ECCC is bringing you the biggest names in movie and comic guests, both new and nostalgic. Don’t miss your chance to meet Stan Lee, the comic genius and Marvel movie cameo king in his final appearance at ECCC. Jon Bernthal, the new Punisher and Shane on TWD, also joins the entertainment guest lineup and will be signing autographs and taking photos with Fans at Emerald City Comicon. Robert Englund, known for his role as Freddy Kreuger in Nightmare on Elm Street, brings the horror to Seattle.
Bernthal was discovered by the executive director of Harvard University's Institute for Advanced Theater Training at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and graduated in 2002 from the American Repertory Theater with a Master of Fine Arts. Since 2002, Bernthal has performed in over 30 plays regionally and Off-Broadway, including many with his own award-winning theatre company, Fovea Floods. He also had small guest roles in television series such as Boston Legal, CSI: Miami, and How I Met Your Mother. Bernthal booked his first regular role on a television series with the sitcom The Class, which was created by Friends co-creator David Crane. After this, he had roles in films such as World Trade Center and Day Zero. In 2009, Bernthal had a supporting role in the Ben Stiller comedy film Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian as mobster Al Capone. The same year, he became a series regular on the television series Eastwick. In 2010, Bernthal portrayed Sgt. Manuel Rodriguez on the HBO miniseries The Pacific. Bernthal portrayed Shane Walsh in Frank Darabont's The Walking Dead, based on the comic book series of the same name. He was a regular on the show until 2012 and was nominated for the Breakout Performance – Male Award at the 2011 Scream Awards for his performance. That same year, he guest starred in an episode of NBC's legal comedy-drama series Harry's Law as Lucas Trassino. In 2013, he appeared in the crime drama film Snitch. Bernthal reunited with Darabont for the TNT series Mob City, in which he portrayed Joe Teague, a police officer working in a corrupt 1940s Los Angeles. He also had supporting roles in the Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street(2013) and the sports comedy film Grudge Match (2013). He played southerner Grady "Coon-Ass" Travis in the 2014 World War II film Fury, opposite Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña and Logan Lerman. Bernthal appears as a playable character in the video game Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in a downloadable game mode "Exo Zombies". Bernthal next co-starred in Denis Villeneuve's action drama film Sicario, opposite Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin, which won numerous awards and received positive reviews from critics. In June 2015, Marvel announced that Bernthal would portray Frank Castle / The Punisher in the second season of Netflix's superhero series Daredevil, which was released on March 18, 2016. He would then star in the Irish action thriller film Pilgrimage, alongside Tom Holland and Richard Armitage.
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Nightmare on Elm Street
After five years of success in regional theater Robert Englund returned to the west coast where he had grown up. His very first audition landed him a starring role in the 1973 film Buster and Billie directed by Daniel Petrie. Far from living the classic hand to mouth existence of a struggling actor, Englund worked steadily through the 70’s playing best friends, bad guy #1 and southern red-necks and starring opposite Henry Fonda, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Bridges, Sally Field and Arnold Schwarzenegger among others. In the 70’s, regarded as the second Golden Age of American movies, Englund was privileged to work for such classic film directors as Robert Aldrich, Robert Mulligan, J. Lee Thompson, Bob Rafelson and John Milius. During this time Englund was living in Malibu, fishing off his porch at high tide and surfing when not slogging through traffic on the seemingly endless rounds of interviews and call-backs that fill the days of
every working actor. He guest starred in scores of TV shows as well as working alongside some of the biggest stars of that decade including Barbra Streisand, Richard Gere, Burt Reynolds and Charles Bronson. Finally audiences could put a name to his familiar face when Englund was cast as Willie the friendly alien in the hit mini-series and subsequent weekly TV show “V”. Within weeks, Englund went from questions like: “Didn’t I go to high school with you?” to “Aren’t you that lizard guy on TV?”. Over twenty-five years later Willie still generates fan mail from science fiction devotees both in America and around the world. The series was a huge success. As a result Englund figured he would be eternally typecast as a sweet and lovable alien. To counter-balance this public image, he looked for a role that would allow him to demonstrate another side of his
talents. During one hiatus from filming the series, he auditioned for a hot young director making an interesting low budget horror movie for the independent studio New Line Cinema. Englund’s interview with Wes Craven landed him the role playing the burn scarred dream demon Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street and launched him into horror history. An international hit, the movie made New Line Cinema a major Hollywood player and prompted seven sequels and a syndicated TV series. The character of Freddy Krueger has appeared on talk shows, comic books, rap videos, and even a cartoon appearance as a guest on “The Simpsons”. There are numerous Freddy Krueger action figures, dolls, and attendant merchandising. Gottlieb came out with a very popular pin-ball machine based on the movies. Englund’s portrayal of Freddy Krueger blasted him into the pop culture vernacular as heir apparent to the horror icons of the past, destined to stand alongside Lon Chaney’s Phantom of the Opera and Boris Karloff’s monster in Frankenstein. In the mid 80’s Englund starred in the hour long network TV series “Downtown”, a serio-comic look at parolees. The short lived series also starred Blair Underwood and Marishka Hargitay. Acting on the small screen afforded Englund the opportunity to work with such diverse talent as Lillian Gish, Jack Warden, Sissy Spacek, Martin Balsam, Richard Thomas, James Earl Jones, Bruce Davidson, Lou Gosset and Hal Holbrook. The international success of “V” and the Nightmare on Elm Street sequels opened the door for film work abroad. Englund has starred in movies shot in such exotic locales as Budapest, St. Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Johannesburg, Madrid, Palermo, Barcelona and Zagreb. Englund is sought after as a guest at film festivals all over Europe and has served on juries and been celebrated with awards at festivals in Paris, Rome, Brussels and Sitges (Spain) to name a few. After over 75 feature length films, four TV series and countless episodic guest star roles - the most recent being guest leads on “Criminal Minds” and “Workaholics”, Englund is now directing as well as acting, and exploring the world of reality television and internet programming. He can currently be seen co-starring with Malcolm McDowell and John Glover in the film Sanitarium. Two movies, The Last Showing with Finn Jones and the horror pic Fear Clinic with Thomas Dekker, will be released in 2014.
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