Actor Spotlight: Robert Englund
It’s time for a new feature for 1428elm. Actor spotlight. Periodically we will write a bio of an actor who has become synonymous with the horror genre. It would be a miscarriage of justice if the first was not Robert Englund.
Robert Barton Englund was born June 6th 1947 in Glendale, California. He began acting in a children’s theater group at the age of twelve. Later he attended California State University for three years before transferring to Oakland University in Michigan, where he trained at the Meadow Brook Theater which at that time was a branch of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He is a classically trained actor.
Robert Englund was considered for the role of Han Solo while visiting close friend Mark Hamil, who would go on to get a part Robert himself auditioned for, Luke Skywalker. Robert Englund’s first role in horror was in Tobe Hooper’s 1977 film “Eaten alive”, where he played Buck a sex crazed maniac. His breakout role was in 1983′s “V”, and it’s 1984 sequel “V: The Final Battle”, also “V: The Series”, where he played Willie a loveable innocent alien.
The role that made him a household name also happened in 1984, Fred Krueger, the menacing man of our dreams in Wes Craven’s “A Nightmare On Elm Street”. Six sequels of varying levels of success would follow. In consecutive years (1987 and 1988) he was nominated for a Saturn award for Best Supporting Actor for Nightmare On Elm Street 3 and 4 respectively.
Robert Englund has since retired from Freddy, but not horror. He has gone on to be a legendary icon in the horror industry, as well as an accomplished voice actor, director, author, and even singer.
We here at 1428 elm salute one of our Patriarchs, Robert Englund.