Frank Oz

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Richard Frank Oznowicz
  • Birth Place: Hereford, Herefordshire, England
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 05/25/1944, Gemini
  • Profession: Actor; director; puppeteer
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Frank Oz Fast Facts:
  • Parents were refugees from the Holocaust and were both puppeteers.
  • Met Muppets creator Jim Henson at age 17 at the Puppeteers of America convention. Oz's father was the president of the association at the time.
  • Began working with Henson at age 19.
  • Stage name "Oz" acquired on the Jimmy Dean Show. Dean apparently couldn't say his real name and uttered "Oz" during a live broadcast. The name stuck.
  • Worked on Saturday Night Live in its debut season with Henson and the rest of the Muppet staff. They were dropped after that inaugural season because the rest of the actors thought the puppets were taking time away from their sketches.
  • Developed the unusual backwards speech pattern made famous by his Star Wars character, Yoda.
  • Was described by Henson as "probably the person most responsible for the Muppets being funny."
  • Frank Oz Relationships:
  • Isidore Oznowicz - Father
  • Frances Oznowicz - Mother
  • Robin Garsen - Wife
  • Frank Oz Awards:
  • 1980 Emmy: Outstanding Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1981 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 1977 Emmy: Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series - Nominee
  • 1978 Emmy: Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series - Winner
  • 1979 Emmy: Outstanding Comedy - Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended Oakland City College, Oakland, CA; attended City University of New York, City College, New York, NY

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