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“Mork & Mindy” Star Actor And Trombonist Conrad Janis Dies At 94

Veteran, film and stage actor Conrad Janis, popular for his role on “Mork & Mindy”, has died. He was 94.

"Mork & Mindy" Star Actor And Trombonist Conrad Janis Dies At 94
Photo of Late Conrad Janis

Janis, who portrayed the role of Fred McConnell, on the ABC sitcom, died on March 1, his business manager, Dean A. Avedon, confirms in a statement to PEOPLE.

The star died due to organ failure from old age, according to Avedon. His death comes six months after his wife, Maria Grimm, died in September 2021.

“Conrad and his wife Maria were clients of mine for over 35 years. They were two of the nicest, respectful, and generous people I know,” Avedon says in a statement. “I have many fond memories of Conrad telling me stories from his past. He was an amazing man that led a truly amazing life.”

The actor was born in February. 11, 1928, to parents Harriet and Sidney, who was a legendary Manhattan art dealer and gallery owner.

Conrad was just 17 years old when he was credited for his first on-screen role as Ronald Stevens in the 1945 film, “Snafu”, according to his IMDb page.

Over the next two decades, his career took off as he made appearances in multiple films and television series, including “Suspense”, “The Jeffersons” and “Happy Days”, before landing the role of Fred McConnell in “Mork & Mindy”. The ABC sitcom ran from 1978 to 1982.

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He also made appearances in “St. Elsewhere”, “Murder”, “She Wrote” and “Baywatch”. His final credit was in 2012 when he appeared as Lawrence in the film, “Bad Blood”.

Besides his career in film and television, Janis also had a lengthy career on the stage, marking his first theatrical role at age 13 in the play “Junior Miss” before going on to appear in 12 Broadway productions throughout his lifetime, including “Dark Side of the Moon”, according to The New York Times.

Additionally, Janis was an accomplished jazz trombonist, a passion he developed as a teen while listening to New Orleans trombonist Kid Ory, the NYT reported.

In his personal life, Janis was married three times. His first two marriages ended in divorces before he wed Grimm in 1987, according to the Times.

The actor 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.

 

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