Actor Robert Englund

Robert Barton Englund (born June 6, 1947) is an American actor 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, and won a Fantafestival Award for The Mangler in 1995. Englund is a classically trained actor.

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. He is of part Swedish ancestry and part Scottish 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.[dead link]

Englund had five successful years performing in regional theater including plays by Shakespeare and Bernard Shaw. He married for the first time in 1968 to a 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.


In 1976, Englund was briefly considered for a part in Star Wars. 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).

Englund is one of only three actors to portray a horror character eight consecutive times,[citation needed] the other two being Doug Bradley, who portrayed the Pinhead character eight times in the Hellraiser film series and Tobin Bell who played Jigsaw.[citation needed] Englund has said that he enjoys the role of Freddy as it gives him a break from always acting out the nice guy;[citation needed] indeed, many people[who?] 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.[citation needed]

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. Another appearance was in a 2010 season episode 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.

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. During 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.

He had also starred in the web series “Fear Clinic”,[failed verification] where he appeared in five episodes as Dr. Andover.[failed verification]

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

Englund appeared as himself in the 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 frightened them as children.

He 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. In February 2016, Englund hosted a “Nightmare on Elm Street” marathon on El Rey Network.

Englund was featured in the 2019 documentary Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street, which examines the LGBT themes of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge and the life of actor Mark Patton.

As of 2020, Englund has been hosting the Travel Channel show True Terror with Robert Englund, which showcases scary but true stories about the supernatural or strange.



Year Title Role Notes
1974 Buster and Billie Whitey
1975 Slashed Dreams/Sunburst Michael Sutherland
Hustle Hold-up Man
1976 Stay Hungry Franklin
St. Ives Hood #1
Eaten Alive Buck
A Star Is Born Marty Uncredited
1977 The Great Smokey Roadblock Beebo Crozier
1978 Big Wednesday Narrator, Fly
Bloodbrothers Mott
The Fifth Floor Benny
1981 Dead & Buried Harry
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
976-EVIL Director
1989 C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D. Man in Trenchcoat Walking with Trick-or-Treaters Uncredited
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child Freddy Krueger / Maniac
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
The Paper Brigade Crazy Man Cooper
The Vampyre Wars
1997 Perfect Target Colonel Shakwell
Wishmaster Raymond Beaumont
1998 Meet the Deedles Nemo
Urban Legend Professor Wexler
Strangeland Jackson “Jack” Roth
1999 The Prince and the Surfer Kratski
Idle Hands The Hand (voice)
2001 Wish You Were Dead Bernie Garces
2003 Freddy vs. Jason Freddy Krueger
As a Bad Dream Professor
The Return of Cagliostro Erroll Douglas (Il ritorno di Cagliostro)
Nobody Knows Anything! Jack Sampson
2005 2001 Maniacs Mayor George W. Buckman
Repetition Himself
2006 Hatchet Sampson Dunston
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon Doc Halloran
Heartstopper Sheriff Roger Berger
2007 Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer Professor Gordon Crowley
2008 Red Mr. Doust
Zombie Strippers Ian Essko
Killer Pad Director
2009 Night of the Sinner The Prince
The Vij
2010 Web Cam 3D
De mayor quiero ser soldado Psychologist
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy Himself
Hollywood Don’t Surf! Himself
Tamora Gamble Rory Columbus
2011 Good Day for It Wayne Jackson
Inkubus Inʞubus
2012 Strippers vs Werewolves Tapper
Zombie Mutation Dream Man
2013 Sanitarium Sam (segment “Figuratively Speaking”)
The Moleman of Belmont Avenue Mr. Hezekiah Confab
2014 The Last Showing Stuart
Witches Blood Himself
2015 Fear Clinic Dr. Peter Andover
Kantemir John
The Funhouse Massacre Warden Kane
2016 The Midnight Man Dr. Harding
2017 Nightworld Jacob
Nightmares in the Makeup Chair Himself Documentary
2020 In Search of Darkness: Part II Himself Documentary
2021 Abruptio Mr. Salk Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1977 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries:
Mystery of the Fallen Angels
Gar 1 episode
Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy Willy Television film
1978 Police Woman Jonas Episode: “Sons”
The Courage and the Passion Sgt. Bell Television film
1979 The Ordeal of Patty Hearst Informer Television film
Police Story Painter Episode: “A Cry for Justice”
Soap Simon 2 episodes
Mind Over Murder Ted Beasly Television film
California Fever Buddy Burns Episode: “Centerfold”
Paris J.J. Eastwick Episode: “Dead Men Don’t Kill”
1980 Charlie’s Angels Harold Belkin Episode: “Harrigan’s Angel”
Flo Web Episode: “The Hero of Flo’s Yellow Rose”
1981 CHiPs Zack 1 episode
Walking Tall Bobby Joe Wilson 1 episode
Hart to Hart Buddy Kilgore Episode: “Rhinestone Harts”
1982 Thou Shalt Not Kill Bobby Collins Television film
Mysterious Two Boone Television film
Cassie & Co. Cliff Episode: “Fade Out”
1983 The Fighter Charlie Television film
Starflight: The Plane That Couldn’t Land Scott Television film
Simon & Simon 3-Card Monty Episode: “Red Dog Blues”
V Willie 2 episodes
I Want to Live Sam Cooper Television film
Manimal Thug Episode: “Night of the Beast”
Hobson’s Choice Freddy Beenstock Television film
Journey’s End Television film
1984 Alice Sammy Episode: “Vera, the Horse Thief”
V: The Final Battle Willie 3 episodes
1984–1985 V Willie 13 episodes
1985 Hunter Vaughn 1 episode
1986 MacGyver Tim 1 episode
Knight Rider Edward Kent 1 episode
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 Freddy Krueger 44 episodes
Director: “Cabin Fever”
1992 Nightmare Cafe Blackie 6 episodes
1994 Mortal Fear Dr. Ralph Wannamaker Television film
1995 Legend Mordechai / Willy Miles Episode: “The Gospel According to Legend”
The Unspoken Truth Ernest “Ernie” Trainor Television film
1996 Walker, Texas Ranger Lyle Eckert Episode: “Deadline”
Babylon 5 Jeremiah Episode: “Grey 17 Is Missing”
Sliders Dr. James Aldohn Episode: “State of the A.R.T.”
1997 Married… with Children Lucifer 1 episode
1998 The Simpsons Freddy Krueger
Episode: “Treehouse of Horror IX”
1999 The Jamie Foxx Show Clive Episode: “Bro Jack”
The Hughleys Evil Bloodthirsty Brian Episode: “Storm o’ the Century”
2000 Python Dr. Anton Rudolph Television film
2001 The Nightmare Room Mr. Bell Episode: “The Howler”
Charmed Gammill 1 episode
2002 Justice League Felix Faust
Episode: “Paradise Lost” Parts 1 & 2
Windfall Scratch Television film
2003 I’m with Her Leonard Heckman Episode: “All About Evil”
2004 Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Ringmaster
Episode: “Circus of Ooze”
2004–2008 The Batman Riddler
Episodes: “Riddled”, “Night and the City”,
“Riddler’s Revenge”, “Rumors”
2005 Justice League Unlimited Felix Faust
Episode: “The Balance”
Masters of Horror The MC Episode: Dance of the Dead
2007 Black Swarm Eli Giles Television film
2008–2009 The Spectacular Spider-Man Vulture
4 episodes
2009 The Super Hero Squad Show Dormammu
Episode: “Enter Dormammu!”
Fear Clinic Dr. Andover 5 episodes
2010 Bones Ray Buxley 1 episode
Chuck Dr. Stanley Wheelwright Episode: “Chuck Versus the Aisle of Terror”
Supernatural Dr. Robert Episode: “Appointment in Samarra”
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Samuel Lee 1 episode
2011–2017 Regular Show Anti-Pops / The Stag Man
8 episodes
2012 Green Lantern: The Animated Series Myglom
Episode: “Razer’s Edge”
Criminal Minds Detective Gassner 1 episode
Lake Placid: The Final Chapter Jim Bickerman Television film
2013 Workaholics Dr. TelAmeriCorp / Josh 1 episode
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dire / Dread Beaver
Episode: “In Dreams”
2015 Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Pluto
Episode: “The Tale of Hercules”
Hell’s Kitchen Himself 1 episode
Lake Placid vs. Anaconda Jim Bickerman Television film
2017 Uncle Grandpa Boogie Man (voice) Episode: “Broken Boogie”
2018 The Goldbergs Freddy Krueger Episode: “Mister Knifey-Hands”
Spy Kids: Mission Critical The Squatter (voice) Episode: “Home Sick”
2020 True Terror with Robert Englund Himself currently on season 1- The Travel Channel
JJ Villard’s Fairy Tales Hive Head / Toilet / Porridge Dad (voices) Episode: “The Goldilox Massacre”
2022 Stranger Things Victor Creel Recurring role

Music videos

Year Title Artist Role Ref.
1987 “Dream Warriors” Dokken Freddy Krueger
1988 “Are You Ready for Freddy” The Fat Boys Freddy Krueger


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

Video games

Year Title Voice role Notes
2011 Marvel Super Hero Squad Online Dormammu
2011 Call of Duty: Black Ops Himself
2011 Mortal Kombat Freddy Krueger
2016 Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars Terran Khan
2017 Injustice 2 Dr. Jonathan Crane / The Scarecrow


Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1988 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Nominated
1990 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master Nominated
1995 Fantafestival Best Actor The Mangler Won
2001 Saturn Award The Life Career Award Won
2004 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actor Freddy vs. Jason Nominated
2007 Sitges Film Festival Time-Machine Honorary Award Won
2009 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actor Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer Nominated
2010 New York City Horror Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award Won
Streamy Awards Best Male Actor in a Drama Web Series Fear Clinic Nominated
2020 CinEuphoria Awards Career – Honorary Award Won

External Links

Actor Robert Englund – Wikipedia

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