Frank Oz

Frank Oz

Highest Rated: 100% Derek DelGaudio's In & of Itself (2020)

Lowest Rated: 26% The Stepford Wives (2004)

Birthday: May 25, 1944

Birthplace: Hereford, England, UK

Born Frank Oznowicz, in Hereford, England in 1944, young Frank Oz's parents were both puppeteers. They moved from England to Belgium, then Montana, before settling in Oakland, California. Oz began puppeteering at age 12. When he was 17 he met Jim Henson at a Puppeteers of America festival, and went to join him in New York the next year, after graduating from high school. His first on screen puppeteering came in 1963, when he was the right hand of Henson's Rowlf the Dog on "The Jimmy Dean Show" (ABC, 1963-1966). When "Sesame Street" (NET, 1969; PBS, 1970- ; HBO, 2016-) premiered, Oz became part of the fabric of children's lives around the country. He created and performed some of the best-loved characters on the show, including Bert, Grover, and Cookie Monster. The trend continued with "The Muppet Show" (ITV/ABC, 1976-1981), with Oz performing Miss Piggie, Fozzy Bear, Animal, and more. The shows was nominated for Emmys for Outstanding Comedy-Variety and/or Music Series three times and won the award in 1978. Oz created and performed the role of Yoda in "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980), his first major success without Henson. His first directing credit came when he paired with Henson to direct the fantasy "The Dark Crystal" (1982). Oz managed to completely escape Henson's muppet empire when he directed "Little Shop of Horrors" (1986). The success of that film helped propel a directing career that included "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (1988), "Bowfinger" (1999), and "The Stepford Wives" (2004) among others. Oz continued to lend his voice to the occasional animated film, like "Inside Out" (2015) while still voicing characters on "Sesame Street," "The Muppets," and Yoda in the evolving "Star Wars" universe.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
100% 93% Derek DelGaudio's In & of Itself Director - 2020
97% 92% Knives Out Alan Stevens (Character) $165.4M 2019
90% 42% Star Wars: The Last Jedi Yoda (Voice) $620.2M 2017
100% No Score Yet Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched Director,
Producer
- 2017
65% 73% The Great Gilly Hopkins Voice of Cookie Monster (Voice) - 2016
84% 79% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story Unknown (Character) $13K 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Muppets 201: Rarities From the Henson Vault Fozzie Bear / Miss Piggy (Character) - 2009
62% 79% Death at a Funeral Director - 2007
80% 66% Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith Yoda (Voice) $380.3M 2005
76% 51% Zathura Robot (Voice) $28M 2005
26% 30% The Stepford Wives Director $59.5M 2004
65% 56% Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones Yoda (Voice) $310.7M 2002
96% 90% Monsters, Inc. Fungus (Voice) $494K 2001
73% 67% The Score Director $71.1M 2001
63% 58% Muppets From Space Miss Piggy/Fozzie Bear/Animal/Sam Eagle (Voice) $16.3M 1999
81% 61% Bowfinger Director $66.4M 1999
77% 63% The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland Bert/Grover/Cookie Monster (Voice) $11.6M 1999
52% 59% Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace Master Yoda (Voice) $474.5M 1999
46% 37% Blues Brothers 2000 Warden (Character) $14M 1998
71% 52% In & Out Director $63.9M 1997
70% 77% Muppet Treasure Island Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Sam the Eagle / Animal (Voice),
Executive Producer
$34.3M 1996
73% 41% The Indian in the Cupboard Director $31.1M 1995
No Score Yet 74% Muppet Classic Theater Unknown (Character) - 1994
40% 47% Housesitter Director $58.1M 1992
76% 86% The Muppet Christmas Carol Miss Piggy/Fozzie Bear/Sam the Eagle/Animal (Voice),
Executive Producer
$27.4M 1992
84% 79% What About Bob? Director $63.5M 1991
89% 84% Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Director $40.9M 1988
No Score Yet 81% A Muppet Family Christmas Unknown (Character) - 1987
90% 79% Little Shop of Horrors Director $36.5M 1986
83% 76% The Muppets Take Manhattan Director,
Screenwriter
- 1984
No Score Yet 77% Big Bird in China Bert / Cookie Monster / Grover (Voice) - 1983
88% 85% Trading Places Corrupt Cop (Character) - 1983
82% 94% Return of the Jedi Yoda (Voice) $309.3M 1983
79% 81% The Dark Crystal Director - 1982
87% 85% An American Werewolf in London Mr. Collins/Miss Piggy (Voice) - 1981
76% 79% The Great Muppet Caper Miss Piggy/Fozzie Bear/Animal/Sam the Eagle/Gramps/Swedish Chef (Character),
Producer
- 1981
73% 92% The Blues Brothers Corrections Officer (Character) - 1980
94% 97% The Empire Strikes Back Yoda (Voice) $291.9M 1980
100% 85% Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas Chuck (Voice) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Run, Run Cinematographer - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Time Piece Messenger Boy (Character) - 1965

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 35% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street Bert/Cookie Monster/Sister/Brother (Character) 2020 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning: Saturday Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2018
No Score Yet 64% StarTalk Guest 2018
98% 81% Star Wars Rebels Yoda (Voice) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colbert Report Guest 2012
92% 85% Leverage Director 2011
No Score Yet 62% Family Guy Cookie Monster (Guest Voice) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Muppets Tonight Unknown (Character) 1996-1998
100% 100% The Muppet Show Fozzie Bear (Character) 1974-1981

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