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Richard Frank Oznowicz
Hereford, Herefordshire, England
Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign:
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.
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
Was described by Henson as "probably the person most responsible for the Muppets being funny."
Frank Oz Relationships:
Robin Garsen - Wife
Frances Oznowicz - Mother
Isidore Oznowicz - Father
Frank Oz Awards:
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
1981 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
1980 Emmy: Outstanding Variety or Music Program - Nominee
Attended Oakland City College, Oakland, CA; attended City University of New York, City College, New York, NY
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