Frank Oz

Oz in 2015, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: Frank Richard Oznowicz

Place of Birth: Hereford, Herefordshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 25 May, 1944

*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – Belgian [Flemish]

Frank Oz is an American actor, puppeteer, director, and producer.

Frank is the son of Frances Gillette (Ghevaert) and Isidore “Mike” Oznowicz. His father was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to a Polish Jewish father and a Dutch Jewish mother. Frank’s mother was Belgian [Flemish], and was a lapsed Catholic.

Frank spent his early years in England, then Belgium, and ultimately the U.S., in Montana, and then Oakland, California.

Frank is married to Victoria Labalme. He has four children with his former wife Robin Garsen.

Frank’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Oznowicz (the son of Itzek Oznowicz and Rebecca Tonningen). Samuel was a Polish Jew.

Frank’s paternal grandmother was Rebekka/Rebecca Bonettemaker (the daughter of Mozes Bonnettemaker and Femmetje Hakker). Frank’s grandmother Rebekka was born in Amsterdam, to a Dutch Jewish family that had lived in the Netherlands for centuries. Mozez was the son of Manuel Jacob Bonnettemaker and Eva Jonas Oesterman. Frank’s great-grandmother Femmetje died in Auschwitz, in 1943. She was the daughter of Abraham Jonas Hakker and Elsje Gompert Gomperts.

Frank’s maternal grandfather was named Omer Ghevaert.

Frank’s maternal grandmother was Maria Josephina Theresia Dierickx-Visschers (the daughter of Leopoldus Franciscus Dierickx-Visschers and Mathilde Sophia Lingier).

Sources: Genealogy of Frank Oz –

Article about Frank’s father –

Immigration record of Frank’s father –

Genealogy of Frank’s paternal grandmother, Rebekka/Rebecca Bonettemaker –


Curious about ethnicity

1 Response

  1. madman says:

    Frank is the son of Frances (Ghevaert) and Isidore “Mike” Oznowicz.

    Frank’s father is often described as having Dutch Jewish and/or Polish Jewish ancestry. His genealogy states that he was born in Czech Republic, his immigration record says that he was born in the Netherlands, and Frank himself has said: “My parents were French-Polish” (

    Genealogy –
    Birth certificate –
    Immigration record of Frank’s father –

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