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      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.

      Highest rated movies

      Knives Out Trading Places I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
      The Great Muppet Caper
      The Blues Brothers Blues Brothers 2000

      Photos

      WHAT ABOUT BOB?, Director Frank Oz, 1991. (c) Buena Vista Pictures. HOUSESITTER, director Frank Oz, 1992, ©Universal Pictures / THE DARK CRYSTAL, Co-Director Frank Oz, 1982. (c) Universal Pictures. DEATH AT A FUNERAL, Keeley Hawes, director Frank Oz, Andy Nyman, Matthew MacFadyen, on set, 2007. ©MGM LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Ellen Greene, director Frank Oz, Rick Moranis, on set, 1986. ©Warner Bros. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, Frank Oz, Mark Hamill, 1980. ©Lucasfilm Ltd. / THE MUPPET MOVIE, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, 1979. ©Henson Associates THE SCORE, director Frank Oz, on set, 2001. (c) Paramount IN & OUT, director Frank Oz, on set, 1997. (c)Paramount DEATH AT A FUNERAL, Rupert Graves, director Frank Oz, Keeley Hawes, Matthew Macfadyen, on set, 2007. ©MGM DEATH AT A FUNERAL, foreground: director Frank Oz, on set, 2007. ©MGM DEATH AT A FUNERAL, director Frank Oz, Ewen Bremner, on set, 2007. ©MGM DEATH AT A FUNERAL, director Frank Oz, Andy Nyman, Peter Vaughan, on set, 2007. ©MGM DEATH AT A FUNERAL, director Frank Oz, Kris Marshall, on set, 2007. ©MGM DEATH AT A FUNERAL, center: Keeley Hawes (back to camera), director Frank Oz, Andy Nyman, Matthew Macfadyen, on set, 2007. ©MGM DEATH AT A FUNERAL, director Frank Oz (second from left, bending), Peter Vaughan (far right), on set, 2007. ©MGM DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, director Frank Oz, cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, on set, 1988. ©Orion Pictures THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER, top: producer David Lazer, Kermit the Frog, director Jim Henson, producer Frank Oz, bottom: Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Miss Piggy, 1981. ©Universal THE STEPFORD WIVES, Frank Oz, Nicole Kidman, 2004, (c) Paramount THE SCORE, director Frank Oz, Edward Norton, Robert DeNiro, on set, 2001. (c) Paramount

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 99% Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi - 40th Anniversary Yoda (Voice) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fuzzy Head Executive Producer - 2023
      No Score Yet 73% Echoes of Violence Dante (Character) - 2021
      95% 96% Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street Self - 2021
      100% 89% Derek DelGaudio's In & of Itself Director - 2020
      97% 92% Knives Out Alan Stevens (Character) $165.4M 2019
      91% 42% Star Wars: The Last Jedi Yoda (Voice) $620.2M 2017
      100% 94% Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched Director,
      Producer
      - 2017
      65% 67% The Great Gilly Hopkins Voice of Cookie Monster (Voice) - 2016
      84% 80% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story Unknown (Character) $13.0K 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
      76% 51% Zathura Robot (Voice) $28.0M 2005
      79% 66% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Yoda (Voice) $380.3M 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) $494.0K 2001
      73% 67% The Score Director $71.1M 2001
      77% 64% The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland Bert/Grover/Cookie Monster (Voice) $11.6M 1999
      81% 61% Bowfinger Director $66.4M 1999
      63% 58% Muppets From Space Miss Piggy/Fozzie Bear/Animal/Sam Eagle (Voice) $16.3M 1999
      52% 59% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Master Yoda (Voice) $474.5M 1999
      46% 37% Blues Brothers 2000 Warden (Character) $14.0M 1998
      73% 52% In & Out Director $63.9M 1997
      71% 77% Muppet Treasure Island Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Sam the Eagle / Animal (Voice),
      Executive Producer
      $34.3M 1996
      70% 41% The Indian in the Cupboard Director $31.1M 1995
      No Score Yet 73% Muppet Classic Theater Unknown (Character) - 1994
      36% 47% Housesitter Director $58.1M 1992
      77% 86% The Muppet Christmas Carol Miss Piggy/Fozzie Bear/Sam the Eagle/Animal (Voice),
      Executive Producer
      $27.4M 1992
      82% 79% What About Bob? Director $63.5M 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What About Bob? Director - 1991
      89% 84% Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Director $40.9M 1988
      No Score Yet 81% A Muppet Family Christmas Unknown (Character) - 1987
      91% 79% Little Shop of Horrors Director $36.5M 1986
      85% 76% The Muppets Take Manhattan Miss Piggy (Voice),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1984
      88% 85% Trading Places Corrupt Cop (Character) - 1983
      83% 94% Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Yoda (Voice) $314.3M 1983
      No Score Yet 77% Big Bird in China Bert / Cookie Monster / Grover (Voice) - 1983
      78% 81% The Dark Crystal Director - 1982
      89% 85% An American Werewolf in London Mr. Collins/Miss Piggy (Voice) - 1981
      78% 78% The Great Muppet Caper Miss Piggy/Fozzie Bear/Animal/Sam the Eagle/Gramps/Swedish Chef (Character),
      Producer
      - 1981
      72% 92% The Blues Brothers Corrections Officer (Character) - 1980
      95% 97% Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Yoda (Voice) $291.9M 1980
      100% 85% Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas Chuck (Voice) - 1977
      No Score Yet 88% Time Piece Messenger Boy (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Run, Run Cinematographer - 1965

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street Bert/Cookie Monster/Sister/Brother (Character),
      Unknown (Voice)
      1969-1970 1993 2020
      No Score Yet 64% Hablemos del Cosmos Guest 2018
      98% 84% Star Wars Rebels Yoda (Voice) 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colbert Report Guest 2012
      92% 89% Leverage Director 2011
      No Score Yet 65% Family Guy Cookie Monster (Guest Voice) 2005
      60% No Score Yet Muppets Tonight Unknown (Character) 1996-1998
      100% 89% The Muppet Show Fozzie Bear (Character) 1974-1981