Robert Englund

Born in Hollywood, California in 1947, Robert Englund seemed destined for a career on the silver screen. But his first acting success was in the theatre. As a young man, he became known as a fine interpreter of Shakespeare’s clowns and starred in the hit musical Godspell. In the seventies, he made the transfer to the movies. Englund starred in Daniel Petrie’s Buster & Billie (1973), Bob Rafelson’s Stay Hungry (1976) and with Henry Fonda and Susan Sarandon in The Great Smokey Roadblock (1977). In the eighties, Englund became a horror-icon by playing Freddy Krueger in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). The success of the movie led to seven sequels. Englund did not become trapped in his part. He proved to be a versatile actor starring in Phantom of the Opera and Stephen King’s The Mangler (1995) directed by Tobe Hooper. You could say that he has become the Boris Karloff of his generation. His second time at our festival, Robert Englund presented Wishmaster to the audience. Since then he has starred in many projects including the features Urban Legend, Behind the Mask, Last Showing, Fear Clinic, Midnight Man with Lynn Shaye, Nightworld and a important role in the 4th season of Stranger Things.