Frank Oz

Frank Oz

Highest Rated: 100% Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched (2017)

Lowest Rated: 26% The Stepford Wives (2004)

Birthday: May 25, 1944

Birthplace: Hereford, England, UK

Born in Hereford, England, Frank Oz (born Frank Oznowicz) graduated from California's Oakland City College during 1962 and joined the humans behind Jim Henson's fledgling Muppet group as a puppeteer the following year. He was part of the first-season cast of Saturday Night Live as the Mighty Favag and appeared in The Blues Brothers with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. After The Muppet Show went on the air in 1976, Oz became vice president of the Henson organization, and was responsible for the portrayals of Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and Animal, among other characters, earning three Emmy Awards for his work on the show. He later served as a producer for The Great Muppet Caper (1980), directed by Henson, with whom he co-directed The Dark Crystal a year later. He later directed The Muppets Take Manhattan in 1984. Two years later, with Henson in the director's chair, Oz was one of the voices in Labyrinth. Moving outside of Henson's orbit, Oz directed the screen version of the musical Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), What About Bob? (1991), and the Kevin Kline vehicle In & Out (1997). He also served as the voice of Yoda in five Star Wars movies: The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. He helmed the 1999 showbiz satire Bowfinger, and two years later directed Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando in the crime drama The Score. He continued to voice various Muppet characters in a number of projects, but also maintained his directorial career with the comedies The Stepford Wives, and the original Death at a Funeral.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
97% Knives Out Actor 2019
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi Yoda $619.2M 2017
100% Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched Director Actor Producer 2017
65% The Great Gilly Hopkins Voice of Cookie Monster 2016
98% Inside Out Subconscious Guard Dave $264.4M 2015
83% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story Actor $16.8K 2015
No Score Yet Little Shop Of Horrors: A Summer Of Musicals Director 2013
No Score Yet Sesame Street: Elmo And Zoe's Scientific Exploration Actor 2010
No Score Yet Muppets 201: Rarities from the Henson Vault Actor 2009
No Score Yet Sesame Street: Elmo's Animal Adventures Actor 2009
62% Death at a Funeral Director $8.5M 2007
No Score Yet Sesame Street: Elmo's Potty Time Actor 2006
75% Zathura: A Space Adventure Robot $28.1M 2005
No Score Yet Piggy Banks (Born Killers) Actor 2005
80% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Yoda 2005
No Score Yet Sesame Street: Count it Higher Actor 2005
26% The Stepford Wives Director $59.4M 2004
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Fiesta! Actor 2004
90% It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Sam the Eagle 2002
65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Yoda $308M 2002
96% Monsters, Inc. Fungus $34.1M 2001
73% The Score Director $70.4M 2001
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Computer Caper Actor 2001
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Let's Eat! Funny Food Songs Actor 2000
77% The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland Grover 1999
81% Bowfinger Director 1999
63% Muppets From Space Miss Piggy/Fozzie Bear/Animal/Sam the Eagle 1999
53% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Yoda $431.1M 1999
No Score Yet Sesame Street: The Great Numbers Game Actor 1998
72% In & Out Director 1997
46% Blues Brothers 2000 Prison Warden 1997
73% Muppet Treasure Island Executive Producer Benjamina Gunn (Miss Piggy) 1996
73% The Indian in the Cupboard Director 1995
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Cookie Monster's Best Bites Actor 1995
No Score Yet The World of Jim Henson Actor 1994
No Score Yet Muppet Classic Theater Actor 1994
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Put Down the Duckie Actor 1994
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Celebrates Around the World Actor 1993
75% The Muppet Christmas Carol Executive Producer Emily Cratchit (Miss Piggy)/Fozziwig (Fozzie Bear)/Animal 1992
39% Innocent Blood Pathologist 1992
37% Housesitter Director 1992
84% What About Bob? Director 1991
No Score Yet The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson Actor 1990
No Score Yet The Muppets at Walt Disney World Actor 1990
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Monster Hits Actor 1990
89% Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Director 1988
No Score Yet A Muppet Family Christmas Actor 1987
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Christmas Eve on Sesame Street Actor 1987
90% Little Shop of Horrors Director 1986
71% Labyrinth The Wiseman 1986
No Score Yet Sesame Street: Learning About Letters Actor 1986
32% Spies Like Us Test Monitor 1985
92% Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird Cookie Monster/Bert/Grover 1985
83% The Muppets Take Manhattan Miss Piggy/Fozzie/Animal Director Screenwriter 1984
87% Trading Places Corrupt Cop 1983
79% The Dark Crystal Director Chamberlain 1982
No Score Yet Return of the Ewok Actor 1982
87% An American Werewolf in London Mr. Collins 1981
76% The Great Muppet Caper Producer Miss Piggy/Fozzie Bear/Animal/Sam the Eagle 1981
No Score Yet The Muppets Go To The Movies Actor 1981
94% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Yoda $4.6M 1980
84% The Blues Brothers Corrections Officer 1980
88% The Muppet Movie Miss Piggy/Fozzie Bear/Animal/Sam the Eagle 1979
100% Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas Actor 1977
No Score Yet The Muppet Show Actor 1976
No Score Yet The Muppet Musicians of Bremen Actor 1972
No Score Yet The Frog Prince Actor 1972
No Score Yet Sesame Street: Let's Make Music Actor 1969
No Score Yet Hey Cinderella! Actor 1969
No Score Yet The Paperwork Explosion Actor 1967

TV

Credit
No Score Yet StarTalk
2015
Guest 2018
2017
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest 2012
92% Leverage
2008-2012
Director 2011
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
Voice 2005
100% The Muppet Show
1976-1981
Voice 1980
1979
1978
1977
No Score Yet Muppets Tonight
1998
Voice

QUOTES FROM Frank Oz CHARACTERS

Luke Skywalker says: I'm not afraid

Yoda says: Oh, you will be. You will be.

Yoda says: Only a fully trained Jedi Knight, with the Force as his ally will conquer Vader and his Emperor.

Luke Skywalker says: Is the dark side stronger?

Yoda says: No.

Fozzie Bear says: Should we just ask permission from those nice men with the rifles?

Sam Eagle says: There are no aliens here, only good old-fashioned, hard-working Americans, now get off my Kentucky blue-grass.

Yoda says: (hitting R2-D2 with a stick) Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!

Yoda says: Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!

Randall Boggs says: If I don't see a door in my station in 5 seconds I will personally put you through the shredder!

Fungus says: Ahhhhhhh!

Aughra says: Mouldy mildew, mother of mouthmuck, dangle and strangle and death.

Slave Master says: Oh how crude!

Luke Skywalker says: I don't believe it.

Yoda says: That is why you fail.

Yoda says: Do or do not. There is no try.

Lady Holiday says: We have to make drastic changes in the new line before the show tomorrow - all my girls are going around looking like barn-yard animals. - good heavens, who are you?

Lady Holiday says: We have to make drastic changes in the new line before the show tomorrow. All my girls are going around looking like barn-yard animals. Good heavens, who are you?

Miss Piggy says: My name is Miss Piggy, and I would like to be a high-fashion model.

Miss Piggy says: My name is Miss Piggy and I would like to be a high-fashion model.

Lady Holiday says: Doesn't surprise me; seem to be the way we're heading.

Lady Holiday says: Doesn't surprise me. Seems to be the way we're heading.

Fozzie Bear says: Excuse me, Mr. Holliday. Would you let Kermit go? If you hold him too long he'll just give you warts.

Beauregard says: [driving a cab]You can call me Beauregard. where are you guys going?

Beauregard says: You can call me Beauregard. where are you guys going?

Kermit says: The happiness hotel.

Beauregard says: Oh good, that's where I'm going - how do you get there?

Beauregard says: Oh good, that's where I'm going. How do you get there?

Fozzie Bear says: Haven't you ever been there?

Beauregard says: Of course! I live there. I just don't know how to get there.

Yoda says: I am wondering, why are you here?

Luke Skywalker says: I'm looking for someone.

Yoda says: Looking? Found someone, you have, I would say, hmmm?

Luke Skywalker says: Right...

Yoda says: Help you I can. Yes, mmmm.

Luke Skywalker says: I don't think so. I'm looking for a great warrior.

Yoda says: Ohhh. Great warrior... Wars not make one great.

Fozzie Bear says: My speech! Here's my Christmas speech. Ahem. "Thank you all, and Merry Christmas."

Fozzie Bear says: My speech! Here's my Christmas speech. Ahem. 'Thank you all, and Merry Christmas.'

Jacob Marley says: That was the speech?

Robert Marley says: It was dumb!

Jacob Marley says: It was obvious!

Robert Marley says: It was pointless!

Jacob Marley says: It was...short! [turns to Robert]

Jacob Marley says: It was... short! [turns to Robert]

Jacob Marley says: I loved it!! [simultaneously]

Jacob Marley says: I loved it! [simultaneously]

Robert Marley says: I loved it!! [simultaneously]

Robert Marley says: I loved it! [simultaneously]

Ben "Obi-Wan" Kenobi says: Luke, don't give in to hate! That leads to the Dark Side!

Yoda says: Strong is Vader. Mind what you have learned. Save you it can.

Luke Skywalker says: I will, and I'll return. I promise.

Yoda says: Remember, there are two Sith Lords: a master and an apprentice.

Mace Windu says: But which was destroyed? The master or the apprentice?

Chamberlain says: Trial by stone.

General says: TRIAL BY STONE!

Luke Skywalker says: What's in there?

Yoda says: Only what you take with you. (Luke grabs his belt with lightsaber and blaster). Your weapons.. you will not need them.

Yoda says: Only what you take with you. [Luke grabs his belt with lightsaber and blaster] Your weapons.. you will not need them.

Yoda says: When 900 year old you reach, look as good you will not.

Yoda says: Fear is the path to the dark side, Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate.. leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you.

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: I have waited a long time for this moment, my little green friend. At last, the Jedi are no more.

Yoda says: Not if anything to say about it I have! At an end your rule is, and not short enough was it. If so powerful you are... why leave?

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: You will not stop me! Darth Vader will become more powerful than either of us!

Yoda says: Faith in your new apprentice, misplaced may be. As is your faith in the dark side of the Force.

Yoda says: Victory? Victory you say? Master Obi-Wan, not victory. The shroud of the dark side has fallen. Begun, the Clone War has.

Rizzo the Rat says: "I fell down the chimney and landed on a flaming hot goose!"

Rizzo the Rat says: I fell down the chimney and landed on a flaming hot goose!

Great Gonzo says: "You have all the fun!"

Great Gonzo says: You have all the fun!

Great Gonzo says: "He was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scr...[notices the smudged window of Scrooge's office] "Boy, this really *is* a dirty city!"

Great Gonzo says: He was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scr...[notices the smudged window of Scrooge's office] Boy, this really *is* a dirty city!

Rizzo the Rat says: "Heh you're telling me!"

Rizzo the Rat says: Heh you're telling me!

Rizzo the Rat says: (Gonzo grabs Rizzo and uses him to wipe off the window pane] " Thank you for makin' me a part of this!"

Rizzo the Rat says: [Gonzo grabs Rizzo and uses him to wipe off the window pane] Thank you for makin' me a part of this!

Great Gonzo says: [Dropping Rizzo] "He was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge: a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, clutching, covetous old sinner!"

Great Gonzo says: [dropping Rizzo] He was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge: a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, clutching, covetous old sinner!

Rizzo the Rat says: "Oh, Gonzo, speak to me! I mean, Mr. Dickens. Charlie! Are ya hurt?"

Rizzo the Rat says: Oh, Gonzo, speak to me! I mean, Mr. Dickens. Charlie! Are ya hurt?

Great Gonzo says: [sits up] "To say that Scrooge became startled would be untrue. Still the moment had passed, and the world was as it should." be.

Great Gonzo says: [sits up] To say that Scrooge became startled would be untrue. Still the moment had passed, and the world was as it should be.

Rizzo the Rat says: "He ain't hurt, didn't even break his concentration."

Rizzo the Rat says: He ain't hurt, didn't even break his concentration.

Great Gonzo says: "Huh?"

Great Gonzo says: Huh?

Rizzo the Rat says: "Nothing!"

Rizzo the Rat says: Nothing!

Rizzo the Rat says: "How do you know what Scrooge is doin'? We're down here and he's up there!"

Rizzo the Rat says: How do you know what Scrooge is doin'? We're down here and he's up there!

Great Gonzo says: "I told you, storytellers are omniscient; I know everything!"

Great Gonzo says: I told you, storytellers are omniscient; I know everything!

Rizzo the Rat says: "Hoity-toity, Mr. Godlike Smarty-Pants!"

Rizzo the Rat says: Hoity-toity, Mr. Godlike Smarty-Pants!

Great Gonzo says: "To conduct a proper search, Scrooge was forced to light the lamps." [the lamps come on]

Great Gonzo says: To conduct a proper search, Scrooge was forced to light the lamps. [the lamps come on]

Rizzo the Rat says: "How DOES he do that?!"

Rizzo the Rat says: How DOES he do that?

Great Gonzo says: "Once again, I must ask you to remember that the Marleys were dead, and decaying in their graves."

Great Gonzo says: Once again, I must ask you to remember that the Marleys were dead, and decaying in their graves.

Rizzo the Rat says: "Yuck!"

Rizzo the Rat says: Yuck!

Great Gonzo says: [whispering] "That one thing you must remember, or nothing that follows will seem wondrous."

Great Gonzo says: [whispering] That one thing you must remember, or nothing that follows will seem wondrous.

Rizzo the Rat says: "Why are you whispering?"

Rizzo the Rat says: Why are you whispering?

Great Gonzo says: "It's for dramatic emphasis".

Great Gonzo says: It's for dramatic emphasis.

Rizzo the Rat says: "Boy, that's scary stuff! Should we be worried about the kids in the audience?"

Rizzo the Rat says: Boy, that's scary stuff! Should we be worried about the kids in the audience?

Great Gonzo says: "Nah, it's all right. This is culture!"

Great Gonzo says: Nah, it's all right. This is culture!

Rizzo the Rat says: "There are two things in this life I hate: heights, and jumping from them."

Rizzo the Rat says: There are two things in this life I hate: heights, and jumping from them.

Great Gonzo says: "Too late now. Come on, I'll catch you."

Great Gonzo says: Too late now. Come on, I'll catch you.

Rizzo the Rat says: "God save my little broken body!"

Rizzo the Rat says: God save my little broken body!

Great Gonzo says: "Missed."

Great Gonzo says: Missed.

Rizzo the Rat says: " Oh wait a second... I forgot my jellybeans. Um..." [Slides through the bars to retrieve them, and joins Gonzo back on the other side. Gonzo stares at him] "What?"

Rizzo the Rat says: Oh wait a second... I forgot my jellybeans. Um... [Slides through the bars to retrieve them, and joins Gonzo back on the other side. Gonzo stares at him] What?

Great Gonzo says: "You can fit through those bars?"

Great Gonzo says: You can fit through those bars?

Rizzo the Rat says: "Yeah."

Rizzo the Rat says: Yeah.

Great Gonzo says: "You are such an idiot."

Great Gonzo says: You are such an idiot.

Rizzo the Rat says: 'What, come on what!"

Rizzo the Rat says: What, come on what!

Yoda says: "Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you?" - Yoda

Yoda says: Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm?

Yoda says: Into exile I must go, failed I have.

Yoda says: I hear a new apprentice you have emperor, or should I call you Darth Sidious.

Sam Eagle says: It's the American way!

Great Gonzo says: Sam, *whispers in Sam's ear*

Sam Eagle says: Ahem! It's the BRITISH way!

Rizzo the Rat says: Thank you for making me a part of this.

Yoda says: Told you I did, reckless is he. Now... matters are worse.

Ben "Obi-Wan" Kenobi says: That boy is our last hope.

Yoda says: No, there is another.

Yoda says: For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you.

Luke Skywalker says: Alright. I'll give it a try

Luke Skywalker says: Alright. I'll give it a try.

Yoda says: No. Try not. Do or do not. There is no try

Yoda says: No. Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.

Aughra says: The angle of eternity.

Fozzie Bear says: There was this sailor who was so fat!

Sailor says: How fat was he?

Fozzie Bear says: Uh, he was so fat that everybody liked him and there was nothing funny about him at all.

Yoda says: Do or do not... there is no try.

Cookie Monster says: Cookie!

Yoda says: First, you must unlearn what you've learned.

Luke Skywalker says: I don't believe it..."

Luke Skywalker says: I don't believe it...

Yoda says: That is why you fail.

Kermit the Frog says: [navigating in the Studebaker] Bear left.

Fozzie Bear says: Right, frog.

Fozzie Bear says: Ahh, a bear in his natural habitat - a Studebaker.

Yoda says: Do or do not, there is no try

Yoda says: Do or do not, there is no try.

Sam the Eagle says: You are all weirdos!!!

Sam the Eagle says: You are all weirdos!

Fozzie Bear says: There was this sailor who was SO fat...

Sailor says: HOW fat was he? *breaks bottle*

Fozzie Bear says: Uh, he was so fat that everybody liked him and there was nothing funny about him at all!

Mace Windu says: There's no doubt. It was a lord Sith.

Yoda says: Always two there are. A master and a apprentice. No more, no less.

Mace Windu says: But which was destroyed? The master or the apprentice?

Luke Skywalker says: Alright. I'll give it a try

Luke Skywalker says: Alright. I'll give it a try.

Yoda says: No. Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.

Yoda says: No! Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.

Yoda says: Fear is the path to the dark side,fear leads to anger anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering. and i sense much fear in you.

Yoda says: Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate; hate leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you.

Yoda says: Destroy the Sith, we must.

Yoda says: Good relations with the Wookies, I have.

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: At last! The Jedi are no more.

Supreme Chancellor Palpatine / Darth Sidious says: At last, the Jedi are no more.

Yoda says: Not if anything to say about I have!

Yoda says: Not if anything to say about it I have!

Luke Skywalker says: Alright. I'll give it a try.

Yoda says: No. Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.

Mr. Collins says: These dumb ass kids. They never appreciate what you do for them.

Luke Skywalker says: I don't Believe it.

Yoda says: That is why you fail.

Yoda says: But for certain, Senator, in grave danger you are.

Yoda says: Do or do not. There is no try