Also known as Professor Marvel, he is the man behind the curtain.
The Wizard of Oz first appeared in L. Frank Baum's 1900 children's book The Wizard o Oz. Despite being in a book named after him, the Wizard is a supporting character, as the book's heroine is Dorothy Gale. Oz possesses no magical powers, but has convinced everyone (except Dorothy) believes he does. Oz rules the Emerald City well and is able to help the book's characters achieve great things by believing in themselves. Oz admits he is from Omaha, Nebraska but got trapped in Oz. This means he is the only character in the book other than Dorothy that is from our world.
Oz appears in the book's sequel Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, where he reveals his full name to be Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs.
Oz is also a character in practically every adaptation of these books. In the very famous 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, he is portrayed by actor Frank Morgan. Unlike in the books, the world of Oz is said to be simply an imaginary world Dorothy dreamed up. Like every character in the film other than Dorothy, Oz has a real world counterpart played by the same actor. This is Professor Marvel, a mysterious fortune teller Dorothy meets. Morgan also plays a few other characters, including the Doorman. All bare striking similarities to Oz.
An origin story for the character was told in the 2013 blockbuster hit Oz: The Great and Powerful.
|2013||Oz: The Great And Powerful||James Franco|
|2010||The Witches of Oz 3D||Christopher Lloyd|
|2009||The Marc Pease Experience||Jared Grimes|
|2005||The Muppets' Wizard of Oz||Jeffrey Tambor|
|2000||Lion of Oz and the Badge of Courage||Dom DeLuise|
|1980||Thanksgiving in the Land of Oz||Sid Caesar|
|1978||The Wiz||Richard Pryor|
|1974||Journey Back to Oz||Bill Cosby|
|1939||The Wizard of Oz||Frank Morgan|
|1925||Wizard of Oz||Charles Murray|
|1914||His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz||J. Charles Haydon|
|1914||The Patchwork Girl of Oz||Todd Wright|
|1910||The Wonderful Wizard of Oz||Hobart Bosworth|
|Name||The Wizard of Oz|
|Credited In||13 movies|
|Credited In||1 show|
|1st Movie Credit||n/a|
|1st Show Credit||n/a|
|Alias(es)||Oscar "Oz" Diggs|