Frank Oz

Frank Oz

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Birthday: 
25 May 1944, Hereford, England, UK
Birth Name: 
Frank Richard Oznowicz
Height: 
188 cm
Frank Richard Oznowicz was born in Hereford, England to puppeteers Frances and Isidore Oznowicz. His family moved to Montana in 1951, eventually settling in Oakland, California. As a teenager, he worked as an apprentice puppeteer at Children's Fairyland amusement park. He is one of the primary puppeteers responsible for the development of Jim ... Show more »
Frank Richard Oznowicz was born in Hereford, England to puppeteers Frances and Isidore Oznowicz. His family moved to Montana in 1951, eventually settling in Oakland, California. As a teenager, he worked as an apprentice puppeteer at Children's Fairyland amusement park. He is one of the primary puppeteers responsible for the development of Jim Henson's Sesame Street (1969) and The Muppet Show (1976) as well as over 75 other Muppet productions. George Lucas originally contacted Henson to play the part of Yoda in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), but he recommended Oz for the part instead. He developed the character's trademark syntax, returning to voice and puppet the Jedi Master in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). He voiced the CGI character in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), supporting the transition of the character's rendering to digital. In 2011, the Blu-Ray edition of The Phantom Menace replaced the puppet Yoda with CGI to match the other prequel films.He began a career of behind-the-camera puppet and live action filmmaking by co-directing The Dark Crystal (1982) with Henson. He went on to direct The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984), Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), What About Bob? (1991), The Indian in the Cupboard (1995), Bowfinger (1999), The Score (2001), The Stepford Wives (2004) and Death at a Funeral (2007). Show less «

Frank Oz's FILMOGRAPHY

Saturday Night Live - Season 44

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Sesame Street - Season 49

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Saturday Night Live - Season 43

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Sesame Street - Season 48

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Saturday Night Live - Season 42

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Inside Out

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Saturday Night Live - Season 41

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Star Wars Rebels - Season 2

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The Great Gilly Hopkins

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Star Wars Rebels - Season 1

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Death at a Funeral

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Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith

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Zathura: A Space Adventure

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The Stepford Wives

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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones

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Monsters Inc

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The Score

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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

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Bowfinger

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Muppets from Space

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The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland

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Blues Brothers 2000

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Frank Oz'S roles

Miss Piggy
Miss Piggy
Yoda
Yoda
Aughra
Aughra
The Wiseman
The Wiseman
Fungus
Fungus
Robot
Robot
Bert
Bert
Corrections Officer
Corrections Officer
Mr. Collins
Mr. Collins
The Mighty Favog
The Mighty Favog
Corrupt Cop
Corrupt Cop
Bert, Grover, Cookie Monster, Harvey Kneeslapper, Muppet, Prince Charming, Tessie Twiddlebug, Frank, Additional Anything Muppets, Alistair Cookie...
Bert, Grover, Cookie Monster, Harvey Kneeslapper, Muppet, Prince Charming, Tessie Twiddlebug, Frank, Additional Anything Muppets, Alistair Cookie...