Robert Englund - Rotten Tomatoes

Robert Englund

Lowest Rated:   4% Meet the Deedles (1998)
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Birthplace:   Glendale, California, USA
Robert Englund began his acting training at age 12, taking drama courses at the University of Oakland, U.C.L.A., California State-Northridge, the Michigan Academy of Dramatic Arts, and the Rochester, NY, branch of R.A.D.A. Englund made his first professional appearance in a Cleveland production of Godspell. His first film role was the bumptious backwoodsman Whitey in Buster and Billie (1974), after which he paid his dues in a series of villainous bit parts: shooting down Burt Reynolds at the end of Hustle (1975); beating up Kris Kristofferson in A Star is Born (1976); and so on. In 1984, he was cast as Willie, one of the few sympathetic Earth-invading extraterrestrials in the sci-fi TV miniseries V.Impressed by this performance, director Wes Craven buried Englund under several layers of latex and collodion and cast him as malevolent, mass-murdering wraith Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). The actor became an instant star, appearing in five Nightmare sequels, hosting a 1988 television spin-off, and basking in the glow of a plenitude of fan clubs. Although Freddy's only redeeming quality was his morbid sense of humor, Englund became an idol to the young, who emulated the actor each Halloween donning Freddy masks and plastic claws. Far from concerned that this idolatry might lead to delinquency, Englund allowed that he enjoyed playing Freddy, and felt pride at having created so memorable a screen persona. (In all fairness, he also emphasized to his most impressionable fans that it was all play-acting, and that his homicidal tendencies were strictly confined to the screen.) Unlike such horror icons of the past as Boris Karloff and Vincent Price, however, Englund was not able to shed his famous character's image when he wanted to move on to other roles. Outside of his Nightmare appearances, Englund's most significant credits were his one-shot directorial stint on the theatrical feature 976-EVIL (1988); his characterization of the title role in a medium-budget film adaptation of Phantom of the Opera (1989); and his hosting chores on the Craven-produced TV anthology Nightmare Café (1992).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
64% The Funhouse Massacre
  • Warden
2015
No Score Yet Lake Placid vs. Anaconda
  • Bickerman
2015
No Score Yet The Last Showing
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Fear Clinic
  • Dr. Andover
2014
No Score Yet I Am Nancy
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet The Mole Man Of Belmont Avenue
  • Mr. Confab
2013
No Score Yet Sanitarium
  • Sam
2013
No Score Yet Lake Placid: The Final Chapter
  • Jim Bickerman
2012
No Score Yet Inkubus
  • Inkubus
2011
29% Strippers vs Werewolves
  • Tapper
2011
No Score Yet 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams
  • Actor
2010
100% Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Good Day for It
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet I Want To Be A Soldier
  • Psychologist
2010
No Score Yet Night Of The Sinner
  • Actor
2009
60% Heckler
  • Actor
2008
70% Red
  • Willie Doust
2008
39% Zombie Strippers
  • Ian Essko
2008
No Score Yet Black Swarm
  • Eli Giles
2007
60% Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer
  • Prof. Gordon Crowley
2007
No Score Yet Killer Pad
  • Director
2007
No Score Yet Heartstopper
  • Sheriff Richard Berger
2006
74% Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
  • Doc Halloran
2006
50% Hatchet
  • Sampson
2006
No Score Yet 2001 Maniacs
  • Mayor Buckman
2005
No Score Yet Il Ritorno di Cagliostro (The Return of Cagliostro)
  • Erroll Douglas
2003
41% Freddy vs. Jason
  • Freddy Krueger
$82.2M 2003
No Score Yet Nobody Knows Anything
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Wish You Were Dead
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Windfall
  • Scratch
2001
No Score Yet Python
  • Dr. Anton Rudolph
2001
No Score Yet Killer Tongue
  • Prison Director
1999
No Score Yet Galactic Odyssey
  • Father O'Neill
1999
No Score Yet The Prince and the Surfer
  • Kratski
1999
6% Strangeland
  • Jackson Roth
1998
20% Urban Legend
  • Professor Wexler
1998
4% Meet the Deedles
  • Nemo
1998
21% Wishmaster
  • Beaumont
1997
No Score Yet Perfect Target
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Starquest II (Galactic Odyssey) (Mind Breakers)
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet The Unspoken Truth
  • Ernest Trainor
1995
No Score Yet Robin Cook's 'Mortal Fear'
  • Dr. Ralph Wannamaker
1994
78% Wes Craven's New Nightmare
  • Robert Englund
1994
27% The Mangler
  • Bill Gartley
1994
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle
  • Peter Cartwright
1994
No Score Yet The Paper Brigade
  • Crazy Man Cooper
1994
No Score Yet Tobe Hooper's Night Terrors
  • Marquis De Sade/Paul Chevaller
1993
20% Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
  • Freddy Kreuger
1991
No Score Yet Dance Macabre
  • Anthony Wager/Madame
1991
29% The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
  • Smiley
1990
33% A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
  • Freddy
1989
38% The Phantom of the Opera
  • Eric Destler/Phantom
1989
9% 976-EVIL
  • Director
1989
56% A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
  • Freddy Krueger
1988
74% A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
  • Freddy Krueger
1987
No Score Yet Never Too Young to Die
  • Riley
1986
No Score Yet Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors
  • Actor
1986
40% A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge
  • Freddy Krueger
1985
94% A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Freddy Krueger
1984
No Score Yet I Want to Live!
  • Sam Cooper
1983
No Score Yet Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land (Airport 85)(Starflight One)
  • Scott
1983
No Score Yet The Fighter
  • Charlie
1983
No Score Yet Hobson's Choice
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Mysterious Two
  • Boone
1982
No Score Yet Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder
  • Tripper
1982
33% Galaxy of Terror (Mindwarp: An Infinity of Terror) (Planet of Horrors) (Quest)
  • Ranger
1981
73% Dead and Buried
  • Harry
1981
No Score Yet Mind Over Murder
  • Ted Beasly
1979
No Score Yet The Fifth Floor
  • Benny
1978
No Score Yet Bloodbrothers
  • Mott
1978
No Score Yet The Great Smokey Roadblock
  • Beebo Crozier
1978
67% Big Wednesday
  • Fly
1978
23% Eaten Alive
  • Buck
1977
31% A Star is Born
  • Patron
1976
38% St. Ives
  • Hood
1976
75% Stay Hungry
  • Franklin
1976
67% Hustle
  • Holdup Man
1975
No Score Yet Buster and Billie
  • Whitey
1974
No Score Yet Slashed Dreams (Sunburst)
  • Actor
1974

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
71% Town of the Living Dead
2014
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Detective Gassner
  • 2012
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Samuel Lee
  • 2011
No Score Yet Bones
2005
  • Ray Buxley
  • 2010
84% Chuck
2007-2012
  • Dr. Stanley Wheelright
  • 2010
No Score Yet Justice League
2004
  • Voice
  • Felix Faust
  • 2002
No Score Yet Charmed
1998-2006
  • Gammill
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1998
No Score Yet Freddy's Nightmares
1988-1990
  • Freddy Krueger
  • Director
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • Tim Wexler
  • 1986
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
  • Zach
  • 1981
No Score Yet Babylon 5
1993-1998
  • Jeremiah
No Score Yet The Batman
2004-2008
  • Voice

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