Mork & Mindy star Conrad Janis has died aged 94.
Its chief commercial officer, Dean A. Avedon, confirmed that Janis died on March 1 in a statement to People. Avedon said the actor died due to organ failure due to old age.
Janis appeared alongside Robin Williams on the sitcom Mork & Mindy, playing Fred McConnell, father of Mindy McConnell (played by Pam Dawber) in 70 episodes from 1978 to 1982.
Mork & Mindy star Conrad Janis has died aged 94; Conrad photographed away L
A Happy Days, Mork & Mindy spin-off followed the antics of an alien named Mork (Williams) who lives with a woman named Mindy McConnell
Janis died just six months after the death of his wife Maria Grimm, who died in September 2021.
“Conrad and his wife Maria had been my clients for over 35 years. They were two of the kindest, respectful and generous people I know,” Avedon said in the statement. “I have a lot of fond memories of Conrad telling me stories from his past. He was an incredible man who led a truly incredible life.
Janis was born on February 11, 1928, to Sidney and Harriet Janis, well-known art collectors and gallerists in New York, according to Deadline.
Janis appeared alongside Robin Williams on the sitcom Mork & Mindy, playing Fred McConnell, Mindy McConnell’s father (played by Pam Dawber)
Janis played the character for 70 episodes from 1978 to 1982
His acting resume spans from the 1940s to 2012.
His career began in the mid-1940s, when he landed a role in the 1945 production of Dark Of The Moon. It would be the first of 12 Broadway shows he would appear in during his career.
His Broadway career included roles in 1957’s A Visit to a Small Planet and a revival of The Front Page in 1969, according to New York Times.
He also starred in the 1945 war comedy Snafu, followed by roles in Margie, The Brasher Doubloon, That Hagen Girl and Beyond Glory.
Janis pictured with Williams, Elizabeth Kerr and Pam Dawber in Mork & Mindy
His acting resume spans from the 1940s to 2012
The actor also had roles in Murder, She Wrote, The Cable Guy, Baywatch, LA Heat, Frasier and Bad Blood.
In addition to his acting work, Janis was also an accomplished jazz trombonist who performed with the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band, even at the height of his Mork & Mindy fame, according to Deadline.
According to New York PostJanis was a voracious listener to trombonist Kid Ory and his New Orleans jazz band in the 1940s, leading to his lifelong passion for music.
“In the eight or nine months of listening to it every night, I inadvertently memorized every one of its solos,” he said in a maintenance with film historian Alan K. Rode in 2012.
‘When I finally got my hands on a paper clip [sometime later]I started playing and I was able to play — very badly and stumbling — but I had it in my ear.
In addition to his acting career, Conrad was also an accomplished jazz trombonist.
‘Producers wouldn’t go for that’: Janis, whose character ran a music store on Mork & Mindy, said he regretted not being able to play his trombone on the show
Janis, whose character ran a music store on Mork & Mindy, said he regretted not being able to play his trombone on the show.
“The producers wouldn’t agree,” the actor told the Albany Democrat-Herald of Oregon in 1990, according to the NY Times. “We had a really cute storyline that I got into with my old jazz band from Dixieland, but they didn’t think it was funny enough.”
Once Janis’ father, Sidney Janis, turned 90, he handed over his gallery, the Janis Gallery, to Conrad and his brother Carroll, according to the NY Times. They kept it running until 1999.
Janis has been married three times in his life, according to the NY Times. He was first married to Vicki Quarles, whom he eventually divorced, followed by Ronda Copland. They also divorced. He married his third wife, Grimm, in 1987.
According to the NY Post, he is survived by his children Christopher and Carin, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Fans paid tribute to the actor on Twitter following news of his death.
‘RIP to another talented man – Conrad Janis was a trombonist and jazz actor who played Mindy’s father on Mork & Mindy… but he also led the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band for a time and worked with my dad at Drum City and Clover Studios,” one fan tweeted.
‘Oh fuck. #RIP to an old friend. Conrad Janis, father of “Mork & Mindy” and many others, dies at 94…I’ve known Connie for years…big flirtation! Funny and talented guy,” tweeted another.
‘Really sorry to hear that Conrad Janis has passed away. Always a classy character actor – best known for Mork & Mindy – but has also appeared in a host of other things and someone you’ll always recognise,’ posted another.