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  2. Dave Goelz | Muppet Wiki | Fandom

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    David Charles Goelz was born in Burbank, California. He had an interest in puppetry as a child, including an affinity for the children's television show Time for Beany, but after high school attended the Los Angeles Art Center's College of Design and began work as an industrial designer. The mechanically-minded Goelz worked for such companies as John Deere, American Airlines, and Hewlett-Packard. However, when Sesame Street premiered, he was fascinated by the craftsmanship, as he recalled in a Muppet Centralinterview: As Goelz later told Disney twenty-three: While working full-time for an electronics firm, Goelz began dabbling with puppet building.

    In 1972, Goelz met Frank Oz at a puppetry festival, and during a vacation in New York City, he attended the daily Sesame Street tapings. A few months later, Goelz showed his design portfolio to Jim Henson, and in 1973, he was offered a job with Henson Associates as a part-time puppet builder. His first assignment was to build puppets and design effects for a proposed Broadway show. However, the show was soon abandoned in favor of an ABC pilot, The Muppets Valentine Show, for which Goelz built characters and got his first crack at performing, playing Brewster, whom he also designed. Upon Goelz's return to California, he learned that he had been replaced by his electronics employer, so he set up shop creating puppets for industrial videos. He performed Ray the Raychem Seal in one such video. (YouTube) Eight months later, in the fall of 1974, Henson offered him a full-time position as a builder/designer, and occasional performer in specials, while still allowing him to keep his industr...

    In 1976, Goelz joined the rest of the Henson team and flew to London to begin work on The Muppet Show. In addition to reprising his role of Zoot and playing background roles, as in the earlier specials, Goelz was promoted to "Principal Muppet Performer" with the starring role of Gonzo. The puppet had debuted in The Great Santa Claus Switch, as Cigar Box Frackle, and had made brief appearances in Muppet Meeting Films and Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, with different performers. The sad-eyed creation was now given a permanent name and puppeteer. However, in addition to playing Gonzo, Goelz was still employed in the Muppet Workshop. Goelz recalled the hectic schedule of working full-time behind the scenes and in front of the cameras in a 2004 Film Threatinterview: Gonzo, that first season, like many of the new Muppet Showcreations, was a work in progress, and especially for Goelz, playing his first starring character and major speaking role. When he was assigned the character, he pan...

    In addition to the starring role of Gonzo, during the first season of The Muppet Show, Goelz also had the slightly less challenging but still time consuming supporting roles of Zoot and another new creation, scientist Bunsen Honeydew. In later seasons, a new Goelz character was added, the well-meaning but slow-witted janitor, Beauregard:

    With the debut of Fraggle Rock, Goelz was cast as one of the five leads, the depressed, pessimistic Boober Fraggle. Boober stemmed from something Goelz had said while working on The Muppet Show, that he was so busy on the show that the only things he had time to worry about were death and laundry (The Muppet Show Season One). At Muppetfest, Goelz related the process of character creation for the show: "They looked at the performers, and picked out our flaws, and made characters out of them. They denied it... So that's how I ended up with Boober, the suspicious, paranoid character." In the Fraggle Rock: Complete First Season interviews, Goelz also mentioned that "I was cast with Boober, who was sort of grumpy and inflexible, just like I could be a lot of the time." Demonstrating his versatility, he also played the pompous Uncle Traveling Matt, the rat-like Philo, and the cantankerous World's Oldest Fraggle, as well as a variety of guest characters and memorable incidentals, such as t...

    Goelz continued to reprise his roles as Gonzo and Bunsen in feature films, slowly adding more aspects to "the weirdo," and also worked on Henson's forays into "realistic" fantasy, The Dark Crystal (performing the Garthim Master SkekUng and the dog-like Fizzgig), and Labyrinth (playing a variety of roles, notably Sir Didymus). As the '80s progressed, in addition to switching between the manic Gonzo and the phlegmatic Boober (a variety which Goelz recalled as "stimulating"), Goelz played occasional new roles in specials, notably Rugby Tiger in The Christmas Toy:

    Following Jim Henson's sudden death in 1990, and with Frank Oz continuing to focus heavily on directing, Gonzo the character and Goelz the performer gained increased significance, starting with the first new feature, The Muppet Christmas Carol. By performing Gonzo as Charles Dickens as narrator, Goelz (accompanied by Steve Whitmire as Rizzo the Rat, a pairing which would be repeated in subsequent productions) largely dominated the Muppet side of the film, and received top billing as "Muppet Performer" (a distinction which would continue through Muppet Treasure Island and Muppets from Space) "...when we did The Muppet Christmas Carol, [Gonzo] developed a soulful side. He played the part of Dickens, and I just loved doing that. It just paralleled my own growth. Jerry Juhl wrote it as a way of getting Dickensian prose into the movie. But the fact that he chose Gonzo was very satisfying to me. And I think it was because he saw me changing and I think he felt that Gonzo could change too....

    The Muppet Show Characters: Alfredo the Mop Dancer, Ali Baba, Alien, Avocado, Banananose Moldenado, Baskerville the Hound (episode 524), Beauregard, Behemoth (episode 115), Billy the Bear (episode...
    Sesame Street Characters: Piño, The Elephant, Mr. Between, Rocky, China Shop Clerk, Tom Pipersson, Lavender royal sycophant from The Once and Purple King
    The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence: Avarice, Brewster, Zoot, Duke, The San Francisco Earthquake
    Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas: Wendell Porcupine, Will Possum, Catfish
    As a child, Goelz appeared as an extra in the 1961 Disney film The Parent Trap.
    With Steve Whitmire's departure in 2016, Goelz is the last core Muppet performer who worked on The Muppet Showstill performing his characters regularly.
    The Animal Show character Dave the Humanis based on Goelz.
    According to puppet builder Jane Gootnick, Goelz built the first Uncle Deadlypuppet.
    Goelz voiced Subconcious Guard Frank (alongside Frank Oz as Dave) in the 2015 animated film Inside Out.
    Goelz provides the voice of Figment in the "Journey into Imagination with Figment" ride at Walt Disney World. Figment was originally voiced by Billy Barty in the original version of the attraction,...
    ↑ Entry in the California Birth Index
    ↑ 3.0 3.1 Film Threat - The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Dave Goelz Under the Stage (Part 1)
    ↑ Muppet Morsels -- episode 111
  3. Dave Goelz - Wikipedia

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    David Charles Goelz (born July 16, 1946) is an American puppeteer and puppet builder, known for his work with the Muppets.As part of the Muppets' performing cast, Goelz performs Gonzo, as well as Bunsen Honeydew, Waldorf (after Jim Henson's death), Zoot and Beauregard, originating on The Muppet Show.

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    • Watch a Disney Movie With... Brian Henson & Dave Goelz | The Muppets
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    • Talking To Gonzo The Great (& Dave Goelz)
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    • Ray the Raychem Seal - performed by Dave Goelz
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  4. Dave Goelz - IMDb

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    A longtime puppet designer and performer, Goelz was picked up by Jim Henson and company to design Muppets for various television projects in the early 70's. By the time Jim Henson and Frank Oz were beginning work on "The Muppet Show", they managed to convince Dave to come work as a puppeteer. He soon began to perform and develop such memorable...

  5. Dave Goelz Cameos | Muppet Wiki | Fandom

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    Dave Goelz Cameos The Muppets Go Hollywood, in the background with Gonzo as Animal chases a woman off. Royal Variety Performance for 1977, as a musician. Fraggle Rock, " The Thirty-Minute Work Week ", sitting next to Traveling Matt on the roller coaster.

  6. Dave Goelz | The muppet Wiki | Fandom

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    Dave Goelz (b. July 16, 1946) has been one of the lead Muppet performers for over 35 years, performing Gonzo, Beauregard, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Zoot, Boober Fraggle, Uncle Traveling Matt, Stinky the Skunk, and Rugby Tiger, as well as succeeding the role of Waldorf from Jim Henson. He is one of the few major performers to have no prior experience as either an actor or puppeteer. Puppeteer ...

  7. Dave Goelz | Disney Wiki | Fandom

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    David Charles "Dave" Goelz is an American puppeteer, puppet builder, and voice actor who has been one of the lead Muppet performers for over 40 years, performing Gonzo, Zoot, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beauregard, and several other Muppet characters, as well as succeeding the role of Waldorf from Jim Henson.

  8. Dave Goelz | Muppeteer Wiki | Fandom

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    Dave Goelz (b. July 16, 1946) has been one of the lead Muppet performers for over 40 years, performing Gonzo, Beauregard, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Zoot, Boober Fraggle, Uncle Traveling Matt, Stinky the Skunk, and Rugby Tiger, as well as succeeding the role of Waldorf from Jim Henson.

  9. Dave Goelz | Puppet Wikia | Fandom

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    • Early Years
    • Building Muppets
    • The Birth of Gonzo
    • Muppet Show Characters
    • Fraggle Rock
    • Movies & Beyond
    • 1990s - Present
    • Muppeteer Credits
    • See Also

    Born in Burbank, California, Goelz had an interest in puppetry as a child, including an affinity for the children's TV show Time for Beany, but after high school, attended the Los Angeles Art Center's College of Design & began work as an industrial designer. The mechanically-minded Goelz worked for such companies as John Deere, American Airlines, & Hewlett Packard. However, when Sesame Street premiered, he was fascinated by the craftsmanship, as he recalled in a Muppet Centralinterview: 1. "I had been a Muppet fan for many years, but now I started getting fascinated with the design process that went into what I was seeing on the screen. Who were these people who created the puppets, costumes & performances that were so evocative? I got very curious." 2. ―{{{2}}} While working full-time for an electronics firm, Goelz began dabbling with puppet building.

    In 1972, Goelz met Frank Oz at a puppetry festival, & during a vacation in New York City, he attended the daily Sesame Street tapings. A few months later, Goelz showed his design portfolio to Jim Henson, & in 1973, he was offered a job w/ Henson Associates as a part-time puppet builder. His 1st assignment was to build puppets & design effects for a proposed Broadway show. However, the show was soon abandoned in favor of an ABC pilot, The Muppets Valentine Show, for which Goelz built characters & got his first crack at performing, playing Brewster, who he also designed. Upon Goelz's return to California, he learned his electronics employer replaced him so he set up shop creating puppets for industrial videos. 8 months later, in the fall of 1974, Henson offered him a full-time position as a builder/designer, & occasional performer in specials, while still letting him keep his industrial clients. Returning to NYC, Goelz began work on The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence, for which he buil...

    In 1976, Goelz joined the rest of the Henson team & flew to London to begin work on The Muppet Show. In addition to reprising his role of Zoot & playing background roles, as in the earlier specials, Goelz was promoted to "Principal Muppet Performer" with the starring role of Gonzo the Great. The puppet had debuted in The Great Santa Claus Switch, as Snarl, & had made brief appearances in Muppet Meeting Films & Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, with different performers. The sad-eyed creation was now given a permanent name & puppeteer. However, in addition to playing Gonzo, Goelz was still employed in the Muppet Workshop. Goelz recalled the hectic schedule of working full-time behind the scenes & in front of the cameras in a 2004 Film Threatinterview: 1. "So my typical day involved running back and forth between making puppets and performing. & I of course didn’t know anything about performing. At all. I guess I had an aptitude for it, but it was something I hadn’t had any training fo...

    In addition to the starring role of Gonzo, during season 1 of The Muppet Show, Goelz also had the slightly less-challenging but still time-consuming supporting roles of Zoot & another new creation, scientist Dr. Bunsen Honeydew. Goelz had once said: "It's easy for me to do Bunsen, cause I've known dozens of Bunsens. Actually I don't think he's very funny except as a foil for Beaker, who is 1 of my favorite characters. Zoot is a big puzzle for me. People write to me & say they know people exactly like Zoot. Well, I'd like to meet one of them, because I've never met anyone like that. I found that when the writers gave Zoot lines to speak, I would always try to give them away to other characters, because I didn't know what to do with him. Maybe that helped to define the character. Perhaps it's best that he's so non-verbal." In later seasons, a new Goelz character was added, the well-meaning but slow-witted janitor, Beauregard: "Bo is very similar to a character I performed in Emmet Ott...

    With the debut of Fraggle Rock, Goelz was cast as 1 of the 5 leads, the depressed, pessimistic Boober Fraggle. Boober stemmed from something Goelz had said while working on The Muppet Show, that he was so busy on the show that the only things he had time to worry about were death & laundry (The Muppet Show Season 1). At Muppetfest, Goelz related the process of character creation for the show: "They looked at the performers, & picked out our flaws, & made characters out of them. They denied it...So that's how I ended up with Boober, the suspicious, paranoid character." In the Fraggle Rock: Complete 1st Season interviews, Goelz also mentioned that "I was cast with Boober, who was sort of grumpy & inflexible, just like I could be a lot of the time." Demonstrating his versatility, he also played Gobo Fraggle's pompous Uncle Traveling Matt, the rat-like Philo, & the cantankerous The World's Oldest Fraggle, as well as a variety of guest characters & memorable incidentals, such as the obes...

    Goelz continued to reprise his roles as Gonzo, & Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beauregard, Waldorf in feature films, slowly adding more aspects to "the weirdo", & also worked on Henson's forays into "realistic" fantasy, The Dark Crystal (performing the Garthim Master SkekUng & the dog-like Fizzgig), & Labyrinth (playing a variety of roles, notably Sir Didymus). "I loved the atmosphere on Dark Crystal. That turned out to be a very stimulating project, because it was pretty much unprecedented. On the very 1st day we filmed, the Skeksis had to file past the deathbed of the Skeksis emperor, performed by Jim. The Skeksis all had ulterior motives as they walked by the bed to pay their respects. In our very 1st shot, I was inside the Garthim Master Skeksiswith another puppeteer doing the right hand. I was totally blind except for a little monitor on my chest, & I just stepped off the platform & we started to fall. Fortunately somebody was there & caught us & pushed us back up." As the '80s progress...

    Soon after, Jim Henson's very tragic, sudden death in 1990, & with Frank Oz continuing to focus heavily on directing, Gonzo the character & Goelz the performer gained increased significance, starting with the 1st new feature, The Muppet Christmas Carol. By performing Gonzo as Charles Dickens as narrator, Goelz (accompanied by Steve Whitmire as Rizzo the Rat, a pairing which would be repeated in subsequent productions) largely dominated the Muppet side of the film, & received top billing as "Muppet Performer" (a distinction which would continue through Muppet Treasure Island & Muppets from Space) "...when we did The Muppet Christmas Carol, Gonzo developed a soulful side. He played the part of Dickens, & I just loved doing that. It just paralleled my own growth. Jerry Juhl wrote it as a way of getting Dickensian prose into the movie. But the fact that he chose Gonzo was very satisfying to me. & I think it was because he saw me changing & I think he felt that Gonzo could change too" (F...

    Goelz's main Muppet characters: Gonzo the Great, Zoot, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beauregard, Waldorf(1992 - present)
    The Muppet Show characters: Alfredo the Mop Dancer, Ali Baba, Alien, Avocado, Banana Nose Maldonado, Baskerville the Hound (524), Beauregard, Behemoth (115), Billy the Bear (412), Brewster, Brown B...
    Sesame Street characters: Piño, The Elephant, Mr. Between, Rocky, China Shop Clerk
    The Muppet Show: Sex & Violence: Avarice, Brewster, Zoot, Righton Bird, The San Francisco Earthquake
    Dave Goelz on the Grouches Wiki
    Dave Goelz on the Oscar the Grouch Wiki
  10. 10 Things We Learned from Muppet Performer Dave Goelz During ...

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    Apr 17, 2020 · The Walt Disney Family Museum’s second Happily Ever After Hours virtual event was a live Q&A with Muppet performer Dave Goelz, puppeteer and voice of The Great Gonzo and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew among...

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