Frank Oz (born Frank Richard Oznowicz; May 25, 1944) is an American film director, actor, voice actor and puppeteer.
- He played Yoda in the Star Wars films, puppeteering him in The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace note and voicing him in Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith. He also had a vocal cameo in The Force Awakens. He also has a One-Scene Wonder moment in The Last Jedi.
- He played a corrupt cop in Trading Places
- In The Blues Brothers, he's the prison guard in charge of the prisoner's personal effects; in Blues Brothers 2000 he plays a prison warden who is presumably the same character.
- He co-directed The Dark Crystal along with Jim Henson and performed two characters, Aughra and the Chamberlain (he didn't voice either of them, though).
- He performed the Wiseman in Labyrinth, although again, he didn't voice him.
- Films he directed, in chronological order:
- The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
- Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
- Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
- What About Bob? (1991)
- The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)
- In & Out (1997)
- Bowfinger (1999)
- The Score (2001)
- The 2004 adaptation of The Stepford Wives
- Death at a Funeral (2007)
- Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched (2017)
- In and Of Itself, a one-man show by performance artist Derek DelGaudio.
- He performed Grover, Bert, Cookie Monster and many other characters on Sesame Street from 1969 until 2001, when he stopped being a full-time performer so he could focus on his directing career. Bert and Grover are now performed by Eric Jacobson, and Cookie Monster is performed by David Rudman. He still occasionally returns to perform them.
- He originated the roles of Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam the Eagle and Marvin Suggs on The Muppet Show, and performed them in numerous other Muppet productions until 2000, when he left to focus on his career as a director. His characters are now played by Eric Jacobson.
- He reprised his role as Yoda in Star Wars Rebels.
- "The Force is strong.""Wocka Wocka!"