Robert Englund

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Gender: Male

Birth Place: Glendale, California, USA

Robert Barton Englund is a 5' 9 (1.77 m) American trained actor, voice actor, singer, and director. He was born on June 6, 1947 in Glendale, California. His father John Kent Englund is an aeronautics engineer that helped with the Lockheed U-2 airplane, and his mother’s name is Janis. He can speak Swedish and has Swedish and Danish ancestry from his father side and Scottish ancestry from his mother side. He enjoyed surfing greatly and spoke about his love for surfing on Entertainment Tonight in 1981.

Robert Englund was in college while he married his first wife Elizabeth Gardner on September 15, 1968 and divorced her on January 2, 1986. He was with Roxanne Rogers from 1986-1988. He has been married to Nancy Booth since October 1, 1988 and has no children. Nancy and Robert met while working on his directorial debut 976-EVIL. Robert is an only child and resides on Laguna Beach, California with his wife Nancy.

His first acting appearance was in Eaten Alive in 1977. He then appeared in Galaxy of Terror, V: The Final Battle, and V: The Series, which made him seem as a redneck, nice guy or nerd. He went against his good roles and accepted to be a child murderer and psychopathic burn man known as Freddy Krueger in 1984 Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street.

He is famous for playing Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street movie series. Robert is described as being extremely friendly and thankful of his fans which is the exact opposite of his character, Freddy Krueger (very scary man) portrays him to be. He has made over 140 appearances in movies and television shows. He was ranked #51 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time for his role as Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). His role in A Nightmare on Elm Street brought national fame to him which made him become the new star icon that surpassed 1960’s Sir Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. His horror stardom lead him to have leading/higher roles in The Phantom of the Opera (1989), The Mangler (1995), and 2001 Maniacs (2005).

He was interested in acting at a young age and started studying acting at the age of twelve at California State University, Northridge. Robert attended the Cranbrook Theatre School, in Bloomfield Hills while attending high school. He attended California State University for three years and then transferred to Michigan's Oakland University to further his studies at the Meadow Brook Theater. He taught a stunts and stage fight class at the Academy of Dramatic Art while at the regional Meadow Brook Theatre.

Robert and Doug Bradley are the only two actors to act out the role of the same horror character eight consecutive times. Robert portrayed Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on the Elm Street Series and Doug portrayed the Pinhead character from the Hellraiser film series. Robert was the host three times for the Horror Hall of Fame awards from 1989-1991. Alan Goldsher transcribed from Robert Englund dictations, a memoir, Hollywood Monster: A Walk Down Elm Street with the Man of Your Dreams, was published by Pocket Books on October 13, 2009.

Some of Robert Englund quotes:

Jeff Bridges taught me a lot about how to keep a scene fresh.

The modern horror audience is wise to our tricks this lets it in on the gag.

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.

The last time we had Freddy in reality was part two and Freddy sort of went out on his own.

You're going to have to surrender a little bit to the contrivance of how Freddy and Jason get together.

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

Gosh, I'd like to direct Our Town on stage.

I think superheroes today are like whistle blowers.

I have friends that are much better actors than I am that had to quit the business because they couldn't survive the auditions or the rejections, or people just didn't realize how good they were.

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

The last time we had Freddy in reality was part two and Freddy sort of went out on his own.

Most of my nightmares involve me forgetting my lines in a stage play.

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 wouldn't want the pressure of a Six Feet Under or the pressure of improvising like Curb Your Enthusiasm.

And in Freddy vs. Jason I like when Jason and I double team Destiny's Child.

I get a lot of teenagers going, 'Yo, Krueger,' and honking their horn and giving me the claw. Yeah, I'm recognized.

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.

Actor Robert Englund Movies / Films:

The Funhouse Massacre (2015) Fear Clinic (2014) The Last Showing (2014) The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue (2013) Strippers vs Werewolves (2012) Lake Placid: The Final Chapter (2012) Inkubus (2011) Zombie Strippers! (2008) Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (2007) Heartstopper (2006) 2001 Maniacs (2005) Horror Business (2005) Freddy vs. Jason (2003) aka A Nightmare on Elm Street 8, A Nightmare on Elm Street 8: Freddy vs. Jason, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Friday the 13th, Freddy Krueger Versus Jason Voorhees, Freddy Versus Jason, Friday the 13th Part 11, Friday the 13th Part 11: Freddy vs. Jason, Friday the 13th Part XI, Friday the 13th Part XI: Freddy vs. Jason, FvJ (2003) Strangeland (1998) aka Dee Snider's StrangeLand, Rune (1998) Urban Legend (1998) aka Urban Legends (1998) Wishmaster (1997) La lengua asesina (1996) aka Killer Tongue (1996) The Mangler (1995) New Nightmare (1994) aka A Nightmare on Elm Street 7: The Real Story, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 7: Freddy's Finale, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 7: The Ascension, The New Nightmare, Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) aka A Nightmare on Elm Street 6: The Dream Lover, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 666: Freddy's Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 6: Freddy's Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 6: The Final Nightmare (1991) C.H.U.D. II - Bud the Chud (1989) aka C.H.U.D. II (1989) A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child (1989) aka A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985) aka A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985) "V" (1984) "V: The Final Battle" (1984) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Reviewed Movies Starring Robert Englund

Fear Clinic (2014)

Fear Clinic 2014

Fear Clinic (2014) is a low-budget American horror movie that is 95 minutes long and was filmed in Medina, Ohio, USA. Fear Clinic is based on the 2009 web series with the same name and was funded partially…

Inkubus (2011)

Inkubus 2011

Inkubus (2011) is an American low budget horror movie that I was curious to see because the title and cover image was attractive. First-time director, producer and writer of the story Glenn Ciano (Infected…

Zombie Strippers (2008)

Zombie Strippers 2008

The world's most famous adult film star, Jenna Jameson stars in this thrilling zombie adventure. In the not too distant future a secret government re-animation chemo-virus gets released into conservative…

Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (2007)

Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer 2007

After witnessing the brutal murder of his family when he was just a young boy, Jack Brooks is left with an unquenchable fury. Now working as a plumber, Jack attempts to fix his Professor s plumbing, only…

Heartstopper (2006)

Heartstopper 2006

When Sheriff Berger (Robert Englund) executes serial killer Chambers (James Binkley) in the electric chair, it seems like it’s the end for the world’s most violent criminal – but it’s…

Horror Business (2005)

Horror Business 2005

Take a walk on the scary side with guerrilla horror filmmakers and the bizarre culture that drives them to pursue their dreams. In 2003, filmmaker Christopher P. Garetano began what would become a two-year…

2001 Maniacs (2005)

2001 Maniacs 2005

2001 Maniacs (2005) is an American comedy thriller horror movie that is a remake of 1964 movie Two Thousand Maniacs! Tim Sullivan (Chillerama (2011), 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams (2010), Hood of Horror…

Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

Freddy vs. Jason 2003

Awesome movie where Freddy reawakens the knowledge of himself by allowing Jason to do the killing. But jason can't stop and Freddy is getting madder. He won't let Jason get away with his glory.…

Urban Legend (1998)

Urban Legend 1998

This is an alright costume for limited use. It is of so-so quality so it is fine for lite wear but not a keeper for the long haul in the costume box. It fits snuggly (the hat specifically)so you may want…

StrangeLand (1998)

StrangeLand 1998

Strangeland (1998) is an American thriller horror movie that was filmed in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA and Denver, Colorado, USA. Director John Pieplow (Jurassic Women (1996)) failed at executing…

Wishmaster (1997)

Wishmaster 1997

Robert Kurtzman's Wishmaster (1997) is one extremely gory and gruesome movie. Some very big horror icons also make appearances in Wishmaster like Robert Englund, Kane Hodder and Andrew Divoff. Wishmaster…

Killer Tongue (1996)

Killer Tongue 1996

The incredible story begins in the New Mexico desert at the border of paranormal reality. An unlikely convergence of strange phenomenon spawns a creature with seductive feminine charms and gross mutations.…

The Mangler (1995)

The Mangler 1995

The Mangler (1995) is an American, Australian and South African comedy science fiction thriller horror movie. It was filmed in London, England, UK, Los Angeles, California, USA, and South Africa. Director…

A Nightmare on Elm Street 7: New Nightmare (1994)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 7: New Nightmare 1994

The true final installment to the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. This has the lead star (Heather Langenkamp) from the first movie as a regular person living her life as a movie star when things start…

A Nightmare on Elm Street 6: Freddy's Dead (1991)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 6: Freddy's Dead 1991

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) is an American comedy thriller horror movie that is also known as A Nightmare on Elm Street 6: Freddy's Dead The Final Nightmare (1991). This movie…

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child 1989

Freddy comes back by using Alice's unborn child to pull people into his dreams of horror. This also gives you some in depth background on the birth a Freddy.

C.H.U.D. II - Bud the Chud (1989)

C.H.U.D. II - Bud the Chud 1989

A mix of horror and comedy make this sequel to the original one that stands superior to the original. While a poorly acted, written and directed film, as is the first one, the filmmakers decided to have…

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master 1988

Another compelling story where the last "survivor" from part three passes her "power" to her wimpy friend. This friend, Alice, is able to bring those around her into her dreams so…

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors 1987

A great movie that takes us back to the first cast. The star from the first movie is back to help the kids of a asylum complaining that they don't want to sleep because "He" will get them. A…

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge 1985

This Freddy Krueger movie puts you in an inner battle with a male teenager whom freddy possesses from time to time to wreak havoc on the kids of Elm Street. I didn't like this one to much. I thought A…

V - The Final Battle (1984)

V - The Final Battle 1984

Marc Singer, Robert Englund and Michael Ironside in the thrilling sequel miniseries about human resistance to alien invaders - from the birth of the first interspecies child to a harrowing countdown to…

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984

The first in the Freddy Krueger line of Nightmare on Elm Street movies. This one has a teenager who discovers that people can be murdered in their dreams by this boogie man, Freddy Krueger. You must see…

V - The Complete Series (1984)

V - The Complete Series 1984

They came for water. And for food. And as it turned out, we were the food. But humanity bravely resisted - a struggle seen in the hit miniseries V and V: The Final Battle. Yet the war continues. The heroic…