Puppeteer and voice actor behind iconic characters such as Yoda, Cookie Monster, and Miss Piggy. He co-directed The Dark Crystal with Jim Henson, then went on to direct the films The Muppets Take Manhattan and Little Shop of Horrors.
He made acting appearances in a number of films directed by John Landis, including The Blues Brothers, An American Warewolf in London and Trading Places.
He directed the 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Michael Caine and Steve Martin.
He was mentored by the acclaimed puppeteer Lettie Connell Schubert and he was inspired to become a filmmaker after seeing the Orson Welles classic Touch of Evil.
He married Robin Oz on December 12, 1979, and together they had 4 children. He married Victoria Labalme in 2011.
- The meaning of the name Oz: Strength, Courage