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Hayden Christensen, Sebastian Shaw, Frank Oz, Alec Guinness

Frank Oz [28]

Born:May 25, 1944 (77)
Filmography Rating:8.06 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.60 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.42 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:81.85%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
The Muppet Show: Various Episodes [1976](32) => Fozzie Bear
The Muppet Show: Season 1 [1976](32) => Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Plenty of Others (voice)
The Muppet Show: Season 2 [1977](33) => Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Sam the Eagle / Animal / Plenty of Others (voice)
The Muppet Show: Season 3 [1978](34) => Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Animal / Sam the Eagle / Plenty of Others (voice)
The Muppet Movie [1979](35) => Motorcycle Guy (voice) / Swedish Chef / Marvin Suggs / Doc Hopper's Men / Sam the Eagle / Animal / Fozzie Bear / Miss Piggy
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back [1980](36) => Yoda (voice)
The Great Muppet Caper [1981](37) => Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Animal / Sam the Eagle / Gramps /Swedish Chef (voice)
The Dark Crystal [1982](38) => Director / Additional Characters / Podling / Chamberlain / Aughra - A Keeper Of Secrets
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi [1983](39) => Yoda (voice)
The Muppets Take Manhattan [1984](40) => Director / Writer / Fozzie / Miss Piggy / Bert / Animal / Cookie Monster / Ocean Breeze Soap Board Member / Sam the Eagle (voice)
Follow that Bird [1985](41) => Cookie Monster / Bert / Grover (voice)
Little Shop of Horrors [1986](42) => Director
Labyrinth [1986](42) => The Wiseman
What About Bob? [1991](47) => Director
The Muppet Christmas Carol [1992](48) => Miss Piggy as Emily Cratchit / Fozzie Bear as Fozziewig / Headmaster of Junior High Graduates / Sam the Eagle / Animal / George the Janitor / Horse and Carriage Driver (voice) (uncredited)
Muppet Treasure Island [1996](52) => Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Sam the Eagle / Animal / George (as Miss Piggy) (voice)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace [1999](55) => Yoda (voice)
Muppets from Space [1999](55) => Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Animal / Sam the Eagle / Swedish Chef (hands) (voice)
Monsters, Inc. [2001](57) => Fungus
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones [2002](58) => Yoda (voice)
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi: Special Edition [2004](60) => Yoda (voice)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Special Edition [2004](60) => Yoda (voice)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith [2005](61) => Yoda (voice)
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens [2015](71) => Yoda (voice) (uncredited)
Inside Out [2015](71) => Subconscious Guard Dave (voice)
Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi [2018](74) => Yoda (voice)
Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker [2019](75) => Yoda (voice)
Knives Out [2019](75) => Alan Stevens

Trivia that mentions this person:
The Dark Crystal [1982]
  • The Special Edition DVD features several "workprint" takes showing early passes at dialogue. This early voice-over work differs from the final dialogue in several ways: the Skeksis speak in a foreign language, Frank Oz provided the voice of Aughra (sounding very similar to his voice work for Yoda in the Star Wars movies), and the Mystics were referred to by (presumably) their original name, the ur-Ru. The novelization was apparently based on this earlier version, referring to the "Trial By Stone" contest by its original name - "Hakskeekah" - and calling the Mystics the ur-Ru. In the final film, one reference to ur-Ru was not redubbed: when the Mystics enter the Skeksis Great Hall, SkekOk, the Scrollkeeper sees them and shouts "Ur-Ru!"
    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York [1992]
  • Cameo: [Frank Oz] After Harry Lime (Joe Pesci) and Marv Merchants (Daniel Stern) leave the fish market and walk down the sidewalk, Marv steals money from the red donation can. Right after Marv says "Now we're the sticky hands" the scene changes and you can catch a brief glimpse of Frank Oz placing money into the red donation can and walking away.
    It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie [2002]
  • This is the first Muppet movie where Eric Jacobson does Frank Oz's roles of Fozzie, Piggy and Animal. (Sam The Eagle is performed by Kevin Clash). Frank Oz has been inactive in the Muppets lately to pursue directing.
    The Muppet Movie [1979]
  • In a 2004 interview, John Landis revealed that he was the puppeteer for Grover during the final sequence, as Frank Oz was busy operating Miss Piggy. Landis also noted that Tim Burton was also among the many puppeteers in the finale.
    Muppet Treasure Island [1996]
  • Brian Henson said that Frank Oz was not originally a fan of Fozzie Bear's "Mr. Bimble" (the man who lived inside of Fozzie's finger). However, by the end of filming, Oz decided that it was one of his favorite jokes.
    What About Bob? [1991]
  • Frank Oz wanted Patrick Stewart to play Leo Marvin.
    The Muppets [2011]
  • The first theatrical Muppet film that Frank Oz wasn't involved with. Oz performed and voiced Miss Piggy, 'Fozzie Bear', Animal, Sam The Eagle, Marvin Suggs amongst other Muppets in all the TV shows and all the movies until 2000. Eric Jacobson has since taken over Oz's official The Muppet Show characters.
  • Frank Oz was originally set to direct, but left the project because he was unhappy with the script.
    The Muppet Show: Various Episodes [1976]
  • Sam, the self-proclaimed "all-American eagle" is voiced by Frank Oz, who is actually English, having been born in Hereford.
    The Muppet Show: Season 1 [1976]
  • Frank Oz is often mistaken as being the inspiration for Fozzie Bear's name, while most muppeteers say Fozzie was actually named in honor of Muppet designer and builder Faz Fazakas.
  • Many of the characters were redesigned early in the show's run. Miss Piggy's long hair and nose were replaced with shorter, curly hair and a shorter nose. Gonzo's nose was resized, and Fozzie had his wagging ears and drooping mouth removed because Frank Oz felt they were unnecessary to bring the character to life.
  • Miss Piggy was originally alternately played by Richard Hunt and Frank Oz. As the character grew in popularity, a hesitant Oz took on sole performer status. He once remarked that Piggy was such an intense and over-the-top woman, she could only be played by a man.
  • The Telephone Pole Bit, seen in episode #1.8 (guest star Paul Williams), uses the name Mike Oznowiczsky, the name of Frank Oz's father.
    The Muppet Show: Season 2 [1977]
  • The Swedish Chef was a favorite of Jim Henson and Frank Oz, as they both got to perform him. Henson was the head and voice, while Oz provided the hands. Frequently, one of the two would ad lib a line or bit of business, forcing the other one to keep up.
    The Office: Season 2 [2005]
  • On the episode {The Fire}, Michael says, "Much advice you seek" in a Yoda voice, which Ryan mistakes for Fozzie Bear. Both characters are voiced by Frank Oz.
    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back [1980]
  • The Dagobah set needed to be elevated to give Frank Oz and three other puppeteers room to control the Yoda puppet from below. For proper interaction, Mark Hamill was given an earpiece so he could hear Frank Oz doing Yoda's voice. Mark Hamill reportedly had a hard time concentrating on his dialogue, since his earpiece occasionally picked up a radio frequency playing the Rolling Stones.
    Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi [2018]
  • Rian Johnson brought Frank Oz into the editing room for guidance about editing scenes with a puppet.
  • It was Frank Oz's idea to reveal Yoda through silhouette.
    Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker [2019]
  • Among the Jedi voices Rey hears during the "all Jedi" scene are: Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), Luminara Unduli (Olivia d'Abo), Ahsoka Tano ([?] Ashley Eckstein), Aayla Secura (Jennifer Hale), Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson), younger Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), older Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness via digitally altered archive audio), Yoda (Frank Oz), Adi Gallia ([?] Angelique Perrin), Kanan Jarrus (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson), and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).