David Barclay

Puppeteer, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

David Barclay was hired by Lucasfilm and Stewart Freeborn to help out on the filming of "The Empire Strikes Back" as a teenager. While on set, one of the assistants to Frank Oz, the chief puppeteer for Yoda, became ill and David was selected to replace her. In doing so, he started a career as one of the most sought after puppeteers in both Hollywood and England. Not only did David get to assist Frank Oz in his work, but he also received the opportunity to fully operate the Yoda puppet for a week when Frank was forced to return to his work on the children's show "Sesame Street". His many accomplishments on "The Empire Strikes Back" were not forgotten as he was chosen to play the most disgusting creature in the "Star Wars" universe, the galactic gangster Jabba the Hutt in "Return of the Jedi". David's work in these two memorable films lead to a further collaboration with Frank Oz in "Labyrinth", "The Dark Crystal", and "Little Shop of Horrors". His growing resume enabled David to garner a coveted position as chief puppeteer for the Disney film "Who Framed Roger Rabbit". Further evidence of David's achievements as Chief Supervising Puppeteer and Effects Supervisor can also be seen in the films "Lost in Space" and "The Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas". Catch some of David's current work in the Warner Bros. film "Stuart Little 2" and "Cats and Dogs".