Freddy Krueger from the A Nightmare on Elm Street series may be a child-molesting serial killer, but the man behind the makeup, Robert Englund, recently granted an ill fan's wish. Englund played the iconic character for a total of eight Nightmare on Elm Street movies and helped turn Freddy Krueger into one of the most well-known characters in the horror genre.
Early on in his career, Englund saw fame after appearing in the TV mini-series V and even appeared in films alongside award-winning actors like Jeff Bridges and Susan Sarandon. After the '80s however, Englund became mostly known for horror films, with Freddy Krueger being his most well-known role to date. The actor has appeared in various horror projects over the years such as The Mangler, 2001 Maniacs, and The Phantom of the Opera. Englund will even host a new Travel Channel series called Shadows of History, which is expected to air this year. While Englund has no doubt been staying busy in his post-Freddy days, he still makes time for his fans.
After Make-A-Wish reached out to Englund, the actor flew to Illinois to meet with an 18-year-old fan named Henry. While dealing with a rare disease, Henry watched A Nightmare on Elm Street and soon after wanted to meet the man who played the iconic killer. Make-A-Wish's post along with a picture of Henry and Englund can be seen below:
18-year-old Henry watched A Nightmare on Elm Street while coping with his rare disease. After being referred for a wish, Henry knew he wanted to meet his favorite horror icon @RobertBEnglund, who famously portrayed Freddy Krueger! @advocatekids pic.twitter.com/qQzu1LuQhb— Make-A-Wish Illinois (@WishIllinois) August 29, 2019
In 2018, Freddy Krueger returned for an episode of The Goldbergs, but the last time the character appeared on the big screen was in 2010 for Samuel Bayer's A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot. For years there have been rumors of a new Nightmare on Elm Street reboot, but nothing has happened. Even though he previously said he was too old to play Freddy again, last year Englund revealed he was game for one more Nightmare on Elm Street movie. Nancy Thompson actress Heather Langenkamp even said she would return for a sequel, but nothing has been confirmed just yet. In fact, Warner Bros. hasn't given fans an update on a new Nightmare on Elm Street movie in quite some time.
While Freddy is one of the most vile characters in the horror genre, Englund has proven that he is quite the opposite. Englund has made himself available over the years at different horror conventions, which has earned him a reputation for being one of the nicest people in the horror community. That being said, it isn't much of a surprise that Englund would take time out of his day to fulfill the wish of an ill A Nightmare on Elm Street fan.
Source: Make A Wish