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Frank Oz



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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
65% The Great Gilly Hopkins
  • Voice of Cookie Monster
2016
83% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
  • Actor
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
60% Death at a Funeral
  • Director
2007
No Score Yet Sesame Street: Elmo's Potty Time
  • Actor
2006
75% Zathura
  • Robot
2005
No Score Yet Piggy Banks (Born Killers)
  • Actor
2005
79% 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
2004
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Fiesta!
  • Actor
2004
65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
  • Yoda
2002
96% Monsters, Inc.
  • Fungus
2001
73% The Score
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Computer Caper
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Let's Eat! Funny Food Songs
  • Actor
2000
81% Bowfinger
  • Director
1999
63% Muppets From Space
  • Miss Piggy/Fozzie Bear/Animal/Sam the Eagle
1999
55% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
  • Yoda
1999
No Score Yet Sesame Street: The Great Numbers Game
  • Actor
1998
72% In & Out
  • Director
1997
47% Blues Brothers 2000
  • Prison Warden
1997
70% Muppet Treasure Island
  • Executive Producer
  • Benjamina Gunn (Miss Piggy)
1996
70% 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
41% Innocent Blood
  • Pathologist
1992
37% Housesitter
  • Director
1992
69% The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Executive Producer
  • Emily Cratchit (Miss Piggy)/Fozziwig (Fozzie Bear)/Animal
1992
83% What About Bob?
  • Director
1991
No Score Yet Sesame Street: Sing, Hoot & Howl
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Monster Hits
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet The Muppets at Walt Disney World
  • Actor
1990
88% 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
68% Labyrinth
  • The Wiseman
1986
No Score Yet Sesame Street: Learning About Letters
  • Actor
1986
35% Spies Like Us
  • Test Monitor
1985
91% Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird
  • Cookie Monster/Bert/Grover
1985
81% The Muppets Take Manhattan
  • Miss Piggy/Fozzie/Animal
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1984
86% Trading Places
  • Corrupt Cop
1983
72% The Dark Crystal
  • Director
1982
No Score Yet Return of the Ewok
  • Actor
1982
89% An American Werewolf in London
  • Mr. Collins
1981
79% 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
85% The Blues Brothers
  • Corrections Officer
1980
94% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
  • Yoda
1980
87% The Muppet Movie
  • Miss Piggy/Fozzie Bear/Animal/Sam the Eagle
1979
No Score Yet 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • Voice
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Leverage
2008-2012
  • Director

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