Conrad Janis, the actor best known for his part in Mork & Mindy, has died at the age of 94, Fox News reported.
Janis’s death was confirmed by Dean A. Avedon, the actor’s business manager. Avedon revealed that on February 28, Janis was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, and that the actor died at the hospital on the following day, March 1.
Avedon did not reveal the cause of death, but he did say that Janis was surrounded by his friends at the time of his passing.
“He was beloved,” Avedon said. “He was a client of mine for over 35 years, and he became a very close friend. He’s going to be missed.”
Remembering Conrad Janis
Janis was definitely most well-known for playing Fred McConnell in the last 1970s sitcom Mork & Mindy.
The Washington Post reported:
The show, which introduced comic actor Robin Williams to a national audience, featured Williams as a space alien (Mork) transported to Earth. Mork is befriended by Mindy, and they eventually become romantically attached. Mr. Janis plays [Fred McConnell] a musician who runs a music store. Despite his initial bewilderment about Mork, he has his daughter’s best interests at heart.
Janis’s acting career started all the way back in the 1940s when he was just a teenager. His career really picked up, though, in the 1960s. He appeared on Broadway, on radio, on television, and even in films.
Janis’s list of credits includes The Untouchables, Stoney Burke, Get Smart, Happy Days, The Jeffersons, Laverne & Shirley, and many more. His role in Mork & Mindy lasted four seasons.
A man of many talents
When not acting, Janis was known for being a jazz trombonist.
The New York Post reported, “this lifelong passion began in the 1940s when he would spend countless hours listening to famed trombonist Kid Ory and his New Orleans jazz band.”
Janis was also known for his expertise in modern art. His parents were famous art collectors.
According to Yahoo News, Janis “is survived by his brother Carroll, his two children from his first marriage, Christopher and Carin Janis, his two grandchildren, as well as his two great-grandchildren.”