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Robert Barton Englund (born June 6, 1947) is an American actor, best known for playing two versions of the fictional serial killer Freddy Krueger, one in the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series and one in Freddy's Nightmares: A Nightmare on Elm Street: The 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. Despite his reputation for appearing in horror films, Englund is a classically trained actor.[1] He last played Krueger in the eighth film in the franchise, Freddy vs. Jason, which was released in 2003.

In 2014, Robert Englund dressed as Freddy Krueger again for fans to take a photo with him at a convention.


Englund had been considered by George Lucas for the role of Han Solo in the original Star Wars movie. At the time, his friend Mark Hamill was sleeping on his couch and Englund convinced him to come along for the audition. Although Englund was not cast, Hamill was cast in the career role of Luke Skywalker.

After being cast in Tobe Hooper's "Eaten Alive," Englund's next prominent role was the part of alien Willie in the V series. Before and after this role, he was known for playing either a nerd or dumb redneck in movies.

In 1984, Englund was cast as Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984 film), which became his career defining role. His repeated appearances as the character solidified Englund as a horror icon and led to roles in movies such as "The Mangler," "The Phantom of the Opera," and "Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer." And although Englund also appeared in comedies such as "Ford Fairlane" and TV shows such as "Charmed," Krueger remained the role that he was mostly identified with.

He appeared as a semi-fictionalized version of himself in Wes Craven's New Nightmare (film). A semi-fictionalized version of him appeared in Wes Craven's New Nightmare (novelization).

A semi-fictionalized version of him appeared in Jesse's Lost Journal.




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