Robert Englund

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Englund in 2002, image via Prphotos

Birth Name: Robert Barton Englund

Place of Birth: Glendale, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 6, 1947

Ethnicity: Swedish, Danish, Scottish, English, German

Robert Englund is an American actor, director, and singer. He is known for playing Freddy Krueger in the A Nightmare on Elm Street films. His films also include The Phantom of the Opera (1989), Urban Legend (1998), and 2001 Maniacs (2005), among many other roles.

Robert is the son of Janis (MacDonald) and John Kent Englund, an aeronautics engineer, who helped develop the Lockheed U-2 airplane. Robert is married to Nancy Booth.

Robert’s paternal grandfather was Clyde Carl Englund (the son of Charles A. Englund and Louise Matilda Gustufson). Clyde was born in Colorado, to Swedish parents.

Robert’s paternal grandmother was Virginia Belle Jorgensen (the daughter of Anton Milius/Millard Fabricius Jorgensen and Della Deniza Colton). Virginia was born in Nebraska. Anton was Danish, the son of Mads Jorgensen and Ise Marie Thybo. Della had English ancestry; she was born in Illinois, to a father from Massachusetts, John F. Colton, and a mother from Pennsylvania, Sarah H. Susannah Robinson.

Robert’s maternal grandfather was named Robert Millar McDonald/MacDonald.

Robert’s maternal grandmother was Mary Martha McClelland (the daughter of Harris Irvin McClelland and Martha/Mattie Ahlborn). Harris was the son of Samuel Given McClelland and Sarah White, who was English. Robert’s great-grandmother Martha/Mattie was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of German parents, Charles T. Ahlborn and Mary Walkenfeldt.

Sources: Genealogy of Robert Englund –

Robert’s paternal grandparents, Clyde Carl Englund and Virginia Belle Jorgensen, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Robert’s paternal grandfather, Clyde Carl Englund, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Robert’s paternal grandmother, Virginia Belle Jorgensen, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Travel record of Robert’s mother –

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