Conrad Janis

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Conrad Janis
Conrad Janis in trailer for "The Brasher Doubloon" (1947)
Born (1928-02-11) February 11, 1928 (age 86)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor; musician
Years active 1945–present
Spouse(s) Vicki Quarles (1948-1957) (divorced) 2 children
Ronda Copland (1979-1983) (divorced)
Maria Grimm (1987-present)

Conrad Janis (born February 11, 1928) is an American jazz musician (trombone) and also a theatre, film, and television actor. He was born in New York City, New York, the son of Harriet, a writer, and Sidney Janis, an art dealer and writer,[1] and he has a brother named Carroll.[2][3]

At age 19, he starred in the film noir The Brasher Doubloon (1947) with George Montgomery. In 1946 he portrayed "Johnniekins" in the Technicolor film Margie with Jeanne Crain.

In 1953, he played eldest son Edward in the NBC sitcom Bonino on NBC. He appeared in an episode of Get Smart playing a KAOS agent, and later guest starred as a dance marathon emcee on The Golden Girls but is best known for playing Mindy's father, Frederick McConnell, on Mork & Mindy. Janis appeared in the sci-fi sitcom Quark and was featured in The Buddy Holly Story and in the Goldie Hawn comedy The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox.[4] He also made a brief appearance as himself in the jazz bar scene from Nothing in Common.[citation needed]

A life member of The Actors Studio, [5] Janis's musical infusions were hardly confined to film; he provided music, both in character and out, for his theatre colleagues - for the Studio's production of June Havoc's Marathon '33,[6] as well as for more informal gatherings.[7][8]


  1. ^ Conrad Janis Biography (1928-)
  2. ^ Sidney Janis NY Times Obituary
  3. ^ Uhl, Jin. "For Conrad Janis, Acting and Jazz Share the Spotlight," The Mississippi Rag, pp. 1-9, September 2002, Bloomington, MN.
  4. ^ Uhl, Jin. "For Conrad Janis, Acting and Jazz Share the Spotlight," The Mississippi Rag, p. 8, September 2002, Bloomington, MN.
  5. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 
  6. ^ Gaver, Jack (1963-12-23). "Broadway Review: Slice Of Americana Is Recreated". p. 4. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  7. ^ Lyons, Leonard (1964-12-31). "The Lyons Den". The Reading Eagle. p. 8. Retrieved 2012-12-13. "Janis will also provide the music at the Actors Studio New Year's Eve party." 
  8. ^ Lyons, Leonard (1963-11-26). "The Lyons Den". The Reading Eagle. p. 6. Retrieved 2012-12-13. "At 3 A.M., the group moved on from Downey's to the Improvisation coffee shop around the corner, and had a jam session: Christopher Plummer and Dudley Moore played the piano, Conrad janis the trombone, Albert Finney the bongo drums, Tuesday Weld beat time on the table, while the vocals were sung by Jason Robards, Jr." 

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