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Video Pays Tribute to the Other Actors Who Played Freddy in the ‘Elm Street’ Films

The first time Freddy appeared on screen, he was not played by Robert Englund.

Robert Englund is of course synonymous with the character Freddy Krueger, having played the dream stalker in every single film in the original Nightmare on Elm Street franchise – as well as in mash-up film Freddy vs. Jason. But though Englund played Freddy in 99.9% of the character’s appearances, a handful of other actors, stand-ins and stuntmen helped bring Freddy to life throughout the franchise.

What are their names and in which franchise moments did they play Freddy Krueger? You’ll find the full list below, along with a fun video that pays tribute to their largely unrecognized contributions!

  • Charles Belardinelli and Lou Carlucci played Freddy constructing his glove in Elm Street 1.
  • Jim Doyle plays Freddy coming through the wall and his hand in the bathtub in Elm Street 1.
  • Anthony Cecere is the stuntman who played Freddy when lit on fire in Elm Street 1.
  • Before Robert had come back as Freddy in part 2, a stuntman, whose name is unknown, was cast to play Freddy. He can be seen in the shower scene.
  • Michael Bailey Smith played Super Freddy in part 5.
  • Noble Craig, a legless actor, played Freddy coming out of Alice in part 5.
  • Chason Schirmer played Freddy as a child in Freddy’s Dead.
  • Tobe Sexton played teenage Freddy, also in Freddy’s Dead.
  • Kane Hodder played Freddy’s hand at the end of Jason Goes To Hell.

The song used in the video is ‘Froctagon’ by Linkin Park.



  • Necro

    Not to judge here but Jim Doyle had to have some thoughts going through his head during the ‘bathtub’ scene in part 1. I wouldn’t mind having his arm!

    • The chicken man

      Lol so sooooo true.

  • Darkknight2149

    Pretty cool.

    • David Ryan

      Thank you.

  • David Ryan

    I’ve been making videos for over a year now and I’ve been waiting for the day that I find one of my videos shared online. Today is that day. I appreciate you sharing it, the views have gone from 100/150 to over 1100 overnight because of it. My YouTube channel mainly consists of Elm Street videos. You’ll find a Freddy video for every movie, many character videos (more to come), tributes to the franchise as a whole and tributes to each movie (including a dark tribute to Freddy’s Dead). If anyone is interested, here’s a link to my channel:

  • Yukka Flat

    THEY MISSED ONE! the one that chases Tina and swings his arms around then she runs and she runs directly into the real Freddy.

    • David Ryan

      I had a limited amount of time and so many scenes to fit in, I just left that scene out as it isn’t really focused on Freddy.

      • Yukka Flat

        oh but i wonder which actor played that freddy who ran? also allt he times freddy is thrown and flies in air in VS is stunt stadnd in

      • Tor from Yucca Flats

        will you include the actors that did him during the Freddy’s Nightmares show?

        • David Ryan

          I don’t know. I don’t even know when someone else played him in that. My main reason for making this video was to show that more than one actor played him throughout the 9 movies, not including Jackie Earle Haley.(He got his own video)

          By the way, I did include “Running Freddy” in my part 1 Freddy video.

          • Tor from Yucca Flats

            he was played by many people for scenes of possesion ETC also in new nightmare there is a scene wher you see 100 freddys at aw all

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