Creator / Robert Englund

Robert Barton Englund (born June 6, 1947) is a classically trained actor, who primarily works in film and television.

He became famous for his contributions to horror genre, most notably with the role of Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street films.

However, he first hit the big time as the lovably innocent Willie in the V (1983) franchise. This created a TV image strong enough that when Freddy's Nightmares had an Origin Story story for Krueger, Englund's face was largely obscured to avoid associations with Willie.

Along with his acting work, he has also directed two movies; 976-EVIL in 1988 and Killer Pad in 2008.

Also, he and three others once fought a zombie-fied George A. Romero.



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Tropes associated with Robert Englund:

  • Cool Old Guy: He's pushing seventy and still seems endlessly enthusiastic about traveling and making movies.
  • Large Ham: Not afraid to go over the top, as some of the later Nightmare movies show.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: He's well-known for playing the sinister child killer Freddy Krueger, but almost everybody who's met him only have positive things to say about his demeanor.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: While a young actor friend was sleeping on his couch, Englund encouraged him to try out for a big-budget science-fiction movie Englund was considered for. The young actor did, and eventually won the part. The name of that friend? Mark Hamill.
  • Motor Mouth: Get him going and he'll talk your ear off.