Conrad Janis –

Conrad Janis in BAD BLOOD... THE HUNGER.

About Conrad Janis (1928 – )

Conrad Janis was born on February 11, 1928 in New York City, the son of Harriet, a writer, and Sidney Janis, an art dealer and writer. He has a brother named Carroll. In addition to being a film, TV and theatrical actor, he is also a jazz musician (trombone).

At the age of 19, he starred in the film noir The Brasher Doubloon (1947) with George Montgomery. In 1946 he played "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, 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. He also made a brief appearance as himself in the jazz bar scene from Nothing in Common.

Janis is best known for playing Mindy McConnell's father Frederick on Mork & Mindy, which ran for four seasons (1978-1982) and starred Robin Williams and Pam Dawber.

Throughout his life, Janis has worked to keep traditional jazz alive. In 1949, he put together a band of veteran jazz greats ("all of the guys that I idolized"), which included 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 played several times on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and had eight sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall.

Conrad Janis's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2012Bad Blood... the HungerLawrence
2009ManeaterDoc Gramm
2006Bad BloodLawrence
1996The Cable GuyFather 'Double Trouble'
1993Crazy Hong KongJack
1992Mr. Saturday NightDirector
1989Caddie WoodlawnRev. Tanner
1989Sonny BoyDoc Bender
1985Brewster's MillionsBusinessman in Car
1980Oh, God! Book IICharles Benson, School Principal
1978 The Buddy Holly StoryRoss Turner
1977RoselandGeorge (The Hustle)
1976The Duchess and
the Dirtwater Fox
(Widdicombe's assistant)
1975The Happy HookerFred
1974Airport 1975Arnie
1958Let's RockCharlie
1948Beyond GloryRaymond Denmore, Jr.
1947That Hagen GirlDewey Koons
1947The Brasher DoubloonLeslie Murdock
1946MargieJohnny 'Johnikins' Green
1945 Snafu Ronald Stevens

Conrad Janis's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
2002Another Pretty FaceWalter Flynn
2002 FrasierAlbert
2000Family LawJudge Clarence Franklin
1999L.A. HeatProf. Larry Benton / Gary Benton
1998Addams Family ReunionHotel Bar Patron (uncredited)
1998Diagnosis MurderFred McCarren
1997The Rockford Files:
Shoot-Out at the Golden Pagoda
1996BaywatchLester Beeber
1995The Feminine Touch Frank Donaldsonn
Murder, She WroteJason O'Connell /
Miles Hatcher / Dr. Yambert
1987The Golden GirlsAnnouncer
1986You Again? (TV Series)Garfield
1985George Burns Comedy WeekBaker
1985Highway to HeavenC.J. Barabbas
1985VDr. David Atkins
1985Remington SteeleMaxwell Donahue / Atomic Man
1984St. ElsewherePeter's Lawyer / Prosecuting Attorney
1984Mama's FamilyDwight Nettles
1984The Red-Light StingBowman
1983Trapper John, M.D.Bill Williams
1982Mork & Mindy/
Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour
Frederick McConnell (voice)
1982Pac Preview PartyFrederick McConnell (voice)
Mork & MindyFred McConnell / Frederick McConnell
1981Here's BoomerPhil
1980The Gossip ColumnistIvan Bock
1980Laverne & ShirleyThe Conductor
1980 House CallsFiskerson
1979The Love BoatByron Horner
1979California FeverLippman
1978 Barnaby JonesMarty
1978 Husbands, Wives & LoversBennett Porter
1978Danny and the MermaidPsychiatrist
1978KojakD. A. Lynn
1977The Magnificent Magical
Magnet of Santa Mesa
Mr. Kreel
1977There's Always RoomStewart Dennis
1977Dog and Cat
1977The JeffersonsStratton
1976Police StoryLieutenant Needles
1976The Streets of San FranciscoDave Breen
1976Happy DaysMr. Kendall
1976MaudeLyle Bellamy
1976The WaltonsJudge Graham Thornbury
1976The Rear GuardGerman Captain
1975 The Invisible ManHomer
1975The ManhunterDutch Weller
1974CannonLarry Warshaw
1974Virginia HillHalley
1973Miracle on 34th StreetDr. Pierce
1972BanacekVideo Technician
1966My Favorite MartianChad Foster
1965Get SmartVictor
1963The Doctors and the NursesCharlie Noyes
1962Stoney BurkePenn Hudson
The United States Steel Hour
1960The UntouchablesSticks
1960Full Speed for AnywhereEnsign Jones
Armstrong Circle TheatreEddie Velasquez
1960The Robert Herridge Theater
1956Zane Grey TheaterBen Gracie
1956Matinee Theatre
1955Appointment with Adventure
Kraft Theatre
1954Ponds Theater
1954The Man Behind the Badge
1953Studio One in HollywoodBorden Crane
1953BoninoEdward Bonino
1953The Gulf Playhouse
1952The Doctor
SuspenseSprad / Richard / Tommy
1952CBS Television Workshop
1951The Big StoryCharles W. Wells
1950The Web
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
1950Starlight Theatre
Actor's Studio
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Conrad Janis in Mork & Mindy (1978-1982)... top picture with Jonathan Winters,
Robin Williams, and Pam Dawber, far right... second picture with Williams, Elizabeth
Kerr and Dawber... third picture with Williams, Dawber, and Shelley Fabares.
Janis in Bad Blood... The Hunger (2012)... with Piper Laurie.
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Janis in Margie (1946)... top picture with Barbara Lawrence,
bottom picture with Jeanne Crain and Glenn Langan.
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Janis in Snafu (1945).
Janis reminisces on his career in a 2012 interview with film historian Alan K. Rode.
Janis as a KAOS agent with Don Adams in an episode of Get Smart (1965).