' the CenturyEvil Bloodthirsty Brian1 episode
2000PythonDr. Anton RudolphTelevision film
2001CharmedGammill1 episode
2002Justice LeagueFelix Faust
(voice)
Episode: "Paradise Lost" Parts 1 & 2
2004Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!Ringmaster
(voice)
Episode: "Circus of Ooze"
2004-2008The BatmanRiddler
(voice)
Episodes: "Riddled", "Night and the City",
"Riddler's Revenge", "Rumors"
2005Justice League UnlimitedFelix Faust
(voice)
Episode: "The Balance"
2005Masters of HorrorThe MCEpisode: Dance of the Dead
2007Black SwarmEli GilesTelevision film
2008-2009The Spectacular Spider-ManVulture
(voice)
4 episodes
2009The Super Hero Squad ShowDormammu
(voice)
Episode: "Enter Dormammu!"
2010BonesRay Buxley1 episode
2010ChuckDr. Stanley WheelwrightEpisode: "Chuck Versus the Aisle of Terror"
2010SupernaturalDr. RobertEpisode: "Appointment in Samara"
2011Hawaii Five-0Samuel Lee1 episode
2011-2017Regular ShowThe Stag Man / Anti-Pops
(voice)
8 episodes
2012Green Lantern: The Animated SeriesMyglom
(voice)
Episode: "Razer's Edge"
2012Criminal MindsDetective Gassner1 episode
2012Lake Placid: The Final ChapterJim BickermanTelevision film
2013WorkaholicsDr. TelAmeriCorp / Josh1 episode
2014Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesDire / Dread Beaver
(voices)
Episode: "In Dreams"
2015Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.Pluto
(voice)
Episode: "The Tale of Hercules"[25]
2015Hell's KitchenHimself1 episode
2015Lake Placid vs. AnacondaJim BickermanTelevision film
2018The GoldbergsFreddy KruegerEpisode: "Mister Knifey-Hands"

Music videos

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

Web

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

Video games

YearTitleVoice roleNotes
2011Marvel Super Hero Squad OnlineDormammu
2011Mortal KombatFreddy KruegerUncredited
2011Call of the DeadHimself
2016Master of Orion: Conquer the StarsTerran Khan
2017Injustice 2Dr. Jonathan Crane / The Scarecrow[27]

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  10. Hamill, Mark (October 20, 2018). "Robert was 1 of several actors who told me about #StarWars-When I told my agent-She'd already set up an audition & still gets annoyed he takes the credit. Sleeping on his couch is nonsense! I'd been a working actor for over 6 years & had my own Apt. #SettingTheRecordStraighttps://twitter.com/Jeffy182/status/1053653687531380741 …". Twitter.com <!> @HamillHimself. Retrieved March 29, 2019. External link in |title= (help)
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