Name: Robert Barton Englund
Born: June 6, 1947
Occupation: Actor, singer, director
You know how some people are just born to act? Robert Englund is one of those people. Born in June of 1947 in Glendale, California, Englund began his acting career at the young age of 12. His parents, Janis and John (the latter partially responsible for the development of the Lockheed U-2), encouraged his choices as he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed at the Meadowbrook Theater.
Robert’s initial successes were relatively tame, including big roles in “Godspell,” “Buster and Billie,” “Stay Hungry,” and several other television appearances. While all of his roles were successful, nothing was quite as monumental as his role as the horrific Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street series, which was completely out of character for him compared to his other roles. Don’t let the success in the horror genre fool you, though. Englund once noted in an interview that his first horror movie, seen at age 9, left him scared for months. He played the role of Freddy Krueger in eight separate movies.
Englund is currently married to Nancy Booth, whom he has been with since 1988. Nancy is his third wife and he has no children from any of his previous relationships. Robert Englund’s net worth is currently estimated to be $14 million.
So how much is $14 million, really?
It’s certainly enough to get a language set and learn to speak fluent Swedish. While many believe he can speak fluently, this has been found to be a grossly exaggerated rumor. If he was really disappointed over not getting the Luke Skywalker role in Star Wars back in 1977, he could consider remaking a few scenes for his own personal library. Last, but certainly not least, he could open up a tattoo shop where he could offer removals, corrections, and replacement tattoos to those who suddenly realize their iconic Freddy Krueger tattoos weren’t the bright idea they once seemed. Even Englund acknowledges the fad as a strange bit of pop culture!