Sep 15, 2017

13 Things You Didn’t Know About Robert Englund

Article By: Tyler Doupe

The Internet is full of lists revealing little known facts about A Nightmare on Elm Street. But there are nearly none featuring trivia about the fellow that brought Freddy Krueger to life in the 1984 slasher classic. To pay tribute to the man of our nightmares on his 70th birthday, we have put together a list of 13 Things You Didn’t Know About Robert Englund. 

1. He auditioned for the role of Han Solo in Star Wars

Englund was auditioning for a role in Apocalypse Now when he was told he was too old for the part. But he was directed across the hall to read for a role in a science fiction film called Star Wars. However, he was then told he was too young for the part of Solo. He left the audition and told Mark Hamill (who was sleeping on the couch at the time) about the role of Luke Skywalker (for which Hamill was age appropriate). And the rest is history.


2. He met his current wife while making 976-Evil

Englund met his wife, Nancy Booth while he was shooting his feature film directorial debut, 976-Evil. Booth was a set decorator on the project. They married in 1988, the same year the film was released.


3. Even Robert Englund thinks Nightmare on Elm Street 6 jumped the shark.

In an interview with Coming Soon, Englund revealed that he believes Freddy’s Dead jumped the shark but that New Nightmare got the series back on track.


4. He once played Lucifer on Married with Children

Robert Englund played Lucifer on Married With Children in the 1997 episode ‘Damn Bundy’s’. In the episode, Al Bundy sells his soul to Lucifer for a chance to play for The Chicago Bears.


5. Englund’s favorite thing about doing New Nightmare was eating lunch with John Saxon

Englund told Nerd Bastards that daily lunches with Saxon were one of the highlights of shooting New Nightmare. Saxon has a career that dates back to the 1950s and having the opportunity to discuss Saxon’s storied career was a big high point for Englund.


6. He has been a horror fan for most of his life

Englund once told The Onion that he was a big horror fan as a child. He snuck out of the house to see Horrors of the Black Museum as a lad but eventually lost his taste for horror, as he got older.  The actor credits the late Wes Craven for reintroducing him to horror and teaching him to respect the genre.


7. Robert Englund is an avid surfer

Englund has been a surfing enthusiast for years. He has said that he enjoys surfing because it is a solo sport that he can enjoy in solitude. He is also a fan of boogie boarding. 


8. He is a fan of Jason Goes to Hell

While doing promotion for Freddy vs. Jason, Englund told The Onion that he is a fan of the much-loathed ninth installment in the Friday the 13th franchise.


9. Englund appeared in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo in C.H.U.D. II.

Robert Englund popped up in an uncredited cameo appearance in C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D. He plays a man in a trench coat walking near a group of Trick-or-Treaters. 


10. His favorite kills as Freddy are Tina in A Nightmare on Elm Street and Carlos in Freddy’s Dead

In his book, Hollywood Monster: A Walk Down Elm Street with the Man of Your Dreams, Englund lists Tina (Amanda Wyss) in A Nightmare on Elm Street as his favorite kill in the series. Englund also recently named Carlos in Freddy’s Dead as his favorite kill at Monsterpalooza 2017.


11. Snakes are among his greatest fears

Englund told Page Six that snakes are among his greatest fears. Ever since watching a scene involving a snake in The Naked and the Dead, he has been very uncomfortable around them. Although the actor did note that working with a live snake in the film Python has helped him work towards overcoming his fear.


12. He has been openly critical of several aspects of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

In an interview with Den of Geek, Englund called taking Freddy out of the Nightmare realm and into the real world for the pool scene “a violation of the Wes Craven bible”. 


13. He is a fan of body horror and counts De Palma’s Sisters among his favorite horror films

One of the reasons Englund counts Carlos’s death in Freddy’s Dead among his favorites is because of the element of body horror. In an interview with Everything 80s, the actor revealed that Sisters is one of his very favorite horror flicks.

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