Birth Date: June 6, 1947
Birth Place: Glendale, California
Notable Films: A Nightmare on Elm Street, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3; Dream Warriors, Wishmaster, Hatchet
Awards: Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films (Life Career Award)
Robert Englund Biography:
Horror icon Robert Englund was born in Glendale to John and Janis Englund. As a child, he had already decided he wanted to become an actor, and started studying at the age of 12. He even enrolled in a children’s theater program at California State. He also went to the Cranbrook Theatre School while he was in high school and spent time nurturing and developing his craft. After spending a few years at University, he dropped out and trained at Meadow Brook Theater. After a five-year stint treading the boards, Robert moved to California to try his luck in movies.
His first role was a supporting part in Buster and Billie (1974), following up the role with turns in Sunburst (1975) and Hustle (1975). Englund almost won the role of Han Solo in Star Wars in 1977. He also recommended a Luke Skywalker audition to his friend Mark Hamill, a role Hamill won. Englund’s first taste of horror was in the Tobe Hooper film Eaten Alive (1977). In early roles. Englund was generally cast as a nerd, but all this changed in the early ‘80s when he won the role of Freddy Krueger in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
Englund played the role in 8 consecutive movies in the franchise, cementing his place as a horror legend. He also made appearances in several TV shows, including Babylon 5, Charmed, and Married… With Children. Englund also starred in the web series Fear Clinic, which became a feature film in 2014. He directed his first film, 976-EVIL (1988), and his most recent, was the horror-comedy Killer Pad (2008).