MDM, Inc. Hollywood Prop Badges Meets up with the Man in Your Dreamz Robert "Freddy Krueger" Englund at 2012 Dallas Comic Con
Englund as Freddy Krueger
Wanting a feature film debut, Englund auditioned for the part of Luke Skywalker
in the 1977 film Star Wars
. After failing to get the part, Englund suggested that a friend, Mark Hamill
(who would ultimately win the part), try out instead. Englund's first film wound up being Eaten Alive
. Since then, Englund has made over 100 appearances on film and television. His early film roles usually typed him as a nerd or a redneck, and he first gained attention in the role of Willie
, the lovably innocent alien in the 1983 miniseries V
, as well as the 1984 sequel V: The Final Battle
, and V: The Series
Englund is one of only two actors to play a horror character eight consecutive times, the other being Doug Bradley
, who portrayed the Pinhead
character eight times in the Hellraiser
film series. Englund has said that he enjoys the role of Freddy as it gives him a break from always playing the nice guy; indeed, many people who have worked with Englund attest to his congeniality. Makeup artists responsible for the Krueger makeup have commented that Englund was so friendly and talkative that it made the lengthy makeup application slightly more challenging.
Englund's TV appearances include starring in the short-lived series Nightmare Cafe
(1992), in which he played Blackie, the mysterious proprietor of the title cafe, and reprising his role of "Freddy Krueger" in the series Freddy's Nightmares
. His guest spots include the science fiction series Babylon 5
, one episode of the show MacGyver
as Tim Wexler, Masters of Horror
, and Knight Rider
, where he played a phantom haunting a film studio and Walking Tall: The Series
as well as a guest star spot on the hit TV show Walker Texas Ranger. His work in voice-over animation includes magician Felix Faust
in Justice League
, The Riddler
on The Batman
and The Vulture
on The Spectacular Spider-Man
, and as Dormammu
on The Super Hero Squad Show
. On the TV witch drama Charmed
(Episode: "Size Matters
"), he played a demon who used the services of a lackey to lure people into a decrepit household (where he lived in the walls) and shrank them down to action figure size. He also appeared on an episode of Married... with Children
as The Devil. He appeared most recently in one episode of the 2010 season of the television spy spoof Chuck
, as a scientist who created a fear-inducing nerve toxin.
Englund made his directorial début with the 1988 horror film 976-EVIL
. His second feature, Killer Pad
, was released direct-to-DVD
in 2008. He is currently in pre-production
to direct The Vij
, about a young priest who is led by an evil genie to commit murder, and who falls in love with an old witch who is not what she seems.
His memoir, Hollywood Monster: A Walk Down Elm Street with the Man of Your Dreams
with coauthor Alan Goldsher
, was published by Pocket Books on October 13, 2009.
Recently he had starred in the web series
"Fear Clinic", where he played in five episodes as Dr. Andover.
Englund recently noted he would welcome a guest appearance in the ABC revival of V
in an interview with Todd Sokolove from Forces of Geek
In January 2010, it was announced that he will return as Jackson Roth for the sequel to Dee Snider
, Strangeland II: Disciple
. However as of December 2010 no specefic dates or plans have been made regarding the project.
Englund had a guest appearance in the Slasher episode of Bones
, portraying a quirky janitor at protagonist Dr. Temperance Brennan’s old high school. His character, a friend of Brennan's, and situation were introduced as "very creepy... it's like Freddy creepy." Englund was a special guest at the 2010 Streamy Awards
. He is a special guest of the CA Weekend of Horrors on 8 October 2010. Englund appeared on the Creation Entertainment Weekend of Horrors in May 2010. In May 2010 he was cast for the American indie thriller Inkubus
. Englund appeared as himself in the new Call of Duty: Black Ops
Zombies map, "Call of the Dead" as one of the playable characters. He will also play the part of a Halloween themed serial killer in Hawaii Five-0
In December 2011 Englund stated in an interview that he no longer wished to work on Freddy Krueger and currently has no desire to portray the character in any capacity, however he also stated that he's a strong believer in the phrase "Never Say Never" and that we have not seen the last of Freddy Krueger.
Personal life Marriages and family
Englund has been married three times, but has had no children in any of the marriages. The first of these was during his college years, the second was to actress Roxanne Rogers, whom he gave a small part in his first directoral film, 976-EVIL
. His third and current marriage is to prop designer and make-up artist Nancy Booth Englund. Englund has stated that Nancy is the love of his life and they have been married since 1988. Englund is the ex-brother-in-law of Sam Shepard
and Sandy Rogers.
Englund is 5' 9" (175 cm). Englund is a fan of the animated television series King of the Hill
, enjoys surfing, and continuously watches horror films. He has written an autobiography, Hollywood Monster, and has stated in the book that A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
is his least favorite Nightmare movie. Englund ad-libbed the famous line "Welcome to prime time, bitch!" in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
. Despite the villainous roles he plays, Englund is thought of as a very nice man who loves his fans. He continuously does interviews and attends horror conventions. Englund loves to do photos and autographs for his fans. He lives in Laguna Beach, California
with his wife Nancy and a house full of pets.