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This article is about Ken Walsh from the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series. If you are looking for one or more other versions of Ken Walsh, please check the Ken Walsh (disambiguation).

Nobody likes a smart ass, buddy boy

Ken Walsh is a character in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge.

He is the husband to Cheryl Walsh and also the father of Angela Walsh and Jesse Walsh. Ken is a no-nonsense type father who ironically blames lack of discipline for Jesse's problems.


A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge

Ken Walsh is a typical nuclear family father whose role in the film is simply to cause frustration for his son Jesse. Early in the film, Ken is insistent upon Jesse unpacking his bedroom until finally having to force his son to do it. Afterwards, he begins to have antagonistic feelings towards Jesse. One evening, the Walsh family are burning up in their house which is 97 degrees in temperature. One of their pet parakeets kills the other one and then gets loose and flies around the room, scratching Jesse's dad's face, and then explodes. When one of Angela's birds explode, Ken accuses Jesse of using cherry bombs to cause it to happen.

Later, when a naked Jesse is brought home by the police after Coach Schneider's murder, Ken shows that he cares about his son while also demanding to know what sort of drugs Jesse is taking and who is supplying them. Somewhat mule headed, Ken refuses to acknowledge what he doesn't understand. Rather than fixing his air conditioner, he insists that it just needs a shot of freon. Ken, however, does not give it this simple shot of freon throughout the entire movie.

Ken purchased the house that Nancy Thompson grew up in for a discounted price, due to the death of Marge Thompson having occurred in the house. Ken kept this information from his wife, Cheryl Walsh. Upon discovering what her husband did, Cheryl becomes irritated at Ken's action.


Ken's personality brings conflicts within the family since he has a strict and serious posture, he usually gives too many orders and does not allow people to think differently from him. He also believes that he knows absolutely everything and that everything has a logical explanation, thus leaving the supernatural side as a mere hypothesis that should not be given value.

Physical appearance

Ken Walsh is introduced as an older man (he even seems older than Cheryl), with brown eyes and graying chocolate hair who usually wears glasses.


Jesse Walsh

His behavior with Jesse is harsh, blaming him for unexplained things, not allowing his son to speak on a couple of occasions. Although he shows concern for his son by wanting to know if he was using drugs or not, the next day instead of having a talk with his son, he preferred to put bars on the windows as if it were an extreme situation.

Cheryl Walsh

He usually has conflicts with his wife since she is much more understanding and calm, while he is much more closed and easy to get angry. When Jesse confronts his father in the kitchen saying that he knew a woman had died in the house, Cheryl gets mad at Ken for keeping the information from them.

Angela Walsh

Ken cares about his daughter and is the first one he seeks to protect when something strange and inexplicable happens in the house.

Other media

Jesse's Lost Journal

While the events depicted in Jesse's Lost Journal are not part of the series timeline or canon, Mark Patton (who played Jesse Walsh in A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge) wrote a string of events that he believes could go down in history as "what really happened." Following the timeline of the film series, the events we see in Freddy's Revenge take place in 1986, while the events described in Jesse's diary are mentioned as occurring in 1982 and 1985.

  • Please see here the special article for the character of Ken Walsh in the story written by Mark Patton.


  • Ken Walsh's story and personality changes completely from the film to the narrative present in Jesse's Lost Journal.


  • (To Jesse): Nobody likes a smart ass, buddy boy.
  • (To Jesse): See what you're doing here? I don't want to hear one more word about it, Jess. There is absolutely nothing, I mean *nothing*, wrong with this house. Come on.