12/15-21/1965 – ‘Tape 2 Dean shows in Hollywood with Frank Oz.’

Jim’s appearances with Rowlf on The Jimmy Dean Show from 1963 to 1966 were formative experiences, not the least because they helped him establish his performing partnership with Frank Oz. Having met Jim back in 1961 at a Puppeteers of America festival in California, Oz joined Jim, Jane Henson, Jerry Juhl and Don Sahlin in New York in 1963 at age nineteen and became integral to the team. He began performing Rowlf’s right paw while Jim performed Rowlf’s head, left paw and voice. This extraordinary partnership led to the development of some of the most inventive comic duos on television: Ernie and Bert, Kermit and Miss Piggy, Kermit and Fozzie Bear, Dr. Teeth and Animal, and the head (Jim) and hands (Oz) of the Swedish Chef.

Learn more about Jim’s work on The Jimmy Dean Show.

Frank Oz, Jim and Jerry Juhl, around 1964.

Storyboard panels from a credit sequence created by Frank Oz (but never filmed), c. 1966-67.

Storyboard panels from a credit sequence created by Frank Oz (but never filmed), c. 1966-67.

Storyboard panels from a credit sequence created by Frank Oz (but never filmed), c. 1966-67.

Storyboard panels from a credit sequence created by Frank Oz (but never filmed), c. 1966-67.

Read more from Jim Henson’s Red Book in Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal available from Chronicle Books.

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