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Frank Oz

Within the Star Wars universe, Frank Oz is known for his masterly portrayal and voice of the Jedi Master Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. He is credited with bringing to life a mere puppet and making the creation of one of the most memorable characters of the Star Wars saga.

Born in Hereford, England, Oz began puppeteering at age 11. He moved to New York in 1963 to join The Muppets. In 1969, he began puppeteering on the famed children's television series Sesame Street. Among the many characters he brought to life, he is best known for Bert, Cookie Monster and Grover. In 1976, he performed on The Muppet Show as a host of characters, including Animal, Fozzie Bear, the delightful Miss Piggy, and Sam the Eagle.

While originally known as a skilled puppeteer, Oz has also become a successful director whose credits include The Dark Crystal (with Jim Henson), The Muppets Take Manhattan, Little Shop of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, What About Bob?, Housesitter, The Indian in the Cupboard and In & Out. He has received four Emmy awards for his work on television.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Frank Oz Facts

Birth NameFrank Oznowicz
BirthdayMay 25, 1944 (77)
BirthplaceHereford, England, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Little Shop of Horrors
The Indian in the Cupboard
The Dark Crystal
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
What About Bob?
Death at a Funeral
The Muppets Take Manhattan
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