Robert Englund burst into the horror genre as the grotesque yet intriguing villain Freddy Krueger in Wes Craven's 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street. The Freddy Krueger actor had never appeared in a horror movie before, but he quickly cemented his place as one of the genre's most prolific and beloved stars, starring in nine Elm Street endeavors. Englund has never tried to shed his relationship with Krueger, and loves meeting with fans at comic and horror conventions across the globe.
What's surprising about Englund's shift to the horror genre is that he's a classically trained actor who studied with Lee Strasberg and took drama courses at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. The young Robert Englund was a star of live theater, with fans camping outside his apartment for a quick chance to meet him more than a decade before his Elm Street success.