Heather Langenkamp

Heather Langenkamp

Born: July 17, 1964
Age: 58
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
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Heather Elizabeth Anderson (née Langenkamp; born July 17, 1964) is an American actress, producer, and prosthetic makeup artist.[2][3] She began her career as an extra in the Francis Ford Coppola films The Outsiders (1983) and Rumble Fish (1983) before becoming known for her role as Nancy Thompson in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and Chuck Russell's A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), followed by appearances in two of Craven's cult films: a victim in Shocker (1989) and a fictionalized version of herself in Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994).

Langenkamp's other roles include the figure skater Nancy Kerrigan in the NBC television film Tonya and Nancy: The Inside Story (1994), Marie Lubbock and Amy Boutilier on the ABC sitcom Growing Pains (1988-1990) and the spin-off series Just the Ten of Us (1988-1990) which both won Primetime Emmy Awards, Dorothy in Jonathan Zarantonello's The Butterfly Room (2012), and Moto in J. J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). In 2010, she served as executive producer and narrator to the documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy.

Langenkamp is the co-owner of the make-up FX firm AFX Studio[4] which has designed and manufactured award-winning make-up effects for film and television. She has worked as the special makeup effects coordinator for a variety of films including Dawn of the Dead (2004), Cinderella Man (2005), Evan Almighty (2007), and The Cabin in the Woods (2012).

Langenkamp was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her mother, Mary Alice (née Myers), is an artist, and her father, Robert Dobie Langenkamp, is a petroleum attorney who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy in both the Carter Administration (where he was largely responsible for realizing the Strategic Petroleum Reserve) and the Clinton Administration (where he was largely responsible for privatizing Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 1), and as Director of the National Energy & Environmental Law & Policy Institute of the University of Tulsa College of Law.[5][6] She is of German, Scottish, and English ancestry. Langenkamp attended Holland Hall School in Tulsa [7] but later moved to Washington, D.C., where she graduated from The National Cathedral School for Girls in 1982.[8]



Langenkamp's career began in film, where she was cast as an extra in Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 film The Outsiders. The same year, Langenkamp had a speaking role in Coppola's next film Rumble Fish, which earned her a SAG card.[9] Her scenes were deleted from the final cut of both films. The 1984 film Nickel Mountain, which is based on John Gardner's 1973 novel of the same name, marked her acting debut.[10]

While she was studying at Stanford University, Wes Craven cast her as teen heroine Nancy Thompson in his film A Nightmare on Elm Street. Craven wanted someone very "non-Hollywood" to play Nancy, and he believed Langenkamp met this quality.[11] She beat out more than 200 actresses auditioning for the part.[12] The film earned $25 million at the American box office.[13] Langenkamp received the Best Actress Award at the Avoriaz Film Festival for her role as Nancy.[14] Langenkamp's next role was Beth Kennerly in the television film Passions. The same year, she auditioned for the role of Samantha "Sam" Belmont in the science fiction horror comedy film Night of the Comet, but the part went to Kelli Maroney.[15]

In 1985, Langenkamp was cast in Suburban Beat, a TV pilot that was not picked up for a full series, where she played Hope Sherman, the youngest housewife.[16] The same year, Langenkamp starred in the music video for ZZ Top's "Sleeping Bag".[17] The following year, she guest starred in CBS Schoolbreak Special and ABC Afterschool Specials. In 1987, Langenkamp reprised her role as Nancy in the film A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. The film focused on the survivors of Freddy Krueger's previous attempts.[18] The same year, she portrayed Tracy in The New Adventures of Beans Baxter and Monica in Hotel.

Langenkamp at the Fan Expo Canada in 2014

Langenkamp played Marie Lubbock on the ABC television series Just the Ten of Us, a spin-off of the popular ABC situation comedy Growing Pains (on which Langenkamp guest-starred), from 1988 to 1990. Both Growing Pains and Just the Ten of Us won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lighting Design / Lighting Direction for a Variety Series.[19] [20] That same year, she and her castmates were nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor/Actress Ensemble in a Television Comedy, Drama Series or Special. In 1989, she had a cameo role as the first victim of Horace Pinker in Wes Craven's Shocker.[21][22] In the film, she is shown on a news report being pulled away on a stretcher. In a retrospective interview, Langenkamp revealed that she auditioned for an episode of the television series Freddy's Nightmares.[23]

Langenkamp returned to the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, playing a fictionalized version of herself in the 1994 film Wes Craven's New Nightmare. The same year, she portrayed the figure skater Nancy Kerrigan in the NBC television film Tonya & Nancy: The Inside Story, which focused on the 1994 attack on Kerrigan. In 1995, Langenkamp starred in The Demolitionist.[24] In 1997, Langenkamp portrayed Lou Ann Solomon in one episode of the short-lived science fiction/horror television series Perversions of Science. Langenkamp later starred in the direct-to-video film Fugitive Mind (1999).

In 2000, she had a guest role in 18 Wheels of Justice as a waitress. The following year, Langenkamp, alongside her husband David Anderson, launched the Malibu Gum Factory which sold locally manufactured chewing gum that featured trading cards of local surfers inside each package.[25] In 2002, Langenkamp portrayed Janet Thompson in an episode of JAG. After this appearance, she took a break from acting to focus on her family.[26] In 2005, Langenkamp was cast in the Wes Craven horror film Cursed. The film had to be reshot and rewritten causing Langenkamp to leave the production due to scheduling conflicts.[27]

I would never say no to the option of doing something like that. It's a great universe and it's one of the most creative franchises, there's more to be made, I'm sure.

—Langenkamp on the possibility of returning to the A Nightmare on Elm Street series[28]

In 2007, Langenkamp was cast as herself in the indie mockumentary film The Bet (released ten years later as a web series with the same title). She starred in, executive produced, and narrated the 2010 documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy. The following year, Langenkamp produced a documentary entitled I Am Nancy, which focused on her experience portraying Nancy in the A Nightmare on Elm Street films.[29] In 2012, Langenkamp portrayed Dorothy in the horror film The Butterfly Room. As a partner in her husband's Special FX Make-up company, AFX Studio, Heather worked on The Cabin in the Woods. The same year, she appeared as herself in a short documentary entitled The Cabin in the Woods: An Army of Nightmares - Makeup & Animatronic that was included in the film's Blu-ray release which examined how the creatures were brought to life through special effects.[30][31] The following year, Langenkamp appeared as herself in the documentary Fantasm[32] and had a small role of an alien in the film, Star Trek Into Darkness in which her husband David Leroy Anderson designed all of the Special FX make-up.[33] In 2014, she made a cameo appearance in American Horror Story's fourth season, Freak Show, as a Tupperware lady.[34]

In 2015, Langenkamp was cast in the short film Intruder, portrayed Sharon Monroe in 4 episodes of The Bay, and narrated the short horror film Vault of the Macabre II.[35][36] In 2016, Langenkamp starred in Home.[37] In 2017, Langenkamp had a cameo role in the short horror comedy film The Sub and appeared as herself in the documentary Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary. She is set to star in the upcoming films Flashlight[38] and Hellraiser: Judgment. In 2017, Langenkamp portrayed the adult version of the "final girl" Donna Boone in the Syfy television horror film Truth or Dare, guiding a group of teenagers with their battle with a deadly spirit that left her physically scarred several years prior.[39]

Philanthropic efforts

In April 2017, Langenkamp participated in AbilityFirst's Stroll & Roll, an event that raises awareness and funds for people with disabilities.[40]

Personal life

Langenkamp married Alan Pasqua while filming A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984, but they divorced in 1987.[41] Elements of the plot for Wes Craven's New Nightmare are based on an incident in which Langenkamp received numerous threatening letters from an obsessed fan after the cancellation of Just the Ten of Us.[42] Langenkamp has been married to David LeRoy Anderson since 1989 and had two children with him.



Year Title Role Notes
1983 The Outsiders Extra Scenes deleted
1983 Rumble Fish Extra Scenes deleted
1984 Nickel Mountain Callie Wells
1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street Nancy Thompson
1985 Sleeping Bag Sleeping Girl ZZ Top music video
1987 A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Nancy Thompson
1988 Are You Ready for Freddy Nancy Thompson The Fat Boys music video, voice
1989 Shocker Victim Cameo
1994 Wes Craven's New Nightmare Herself / Nancy Thompson
1995 The Demolitionist Christy Carruthers
1999 Fugitive Mind Suzanne Hicks Video
1999 The Nightmare Series Encyclopedia Herself Documentary
1999 Welcome to Primetime Herself Documentary
2003 Freddy vs. Jason Nancy Thompson Archive footage, special thanks
2004 Dawn of the Dead Prosthetics production crew As Heather Langenkamp Anderson
2005 Cinderella Man Special makeup effects: AFX Studios As Heather Langenkamp Anderson, co-owner of Make-Up FX Lab
2007 The Bet Heather Langenkamp
2007 Evan Almighty Special makeup effects coordinator: AFX Studio Co-owner of Make-Up FX Lab
2007 Dead Silence Makeup artist Co-owner of Make-Up FX Lab[43]
2008 Prank Director
2010 Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy Narrator / Herself Documentary, executive producer
2011 I Am Nancy Herself Documentary, producer
2012 The Butterfly Room Dorothy
2012 The Cabin in the Woods Special makeup effects crew: AFX Studio / Herself Special features: An Army of Nightmares - Makeup & Animatronic; documentary, short
as Heather L. Anderson
2013 Fantasm Herself Documentary
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Moto Cameo
2015 The Nightmare Nancy Thompson Archive footage, uncredited
2015 Intruder Sally Short
2015 Vault of the Macabre II Narrator Short
2016 Home Heather
2017 The Sub Senora Babcock Short, cameo
2017 Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary Herself Documentary
2018 Hellraiser: Judgment Landlady Direct to video, cameo
2018 Road Trash Narrator In-development, Short
2018 Unholy Blood Lead Short film
2018 Portal Fiona
2019 The Survivors Julie In-development


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Passions Beth Kennerly Television film
1985 Suburban Beat Hope Sherman Television pilot
1986 CBS Schoolbreak Special Erica Episode: "Have You Tried Talking to Patty?"
1986 ABC Afterschool Special Paula Finkle Episode: "Can a Guy Say No?"
1986 Heart of the City Audrey Episode: "Of Dogs and Cat Burglars"
1987 The New Adventures of Beans Baxter Tracy Episode: "Beans Goes to Camp"
1987 Hotel Monica Episode: "Desperate Moves"
1988 Circus of the Stars #13 Herself Television special
1988-1990 Growing Pains Marie Lubbock / Amy Boutilier 5 episodes
1988-1990 Just the Ten of Us Marie Lubbock Main role (47 episodes)
1990 ABC TGIF Marie Lubbock 1 episode
1992 Freddy Speaks Herself Television documentary
1994 Tonya and Nancy: The Inside Story Nancy Kerrigan Television film
1997 Perversions of Science Lou Ann Solomon Episode: "Ultimate Weapon"
1999 Partners Suzanne Episode: "Always..."
2000 18 Wheels of Justice Waitress Episode: "Genesis
2002 JAG Janet Thompson Episode: "Odd Man Out"
2011-present American Horror Story Makeup artist Co-owner of Special Make-Up FX Lab
2014 American Horror Story: Freak Show Female Toulouse 2 episodes
2015 The Bay Sharon Monroe 4 episodes
2015-2016 Scream Queens Makeup artist Co-owner of Special FX Make-Up Lab
2016-2017 The Bet Heather Langenkamp 2 episodes
2017 Truth or Dare Donna Boone (Adult) Television film

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