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Four Big Cameos In "The Great Muppet Caper" You May Have Missed

Hey, a movie starring everybody... and me!

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"Hey, a movie!"

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"The Great Muppet Caper" was the Muppets' second big-screen adventure. The film opens with a big musical number featuring Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo and a chorus of extras singing about how the movie is "gonna be terrific" because it is "starring everybody."

Director Jim Henson lived up to the song's promise and just like in the Muppet's first movie, provided a slew of celebrity cameos -- the movie features such stars as Charles Grodin, Diana Rigg, John Cleese, Robert Morley, Peter Ustinov, Jack Warden, Peter Falk, and even Oscar the Grouch!

But there are a four brief cameos you may have missed.

1. Richard Hunt

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Richard Hunt was the performer behind many classic Muppet characters - including Scooter, Statler, Sweetums, Janice and Beaker!

Richard makes a cameo appearance during the opening number as an irritated taxi driver.

2. Frank Oz

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Frank Oz is a Muppet legend. He performed such characters as Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, and Sam the Eagle.

Frank appears in the film as a startled and slightly puzzled reporter in the Daily Chronicle office when Gonzo yells to "stop the presses!"

3. Jim Henson

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Director and Muppet creator Jim Henson got in on the on-screen action with a brief cameo too. Jim performed such characters as Kermit the Frog, Rowlf, Dr. Teeth, Waldorf and the Swedish Chef.

He appeared as a patron of the Dubonnet Club who gets his picture taken by Gonzo.

4. Jerry Nelson

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Jerry Nelson — the performer behind Floyd, Pops, Lew Zealand and others — made an on-camera appearance in "The Great Muppet Caper" with his daughter Christine.

Jerry played a man in the park who explains to his daughter that Kermit is a frog because "bears wear hats."

"Dave's Not Here, Man"

Of the five featured Muppet Performers credited on the film — Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, and Richard Hunt — four of them appear on-screen.

Sadly, Dave Goelz — who performed the Great Gonzo, Beauregard, Zoot, and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew — does not appear on camera (although the top of his head does poke into frame during the "Happiness Hotel" number when he's performing Zoot).

Dave did appear on-camera in several Muppet television specials. Additionally, Dave is the only one of the original top-billed Muppet Performers from the film who is still working with the Muppets — Jim died in 1990, Richard died in 1992, Frank retired from performing with the Muppets in 2002 and Jerry died in 2012 — so there's still a chance that Dave could pop-up on screen in future Muppet productions.

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