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Dave Goelz Biography

Birth Name:
David Charles Goelz
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Puppeteert, voice-overs, actor

Fast Facts

  • Worked for American Airlines and Hewlett Packard as an industrial designer
  • Met famed puppeteer Frank Oz at the 1972 New York Puppetry Festival, which led to him beginning to attend tapings of Sesame Street
  • Joined the roster of Muppets performers in 1974 after meeting Jim Henson and providing the puppeteer with his portfolio
  • Created the character the Great Gonzo, who made his first appearance in 1975 in the inaugural season of The Muppet Show
  • Created a variety of different Muppets characters during his puppetry career, including the Muppet Dr
  • Bunsen Honeydew and Fraggle Rock lead character Boober Fraggle
  • Dubbed his voice to provide singing for the Ben Folds Five music video "Do It Anyway
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  • 1981Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program: nominated
  • 1980Emmy-Outstanding Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1979Emmy-Outstanding Comedy - Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1978Emmy-Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series: winner
  • 1977Emmy-Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series: nominated


  • Debra Freeman -- Wife