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Frank Oz is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 25 may 1944 at Hereford (United-kingdom)

Frank Oz

Frank Oz
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Birth name Frank Richard Oznowicz
Nationality USA
Birth 25 may 1944 (74 years) at Hereford (United-kingdom)
Creator of Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Awards Emmy Award, Primetime Emmy Award, Daytime Emmy Award

Frank Oz (born Frank Richard Oznowicz; born May 25, 1944) is an English-born American director, puppeteer, actor, and filmmaker.

His career began as a puppeteer, where he performed the Muppet characters of Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear in The Muppet Show, and Cookie Monster, Bert, and Grover in Sesame Street. He is also known for being the puppeteer and voice of Yoda in the Star Wars films.

His work as a director includes Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), What About Bob? (1991), In & Out (1997), Bowfinger (1999) and Death at a Funeral (2007).

Biography

À l'âge de cinq ans, il déménage avec ses parents pour la Californie.

Frank Oz est surtout connu pour son travail comme marionnettiste sur les séries télévisées de Jim Henson, Le Muppet Show et 1, rue Sésame ainsi que les films qui en ont été dérivés. Parmi ses personnages, on retrouve Miss Piggy, Fozzie et Sam the Eagle pour la première série ; Grover, Cookie Monster et Bert pour la seconde. Il a été marionnettiste dans plus de 75 films ou téléfilms depuis 1969.

Le plus connu des personnages de Frank Oz est certainement le petit maître Jedi Yoda, de la série Star Wars. Il est la voix et l'homme derrière la marionnette de Yoda depuis le deuxième film sorti en 1980, Star Wars, épisode V : L'Empire contre-attaque, jusqu'au dernier, Star Wars, épisode VIII : Les derniers Jedi, sorti en 2017, le personnage étant absent de Rogue One : A Star Wars story. Il a eu beaucoup d'influence sur l'apparence et la personnalité du personnage et est à l'origine de la construction inversée des phrases de Yoda.

Frank Oz est également acteur. Il est en particulier apparu dans plusieurs films de John Landis : The Blues Brothers, Le Loup-garou de Londres, Un fauteuil pour deux, Blues Brothers 2000, Drôles d'espions, etc. Ses rôles sont en général modestes.

En 1982, Frank Oz s'est lancé dans la réalisation avec le film fantastique Dark Crystal, en collaboration avec son complice de longue date Jim Henson. À l'époque, le film fait appel aux marionnettes les plus sophistiquées jamais créées pour un film. Plus tard, il réalise en 1986 la comédie musicale La Petite Boutique des horreurs avec dans les rôles principaux Rick Moranis et Ellen Greene ainsi que Steve Martin, Bill Murray, John Candy et Christopher Guest. Une marionnette de taille est également présente dans ce film, la plante géante (5 mètres), qui à la fin du film se met à danser et chanter (avec la voix de Levi Stubbs) ; exploit qui nécessita à l'époque le concours de trente marionnettistes.

Depuis il a réalisé près de dix films dont Le Plus Escroc des deux en 1988 avec Steve Martin et Michael Caine, Quoi de neuf, Bob ? en 1991 avec Bill Murray et Richard Dreyfuss, Fais comme chez toi ! en 1992, L'Indien du placard en 1995 et plus récemment The Score avec Robert De Niro, Edward Norton et Marlon Brando et en 2004 le remake Et l'homme créa la femme avec Nicole Kidman et Glenn Close.

Best films

Monsters, Inc. (2001)
(Actor)
In & Out (1997)
(Director)
The Dark Crystal (1982)
(Actor)
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
(Actor)

Usually with

Jim Henson
Jim Henson
(19 films)
Jerry Nelson
Jerry Nelson
(20 films)
Dave Goelz
Dave Goelz
(16 films)
George Lucas
George Lucas
(11 films)
Brian Henson
Brian Henson
(9 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Frank Oz (57 films)

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Actor

Star Wars: Episode VIII, 2h32
Directed by Rian Johnson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, War, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Space adventure films, Monde imaginaire, Dans l'espace, Sur une planète fictive, Space opera, Children's films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films
Actors Oscar Isaac, Benicio del Toro, Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega
Roles Yoda (voice)
Rating71% 3.5981953.5981953.5981953.5981953.598195
L'univers de Star Wars est amorcé avec le conflit entre la République galactique et la Confédération des systèmes indépendants, alliance de planètes séparatistes. Cette confédération entraîne des dirigeants de la République dans des affaires ingérables à cause des manigances du Chancelier Suprême Palpatine, chef d'État de la République, qui dit servir la démocratie tout en visant secrètement à établir un empire. Pour rétablir la paix, les Jedi combattent les ennemis de la République, sans savoir que les deux camps sont manipulés par les Seigneurs Sith (Palpatine étant en réalité le Seigneur Sith Dark Sidious). Les Jedi, comme les Sith, sont sensibles à la Force, une capacité d'origine physiologique qui permet à leurs détenteurs d'acquérir certains pouvoirs surnaturels.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 2h15
Directed by J. J. Abrams
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Monde imaginaire, Dans l'espace, Sur une planète fictive, Films about extraterrestrial life, Space opera, Children's films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films
Actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, John Boyega
Roles Yoda (voice)
Rating79% 3.995293.995293.995293.995293.99529
L'univers de Star Wars se déroule dans une galaxie théâtre d'affrontements entre les Chevaliers Jedi et les Seigneurs noirs des Sith, personnes sensibles à la Force, un champ énergétique mystérieux leur procurant des pouvoirs psychiques. Les Jedi maîtrisent le côté lumineux de la Force, pouvoir bénéfique et défensif, pour maintenir la paix dans la galaxie. Les Sith utilisent le côté obscur, pouvoir nuisible et destructeur, pour leur usage personnel et pour dominer la galaxie. Les Sith vont par deux : un maître et un apprenti.
Inside Out
Inside Out (2015)
, 1h34
Directed by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Animation
Themes Children's films
Actors Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, John Ratzenberger, Phyllis Smith
Roles Subconscious Guard Dave (voice)
Rating81% 4.0977054.0977054.0977054.0977054.097705
A girl named Riley is born in Minnesota, and within her mind, five personifications of her core emotions—Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear, and Anger—come to life. The emotions live in Headquarters, Riley's conscious mind, where they influence Riley's actions and memories via a control console. Her new memories are housed in colored orbs, which are sent into storage at the end of every waking period. The most important or "core" memories are housed in a hub in Headquarters and power five "islands", each of which reflects a different aspect of Riley's personality. Joy acts as the dominant emotion to keep Riley in a happy state, but she and the others do not understand Sadness's purpose, other than making Riley cry.
The Great Gilly Hopkins, 1h39
Directed by Stephen Herek
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Sophie Nélisse, Julia Stiles, Glenn Close, Kathy Bates, Octavia Spencer, Bill Cobbs
Roles Cookie Monster (voice)
Rating64% 3.247883.247883.247883.247883.24788
Gilly Hopkins is the meanest girl in town: she has a birth mother she has never seen and has moved from one foster home to another. Learning that she will be sent to a new home, she wastes no time stirring up trouble. Then she meets a woman named Trotter, who wants to be the mother Gilly needs. With Gilly posing a challenge, Trotter must prove a good relationship will benefit both of them.
Monsters University, 1h42
Directed by Dan Scanlon
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes L'adolescence, Films about education, Films about children, Films about the labor movement, Time travel films, Children's films, Films about school violence, Harcèlement au travail
Actors Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Joel Murray, Sean Hayes, Dave Foley
Roles Fungus (voice)
Rating72% 3.646883.646883.646883.646883.64688
A young monster named Michael "Mike" Wazowski dreams of being a scarer (a monster who enters the human world at night to scare children so their screams can be harvested for energy) when he grows up, after visiting Monsters Inc. (Monstropolis' most profitable and best-known scaring company) on a school field trip. Eleven years later, Mike is a first-year scare major at Monsters University, where he meets a monster named James P. "Sulley" Sullivan.
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey, 1h17
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentaire sur une personnalité
Actors Bill Barretta, Frank Oz, Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Clash, Fran Brill, Arsenio Hall
Roles Himself
Rating76% 3.8461053.8461053.8461053.8461053.846105
The film focuses on Clash's early career in Baltimore, Maryland. It covers his meeting and interactions with Sesame Street creator Jim Henson, puppet maker Kermit Love, and the phenomenal success of Elmo. (Clash joined Sesame Street in 1984. He resigned from Sesame Street in 2012 amid allegations of improper sexual conduct with minors, which he denied. This was not included in the documentary since it was released before the accusations were made.)
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, 2h20
Directed by George Lucas
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Pregnancy films, Monde imaginaire, Films about sexuality, Dans l'espace, Sur une planète fictive, Films about extraterrestrial life, Political films, Dystopian films, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films
Actors Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, James Earl Jones, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson
Roles Yoda (voice)
Rating75% 3.797743.797743.797743.797743.79774
During a space battle over Coruscant between the Galactic Republic and the Separatist Alliance, Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker lead a mission to rescue the kidnapped Supreme Chancellor Palpatine from Separatist commander General Grievous. After infiltrating Grievous' flagship, the Jedi engage Count Dooku in a lightsaber duel, which ends with Anakin killing Dooku at Palpatine's urging. Grievous flees the battle-torn cruiser, which the Jedi crash-land on Coruscant. There, Anakin reunites with his wife, Padmé Amidala, who reveals she is pregnant. Initially excited, Anakin begins to have premonitions of Padmé dying in childbirth.
Zathura
Zathura (2005)
, 1h41
Directed by Jon Favreau
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about children, Space adventure films, Films about families, Jeu, Films based on science fiction novels, Films about extraterrestrial life, Space opera, Children's films, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Dax Shepard, Kristen Stewart, Tim Robbins, Frank Oz
Roles Robot (voice)
Rating62% 3.1000053.1000053.1000053.1000053.100005
Brothers Walter (Josh Hutcherson) and Danny (Jonah Bobo) can never seem to get along with each other, or with their older teen-aged sister, Lisa (Kristen Stewart). While staying at their divorced father's home while he is away at work and Lisa is asleep, the boys discover an old clockwork-driven space-themed board game called "Zathura" in the basement. The two begin to play the game, the goal to be the first to reach the final space named Zathura. During each turn, the game provides a card with instructions, but the two quickly realize the cards affect reality, starting with a meteor shower. They soon discover the house is floating on a small rock in outer space. Meanwhile, Lisa looks out the window, and believing it is merely dark, goes to shower for her date. When the boys try to warn Lisa about what has happened, they find she is frozen in cryonic sleep as a result of one of the cards. The brothers realize that the only way to end the game and hopefully return to Earth is to reach the end space of Zathura.
Empire of Dreams, 1h30
Directed by Kevin Burns
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about films, Space adventure films, Dans l'espace, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Films about extraterrestrial life, Documentary films about films, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Robert Clotworthy, Kenny Baker, Ben Burtt, Walter Cronkite, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg
Roles Himself
Rating83% 4.1888854.1888854.1888854.1888854.188885
L'Empire des Rêves relate l'épopée que fût la création de la première trilogie Star Wars. Des tous premières ébauches de scénario dans l'esprit de son créateur George Lucas jusqu'au succès qu'on connaît à la saga, ce documentaire nous entraine dans les coulisses d'un tournage tantôt chaotique, tantôt enivrant, racontés par les acteurs, les membres de la production, et George Lucas lui-même.
Hey Arnold!: The Movie, 1h16
Directed by Tuck Tucker
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Animation
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Paul Sorvino, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Francesca Smith, Jamil Walker Smith, Dan Castellaneta, Tress MacNeille
Roles Buttler
Rating59% 2.9957352.9957352.9957352.9957352.995735
Arriving home from a basketball game, Arnold and his best friend Gerald learn that a man named Scheck, the CEO of FutureTech Industries (FTI), has announced plans to redevelop the entire neighborhood as a luxurious high-rise shopping mall. That night, Helga discovers that her father, Big Bob, is working with FTI to build a new super-sized branch of his beeper store in the proposed mall. Helga tells her father that their neighbors are going to suffer if he builds his store. Big Bob argues that his store is a good thing, because the Patakis will become extremely wealthy. Helga ultimately sides with her father, though is hesitant to do so due to her love for Arnold.
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, 2h22
Directed by George Lucas
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Space adventure films, Monde imaginaire, Dans l'espace, Sur une planète fictive, Films about extraterrestrial life, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films
Actors Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee
Roles Yoda (voice)
Rating65% 3.299393.299393.299393.299393.29939
Ten years after the Trade Federation's invasion of Naboo, the Galactic Republic is threatened by a Separatist movement organized by former Jedi Master Count Dooku. Senator Padmé Amidala comes to Coruscant to vote on a plan to create an army of the Republic to assist the Jedi against this threat. Narrowly avoiding an assassination attempt upon arrival, she is placed under the protection of Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi and his apprentice Anakin Skywalker. The two Jedi thwart another attempt on her life and subdue the assassin, Zam Wesell, a shape-shifter who is killed by her bounty hunter client with a toxic dart before she can reveal his identity. The Jedi Council assigns Obi-Wan to identify and capture the bounty hunter, while Anakin is assigned to escort Padmé back to Naboo, where the two fall in love.
Monsters, Inc., 1h32
Directed by Lee Unkrich, Pete Docter, David Silverman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Animation
Themes Time travel films, Buddy films, Children's films
Actors John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, Mary Gibbs, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly
Roles Jeff Fungus (voice)
Rating80% 4.0471654.0471654.0471654.0471654.047165
The parallel city of Monstropolis is inhabited by monsters and powered by the screams of children in the human world. At the factory of Monsters, Inc., employees called "scarers" venture into children's bedrooms to scare them and collect their screams, using closet doors as portals. This is considered a dangerous task because the monsters believe children are toxic and that touching them would be fatal. However, production is falling as children are becoming harder to scare and the company's chairman Henry J. Waternoose III is determined to find a solution. The top scarer is James P. "Sulley" Sullivan, who lives with his friend and assistant Mike Wazowski and has a rivalry with the ever-determined chameleon-like monster Randall Boggs. During an ordinary day's work on what is known as the "Scarefloor", another scarer accidentally brings a child's sock into the factory, causing the Child Detection Agency (CDA) to arrive and cleanse him. Mike is frequently ridiculed by the company's clerk Roz for never completing his paperwork on time.
Muppets from Space, 1h25
Directed by Tim Hill
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Comic science fiction
Themes Space adventure films, Comedy science fiction films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Musical films, Space opera, Children's films, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Dave Goelz, Frank Oz, Jeffrey Tambor, F. Murray Abraham, David Arquette, Josh Charles
Roles Miss Piggy
Rating62% 3.1488053.1488053.1488053.1488053.148805
The Great Gonzo has always been identified as a "whatever". But after he begins having disturbing dreams of abandonment and rejection, he begins to realize just how alone he is in the world. One of his nightmares involves him being denied entry onto Noah's Ark by Noah (F. Murray Abraham). The next morning, Gonzo tells Kermit the Frog that he is getting tired of being called a "whatever." After an alien race appears to be trying to send him a message through bowls of cereal, Gonzo realizes that he may not be so alone after all and climbs to the rooftop to start watching the sky. Using a bolt of lightning, Gonzo communicates with a pair of cosmic fish, revealing to him that he is an alien from outer space.
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, 2h16
Directed by George Lucas
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about children, Space adventure films, Seafaring films, Monde imaginaire, Transport films, Dans l'espace, Sur une planète fictive, Films about extraterrestrial life, Political films, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films
Actors Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Terence Stamp
Roles Yoda (voice)
Rating64% 3.249413.249413.249413.249413.24941
In response to taxation on trade routes in the Galactic Republic, the Trade Federation organizes a blockade of battleships around the planet Naboo. Supreme Chancellor Valorum dispatches Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi to negotiate with the Trade Federation leadership to end the blockade. Darth Sidious, a Sith Lord and the Trade Federation's secret adviser, orders Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray to kill the Jedi and invade Naboo with an army of battle droids. The Jedi flee to Naboo, where Qui-Gon saves Gungan outcast Jar Jar Binks from being killed during the invasion. Indebted to the Jedi, Jar Jar leads them to an underwater Gungan city. There the Jedi try but fail to persuade the Gungan leader, Boss Nass into helping the people of Naboo, though they are able to obtain transportation to Theed, the capital city on the surface. They rescue Queen Amidala, the ruler of the Naboo people, and escape the planet on her royal starship, which is damaged as they pass the Federation blockade.