Puppeteer Frank Oz is officially 78 years old!
The 6’2” actor, filmmaker, and puppeteer was born on May 25, 1944, in Hereford, United Kingdom. He has four children from his two marriages and has won numerous accolades for his work, including a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Series.
Oz is the puppeteer behind many of the Muppet characters, including Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, and Sam Eagle. He is also behind Cookie Monster, Bert, and Grover on Sesame Street. That being said, “Star Wars” fans know him for his role as Yoda, both as the puppeteer and providing the voice of Yoda for several Lucasfilm projects.
On Wednesday, fans flocked to social media to wish Oz a happy birthday!
‘Star Wars’ Fans Wish Frank Oz A Happy Birthday!
— Star Wars Holocron (@sw_holocron) May 25, 2022
The Star Wars Holocron Twitter account wished him a happy birthday, adding “May the Force Be With You!”
When 78 years old you reach, look as good, you might not… Happy Birthday to man, muppet and kick ass comedy filmmaker Frank Oz! pic.twitter.com/VTDtt1LjXf
— Marshall Julius 🇺🇦 (@MarshallJulius) May 25, 2022
Marshall Julius wished him a happy birthday showing him in a behind-the-scenes photo with Mark Hamill. “When 78 years old you reach, look as good, you might not,” he joked in the caption.
Wishing a happy 78th birthday to Frank Oz, the puppeteer and voice actor behind Master Yoda throughout the Star Wars saga! pic.twitter.com/ZzgSRf5bmu
— The Moisture Farm Report (@MoistureFarmRep) May 25, 2022
The Moisture Farm Star Wars Twitter account also took the time to wish the voice actor and puppeteer of Master Yoda a happy birthday!
Happy birthday to American actor, puppeteer, director and producer Frank Oz, born May 25, 1944, well known as the puppeteer and voice of several characters on Sesame Street and The Muppets, and Yoda in the Star Wars franchise. pic.twitter.com/ur6WkIsG69
— Killer Star Wars (@StarWarsTHX) May 25, 2022
Another Star Wars fan account also paid tribute to Oz through another behind-the-scenes photo of him with Yoda.
Everyone Is Wishing The Puppeteer A Happy Birthday!
Happy birthday to Frank Oz!
The brilliant and hilarious mind behind (or below) Miss Piggy, Cookie Monster, Fozzie Bear, Grover, Yoda, and MANY other beloved characters, as well as being an accomplished director and actor.
Frank Oz is someone worthy of being called a genius pic.twitter.com/igoZb2TcXh
— Muppet History (@HistoryMuppet) May 25, 2022
The Muppet History Twitter account wished him a happy birthday, writing, “The brilliant and hilarious mind behind (or below) Miss Piggy, Cookie Monster, Fozzie Bear, Grover, Yoda, and MANY other beloved characters, as well as being an accomplished director and actor.” They added that he “is someone worthy of being called a genius.”
Happy birthday to the man, the myth the legend FRANK OZ!!!!!! Sir, you rule!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/YRLdfsI47K
— FOFA™ (@OfficialFOFA) May 25, 2022
Another excited fan wished happy birthday to “the man, the myth, the legend.”
Happy Birthday to Frank Oz who turns 78 years young today – pictured here with the late, great Jim Henson on the set of The Muppet Show in 1980 pic.twitter.com/7YCcd1k5tE
— Barney Hurley (@barneyhurley1) May 24, 2022
Another fan shared a photo of Oz with Jim Henson on the set of “The Muppet Show” in 1980.
— ToughPigs: Muppet Fans Who Grew Up (@ToughPigs) May 25, 2022
Another fan also wished him a happy birthday while sharing photos of him with several Muppets and Sesame Street characters.
— The Zombie Mandalorian’s Leaky Basement of Horrors (@EugWSerra) May 25, 2022
Here’s to wishing Frank Oz a happy 78th birthday and hope there are still many more to come!