Frank Oz

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Frank Oz

Born

5/25/1944, Hereford, England, UK

Birth Name

Richard Frank Oznowicz

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Miss Piggy
9.8
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Biography

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Frank Oz is a film director, puppeteer, actor, and voice actor, born Richard Frank Oznowicz on May 25, 1944 in Herefordshire, England. He is best known for his Sesame Street characters, Miss Piggy, Cookie Monster, Bert, and Grover, and for operating and voicing Yoda in the Star Wars…more

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  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • Oz is best known for his work as a puppeteer, performing with Jim Henson's Muppets. His characters have included 'Miss Piggy', 'Fozzie Bear', and 'Sam the Eagle' on "The Muppet Show", and 'Grover', Cookie Monster, and Bert on "Sesame Street", among many others. In addition to performing a variety of characters, Oz has been one of the primary collaborators responsible for the development of the "Muppets" over the last 30 years. Oz has performed as a Muppeteer in over 75 movies, video releases, and TV specials, as well as countless other public appearances, episodes of "Sesame Street", and other Jim Henson series. His puppetry work spans from 1969 to the present day.

    • Frank is the uncle of Michelle Oznowicz and Jenny Oznowicz.

    • The "Muppet" character 'Fozzie Bear' is actually not named after Frank Oz, as is widely believed. Fozzie is named after "Muppet" builder Faz Fazakas, who invented the device which enabled Fozzie to wiggle his ears.

    • Starting in the mid-1990s, after 30 years of "Muppet" performing, Frank started to transition himself away from his "Muppet" duties to focus on directing. He occasionally performs his characters on "Sesame Street", but most of his classic characters have been recast to other performers -- mainly Eric Jacobson.

    • Kermit asks the "Wizard of Oz" if he is related to Frank Oz in "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz" {2005}.

    • In 2001, he supplied the voice of Fungus in the Pixar film "Monsters, Inc."

    • On "Sesame Street", Frank Oz performed Bert, Grover, and Cookie Monster, as well as many minor characters, including Lefty the Salesman. He was also offered the role of Big Bird, but because of his experience as The LaChoy Dragon, he turned down the role.

      According to the book "Sesame Street Unpaved," during the shows early years he was in almost every sketch, but by 1998 he only appeared on the "Sesame Street" set four days a year, performing nearly 15 sketches with his characters during those four days.

    • Frank is married to Robin Garsen, they have been married to since 1979

    • Frank joined the "Muppets Inc" in 1963.

    • Frank is Jewish.

    • After Jim Henson's death, Frank put a reference to Jim in every movie he directed.

    • Frank emigrated to the United States at the age of five with his parents.

    • The only reason why Frank voiced Yoda in "Star Wars", is because Jim Henson recommended him to George Lucas.

    • Frank was a producer for these movies: "Muppet Treasure Island" (1996), "The Muppet Christmas Carol" (1992), "The Great Muppet Caper" (1981).

    • Frank was replaced by John Lithgow in the radio adaptations of "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi".

    • Oz made three movies with Carrie Fisher. He also directed Fisher's real-life mother, Debbie Reynolds, in "In & Out" (1997).

    • Frank often works with Steve Martin - "Little Shop of Horrors" (1986), "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (1988), "HouseSitter" (1992), and "Bowfinger" (1999}.

    • Frank directed "The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show" (1982) (TV).

    • Frank directed the movie "Little Shop of Horrors" (1986).

    • Frank directed the movie "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (1988).

    • Frank directed the movie What About Bob? (1991).

    • Frank directed the movie "The Stepford Wives" (2004).

    • Frank was in the movie "The Blues Brothers" (1980) as the Corrections Officer.

    • Frank was in the movie "Trading Places" (1983) as Corrupt Cop.

    • Frank was in the movie "Spies Like Us" (1985) Test Monitor.

    • Frank was in the movie "Labyrinth"(1986) as The Wiseman.

    • Frank voiced a Robot in "Zathura".(2005)

    • Frank is 6'2" (1.88 m).

    • Played the voice of Yoda in 5 of the 6 Star Wars movies, would have played in all 6 but Yoda was not in A New Hope.

    • Frank Oz was the voice of Yoda In "Star Wars."

  • Quotes

    • 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".

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • One of the all time greats

    9.1
    Without frank oz alot wouldn't be here. Alot of his movies. Some now classic. He help jim henson with the muppets. And being the puppetiers.He did a great job being the puppetteir for miss piggey. That was great. So all in all without Frank alot of good movies and characters puppeted would probably not be here.
  • I think he is perfect in doing the vocie of Yoda.

    10
    The only movies with Frank Oz I have seen are all of the five Star Wars movies with Yoda in them. I think Yoda was really cool fighting Darth Sideous and Darth Tyrannus. I only wish to know why someone strong with the Light Side lost to a Sith Apprentice. I hope Frank Oz does Yoda in the live action TV show coming up.
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