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."
1979, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy - Variety or Music Program: Nominee
1977, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series: Nominee
1981, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee
1978, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series: Winner
1980, Emmy — Outstanding Variety or Music Program: Nominee
Frances Oznowicz — Mother
Robin Garsen — Wife
Isidore Oznowicz — Father
Attended Oakland City College, Oakland, California, United States; attended City University of New York, City College, New York, New York, United States