|Born||Robert Barton Englund
June 6, 1947
Glendale, California, U.S.
|Residence||Laguna Beach, California|
|Education||California State University, Northridge|
|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
|Years active||1974 – present|
|Known for||Freddy Krueger|
|Home town||Los Angeles, California|
|Spouse(s)||Nancy Booth (1988 – present)|
Robert Barton Englund (born June 6, 1947) is an American actor, voice-actor, singer, and director, best known for playing the fictional 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. Englund is a classically trained actor.
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, and can speak Swedish fairly well. Englund began studying acting at the age of twelve in 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 California State University for three years before 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.
Wanting a feature film debut, Englund was briefly considered for the part of Han Solo in the 1977 film Star Wars while visiting his close friend, Mark Hamill, who would later be cast in the film as Luke Skywalker. Englund's first film wound up being Eaten Alive. He was Ranger in Galaxy of Terror produced by Roger Corman. It 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 Willie, the lovably innocent alien in the 1983 miniseries V, as well as the 1984 sequel V: The Final Battle, and V: The Series.
Englund played the psychotic burn victim and child murderer Freddy Krueger in Wes Craven's 1984 hugely successful A Nightmare on Elm Street. This role catapulted him to nationally syndicated 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), and 2001 Maniacs (2005).
Englund is one of only two actors to play 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 playing 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. His guest spots 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 played 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 and 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 played 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 spoof Chuck, as a scientist who created a fear-inducing nerve toxin.
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. His second feature, Killer Pad, was released direct-to-DVD in 2008. He is currently 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 with coauthor Alan Goldsher, was published by Pocket Books on October 13, 2009.
In January 2010, it was announced that he will return as Jackson Roth for the sequel to Dee Snider's Strangeland, Strangeland II: Disciple. However as of December 2010 no specefic dates or plans have been made regarding the project.
Englund had a guest appearance in the Slasher episode of Bones, portraying 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. He is 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 2010 he was cast for the American indie 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. He played the part of a Halloween themed serial killer in Hawaii Five-0. He also took part in a Halloween "Come dine with me" For Channel 4 in 2012.
- Buster and Billie (1974)
- Sunburst (1975)
- Hustle (1975)
- Stay Hungry (1976)
- St. Ives (1976)
- A Star is Born (uncredited) (1976)
- Eaten Alive (1977)
- The Great Smokey Roadblock (1977)
- Big Wednesday (1978)
- Bloodbrothers (1978)
- The Fifth Floor (1978)
- The Ordeal of Patty Hearst (TV movie) (1979)
- Mind Over Murder (TV movie) (1979)
- Dead & Buried (1981)
- Walking Tall (TV series) (1981)
- Galaxy of Terror (1981)
- Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder (1982)
- Hobson's Choice (1983)
- V (1983)
- V (The Final Battle) (1984)
- A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
- V (1984–1985)
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
- Hunter (November, 1985) in episode "Million Dollar Misunderstanding" as Vaughn
- Downtown (1986)
- North and South Book II episode 1.03 (1986)
- Never Too Young to Die (1986)
- Knight Rider (March, 1986) in episode "Fright Knight" as Edward Kent
- MacGyver (January 29, 1986) in episode "Flame's End" as Tim
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
- Freddy's Nightmares (1988–1990)
- 976-EVIL (1988) director only
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
- The Phantom of the Opera (1989)
- The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)
- Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
- Dance Macabre (1992)
- Nightmare Cafe (1992)
- Tobe Hooper's Night Terrors (1993)
- Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
- The Mangler (1995)
- The Paper Brigade (1996)
- Sliders (episode "State of the A.R.T." as Dr. James Aldohn) (1996)
- Killer Tongue (1996)
- Wishmaster (1997)
- Married with Children (1997)
- Strangeland (1998)
- Urban Legend (1998)
- Meet the Deedles (1998)
- The Simpsons (1998) as Freddy Krueger (voice)
- Idle Hands (1999)
- Python (2000)
- Charmed (October, 2001) in episode "Size Matters" as Gammill
- Justice League (2002) as Felix Faust
- Wish You Were Dead (2002)
- Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
- The Return of Cagliostro (Il ritorno di Cagliostro) (2003)
- 2001 Maniacs (2005)
- Dance of the Dead, episode of Masters of Horror (2005)
- Justice League Unlimited (2005) as Felix Faust
- The Batman (2005) as Riddler
- Hatchet (2006)
- Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
- Heartstopper (2006)
- Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (2007) as Professor Gordon Crowley
- Black Swarm (2007)
- Red (2008)
- Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (2008)
- Killer Pad (2008) director only
- Zombie Strippers (2008)
- The Spectacular Spider-Man (2008) as Vulture
- Night of the Sinner (2008)
- The Vij (2009) director only
- Fear Clinic (2009)
- The Super Hero Squad Show (2009) as Dormammu
- Web Cam 3D (2010)
- Bones (2010) as Ray Buxley
- Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) as Himself
- Hollywood Don't Surf! (2010) as Himself
- Chuck (2010) as Dr. Stanley Wheelwright
- Supernatural (2010) as Dr. Robert in 6.11 Appointment in Samarra
- Tamora Gamble (2010) as Rory Columbus
- I Want to Be a Soldier (2010) as the psychiatrist
- Inkubus (2011) as Inkubus
- Call of Duty: Black Ops: as himself, Call of the Dead (2011)
- The Moleman of Belmont Avenue (2011) as Mr. Confab
- Regular Show (2011) as the Deer Man
- Hawaii Five-0 (2011) Samuel Lee
- Green Lantern: The Animated Series (2012) as Myglom
- Strippers vs Werewolves (2012) Tapper
- Criminal Minds (2012) as Detective Gassner
- Lake Placid: The Final Chapter (2012) Jim Bickerman
- Workaholics (2013) Dr. TelAmeriCorp/Josh
- UCLA (University of California Los Angeles)
- Granada Hills High School, Granada Hills, California
- Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan
- California State University, Northridge
- Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England
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