Frank Oz

American actor and director Frank Oz

Frank Oz is an American film director, actor, voice actor and puppeteer who is known for creating and performing the characters Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear in The Muppet Show, as well as Cookie Monster, Bert and Grover in Sesame Street. His work as a film director includes 1986's Little Shop of Horrors remake and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He is also the operator and voice of Yoda in the Star Wars film series.
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25 May 1944
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Why I love the 'Star Wars' prequels (and you should too) - USA TODAY
Google News - 2 months
USA TODAY Why I love the 'Star Wars' prequels (and you should too) USA TODAY I have a confession to make: I don't hate the Star Wars prequels. In fact, I love them. Not having hatred for a movie trilogy that earned more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office is not an opinion that should be considered particularly ... 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Rockets to Dominant Social Media BuzzVariety Laura Dern Adds Her Hollywood Star To The Star Wars GalaxyHuffPost Star Wars: Frank Oz, the Voice of Yoda, Has Joined TwitterComicbook.com Forbes -PEOPLE.com -Hollywood Reporter -/FILM all 2,303 news articles »
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Frank Oz and the gang of ‘Muppet Guys Talking’ still pulling on their silly strings
LATimes - 11 months
There were two lines, many people deep. Following the world premiere of the documentary “Muppet Guys Talking — Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched,” an intimate look at working with Jim Henson on “Sesame Street” and “The Muppet Show,” nearly every person who stepped up to a microphone...
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Miss Piggy Finally Shoots Down A Popular Muppets Legend About Yoda
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, it made sense that Miss Piggy was related to Yoda. In fact, it was likely that she was his mama. George Lucas once said that Yoda was the illegitimate child of Piggy and Kermit, Frank Oz used to voice both Piggy and Yoda, and there are even photos of the three characters together on the “Star Wars” set:  Luke meets some of Yoda's distant relatives But what does Piggy have to say?  The Huffington Post caught up with her at the Kate Spade offices to find out. There, she finally addressed the “Star Wars” connection, saying, “Comment on rumors, I will not!” She then burst out laughing, adding, “No that is stupid. That is stilly. What are you saying?” function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['...
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More than magic and puppets: Derek DelGaudio and Frank Oz on their upcoming show
LATimes - almost 2 years
The discussion was intentionally vague on Wednesday night at NeueHouse Hollywood — “cryptic,” as Derek DelGaudio offered afterward. The magician and performance artist was attempting to “start the conversation” about his upcoming show, “In & Of Itself,” along with producer Glenn Kaino and director...
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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' cast, crew and premiere guests relive first 'Star Wars' memory
LATimes - about 2 years
During the red-carpet premiere of the new "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," we asked the cast and crew, as well as some notable guests, to share their earliest "Star Wars" memories. Along with a few legacy players — including Frank Oz (puppeteer and voice of Yoda) — premiere viewers such as Lucasfilm...
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‘Star Wars Rebels’ teasers offer glimpse at new animated series
LATimes - about 4 years
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‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ final season premieres on Netflix March 7
LATimes - about 4 years
“The Clone Wars.” (Lucasfilm) The sixth and final season of the “Star Wars” animated series “The Clone Wars” is coming to Netflix. Subscribers in the U.S. and Canada will be able to watch the final 13 episodes of the popular show, dubbed “The Lost Season,” beginning March 7. “The Clone Wars” aired on Cartoon Network but was canceled last year to make way for a new series, “Star Wars Rebels,” which will premiere on the Disney Channel in the fall before airing regularly on Disney XD. In addition to “The Lost Season,” Netflix also will make available the entirety of “The Clone Wars’” first five seasons, including several director’s-cut episodes not previously seen on television, in addition to the “Clone Wars” feature film. PHOTOS: ‘Star Wars’ at the box office “’Star Wars’ is one of the most iconic franchises of all time and this series joins a long line of Disney content that Netflix members are and will continue to enjoy for years to come,” Netflix chief content officer ...
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Watch Jim Henson's even creepier original cut of the family classic 'The Dark Crystal'
Yahoo News - about 4 years
A fan has restored and released a new cut of the The Dark Crystal that closely resembles its makers' original vision. If you haven't seen it, the movie is a delightfully dark '80s fantasy created by master puppeteers Jim Henson and Frank Oz. In an interview with Mental Floss, Christopher Orgeron explains how he pieced together early cuts and final footage to recreate the closest possible thing to a "directors' cut" of the movie. The result is a patchy movie that, while hardly acting as a replacement for your Blu Ray, provides insight into Henson and Oz's vision for The Dark Crystal.
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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’: J.J. Abrams’ film to open December 18, 2015
LATimes - over 4 years
#photogallery-wrapper{width:100%;background:#000;min-height:450px;} #photogallery{background:#000;width:600px;margin:0px auto;min-height:450px;} .photogalleryloader{} #photogallery div.galleryitem{width:100%;margin:0 0 30px;} #photogallery div.galleryitem p{text-align:left;margin:5px 0px;padding:0 10px;} #photogallery div.galleryitem p.galleryCaption{padding-top:5px;border-top:1px #333 solid;} #photogallery div.galleryitem img{margin:0 auto;border:none;} #photogallery .galleryCredit{letter-spacing:1px;font-size:.75em;text-transform:uppercase;} J.J. Abrams, who has made a name for himself writing, directing and producing such hits as "Lost" and "Star Trek," was tapped in January to direct "Star Wars: Episode VII." (Tracey Nearmy / European Pressphoto Agency) http://herocomplex.latimes.com/movies/j-j-abrams-set-to-direct-star-wars-episode-vii/attachment/us-film-producerwriterdirector-j-j-abrams-3/ 1 Link Abrams made his first foray into television i...
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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’: J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan to pen script
LATimes - over 4 years
#photogallery-wrapper{width:100%;background:#000;min-height:450px;} #photogallery{background:#000;width:600px;margin:0px auto;min-height:450px;} .photogalleryloader{} #photogallery div.galleryitem{width:100%;margin:0 0 30px;} #photogallery div.galleryitem p{text-align:left;margin:5px 0px;padding:0 10px;} #photogallery div.galleryitem p.galleryCaption{padding-top:5px;border-top:1px #333 solid;} #photogallery div.galleryitem img{margin:0 auto;border:none;} #photogallery .galleryCredit{letter-spacing:1px;font-size:.75em;text-transform:uppercase;} J.J. Abrams, who has made a name for himself writing, directing and producing such hits as "Lost" and "Star Trek," was tapped in January to direct "Star Wars: Episode VII." (Tracey Nearmy / European Pressphoto Agency) http://herocomplex.latimes.com/movies/j-j-abrams-set-to-direct-star-wars-episode-vii/attachment/us-film-producerwriterdirector-j-j-abrams-3/ 1 Link Abrams made his first foray into television i...
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Lee Daniel Kravetz: Will Elmo Survive (and Should He?) What Kevin Clash's Departure Means For Sesame Street and the Rest of Us
Huffington Post - about 5 years
Like many, I was saddened, shocked, and conflicted by the accusations and ultimate departure of Kevin Clash from Sesame Street. I was a publicist at PBS when I first met Kevin. A producer offered me the chance to co-write a Sesame Street segment that the cast would perform live for the White House and two hundred children of U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq. Nervous and keyed up by my first in-person trip to Sesame Street, I flew from Boston to New York and arrived at Kaufman Astoria Studios. The cast, including Bob McGrath, Roscoe Orman, various Muppeteers and wranglers, composer Mike Renzi, and I were crammed in a small office rehearsing the script when someone new poked his head in the doorway. After a minute, he pinched his voice and tensed his cheeks in a way that resembled a smile when Elmo appeared -- bodiless -- from the mouth of Kevin Clash. "Hi everyone!" intoned Kevin. Seeing Kevin, a large, barrel-chested black man, and hearing the childish falsetto of...
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Jerry Nelson Dead: Muppet Performer Dies At 78
Moviefone Blog - over 5 years
Sad news for Muppet fans: original performer Jerry Nelson has died at the age of 78. Muppet Central first reported the news, with it being verified by the CBC. Although no cause of death has been released, Nelson had struggled with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and prostate cancer. Nelson first began working with Jim Henson in 1965, when Frank Oz was drafted, and Henson needed a new right-hand performer for Rowlf the Dog on "The Jimmy Dean Show." When Oz failed his physical, Nelson stayed on board performing various characters for Henson's TV specials, including the full-bodied Thog the Monster and developing Kermit's nephew Robin. He joined "Sesame Street" in its second season developing the characters of Count von Count and Mr. Sunffleupagus, among others. A fruitful relationship with Richard Hunt, inspired the creation of the Two-Headed Monster. On "The Muppet Show," Nelson performed a variety of one-off characters, with some proving so popular that they became rec...
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Frank Oz speaks — but not as Yoda or Miss Piggy
LATimes - over 5 years
The Muppet puppeteer and movie director heads to Los Angeles to accept a lifetime achievement Saturn Award. A word to the wise, Frank Oz fans: He won't do that Yoda impression.
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Frank Oz to 'Star Wars' fans: Do the Yoda impression I won't
LATimes - over 5 years
Frank Oz was the voice of the wise and beloved Yoda and, more than 30 years after the character's debut, not a month goes by without a fan approaching Oz with a simple request ¿ but the answer is always the same: Do the impression he won't.
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Celebrate Cookie Monster's Birthday
ABC News - over 5 years
We’d like to think that the Cookie Monster celebrates his birthday by blowing out the candles on one giant cookie.  Although this character celebrates his birthday on November 2, it is also celebrated today in honor of the birthday of Muppet puppeteer, Frank Oz. RECIPE:...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Frank Oz
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2005
    Age 60
    In 2005, he had a minor part in the Columbia film Zathura as the voice of the Robot.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2001
    Age 56
    In 2001 he had a minor part in the Pixar film Monsters, Inc. as Randall's scare assistant, Fungus.
  • 1998
    Age 53
    In 1998, Oz portrayed a warden in Blues Brothers 2000.
  • FORTIES
  • 1988
    Age 43
    Usually directing comedies, Oz went on to direct Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in 1988, starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine, What About Bob? in 1991, starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss, and Housesitter in 1992, starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn (all of which were scored by Miles Goodman).
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  • 1986
    Age 41
    In 1986 he directed his first movie that did not involve Henson, Little Shop Of Horrors.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1984
    Age 39
    Oz began his behind-the-camera work when he co-directed the fantasy film The Dark Crystal with long-time collaborator Jim Henson. The film featured the most advanced puppets ever created for a movie. Oz further employed those skills in directing 1984's The Muppets Take Manhattan, as well as sharing a screenwriting credit.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1963
    Age 18
    His puppetry work spans from 1963 to the present, although he retired completely from the Muppets in 2000.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1951
    Age 6
    Oz and his family moved to Montana in 1951.
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  • 1944
    Born
    Born on May 25, 1944.
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