AndyErupts.com would like to wish a very, very Happy Birthday to horror legend, Robert Englund, who is 65 today.
Englund’s first horror appearance came in Tobe Hooper’s 1977 alligator-in-the-swamp “video nasty” Eaten Alive (also known as Death Trap) in which he played a rather nasty redneck named Buck. He has appeared in over 100 movies including Dead and Buried, The Mangler and 2001 Maniacs. He has also appeared in more recent fayre such as Inkubus and Strippers vs. Werewolves.
Englund is also widely known for his role as Wille, the loveable and shy “good-guy” alien in the TV series V (1984-85).
It is, however, his performance as Dream-stalking, wise-cracking, child killer Freddy Krueger in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street and its sequels that have ultimately made him famous. Englund brought likeability and levity to a character that should be utterly reprehensible. Sorry, Jackie Earle Haley but it’s hard to imagine the role in anyone else’s hands. Robert Englund IS Freddy Krueger. That’s why I have Englund’s Freddy and not Haley’s, tattooed on my arm…
Englund is one of only 2 actors to play a horror character 8 consecutive times, the other being Doug Bradley as Pinhead in the Hellraiser movies.
Recently, Englund appeared as himself in the Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies map pack, “Call of the Dead“.