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

He was born in New York City, the son of Harriet, a writer, and Sidney Janis, an art dealer and writer,[1] and he has a brother named Carroll.[2][3]

Janis is best known for playing Mindy McConnell's father Frederick on Mork & Mindy, an American TV series that ran for four seasons (1978-1982) and starred Robin Williams and Pam Dawber.[4]

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.[5] 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.[5][6]


  1. Conrad Janis Biography (1928-). Retrieved on 2015-10-09.
  2. Glueck, Grace (1989-11-24). Sidney Janis NY Times Obituary. Retrieved on 2015-10-09.
  3. Uhl, Jin. "For Conrad Janis, Acting and Jazz Share the Spotlight," The Mississippi Rag, pp. 1-9, September 2002, Bloomington, MN.
  4. Mork & Mindy
  5. 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.
  6. "The Scene", L.A. Jazz Scene, p. 14, Sunland, CA (November 2001).

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