Currently alive, at 73 years of age.
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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.