Conrad Janis (born February 11, 1928) is an American Jazz musician and also a theater, film, and television actor. He is most noted for playing Fred McConnell, Mindy McConnell's father, on the sitcom Mork & Mindy.
Early life / Career Edit
Throughout his life, Janis has striven to keep traditional jazz alive. In 1949, Janis put together a band of aging jazz greats ("all of the guys that I idolized"), consisting of James P. Johnson (piano), Henry Goodwin (trumpet), Edmond Hall (clarinet), Pops Foster bass), and Baby Dodds (drums), with Janis on trombone. In the late 1970s, Janis' formed the Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band, which appeared multiple times on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and made eight sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall.
- ↑ Conrad Janis Biography (1928-). Filmreference.com. Retrieved on 2015-10-09.
- ↑ Glueck, Grace (1989-11-24). Sidney Janis NY Times Obituary. Nytimes.com. Retrieved on 2015-10-09.
- ↑ Uhl, Jin. "For Conrad Janis, Acting and Jazz Share the Spotlight," The Mississippi Rag, pp. 1-9, September 2002, Bloomington, MN.
- ↑ Mork & Mindy
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Uhl, Jim. "For Conrad Janis, Acting and Jazz Share the Spotlight," The Mississippi Rag, pp. 1-9, Sept. 2002, Minneapolis, MN.
- ↑ "The Scene", L.A. Jazz Scene, p. 14, Sunland, CA (November 2001).