Robert Barton Englund (born June 6, 1947) is an American actor, voice-actor, singer, and director, best known for playing Freddy Krueger, in the Nightmare on Elm Street film series. He played the character in eight films including Freddy vs. Jason.
Robert Englund was born in Glendale, California, to Janis (née MacDonald) and John Kent Englund, an aeronautics engineer. He has Swedish, Danish, Scottish, and English ancestry.
Englund began studying acting at the age of twelve, accompanying a friend to a children's theater program at California State University, Northridge. While he was in high school, he attended the Cranbrook Theatre School (organized by the Cranbrook Educational Community) in Bloomfield Hills. He then attended UCLA for three years, before dropping out and transferring to Michigan's Oakland University, where he trained at the Meadow Brook Theater at the time a branch of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Englund began appearing in films such as Eaten Alive and Galaxy of Terror. In later years he was picked for the role of Freddy Krueger and accepted to portray the character in Wes Craven's 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street. He then went to portray the character in the sequels A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985), A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors (1987), A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989), Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1994) and Freddy vs. Jason (2003).