Director, producer, writer, Muppet performer and actor Frank Oz has directed a dozen feature films, created and performed many of the original Muppet characters with the famed Jim Henson and is the performer behind Jedi Master Yoda in all of the Star Wars films.
Oz has directed acclaimed comedy, musical comedy, drama, and fantasy films, including “The Muppets take Manhattan” (also sharing screenwriting credit), “Little Shop of Horrors,” “What About Bob?,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Housesitter,” “The Indian in the Cupboard,” “In & Out,” “Bowfinger,” “The Score,” “The Dark Crystal” (co-directed with Henson), the original “Death at a Funeral” and the remake of “The Stepford Wives.”
Early in his career Oz became known for creating and performing the legendary Muppet characters Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal and Sam Eagle on “The Muppet Show,” Cookie Monster, Bert and Grover on “Sesame Street,” and “The Mighty Favog” on the first season of “Saturday Night Live,” among hundreds of television and film projects.
Oz is the recipient of four Emmy Awards — for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children’s Programming, and for Outstanding Children’s Programming for his work on “Sesame Street”; and for Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series, and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children’s Programming for “The Muppet Show.” He also won two George Foster Peabody awards, the American Comedy Awards’ Creative Achievement Award, the Art Director’s Guild award, the Saturn Lifetime Achievement Award, three gold and two platinum records, among numerous other honors.
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