Frank Oz

Director, Puppeteer, Singer
Because he voiced and operated several of the most beloved Muppets - Cookie Monster, Bert, Fozzie Bear and Miss Piggy - puppeteer Frank Oz firmly secured his place in pop culture history behind friend, mentor and Muppet ... Read more »
Born: 05/25/1944 in Hereford, England, GB


Actor (52)

The Great Gilly Hopkins 2016 (Movie)

Cookie Monster (Voice)

Inside Out 2015 (Movie)

Subconscious Guard Dave (Voice)

Sesame Street 1969 - 2015 (TV Show)


Star Wars: Rebels 2015 (Tv Show)


Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Yoda (Actor)

When Star Wars Ruled the World 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


Zathura 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Robot (Actor)

Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones 2002 (Movie)

of Yoda (Voice)

Monsters, Inc. 2001 (Movie)

Voice of Fungus (Actor)

Sesame Street 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Muppets From Space 1999 (Movie)

of Miss Piggy/Fozzie Bear/Animal/Sam Eagle (Voice)

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 1999 (Movie)

of Yoda (Voice)

The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland 1999 (Movie)

of Bert/Grover/Cookie Monster (Voice)

12th Annual American Comedy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Blues Brothers 2000 1998 (Movie)

Prison Warden (Actor)

Elmo Saves Christmas 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Muppet Treasure Island 1996 (Movie)

Miss Piggy (Actor)

Muppets Tonight 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


George Lucas: Heroes, Myths and Magic 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Innocent Blood 1992 (Movie)

Pathologist (Actor)

The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992 (Movie)

Animal (Actor)

Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


The Muppets at Walt Disney World 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Free to Be... a Family 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


Sesame Street... 20 and Still Counting 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


A Muppet Family Christmas 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Sesame Street, Special 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Labyrinth 1986 (Movie)

Wiseman (Actor)

San Francisco Ballet in Cinderella 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


The Muppets: a Celebration of 30 Years 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird 1985 (Movie)

of Cookie Monster/Bert/Grover (Voice)

Spies Like Us 1985 (Movie)

Test Monitor (Actor)

The Muppets Take Manhattan 1984 (Movie)

of Miss Piggy/Fozzie Bear/Animal (Voice)

Return of the Jedi 1983 (Movie)

of Yoda (Voice)

The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


Trading Places 1983 (Movie)

Corrupt Cop (Actor)

The Dark Crystal 1982 (Movie)

Aughra (Actor)

An American Werewolf in London 1981 (Movie)

of Miss Piggy (Voice)

The Great Muppet Caper 1981 (Movie)

of Miss Piggy/Fozzie Bear/Anima (Voice)

The Muppet Show 1976 - 1981 (TV Show)


The Blues Brothers 1980 (Movie)

Corrections Officer (Actor)

The Empire Strikes Back 1980 (Movie)

of Yoda (Voice)

The Muppet Movie 1979 (Movie)

of Miss Piggy/Fozzie Bear/Animal/Sam the Eagle (Voice)

The World of Jim Henson (TV Show)

Director (13)

Leverage 2011 (Tv Show)


Death at a Funeral 2007 (Movie)


The Stepford Wives 2004 (Movie)


The Score 2001 (Movie)


Bowfinger 1999 (Movie)


In & Out 1997 (Movie)


The Indian in the Cupboard 1995 (Movie)


Housesitter 1992 (Movie)


What About Bob? 1991 (Movie)


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 1988 (Movie)


Little Shop of Horrors 1986 (Movie)


The Muppets Take Manhattan 1984 (Movie)


The Dark Crystal 1982 (Movie)

Physical Effects (4)

Sesame Street Presents: The Street We Live On 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)


Elmo's Magic Cookbook 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Puppets Design

Holiday Greetings From the Ed Sullivan Show 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Puppets Design

The Great Muppet Caper 1981 (Movie)

Muppet performer (Puppets Design)
Producer (3)

Muppet Treasure Island 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Great Muppet Caper 1981 (Movie)

Writer (1)

The Muppets Take Manhattan 1984 (Movie)

Music (1)

The Muppet Movie 1979 (Movie)

("Movin' Right Along" "Can You Picture That?" "Never Before") (Song Performer)
Other (3)

Muppets From Space 1999 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

The Muppets Go Hollywood 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Creative Consultant

The Muppet Movie 1979 (Movie)

(Creative Consultant)


Because he voiced and operated several of the most beloved Muppets - Cookie Monster, Bert, Fozzie Bear and Miss Piggy - puppeteer Frank Oz firmly secured his place in pop culture history behind friend, mentor and Muppet creator Jim Henson. But always looking to branch out creatively, Oz moved into directing, starting with a co-helming effort alongside Henson on "The Dark Crystal" (1982), which led to a second career as a talented and success director of primarily comedies. Though he stayed within the Muppet universe for his second film, "The Muppets Take Manhattan" (1984), Oz branched out on his own to direct two hits, "Little Shop of Horrors" (1986) and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (1988). Meanwhile, he teamed with George Lucas to bring to life the mystical Jedi master, Yoda, for "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) and "The Return of the Jedi" (1983), creating perhaps one of the most memorable characters within the "Star Wars" universe. After losing friend and collaborator Jim Henson to pneumonia in 1990, Oz nonetheless maintained his legacy by performing his Muppet characters on a variety of television specials, guest appearances and throughout the long run of "Sesame Street" (PBS, 1969- ). Though he often had cameo roles in several John Landis like "The Blues Brothers" (1980) and "Trading Places" (1983), Oz preferred staying behind the cameras to direct eclectic fare like the Hollywood satire "Bowfinger" (1999), the heist thriller "The Score" (2001) and the black comedy, "Death at a Funeral" (2007), underscoring his unique ability to wear many hats.


Isidore Oznowicz

Emigrated to the United States when son was five years old

Frances Oznowicz

Emigrated to the United States when son was five years old

Robin Garsen

Married December 12, 1979


Oakland City College

Oakland , California 1962

Oakland Technical High School

Oakland , California



Helmed the British black comedy "Death at a Funeral"


Once again voiced Yoda in "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith," the final film of the Star Wars saga


Directed Nicole Kidman and Matthew Broderick in the remake of Bryan Forbes' 1975 cult classic "The Stepford Wives"


Reprised role of Yoda in "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones"


Directed the drama "The Score," starring Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando and Edward Norton


Once again operated the Yoda puppet and provided his voice for the "Star Wars" prequel "Episode I - The Phantom Menace"


Reprised his role as a corrections officer for John Landis' "Blues Brothers 2000"


Directed the comedy "In & Out," starring Kevin Kline


Puppeteer and provided voice characterizations for ABC's short-lived "Muppets Tonight!"


Executive produced and performed in "Muppet Treasure Island," which was directed by Henson's son Brian


Directed "The Indian in the Cupboard," based on the children's book of the same name


Signed a two-year deal with Limelight Entertainment to direct commercials


Debut as executive producer, "The Muppet Christmas Carol"


Helmed the comedy "What About Bob?" starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss


Contributed Muppet characters to the short-lived NBC series "The Jim Henson Hour"


Directed "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine


Voiced characters from the movie "Labyrinth," starring David Bowie; was directed by Jim Henson and produced by George Lucas


First non-Muppet feature directing assignment, "Little Shop of Horrors"


First screenplay credit and solo directorial debut, "The Muppets Take Manhattan"; also puppeteer and voice of Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Animal


Had a small role as a cop in John Landis' "Trading Places"


Once again voiced Yoda for "Return of the Jedi"


Feature directing debut, co-directed (with Jim Henson) "The Dark Crystal"


First feature as producer, "The Great Muppet Caper"


Made his feature acting debut as a corrections officer in John Landis' "The Blues Brothers"


Performed the voice and puppet for Yoda in George Lucas' "The Empire Strikes Back"


First feature was Jim Henson's "The Muppet Movie"; credited for voices, as a song performer and as creative consultant


Created many voices for the syndicated series "The Muppet Show"


First notable collaboration with Jim Henson, "Sesame Street" (PBS)


Recruited by Jim Henson at a West Coast convention of puppeteers

Began staging his own puppet shows at age 12, and was an accomplished amateur puppeteer by high school

Bonus Trivia


In 1999, Oz received the John C. Zacharis Memorial Award from Emerson College in Boston, MA.


On the Henson legacy: "Something said at Jim's memorial was that he made good guys interesting. It's always the bad guys who are interesting. Jim's were good guys, but they were weird - just the irreverent joy he created was amazing." - Frank Oz quoted in The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 14, 1997