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Robert Englund

It's been a long time since the heyday of monster movies when a particularly charismatic actor could take and own a role like no other. There will be no Frankenstein like Boris Karloff, no Dracula like Bela Lugosi, no Wolfman like Lon Chaney Jr. The act of adopting a role like this has been lost to the modern generation of horror movies where the killers were anonymous masked men who could be filled by anyone who fit the build. Luckily for audiences everywhere, only one man has staked a claim to slasher king Freddy Krueger, and even after more than 20 years in the part, Robert Englund still manages to make it all his own. Born on June 6, 1949 in Glendale, California, Englund took to acting rather naturally. Classically trained at a variety of universities including UCLA, Oakland University and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, Englund made a career taking bit parts in movies throughout the early and mid-seventies including Buster and Billie (1974), Hustle (1975) and A Star is Born (1976). He didn't get his first real taste of the horror genre until 1977 when he was given the role of sex machine Buck in Tobe Hooper's true-life horror film Eaten Alive. Still taking bit parts on and off Englund became something of a fixture in low budget horror movies, taking modest supporting roles in movies like The Fifth Floor (1978), Dead & Buried and Galaxy of Terror (both 1981). He gained real prominence with a strong supporting role as the endearing visitor Willie in the "V" TV movie, miniseries and following television series, but none of these would compare to the role of a lifetime that would soon drop into his lap. In 1984, Englund immortalized himself to the world as the scarred monster who killed teenagers in their dreams in the role of Freddy Krueger in Wes Craven's seminal A Nightmare on Elm Street. Initially relegated to a moderate speaking role as Krueger, the following slew of sequels allowed him to truly cut loose and really give the character some personality, a defining feature that put Freddy in a class all his own among the masses of silent serial killers. With a half-dozen sequels and a TV series made within the next decade, Englund's portrayal of Freddy kept packing the audiences in with his antics and the increasingly elaborate kill scenes. Unlike many actors who tend to feel pigeonholed into parts after such a long period of time, Englund has taken the role of Freddy in stride, seeing it as a piece of popular culture that he can just have fun with. Throughout the 90's Freddy remained more or less retired, allowing Englund a chance to take other parts, mostly in low budget films that wanted a name, but more than a few that actually allowed him to show his face as well as play a character other than Freddy Krueger. He rejoined Tobe Hooper in 1995's The Mangler, battled an evil Djinn in 1997's Wishmaster (alongside Kane Hodder of Friday the 13 th fame), and played a creepy professor in 1998's underrated Scream clone Urban Legend. In 2003 Englund came back to the part that made him a star and took part in the long-awaited Freddy vs. Jason, a film that wasn't beloved by many but nevertheless breathed new life into both franchises which had until then remained in an indeterminate limbo. As of this moment, Englund is keeping busy as ever. He recently starred in the splatterfest remake 2001 Maniacs, has his own reality show in the work, is taking part in the all-star horror miniseries "Masters of Horror" in addition to voicing The Riddler on the WB cartoon "The Batman." Unlike many whose careers have floundered in the wake of their horror infamy, Robert Englund remains as busy as ever, and even if he were to disappear into obscurity today he would do so as a horror legend. Two Facts About Englund Robert's father designed the U2 spy plane. While struggling for work in the late 70's, Robert auditioned for the part of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. Maybe we're for the best that he didn't get the part, but you must admit that would have been rather interesting in retrospect.


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Horror movies:
56
First Appeared:
In the movie Eaten Alive 1977-05-13
Latest Project:
Movie Abruptio 2018-05-31
Splat Known For
Poster of Zombie Strippers!
Poster of 2001 Maniacs
Poster of A Nightmare on Elm Street
Poster of Dead & Buried
Splat Robert Englund Horror Filmography
Movie Abruptio Mr. Salk 2018-05-31
Movie The Funhouse Massacre Warden 2016-06-07
Movie Nightworld Jacob 2016
Movie The Midnight Man Dr. Goodberry 2016-09-30
Movie Lake Placid vs. Anaconda Bickerman 2015-04-25
Movie Kantemir John 2015-08-18
Movie The Last Showing Stuart 2014-08-22
Movie Fear Clinic Dr. Andover 2014-10-31
Movie Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th Himself - 'Freddy Krueger' 2013-09-13
Movie Sanitarium Sam 2013-03-01
Movie Strippers Vs. Werewolves Tapper 2012-04-27
Movie Zombie Mutation Dream Man 2012-11-04
Movie Fear Himself: The Life And Crimes Of Freddy Krueger Himself 2012-10-02
Movie Scream: The Inside Story Himself 2011-04-06
Movie Inkubus Inkubus 2011-10-28
Movie I am Nancy Himself 2011-04-24
Movie Fred Heads: The Ultimate Freddy Fans Himself 2010-05-04
Movie Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy Himself 2010-05-04
Movie Zombie Strippers! Ian 2008-04-18
Movie Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer Professor Gordon Crowley 2007-10-09
Movie Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon Doc Halloran 2006-01-01
Movie Hatchet Sampson 2006-04-27
Movie Heartstopper Sheriff Berger 2006-01-01
Movie Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film Himself (archive footage) 2006-10-13
Movie Never Sleep Again: The Making of 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' Himself 2006-09-26
Movie The House That Freddy Built Himself 2006-09-26
Movie 2001 Maniacs Mayor Buckman 2005-05-12
Movie The Perfect Scary Movie Himself 2005-10-29
Movie Dance of the Dead The MC 2005-11-11
Movie The 100 Scariest Movie Moments Himself 2004-10-26
Movie Freddy vs. Jason Freddy Krueger 2003-08-13
Movie Python Dr. Anton Rudolph 2000-08-09
Movie Scream and Scream Again: A History of the Slasher Film Hilmself 2000
Movie Urban Legend Professor William Wexler 1998-09-25
Movie Strangeland Jackson Roth 1998-10-02
Movie Wishmaster Raymond Beaumont 1997-09-19
Movie Killer Tongue Prison Director 1996-01-01
Movie The Mangler William 'Bill' Gartley 1995-03-03
Movie New Nightmare Himself 1994-10-14
Movie Night Terrors Marquis De Sade 1993-11-09
Series Nightmare Cafe Blackie 1992-01-29
Movie Freddy Speaks Himself/Freddy Krueger 1992-09-19
Movie Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare Freddy Krueger 1991-09-05
Movie A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child Freddy Krueger 1989-08-11
Movie The Making of 'Nightmare on Elm Street IV' Himself 1989-10-31
Movie The Phantom of the Opera Erik Destler / The Phantom 1989-11-04
Movie A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master Freddy Krueger 1988-08-19
Series Freddy's Nightmares Director (2 episodes, 1989)/Actor (Freddy Krueger - 44 episodes, 1988-1990) 1988-10-08
Movie A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Freddy Krueger 1987-02-27
Movie Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors Himself 1986-01-01
Movie A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge Freddy Krueger 1985-11-01
Movie A Nightmare on Elm Street Freddy Krueger 1984-11-15
Movie Mysterious Two Boone 1982-05-30
Movie Galaxy of Terror Ranger 1981-10-01
Movie Dead & Buried Harry 1981-05-29
Movie Eaten Alive Buck 1977-05-13