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. Goelz's puppeteering roles also included in Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth. Outside of puppeteering work, he was also the voice of Figment in the Journey into Imagination with Figment attraction at Epcot.
Over the years, Goelz has suffered a number of injuries due to the way Muppet performers must hold up their arms for extended periods and contort into small spaces. These include four shoulder surgeries and a hip replacement.At 46, he married his wife Debra, who was formerly a Jim Henson Productions Chief Financial Officer, and subsequently had two children. They live on a forested 20-acre space in West Marin, California.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Goelz had an interest in puppetry as a child, including an affinity for the children's television show Time for Beany, but after high school, he attended the Los Angeles Art Center 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 an interview: 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 and performances that were so evocative? I got very curious.While working full-time for an electronics firm, Goelz began dabbling with puppet building.
Movies & TV shows
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Fraggle Rock: Rock On!
Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley, and Uncle travelling Matt will tell stories and songs that show everyone how we're all connected.
The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II
The second Disney Family Singalong features celebrities and their families as they take on their favorite Disney tunes from their homes. John Legend is one of the special guests.
Scooter rushed to make his delivery deadlines and uploaded the new series for streaming. He will have to navigate the obstacles thrown at him by the rest of the group.
Dan Lanigan is a film historian and prop collector who has a collection of Disney movie props. Dan will recover lost artifacts, visit private collections, and help restore pieces from the Walt Disney ...
Muppet Guys Talking: A Special Conversation To Honour Jim Henson
On Saturday 16 May 2020, the cast of the Muppet Guys Talking documentary - Frank Oz, Fran Brill, Dave Goelz and Bill Barretta - reteamed via Skype for a charity fundraising conversation to honor Jim H...
The Muppets Take The O2
The Muppets Take the O2 is a live stage show starring the Muppets performed at the O2 Arena in London in July 2018. The show is a follow-up to 2017's performance at the Hollywood Bowl, reprising many ...
Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched
Five of the original Muppet performers come together for the first time ever to share behind-the-scenes secrets of the Muppets. Includes rare performance footage, surprising stories and insights into ...
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Crash Course Economics
They teach you all about economics.
The Muppets are talking to young children.
The show will be hosted by the Muppets. The personal lives and relationships of the Muppets will be explored in a series for the first time. Kids of all ages are welcome to watch this show.
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Riley's guiding emotions— Joy, Fear, Anger, Di...
Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade
Award-winning singer Cee Lo Green is one of several stars set to perform in this year’s “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” on ABC.
A sympathetic human, Gary, and his puppet roommate, Walter, swoop in to help the gang put on a show and raise the $10 million they need to save the day, when they learn that their beloved theater is s...
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The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody
The Muppets' Musical Gang is back at it with their rendition of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody!
The Great Debate
The Great Debate is a program that debates pop culture. It was broadcasted on July 6, 2009, by Michael Buffer.
Jim Henson's Tales From Muppetland
There are different versions of Tales of the Tinkerdee, Hey Cinderella, and The Frog Prince.
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A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa
When Gonzo forgets to mail three letters to Santa, he convinces the gang to help him deliver the letters to the North Pole. Christmas is the time to be with those you care about the most, as they dash...
The Muppets - Studio DC - Almost Live
The Muppets and Disney Channel's biggest stars are teaming up for a variety show.
Studio DC: Almost Live
The Disney Channel has a special called Studio DC: Almost Live. The special is a half-hour variety show that features both The Muppets and Disney Channel stars performing comedy sketches and musical n...
Fraggle Rock - Live By the Rule of the Rock
Catch a Tail by the Tiger: Gobo has not received his usual postcard from his Uncle Traveling Matt. He eventually comes to realize that he must venture out into outer space to look for him – a trip tha...
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz tells the story of a young woman who wants to be a singer but can't because she's too young. After being swept up by a tornado with her pet prawn,Dorothy embarked on a journey to meet...
Weezer: Video Capture Device - Treasures from the Vault 1991-2002
Spike Jonze directed clips for "The Sweater Song" and "Buddy Holly" are included in Weezer's music videos from 1991 to 2002. Also included are never-before-released videos, live footage from the begin...
It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
Miss Bitterman wants to build a nightclub over the Muppet Theatre. After she tricked her father into giving her the only copy of the contract, she changed it to make it seem like the Muppets had more ...
I Love Muppets
Before the show was made, Jim Henson did a lot.
Kermit's Swamp Years
At 12 years old, Kermit the Frog and best friends Goggles and Croaker travel outside their homes in the swamps of the Deep South to do something extraordinary with their lives.
Muppets from Space
When Gonzo learns that he is the descendant of aliens from another planet, his attempts at extraterrestrial communication get him kidnapped by a secret government agency, prompting the Muppets to spri...
The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
Elmo wouldn't allow anything to happen to his blanket. Elmo is chasing his blanket after a tug-of-war with his friend. Facing life without his cherished blanket, Elmo musters all of his determination ...
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Muppets Tonight is a live-action/puppet television series created by Jim Henson Productions and featuring The Muppets. Much like the "MuppeTelevision" segment of The Jim Henson Hour, Muppets Tonight w...
Muppet Treasure Island
Billy Bones had a heart attack just as Jim and his friends were attacked by pirates, after telling the story of the last journey to Jim. The gang escapes into the town where they hire out a boat and c...
Rudy Coby: The Coolest Magician on Earth
Rudy Coby and his sidekick Atom serve up a strange brand of magical science, as they cut off their limbs with a chain saw, shrink themselves, and fix their robot girl.
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Muppet Classic Theater
The puppets perform in the theater. Robin the Frog is one of the characters in the stories. Andy and Randy Pig and the Elvises had their first appearance in the production. Jim Lewis and Bill Prady wr...
The World of Jim Henson
Jim Henson is the subject of this episode of Great Performances.
Muppet Sing Alongs: It's Not Easy Being Green
Muppet Sing-Alongs: It's Not Easy Being Green was released direct to video in 1994. A collection of Muppet songs is put together in this fun Karaoke video. Kermit hosts this video, where he presents...
Muppet*vision 3-D, more appropriately, 4-D, can only be seen at the Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL and also at California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, CA....
The Muppets at Walt Disney World
Filmed right after the merger between Disney and Jim Henson productions, the Muppet's are featured heading to the greatest place on earth, Walt Disney World. Kermit and Robin take the gang to the swam...
The Earth Day Special
The Earth Day Special aired on ABC on April 22, 1990 An all-star cast addressed concerns about global warming and other environmental ills in a two hour special sponsored by Time Warner.
Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Special
Celebration of Disneyland's 35th Anniversary
The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson
While the Muppets prepare a tribute to the late Jim Henson, they learn about the life and career of the renowned puppeteer and film maker.
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Dog City: The Movie
This parody of film noir and gangster flicks takes us through the dangerous town of Dog City, filled with colorful Muppet Dog characters. During the 1930s in Dog City, Rowlf the dog was your guide. Th...
The Jim Henson Hour
NBC aired The Jim Henson Hour in 1989. It was created as a showcase for puppet creations. Nine of the twelve episodes were aired on NBC. The final episode aired in the UK in 1990.
Muppet Studios Presents: You're the Director
In this interactive videocassette, viewers are invited to help the Muppets direct three of their latest features, while also preventing the studio from going bankrupt.
A Muppet Family Christmas
In this one-hour Christmas special, Fozzie Bear surprises his mother Emily on Christmas Eve by bringing the entire Muppet gang to her farm to celebrate the holidays. Doc and his dog Sprocket, who had ...
The Christmas Toy
The Christmas Toy was produced by The Jim Henson Company and was nominated for an award. Rugby the Tiger thinks he's going to be a Christmas Toy again this year, because he remembers how he was last y...
The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years
For the first time in their careers, all the Muppets (except the ones that couldn't make it, like the Doozers, Gorgs and most of the Fraggles) have gathered together in one place to celebrate their th...
Sarah summoned Jareth the Goblin King to take Toby away when she was forced to babysit. Sarah is given just 13 hours to rescue him after he is kidnapped.
Fraggles Look For Jobs
Fraggle Rock wrap video taped in 1986, and screened May 16, 1986.
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Muppet Video: The Kermit and Piggy Story
The Muppets tell the magical story of the chorus pig who rises from barnyard obscurity to super stardom and finds the short, green and handsome frog of her dreams.
Jim Henson's Little Muppet Monsters
The live action/puppet television series was only on CBS for three episodes in 1985. The first season of Muppet Babies did well in the ratings, so CBS decided to expand the show from a half-hour to an...
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The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show is an American television situation comedy starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight seasons on NBC from September 20, 1984 until April 30, 1992. The show focuses on the Huxtable famil...
The Muppets Take Manhattan
It's difficult to find a producer who will back a show with animals. Someone is going to start looking for someone to take the Frogs to Broadway.
The Bells of Fraggle Rock
Gobo thinks the Fraggles' own Solstice holiday, the Festival of the Bells, is a big waste of time. Despite Cantus' warnings, Gobo goes on a journey to find out if the mythical Great Bell at the heart ...
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Rocky Mountain Holiday with John Denver and the Muppets
Rocky Mountain Holiday is a one-hour musical variety special featuring John Denver and the Muppets, which aired on ABC on May 12, 1983. In the special, John and the Muppets go on a summer camping trip...
The Fraggles are a fun-loving community of creatures who live in a subterranean fantasy land where they love to play, sing and dance their cares away, sharing their world with the tiny Doozers and the...
The Dark Crystal
On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarked on a quest to find the missing shards of a magical crystal and restore order to his world before the Skeksis found and used the crystal for e...
The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show
The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show is a one-hour television special starring the glamorous Miss Piggy, which aired on ABC on September 17, 1982. Miss Piggy hosts her own variety show, with special guests J...
The Great Muppet Caper
Lady Holiday's diamond necklace was stolen. They fall in love with each other. When the jewel thieves strike again is this time frame. It is up to the real culprits to be brought to justice.
An American Werewolf in London
The locals of England do not believe in supernatural beings.
Of Muppets & Men: The Making of the Muppet Show
Documentary about the work of puppeteer Jim Henson and his team in creating The Muppet Show.
The Muppets Go Hollywood
In this one-hour special, the Frog throws a party at a nightclub to celebrate the premiere of The Muppet Movie. The wide array of people who attend the event are interviewed by Dick and Rita. Gary Owe...
The Orson Welles Show
There was no pilot for a talk show.
John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together
In this beloved holiday classic, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and all the Muppets join the singer for a heart-warming Christmas celebration, with traditional carols as well as lesser-known holiday song...
The Muppet Movie
An agent convinces the Frog to go to Hollywood. While being chased by the owner of a frog-leg restaurant, he met his future muppet crew.
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Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas
As Christmas approaches in Frogtown Hollow, Emmet and his mother are barely making ends meet. They hear of a talent contest in the nearby town of Waterville and each secretly enters the contest so the...
An Audience with...
An audience with you. A British entertainment television show produced by London Weekend Television, in which a host, usually a singer or comedian, performs for an invited audience of celebrity guests...
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Muppet Picker Upper
The shorts include "The Muppet introduction", "Just a few announcements" and "sell, sell, sell".
Just a Few Announcements
A series of announcements are read before the meeting begins.
Saturday Night Live
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...
1 TV show
On a special inner city street, humans and muppets teach preschoolers basic educational and social concepts using comedy, cartoons, games, and songs.
The Parent Trap
Two identical twin sisters, separated at birth by their parents' divorce, are reunited years later at a summer camp, where they plan to bring their parents back together. One of the girls, who has bee...
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Muppet Video: Rowlf's Rhapsodies with the Muppets
Rowlf's Rhapsodies with the Muppets was released in 1985 as part of a series of compilations featuring songs and sketches from The Muppet Show. Rowlf the Dog presents a collection of his best numbers ...
Emmett Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas
Jim Henson's telling of the true meaning of Christmas is about a struggling mother and son who sacrifice an item of great importance in order to give the other the perfect gift for Christmas.