Frank Oz is a filmmaker, actor, and probably the most famous puppeteer currently living. Today is his 74th birthday.
Oz is best known for his work with The Muppets/Sesame Street alongside their creator, Jim Henson. He started working with Muppets in the late 1960s, and was the puppeteer and voice behind iconic characters like #MissPiggy, #FozzieBear, #Animal, #Grover, #CookieMonster, and #Bert from Bert & Ernie.
Of course, Oz is also famous as the pupeteer and voice behind #Yoda in the various #StarWars films. Lucas gave Oz control over the character, and Oz is credited with creating Yoda's signature syntax.
Oz has said that Orson Welles' 1958 film #TouchofEvil inspired him to become a film director. My personal favorite film of his is the 1986 #cultclassic, 'Little Shop of Horrors' staring Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene.
Oz has directed legendary artists like De Niro, Steve Martin, and Brando - though Brando mostly refused to acknowledge Frank Oz as the director.
My favorite #FrankOz films: #littleshopofhorrors #thescore #muppetstakemanhattan #thedarkcrystal