Frank Oz

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  • Frank Oz: If you look at a lot of the pieces on the "Muppet Show" that came from Jim, there was a tremendous sweetness about them, and that's unique to Jim. Jim was never wimpy. He had a strength to his sweetness...that was great.

  • Frank Oz: [About the fame of Miss Piggy]:"I wouldn't like to be that famous, I value my privacy. Mind you, Miss Piggy enjoys every moment of it. If it were not for me, she would spend all her time in the limelight".

Trivia (38)

  • Frank's mother was Flemish and his father Dutch.

  • Frank was considered to direct Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). He even stated in interviews his plan for it: Steve Martin would have been Willy Wonka; Michael Caine would have been Grandpa Joe; Rick Moranis would have been Mr. Teevee; The Jim Henson Company would have made Oompa-Loompa muppets; Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson and Louise Gold would have puppeteered the Oompa-Loompas, while Frank Oz, as Miss Piggy, would have voiced Grandma Georgina.

  • Frank has directed two of his Star Wars cast mates in otherwise unrelated films: Ian McDiarmid (Palpatine/Darth Sidious) appeared in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) and Terence Stamp (Supreme Chancellor Valorum) appeared in Bowfinger (1999).

  • Frank attended Jim Henson's funeral.

  • Frank is a recipient of the prestigious Connor Award, given by the brothers of the Phi Alpha Tau fraternity based out of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also an honourary brother of the fraternity.

  • Frank Oz: The last 3 digits/letters of Frank's car's license plate are "PYK", for Piggy, Yoda and Kermit. It is believed to be a coincidence, because it is a standard DMV-issued license plate, not a vanity plate.

  • Frank has appeared in many of director John Landis's films as a good luck charm of sorts. He didn't appear in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) and Landis had a lot of bad luck during that film.

  • George Lucas was so impressed with Frank's performance as Yoda in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back that he campaigned for Frank to be given an academy award nomination. However the academy declined his request stating that voice and puppet actors are ineligible for academy awards.

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