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 first 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 first shot, I was inside the Garthim Master Skeksis with another puppeteer doing the right hand. I was totally blind except for a little monitor on my chest, and I just stepped off the platform and we started to fall. Fortunately somebody was there and caught us and pushed us back up.

Dave Goelz[1]

David Charles Goelz (born July 16, 1946) joined Jim Henson's company in 1974, first as a puppet builder and than puppeteer. He is best known for his roles as Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Zoot on The Muppet Show and Boober and Uncle Traveling Matt in Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock.

Goelz worked on The Dark Crystal, providing the puppetry for Fizzgig and SkekUng (the Garthim Master). He later puppeteered Baffi in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.


  1. Interview with Ken Plume

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