Lyle Conway is a sculptor and designer who began his career with the Muppet Workshop. Following in the footsteps of fellow Muppet veteran Martin P. Robinson, who created the puppets for the original Off-Broadway show, Conway created all the versions of Audrey II featured in the film, which garnered him an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects.
Working for Jim Henson's Creature Shop, Conway heavily contributed to Dreamchild and The Dark Crystal. He also worked on Return to Oz, which features several Henson alums, performing the voice and face of the Gump.
Conway soon struck out on his own as a freelance, working on such films as Link, the 1988 version of The Blob, and The Murders in the Rue Morgue.