Happy Belated Birthday Frank Oz!

“He is probably the person most responsible for the Muppets being funny” Jim Henson on Oz.

Frank Oz was born on May 25th, in Hereford, England in 1944.  At the age of five he emigrated to the United States with his parents who were amateur puppeteers.  Jim Henson saw Oz at a puppeteers’ convention in California where he was impressed with Oz’s ability;  but had to wait until Frank graduated from High School before employing him.  Oz finally joined the Muppets in 1963, and since then has become one of the greatest puppeteers of our time as well as a superb comedy director.

“I wouldn’t like to be that famous, I value my privacy. Mind you, Miss Piggy enjoys every moment of it. If it were not for me, she would spend all her time in the limelight.”   -Frank Oz

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