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 89)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor; musician
Years active 1945–2012
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.

Early life[edit]

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]


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

In 1953, he played eldest son Edward on the NBC sitcom Bonino . He later appeared in an episode of Get Smart playing a KAOS agent, guest starred as a dance marathon emcee on The Golden Girls and appeared in the sci-fi sitcom Quark. He 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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[7][8]


Janis's third wife is actress Maria Grimm.[citation needed]


Year Title Role
1945 Snafu Ronald Stevens
1946 Margie Johnny Green
1947 The Brasher Doubloon Leslie Murdock
That Hagen Girl Dewey Koons
1948 Beyond Glory Raymond Denmore, Jr.
1958 Let's Rock Charlie
1974 Airport 1975 Arnie
1975 The Happy Hooker Fred
1976 The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox Gladstone
1977 Roseland George
1978 The Buddy Holly Story Ross Turner
1980 Oh, God! Book II Charles Benson
1989 Caddie Woodlawn Rev. Tanner
1996 The Cable Guy Father 'Double Trouble'
2009 Maneater Doc Gramm


  1. ^ "Conrad Janis Biography (1928-)". Retrieved 2015-10-09. 
  2. ^ Glueck, Grace (1989-11-24). "Sidney Janis NY Times Obituary". Retrieved 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. ^ Uhl, Jin. "For Conrad Janis, Acting and Jazz Share the Spotlight," The Mississippi Rag, p. 8, September 2002, Bloomington, MN.
  5. ^ "Conrad Janis ... Himself (as Conrad Janis and the Unlisted Jazz Band)". 
  6. ^ Mork And Mindy
  7. ^ a b Uhl, Jim. "For Conrad Janis, Acting and Jazz Share the Spotlight," The Mississippi Rag, pp. 1-9, Sept. 2002, Minneapolis, MN.
  8. ^ "The Scene", L.A. Jazz Scene, p. 14, Sunland, CA (November 2001).

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