Feb. 11th, 1928
New York City, New York, USA
Conrad Janis' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Maneater
1996 - The Cable Guy
1986 - Nothing in Common
1985 - Brewster's Millions
1978 - The Buddy Holly Story
1974 - Airport 1975
1947 - The Brasher Doubloon
Guest TV Roles
Frederick McConnell (Voiced)
Conrad Janis (born February 11, 1928) is an American jazz musician (trombone) and also a theatre, film, and television actor. Born in New York City, New York, the son of Harriet, a writer, and Sidney Janis, an art dealer and writer, and he has a brother named Carroll.
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. 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. 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, an American TV series that ran for four seasons (1978-1982) and starred 'Robin Williams' and 'Pam Dawber'.
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.
A life member of The Actors Studio, 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, as well as for more informal gatherings.
- Has been a renowned jazz trombone player since the 50s and remains so to this day.
- Son of art dealer and gallery owner Sidney Janis.
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