Jun. 6th, 1947
Glendale, California, USA
Guest TV Roles
The Riddler (Voiced)
Felix Faust (Voiced)
American leading actor of a number of horror films, probably best known as Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and all of its sequels. Englund, a boyish, tall and gaunt figure, became a cult favorite after that film but had started working in the 1970s. He was cast as a sex-crazed maniac in Eaten Alive (1977) by 'Tobe Hooper', who also directed The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). Englund went on to a number of low-budget horror films, including Galaxy of Terror (1981) and The Fifth Floor (1978).
Then came his big break as Freddy Kruger in Elm Street, the man of nightmares with the disfigured face and a red striped shirt with his right hand as razor-sharp knives. The film was directed by 'Wes Craven' and was so successful for New Line Cinema that the company had Englund reprise Freddy in all of the subsequent - and wildly successful - sequels. He played the title role in the semi-remake of the horror film classic, The Phantom of the Opera (1989) for 21st Century Film Corporation.
Englund has frequently worked with Hooper, in such films as Night Terrors (1993) and The Mangler (1995).
- Auditioned for the part of Luke Skywalker in _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv).
- Is an avid fan of filmmaker 'Kevin Smith (I)' (qv).
- While a student at the Academy of Dramatic Art he spent a summer teaching at Cranbrook Theatre School in Bloomfield Hills.
- Ranked the #40 top villain for the American Film Institution's Top 100 list of 100 Heroes and Villains for his role as Freddy Krueger.
- After failing to get the part of Luke Skywalker in _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv), he suggested to a friend that he try out for the part. That friend was 'Mark Hamill (I)' (qv).
- Member of Actors' Equity Association (1968-), Screen Actors Guild (1973-), American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America.
- Is an avid _"King of the Hill" (1997)_ (qv) fan.
- Parents: Kent and Janis McDonald.