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Richard Frank Oznowicz (Frank Oz)

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Born: 1944 AD
Currently alive, at 69 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Actors, Director, Entertainers, Humorist

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1944 - Richard Frank Oznowicz, born on the 25th of May in Hereford, England to French parents — a Jewish father and Catholic mother (Françoise born GHEVAERT), both of Polish descent. Better known as Frank Oz, is an English-born American film director, actor and puppeteer. 1949 - Moved to California, United States with his parents when he was five years old. 1963 - He began working with Henson and was a key player as the Muppets became regulars on the children's program Sesame Street. 1976 -1981 - Starred in their own comedy program, The Muppet Show. It was on the latter show that Miss Piggy's persistent pursuit of Kermit the Frog made her a household name. 1980 - He worked with George Lucas to create and voice the mystical midget Yoda for The Empire Strikes Back and subsequent Star Wars sequels. 1981 - 1985 - As an actor he has had cameo roles in several movies directed by John Landis, including An American Werewolf in London, Trading Places and Spies Like Us. 1986 - He also directs live-action films, including the cult favorite Little Shop of Horrors. 1992 - Directs, the comedy Housesitter. 1995 - Another film he directed is, the children's classic The Indian in the Cupboard. 2001 - He is behind the movie and the heist film The Score, with Robert DeNiro and Marlon Brando.

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