Dave Goelz, born in Los Angeles, California, on July 16, 1946, can lay his claim to fame by being the mind behind the well-known muppet Gonzo. Dave was a designer of puppets, as well as a performer before joining the Jim Henson Company. When Fran and Jim started working on the long running show, The Muppet Show, they were able to get Dave on as one of the puppeteers. During his work in the show, he created highly memorable and well-liked characters such as Dr. Bunsen and the Great Gonzo. He also managed several other characters in the show, as well as being a voice actor for the Disney Company. When Jim Henson suddenly passed away, he also took over the responsibility of Waldorf in 1992. Along with this success, he is considered a major and irreplaceable talent in the Jim Henson Company. Dave has five children with his wife and attributes his success to his being able to bring out his own inner child.