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Frank Oz

Frank Richard Oznowicz was born in Hereford, England to puppeteers Frances and Isidore Oznowicz. His family moved to Montana in 1951, eventually settling in Oakland, California. As a teenager, he worked as an apprentice puppeteer at Children's Fairyland amusement park. He is one of the primary puppeteers responsible for the development of Jim ... See full bio »

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 2014-2016 Star Wars: Rebels (TV Series)
- Shroud of Darkness (2016) ... Yoda (voice)
- Path of the Jedi (2014) ... Yoda (voice)
 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Yoda (voice, uncredited)
 1969-2014 Sesame Street (TV Series)
Bert / Grover / Cookie Monster / ...
- School for Chickens (2014) ... Clucky Luciano (voice)
- The Flower Show (2013) ... Grover (voice)
- Finish the Splat (2013) ... Grover (voice)
- Elmo and Zoe's Hat Contest (2012) ... Grover (voice)
- Telly the Tiebreaker (2012) ... Clucky Luciano (voice)
 2011 Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (Short)
Yoda (voice)
 2007 Children in Need (TV Series)
Miss Piggy
- Episode #1.28 (2007) ... Miss Piggy (voice)
 2007 The Muppets on 'The Muppets' (Video short)
Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Animal (voice)
 2007 Star Wars at 30 (TV Movie)
Yoda (voice)
 2006 Elmo's Potty Time (Video)
Grover (voice)
 2006 Guess That Shape and Color (Video short)
 2005 Elmo Visits the Doctor (Video)
 2002 Play with Me Sesame (TV Series)
Bert / Grover / Cookie Monster / ... (voice)
 2002 Elmo Visits the Firehouse (Video short)
Cookie Monster (voice)
 2001 Monsters, Inc.
Fungus (voice)
 2000 Muppet Monster Adventure (Video Game)
Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Animal / ... (voice)
 2000 Muppet Race Mania (Video Game)
Miss Piggy / Fozzie / Animal / ... (voice)
 1999 Cinderelmo (TV Movie)
Bert / Grover / Cookie Monster (voice)
 1999 Muppets from Space
Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Animal / ... (voice)
 1998 A Brief History of Motion Pictures (Short)
Cookie Monster / Marshall Grover / Bert (voice)
 1996-1998 Muppets Tonight (TV Series)
Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Sam the Eagle / ...
- The Cameo Show (1997) ... Fozzie Bear (voice)
- Paula Abdul (1996) ... Sam the Eagle / Miss Piggy (voice)
- Heather Locklear (1996) ... Animal (voice)
- Pierce Brosnan (1996) ... Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear (voice)
 1998 Blues Brothers 2000
 1998 The Best of Kermit on Sesame Street (Video short)
Grover (voice)
 1997 123 Count with Me (Video short) (voice)
 1997 Elmo Says Boo (Short)
Bert (voice)
 1996 Elmo Saves Christmas (Video)
Cookie Monster / Grover (voice)
 1996 Muppets Treasure Island (Video Game)
Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Sam the Eagle / ... (voice)
 1996 The Muppet CDROM: Muppets Inside (Video Game)
Fozzie Bear / Miss Piggy / Animal / ... (voice)
 1994 Animal Show (TV Series)
Sam the Eagle
- Bald Eagle ... Sam the Eagle (voice)
 1994 Everything Went Wrong (Short)
 1992 Innocent Blood
 1991 Muppet*vision 3-D (Short)
Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Sam the Eagle / ... (voice)
 1990 Sesame Street Home Video Visits the Hospital (Video short)
Cookie Monster (voice, uncredited)
 1990 Sesame Songs: Monster Hits! (Video short)
Cookie Monster / Grover (voice)
 1990 Sesame Songs: Rock & Roll (Video short)
Grover / Bert (voice)
 1988 Sesame Street, Special (TV Movie)
Bert / Grover / Cookie Monster (voice)
 1987-1988 Dolly (TV Series)
Miss Piggy
- Episode #1.19 (1988) ... Miss Piggy (voice, as Miss Piggy)
- Episode #1.8 (1987) ... Miss Piggy (voice, as Miss Piggy)
 1988 Muppet Madness (Video short)
Animal / Fozzie Bear (voice)
 1987 A Muppet Family Christmas (TV Movie)
Fozzie Bear / Animal / Miss Piggy / ... (voice)
 1987 Alive from Off Center (TV Series)
- As Seen on TV (1987) ... Bert
 1987 Inner Tube (TV Short)
Miss Piggy (voice)
 1987 Learning to Add and Subtract (Video short)
Bert / Cookie Monster (voice)
 1987 Muppet Breakaway (Video short)
Grump (voice)
 1987 Muppet Coffee Break (Video short)
Grump (voice)
 1986 Learning About Numbers (Video short)
Grover / Fat Blue Tarnish Brother (voice)
 1985 Spies Like Us
Test Monitor
 1985 Anne Murray: The Sounds of London (TV Movie)
Miss Piggy (voice)
 1985 Five Sesame Street Stories (Video short)
Grover / Bert (voice, uncredited)
 1985 Muppet Lift Off (Video short)
Grump (voice)
 1985 Muppet Perk-Up (Short)
Grump / Kent (voice)
 1985 Muppet Video: Muppet Moments (Video)
Fozzie Bear / Miss Piggy / Animal / ... (voice)
 1985 Three Sesame Street Stories (Video short)
Cookie Monster (voice, uncredited)
 1983 Superman III
Brain Surgeon (scenes deleted)
 1983 Big Bird in China (TV Movie)
Bert / Cookie Monster / Grover (voice)
 1983 Muppet Breakthrough (Video short)
 1982 Return of the Ewok (Video short)
Yoda (voice)
 1976-1981 The Muppet Show (TV Series)
Fozzie Bear / Miss Piggy / Animal / ...
- Buddy Rich (1981) ... Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Animal (voice)
- Chris Langham (1981) ... Sam the Eagle (voice)
- Debbie Harry (1981) ... Miss Piggy / Animal / Woman (voice)
- Wally Boag (1981) ... Miss Piggy / Animal (voice)
- Gene Kelly (1981) ... Miss Piggy (voice)
 1981 Muppet Side Splitter (Short)
Grump (voice)
 1979 The Muppet Movie
Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Animal / ... (voice)
 1979 Muppet Breaker Upper (Short)
Grump / Gorilla (voice)
 1979 Muppet Gimme a Break (Short)
Grump (voice)
 1977 International Festival of Animation (TV Series)
Grover (1977) (voice, uncredited)
 1977 Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (TV Movie)
Chuck (voice)
 1976 Isabella and the Magic Brush (Short) (voice)
 1975 Julie Andrews: One to One (TV Movie)
The Prince of Phumph / Marvin (voice)
 1975 Muppets No-Nonsense Show (TV Movie) (voice)
 1975 Muppet Picker Upper (Short)
Sam the Eagle (voice)
 1974 Out to Lunch (TV Movie)
Bert / Cookie Monster / Grover (voice)
 1974 The Muppets Valentine Show (TV Movie)
Rufus / George the Janitor / Male Koozebanian / ... (voice)
 1972 Tales from Muppetland: The Muppet Musicians of Bremen (TV Movie)
Leroy the Donkey (Assistant) / Rat (voice)
 1970 The Great Santa Claus Switch (TV Movie)
Thig / Skippity / Hoppity / ... (voice)
 1969 Hey Cinderella! (TV Movie)
Splurge / Stepsister #1 (voice)
 1967 Our Place (TV Series)
Cookie Monster (1967)
 1967 Coffee Break Machine (Short)
The Monster (voice)
 1967 The Paperwork Explosion (Short)
 1965 Time Piece (Short)
Messenger boy (as Frank Oznowicz)
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Other Works:

2005: His recording of "Mahna Mahna" from The Muppet Show (1976) is used in a Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper TV commercial. See more »

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3 Interviews | 1 Article | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jim Henson's Muppets | The Muppets | Frank Oznowicz | Miss Piggy


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Personal Quote:

[on Little Shop of Horrors (1986)] Howard Ashman gave me the best advice of anybody ever, regarding directing this kind of a movie. He said, "Frank, this is supposed to be stupid." And it was the best advice. He said, "My tongue was firmly in my cheek when I wrote this." See more »


Though Yoda only appears in two episodes of the original Star Wars trilogy, Oz managed to make three movies with Carrie Fisher by appearing with her in The Blues Brothers (1980), the same year that Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) was released. Then, in addition to working with Princess Leia's on-screen mother, Natalie Portman in all three prequels, he also directed Carrie ... See more »


Performer of such puppets as Yoda, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Grover, Animal See more »

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