Where is Mork & Mindy cast? See what happened to stars 40-years later

Beloved Mork & Mindy star Conrad Janis has passed away at age 94. The actor, who was most known for his role as Fre from planet Ork named Mork (Williams), as his new friend, roommate, and eventual love interest Mindy helped him understand human behavior and fit in on Earth. 

The hilarious show was extremely popular, and it instantly became a fan-favorite – earning the third top spot on ABC during its first season and gaining higher ratings than the series that inspired it, Happy Days.

Over the last four decades since it went off the air, the cast members have all launched major careers. Most famously, Williams – who was propelled into the spotlight after his role in Mork & Mindy – went on to become one of the most well-known actors of his time, starring classics like Aladdin, Good Will Hunting, Hook, and Mrs. Doubtfire, and earning numerous Oscar Awards for his work. 

Beloved Mork & Mindy star Conrad Janis (left) has passed away at age 94. The actor, who was most known for his role as Fred McConnell in the ABC sitcom, died of organ failure on March 1, his business manager confirmed

Beloved Mork & Mindy star Conrad Janis (left) has passed away at age 94. The actor, who was most known for his role as Fred McConnell in the ABC sitcom, died of organ failure on March 1, his business manager confirmed

Janis appeared opposite Robin Williams in comedy show, starring as the father of Mindy McConnell (played by Pam Dawber) in 70 episodes from 1978 to 1982. Williams and Dawber are pictured for the show

Janis appeared opposite Robin Williams in comedy show, starring as the father of Mindy McConnell (played by Pam Dawber) in 70 episodes from 1978 to 1982. Williams and Dawber are pictured for the show

A spin-off of the series Happy Days, Mork & Mindy followed the antics of an alien from planet Ork named Mork (Williams), as his new friend and eventual love interest Mindy helped him understand human behavior. Williams is pictured in Happy Days

A spin-off of the series Happy Days, Mork & Mindy followed the antics of an alien from planet Ork named Mork (Williams), as his new friend and eventual love interest Mindy helped him understand human behavior. Williams is pictured in Happy Days

But what are the stars doing now? In the wake of Janis' passing, FEMAIL has lifted the lid on everything the cast has accomplished since the show ended nearly 40-years ago

But what are the stars doing now? In the wake of Janis’ passing, FEMAIL has lifted the lid on everything the cast has accomplished since the show ended nearly 40-years ago

As for Janis, he too landed an array of big roles after his time in Mork & Mindy, including Nothing in Common, The Feminine Touch, The Cable Guy, and Frasier.

But what about the rest of the stars? The Mork & Mindy cast have all come a long way since the show went off the air nearly four decades ago. 

In the wake of Janis’ sad passing, FEMAIL has lifted the lid on everything they accomplished since their time in the show. 

From their other roles to their love lives, here’s what the Mork & Mindy cast has been up to since the show ended in 1982, and what they’re doing now. 

 

The alien from outer space: Mork played by Robin Williams 

Robin Williams played Mork in Mork & Mindy. He is pictured in the show

Robin Williams played Mork in Mork & Mindy. He is pictured in 2013

Robin Williams played Mork in Mork & Mindy. He is pictured in the show (left) and in 2013 (right)

Rboin started his career off by performing stand-up comedy. When he was seen by TV producer George Schlatter, who asked him to be in his show Laugh-In. He then appeared in Happy Days which led to Mork & Mindy. He is pictured for Mork & Mindy

Rboin started his career off by performing stand-up comedy. When he was seen by TV producer George Schlatter, who asked him to be in his show Laugh-In. He then appeared in Happy Days which led to Mork & Mindy. He is pictured for Mork & Mindy

His comedy career continued to flourish, with him landing three HBO comedy specials in 1978, 1983, and 1986, and winning a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for the recording of his 1979 live show. He is pictured in Mork & Mindy

His comedy career continued to flourish, with him landing three HBO comedy specials in 1978, 1983, and 1986, and winning a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for the recording of his 1979 live show. He is pictured in Mork & Mindy

Williams was born on July 21, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois. He dropped out of college to pursue acting, and studied theatre for three years at the College of Marin.

His other big acting credits include Popeye in 1980, Awakenings, The Fisher King, The Birdcage, the beloved family movie Hook, and Mrs. Doubtfire (pictured), to name a few

His other big acting credits include Popeye in 1980, Awakenings, The Fisher King, The Birdcage, the beloved family movie Hook, and Mrs. Doubtfire (pictured), to name a few

In 1973, he received a full scholarship to the Juilliard School in New York City, but he left during his junior year because he said there was nothing more Juilliard could teach him.

He started his career off by performing stand-up comedy in the San Francisco Bay area in 1976 before he moved to Los Angeles. It was during that time that he was seen by TV producer George Schlatter, who asked him to appear on his show Laugh-In, which marked his TV debut.

He then had a guest appearance on the TV series Happy Days as an alien named Mork, who became so popular it led to a the spinoff show Mork & Mindy. It’s been said that Williams improvised much of his role as Mork, whose his face often appeared on posters, lunch boxes, and T-shirts throughout the ’70s and ’80s. 

And that was just the beginning for Williams. His comedy career continued to flourish, with him landing three HBO comedy specials in 1978, 1983, and 1986, and winning a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for the recording of his 1979 live show.

His other big acting credits include Popeye in 1980, comedy-drama The World According to Garp, war movie Good Morning, Vietnam (which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor), Dead Poets Society (which also earned him a nomination for an Academy Award), Good Will Hunting alongside Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Pts terbaik sumatera Minnie Driver (which he won an Oscar for), Awakenings, The Fisher King, The Birdcage, 2000 thriller One Hour Photo, the beloved family movie Hook, Deconstructing Harry, Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia, and Mrs. Doubtfire, to name a few.

He also voiced many characters in animated movies; most famously, he voiced the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin. He also hosted the 58th Academy Awards and ran a talk show for Audible in 2000.

In 2002, he launched a one-man show entitled Robin Williams: Live on Broadway, and he also toured many times over the years with his comedy show. He also made his Broadway acting debut in Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo in 2011.

He also starred in the war movie Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society (pictured), Good Will Hunting alongside Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Minnie Driver, Deconstructing Harry, and Christopher Nolan's Insomnia

He also starred in the war movie Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting (pictured) alongside Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Minnie Driver, Deconstructing Harry, and Christopher Nolan's Insomnia

He also starred in the war movie Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society (left), Good Will Hunting (right) alongside Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Minnie Driver, Deconstructing Harry, and Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia

He married his first wife, Valerie Velardi, in 1978, and their son, Zachary Pym, was born in 1983. They divorced in 1988. They are pictured together in 1979

He married his first wife, Valerie Velardi, in 1978, and their son, Zachary Pym, was born in 1983. They divorced in 1988. They are pictured together in 1979

It was rumored that Williams had an affair with Zachary's nanny, Marsha Garces, however, his ex-wife later claimed that his relationship with Garces didn't start until after she split from Williams. They are pictured together in 1992

It was rumored that Williams had an affair with Zachary’s nanny, Marsha Garces, however, his ex-wife later claimed that his relationship with Garces didn’t start until after she split from Williams. They are pictured together in 1992

He and Garces married in 1989 and together, they had two children, named Zelda Rae (born in 1989) and Cody Alan (born in 1991). They split in 2010. He is pictured with Zelda in 2009

He and Garces married in 1989 and together, they had two children, named Zelda Rae (born in 1989) and Cody Alan (born in 1991). They split in 2010. He is pictured with Zelda in 2009

He then wed graphic designer Susan Schneider in 2011, and they were together until his passing in 2014. They are pictured together in 2012

He then wed graphic designer Susan Schneider in 2011, and they were together until his passing in 2014. They are pictured together in 2012

He struggled with addiction over the years and entered rehab twice. On August 11, 2014, the actor was found dead in his home in Paradise Cay, California. His death was ruled a suicide but neither alcohol nor illegal drugs were involved

He struggled with addiction over the years and entered rehab twice. On August 11, 2014, the actor was found dead in his home in Paradise Cay, California. His death was ruled a suicide but neither alcohol nor illegal drugs were involved

He married his first wife, Valerie Velardi, in 1978, and their son, Zachary Pym, was born in 1983. They divorced in 1988.

It was rumored that Williams had an affair with Zachary’s nanny, Marsha Garces, however, his ex-wife later claimed that his relationship with Garces didn’t start until after she split from Williams. 

He and Garces married in 1989 and together, they had two children, named Zelda Rae (born in 1989) and Cody Alan (born in 1991). They split in 2010.

He then wed graphic designer Susan Schneider in 2011, and they were together until his passing in 2014.

During the 1970s and 1980s Williams struggled with a cocaine addiction, but he was inspired to quit after the birth of his son in 1983 and after his friend John Belushi died of an overdose. He turned to exercise and cycling, which he later said ‘saved his life.’

In 2006, he checked himself into a substance abuse rehabilitation center in Oregon due to his drinking, but said in a 2010 interview that he never returned to using cocaine after he quit in the ’80s. In 2014, he admitted himself into a rehab facility once again for treatment for alcoholism.

On August 11, 2014, the actor was found dead in his home in Paradise Cay, California. His death was ruled a suicide resulting from ‘asphyxia due to hanging.’ Neither alcohol nor illegal drugs were involved. 

 

The sitcom’s starlet: Mindy McConnell played by Pam Dawber 

Pam Dawber played Mindy McConnell in Mork & Mindy. She is pictured in the show

Pam Dawber played Mindy McConnell in Mork & Mindy. She is pictured in 2021

Pam Dawber played Mindy McConnell in Mork & Mindy. She is pictured in the show (left) and in 2021 (right)

Dawber (pictured with Williams for Mork & Mindy) screen-tested for Bewitched but didn't get the part. However, ABC execs were so impressed that they enlisted her in their 'talent development' program, which is how she got the role in Mork & Mindy

Dawber (pictured with Williams for Mork & Mindy) screen-tested for Bewitched but didn't get the part. However, ABC execs were so impressed that they enlisted her in their 'talent development' program, which is how she got the role in Mork & Mindy

Dawber (pictured with Williams for Mork & Mindy) screen-tested for Bewitched but didn’t get the part. However, ABC execs were so impressed that they enlisted her in their ‘talent development’ program, which is how she got the role in Mork & Mindy

She also acted in the western Wild Horses, 1992 movie Stay Tuned, the show Life... And Stuff, 1994's A Child's Cry for Help, the Disney animated show 101 Dalmatians: The Series, and the 1999 drama I'll Remember April. She is pictured in 2015

She also acted in the western Wild Horses, 1992 movie Stay Tuned, the show Life… And Stuff, 1994’s A Child’s Cry for Help, the Disney animated show 101 Dalmatians: The Series, and the 1999 drama I’ll Remember April. She is pictured in 2015

Dawber was born on October 18, 1951, in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from high school, she attended Oakland Community College (OCC) but eventually dropped out to become a full-time model.

After leaving college, she moved to New York City to pursue her modeling career and was signed to Wilhelmina Models before she got involved in acting.

She began her acting career by starring in many TV commercials during the 1970s. She also screen-tested for the role of Tabitha in the show Bewitched but didn’t get the part. However, ABC executives were so impressed with Dawber that they enlisted her in their ‘talent development’ program, which is how she got the role as Mindy in Mork & Mindy.

After Mork & Mindy, she did not slow down – most famously, landing the role as Samantha Russell in the CBS sitcom My Sister Sam from 1986 to 1988.

She also landed the role as Samantha Russell in the CBS sitcom My Sister Sam from 1986 to 1988. She is pictured in the show with costar Rebecca Shaeffer

She also landed the role as Samantha Russell in the CBS sitcom My Sister Sam from 1986 to 1988. She is pictured in the show with costar Rebecca Shaeffer

Most recently, she starred in seven episodes of the crime show NCIS alongside her husband - fellow actor and I'll Remember April costar Mark Harmon. She is pictured in NCIS

Most recently, she starred in seven episodes of the crime show NCIS alongside her husband – fellow actor and I’ll Remember April costar Mark Harmon. She is pictured in NCIS

They tied the knot in 1987, and together, they welcomed two sons over the years - Sean Thomas, born in 1988, and Ty Christian, born in 1992. They are pictured in 2013

They tied the knot in 1987, and together, they welcomed two sons over the years – Sean Thomas, born in 1988, and Ty Christian, born in 1992. They are pictured in 2013

She also acted in the western Wild Horses (opposite Kenny Rogers), 1992 movie Stay Tuned, the show Life… And Stuff, 1994’s A Child’s Cry for Help, the Disney animated show 101 Dalmatians: The Series, and the 1999 drama I’ll Remember April (alongside Mark Harmon). 

In 2014, she reunited with Williams when she appeared in one episode of his comedy series The Crazy Ones, where she played his love interest, Lily.

Most recently, she starred in seven episodes of the crime show NCIS alongside her husband – fellow actor and I’ll Remember April costar Harmon.

They tied the knot in 1987, and together, they welcomed two sons over the years – Sean Thomas, born in 1988, and Ty Christian, born in 1992. 

 

Mindy’s conservative father: Fred McConnell played by Conrad Janis 

Conrad Janis played Fred McConnell in Mork & Mindy. He is pictured in the show

Conrad Janis played Fred McConnell in Mork & Mindy. He is pictured in 2009

Conrad Janis played Fred McConnell in Mork & Mindy. He is pictured in the show (left) and in 2009 (right)

Before he played Fred McConnell in Mork & Mindy, Janis graced the stage in the Broadway play Dark of the Moon. He made his movie debut in the flick Snafu in 1945. He is pictured in Mork & Mindy

Before he played Fred McConnell in Mork & Mindy, Janis graced the stage in the Broadway play Dark of the Moon. He made his movie debut in the flick Snafu in 1945. He is pictured in Mork & Mindy

Before he played Fred McConnell in Mork & Mindy, Janis graced the stage in the Broadway play Dark of the Moon. He made his movie debut in the flick Snafu in 1945. He is pictured in Mork & Mindy

He also starred in 1946's Margie, the film noir The Brasher Doubloon, the biographical movie The Buddy Holly Story, and The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (alongside Goldie Hawn) before he was cast in Mork & Mindy. He is pictured in Mork & Mindy

He also starred in 1946’s Margie, the film noir The Brasher Doubloon, the biographical movie The Buddy Holly Story, and The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (alongside Goldie Hawn) before he was cast in Mork & Mindy. He is pictured in Mork & Mindy

Janis was born in Manhattan, New York City, on February 11, 1928. At 13 years old, he auditioned for a traveling theater group and got a role – spending two years traveling the country performing with them. He also did radio work during that time.

Before he played Fred McConnell in Mork & Mindy, he graced the stage in the Broadway play Dark of the Moon. He made his movie debut in the flick Snafu in 1945. 

He also starred in the 1946 romantic comedy Margie, the film noir The Brasher Doubloon, the biographical movie The Buddy Holly Story, and The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (which also starred Goldie Hawn and George Segal) before he was cast in Mork & Mindy.

Afterwards, he continued to act. He went on to star in Nothing in Common (alongside Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason), 1992 comedy Mr. Saturday Night, the thriller The Feminine Touch, The Cable Guy (which also starred Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick), and the sitcom Frasier. He also made a guest appearance on The Golden Girls in 1987.

He was also a longtime advocate of traditional jazz and started his own jazz band in 1949, which included himself playing the trombone. 

In the 1970s, he formed another jazz ban called The Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band, which appeared on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson many times and had eight sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall.

He went on to star in Nothing in Common, 1992 comedy Mr. Saturday Night, the thriller The Feminine Touch, The Cable Guy, and the sitcom Frasier. He also made a guest appearance on The Golden Girls in 1987. He is pictured in Mork & Mindy

He went on to star in Nothing in Common, 1992 comedy Mr. Saturday Night, the thriller The Feminine Touch, The Cable Guy, and the sitcom Frasier. He also made a guest appearance on The Golden Girls in 1987. He is pictured in Mork & Mindy

He was a longtime advocate of traditional jazz and started his own jazz band in 1949, which included himself playing the trombone. He had eight sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall in the late 1970s. He is pictured in 2015

He was a longtime advocate of traditional jazz and started his own jazz band in 1949, which included himself playing the trombone. He had eight sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall in the late 1970s. He is pictured in 2015

He was married three times and had two kids from his first marriage. Janis passed just six months after the death of his wife, Maria Grimm, who died in September 2021. They are pictured in 2005

He was married three times and had two kids from his first marriage. Janis passed just six months after the death of his wife, Maria Grimm, who died in September 2021. They are pictured in 2005

His business manager described him and his wife as the 'nicest, respectful, and generous people he knew.' Janis is pictured in 2009

His business manager described him and his wife as the ‘nicest, respectful, and generous people he knew.’ Janis is pictured in 2009

He married Vicki Quarles in 1948 and they welcomed two kids together, named Christopher and Carin. However, they divorced after nine years together.

He then married a woman named Rona Copland in 1979, but they also split in 1983. He wed his third wife, Maria Grimm in 1987, and they remained together until she died in September 2021. Janis passed just six months after the death of his wife. 

‘Conrad and his wife Maria were clients of mine for over 35 years. They were two of the nicest, respectful, and generous people I know,’ his business manager Avedon said in the statement about his death.

‘I have many fond memories of Conrad telling me stories from his past. He was an amazing man that led a truly amazing life.’ 

 

Mindy’s hip grandmother: Cora Hudson played by Elizabeth Kerr

Elizabeth Kerr played Grandma Cora Hudson in Mork & Mindy. She is pictured in the show

Elizabeth Kerr played Grandma Cora Hudson in Mork & Mindy. She is pictured in the show

She spent much of her career writing reviews of books and plays for a newspaper that she and her husband owned. She began her acting career on Broadway in 1951 in the show Angel in the Pawnshop. She is pictured on Mork & Mindy

She spent much of her career writing reviews of books and plays for a newspaper that she and her husband owned. She began her acting career on Broadway in 1951 in the show Angel in the Pawnshop. She is pictured on Mork & Mindy

She also acted in other Broadway shows including The Conquering Hero, Redhead, and The Righteous Are Bold. Her only on-screen roles are Grandma Cora Hudson in Mork & Mindy (pictured) and Mother Elliott in The Betty White Show

She also acted in other Broadway shows including The Conquering Hero, Redhead, and The Righteous Are Bold. Her only on-screen roles are Grandma Cora Hudson in Mork & Mindy (pictured) and Mother Elliott in The Betty White Show

She also produced plays and founded the Glendale Civic Theater in 1947 and the Resident Theater in North Hollywood in 1952. She died at age 87 on January 13, 2000. She is pictured in Mork & Mindy

She also produced plays and founded the Glendale Civic Theater in 1947 and the Resident Theater in North Hollywood in 1952. She died at age 87 on January 13, 2000. She is pictured in Mork & Mindy

Elizabeth Kerr was born on August 15, 1912, in Kansas City, Missouri. She attended Northwestern University and the University of Kansas.

She spent much of her career writing reviews of books and plays for a newspaper that she and her husband owned.

She began acting on Broadway in 1951 in the show Angel in the Pawnshop. She also acted in other Broadway shows including The Conquering Hero, Redhead, and The Righteous Are Bold.

Her only on-screen roles are Grandma Cora Hudson in Mork & Mindy and Mother Elliott in The Betty White Show.

She also produced plays and founded the Glendale Civic Theater in 1947 and the Resident Theater in North Hollywood in 1952. She died at age 87 on January 13, 2000. 

 

The grumpy neighbor: Franklin Delano Bickley played by Tom Poston

Tom Poston played Franklin Delano Bickley in Mork & Mindy. He is pictured in the show

Tom Poston played Franklin Delano Bickley in Mork & Mindy. He is pictured in 2006

Tom Poston played Franklin Delano Bickley in Mork & Mindy. He is pictured in the show (left) and in 2006 (right)

His first role was in 1953 in the movie City That Never Sleeps. He then starred in The Steve Allen Show, Zotz!, The Old Dark House, Soldier in the Rain, satirical film Cold Turkey, Rabbit Test, and The Bob Newheart Show. He is pictured in Mork & Mindy

His first role was in 1953 in the movie City That Never Sleeps. He then starred in The Steve Allen Show, Zotz!, The Old Dark House, Soldier in the Rain, satirical film Cold Turkey, Rabbit Test, and The Bob Newheart Show. He is pictured in Mork & Mindy

After Mork & Mindy (pictured) he went on to star in many famous shows like Newhart, Family Matters, Murphy Brown, Home Improvement, Cosby, Malcom & Eddie, ER, Grace Under Fire, That '70s Show, Will & Grace, and Coach

After Mork & Mindy (pictured) he went on to star in many famous shows like Newhart, Family Matters, Murphy Brown, Home Improvement, Cosby, Malcom & Eddie, ER, Grace Under Fire, That ’70s Show, Will & Grace, and Coach

He was married multiple times. His first wife was Doris Sward, whom he married in 1949. He was then married to actress Jean Sullivan from 1955 to 1961 - and together, they welcome a daughter named Francesca in 1956 - before he wed Kay Hudson in 1968. He is pictured in Mork & Mindy

He was married multiple times. His first wife was Doris Sward, whom he married in 1949. He was then married to actress Jean Sullivan from 1955 to 1961 – and together, they welcome a daughter named Francesca in 1956 – before he wed Kay Hudson in 1968. He is pictured in Mork & Mindy

Tom Poston was born on October 17, 1921, and he hails from Columbus, Ohio. He joined the United States Air Force in 1941, and he served as a pilot during World War II.

Afterwards, he headed to New York to study acting, where he graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

His first role was in 1953 in the movie City That Never Sleeps. He then starred in The Steve Allen Show, where he became known for playing the Man in the Street, and the role even won him an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Continuing Character) in a Comedy Series in 1959.

He then acted in the a slew of movies and TV shows, including the 1962 movie Zotz!, horror film The Old Dark House, Soldier in the Rain (which also starred Jackie Gleason), satirical film Cold Turkey, Rabbit Test (alongside Billy Crystal), and The Bob Newheart Show throughout the ’70s, to name a few.

From 1978 to 1982 he played Franklin Delano Bickley in Mork & Mindy. After the show ended, his career continued to skyrocket.

He went on to star in many famous shows like Newhart – which landed him three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Family Matters, Murphy Brown, Home Improvement, Cosby, Malcom & Eddie, ER, Grace Under Fire, That ’70s Show, Will & Grace, and Coach – for which he was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 1991. 

He then married movie star Suzanne Pleshette in 2001, whom he had starred with on The Bob Newhart Show. They are pictured together in 2006

He then married movie star Suzanne Pleshette in 2001, whom he had starred with on The Bob Newhart Show. They are pictured together in 2006

He sadly passed away of respiratory failure in 2007, at the age of 85. He is pictured with his wife in 2006

He sadly passed away of respiratory failure in 2007, at the age of 85. He is pictured with his wife in 2006

Poston was married multiple times. His first wife was Doris Sward, whom he married in 1949, and the exact year of their divorce is unknown. 

He was then married to actress Jean Sullivan from 1955 to 1961 – and together, they welcome a daughter named Francesca in 1956 – before he wed Kay Hudson in 1968.

He and Hudson split in 1976 but remarried in 1980, only to divorce again in 1998. They had two children – a son named Jason who was born in 1969 and a daughter named Hudson who was born in 1972.

He then married movie star Suzanne Pleshette in 2001, whom he had starred with on The Bob Newhart Show. He sadly passed away of respiratory failure in 2007, at the age of 85. 

 

Orson’s child-like godson: Mearth played by Jonathan Winters

Jonathan Winters played Mearth in Mork & Mindy. He is pictured in the show

Jonathan Winters played Mearth in Mork & Mindy. He is pictured in 2012

Jonathan Winters played Mearth in Mork & Mindy. He is pictured in the show (left) and in 2012 (right)

Winters was most known for his stand-up comedy. He landed his own CBS show called The Jonathan Winters Show, which made history in 1956 when it became the first public demonstration of color videotape on TV. He is pictured in Mork & Mindy

Winters was most known for his stand-up comedy. He landed his own CBS show called The Jonathan Winters Show, which made history in 1956 when it became the first public demonstration of color videotape on TV. He is pictured in Mork & Mindy

Jonathan Winters was born on November 11, 1925, in Bellbrook, Ohio. During his senior year of high school, he dropped out to join the U.S. Marine Corps at age 17, and served two-and-a-half years during World War II. 

He later studied cartooning at Dayton Art Institute, where he met his future wife, Eileen Schauder, whom he married on September 11, 1948.

His career began when he entered a talent contest. He then began working as a disc jockey, but his ad libs and strong personality soon took over the show.

After that, he started doing stand-up comedy and landed a local radio job. His comedy career soon took off and he landed his own hour-long weekly variety program on CBS called The Jonathan Winters Show, which made history in 1956 when it became the first public demonstration of color videotape on television.

He also recorded many comedy albums and landed a guest role in The Twilight Zone in 1961. He also starred in the movie It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Loved One, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, and the Saturday morning children’s show Hot Dog.

He starred in many other movies and TV shows, including Davis Rules, the Scooby-Doo movies, Yogi's Treasure Hunt, Pound Puppies, The Shadow, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, and the 2003 movie Swing. He is pictured in 2011

He starred in many other movies and TV shows, including Davis Rules, the Scooby-Doo movies, Yogi’s Treasure Hunt, Pound Puppies, The Shadow, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, and the 2003 movie Swing. He is pictured in 2011

He married Eileen Schauder on September 11, 1948. He and his wife had two children, named Jonathan IV and Lucinda. He died of natural causes in April 2013, at the age of 87. He and Eileen are pictured in 1988

He married Eileen Schauder on September 11, 1948. He and his wife had two children, named Jonathan IV and Lucinda. He died of natural causes in April 2013, at the age of 87. He and Eileen are pictured in 1988

He was then cast as Mearth in Mork & Mindy. After that, he became a regular on Hee Haw before voicing Grandpa Smurf on the TV show The Smurfs.

He also starred in Davis Rules (for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series), the Scooby-Doo movies, Yogi’s Treasure Hunt, Pound Puppies, The Shadow (alongside Alec Baldwin), Animaniacs (where he voiced Stinkbomb D. Basset), The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, and the 2003 movie Swing.

Winters received eleven Grammy nominations during his career, including eight for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album; he won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Comedy Album for Crank(y) Calls in 1996. 

He and his wife had two children, named Jonathan IV and Lucinda. He later said that he suffered from nervous breakdowns and bipolar disorder and spent eight months in a psychiatric hospital in 1959 and 1961. He died of natural causes in April 2013, at the age of 87.  

 

The comical deli owner: Remo DaVinci played by Jay Thomas

Jay Thomas played Remo DaVinci in Mork & Mindy. He is pictured in the show

Jay Thomas played Remo DaVinci in Mork & Mindy. He is pictured in 2014

Jay Thomas played Remo DaVinci in Mork & Mindy. He is pictured in the show (left) and in 2014 (right)

His first role was as Remo DaVinci in Mork & Mindy (pictured). Afterwards, he landed roles in NBC sitcom Cheers, Murphy Brown, Miracle Landing, ABC's Married People, Straight Talk, Love & War, A Smile Like Yours, Dragonfly, and Labor Pains

His first role was as Remo DaVinci in Mork & Mindy (pictured). Afterwards, he landed roles in NBC sitcom Cheers, Murphy Brown, Miracle Landing, ABC's Married People, Straight Talk, Love & War, A Smile Like Yours, Dragonfly, and Labor Pains

His first role was as Remo DaVinci in Mork & Mindy (pictured). Afterwards, he landed roles in NBC sitcom Cheers, Murphy Brown, Miracle Landing, ABC’s Married People, Straight Talk, Love & War, A Smile Like Yours, Dragonfly, and Labor Pains

He married Sally Michelson in 1987, and together, they welcomed two sons named Samuel and Jacob. They are pictured together in 1997

He married Sally Michelson in 1987, and together, they welcomed two sons named Samuel and Jacob. They are pictured together in 1997

He sadly died of throat cancer in 2017, at the age of 69. He is pictured in 2014

He sadly died of throat cancer in 2017, at the age of 69. He is pictured in 2014

Jay Thomas was born on July 12, 1948, in Kermit, Texas. He graduated from Jacksonville University, where he was the quarterback for their football team.

His first role was as Remo DaVinci in Mork & Mindy, but that launched him into the spotlight. Afterwards, he landed roles in the 1984 miniseries Master of the Game, the crime thriller Legal Eagles, NBC sitcom Cheers, Murphy Brown, Miracle Landing in 1990, ABC’s Married People, Straight Talk (alongside Dolly Parton), Love & War, A Smile Like Yours (which also starred Greg Kinnear and Lauren Holly), supernatural movie Dragonfly, 2008 comedy The Pool Boys, and Labor Pains (opposite Lindsay Lohan).

He regularly appeared on David Letterman’s show, beginning in December 1998. He fathered a son named J. T. Harding – who is a famous country singer – in an out-of-wedlock relationship, who was then adopted by another family. 

He married Sally Michelson in 1987, and together, they welcomed two sons named Samuel and Jacob. He sadly died of throat cancer in 2017, at the age of 69. 

 

Remo’s sweet sister: Jeanie DaVinci played by Gina Hecht

Gina Hecht played Jeanie DaVinci in Mork & Mindy. She is pictured in the show

Gina Hecht played Jeanie DaVinci in Mork & Mindy. She is pictured in 2021

Gina Hecht played Jeanie DaVinci in Mork & Mindy. She is pictured in the show (left) and in 2021 (right)

She has also acted in Everything's Relevant, a few episodes of Seinfeld, 1994 TV movie Without Warning, Friends, soap opera General Hospital, sci-fi movie Clockstoppers, Seven Pounds, and The Last Word. She is pictured in 2021

She has also acted in Everything’s Relevant, a few episodes of Seinfeld, 1994 TV movie Without Warning, Friends, soap opera General Hospital, sci-fi movie Clockstoppers, Seven Pounds, and The Last Word. She is pictured in 2021

Gina Hecht is from Houston, Texas, and was born on December 6, 1953. After high school, she earned a degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

She began her acting career at the young age of 10, but her first major role was as Jeanie DaVinci in Mork & Mindy. 

She has also acted in Everything’s Relevant, a few episodes of Seinfeld (where she played George’s therapist), 1994 TV movie Without Warning, Friends (she appeared as Richard’s date), soap opera General Hospital, the 1982 flick Night Shift, sci-fi movie Clockstoppers, Seven Pounds (alongside Will Smith), and The Last Word (which also starred Winona Ryder and Wes Bentley).

She married a man named Brian Herskowitz in 1988. 

 

Mindy’s politically-minded cousin: Nelson Flavor played by Jim Staahl

Jim Staahl played Nelson Flavor in Mork & Mindy. He is pictured in the show

Jim Staahl played Nelson Flavor in Mork & Mindy. He is pictured recently

Jim Staahl played Nelson Flavor in Mork & Mindy. He is pictured in the show (left) and recently (right)

His first major on-screen role was as Nelson Flavor in Mork & Mindy (pictured). He also acted in Goodnight, Beantown, Spies Like Us, Normal Life, Here Comes the Munsters in 1995, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and 2018 movie The G Spot

His first major on-screen role was as Nelson Flavor in Mork & Mindy (pictured). He also acted in Goodnight, Beantown, Spies Like Us, Normal Life, Here Comes the Munsters in 1995, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and 2018 movie The G Spot

His first major on-screen role was as Nelson Flavor in Mork & Mindy (pictured). He also acted in Goodnight, Beantown, Spies Like Us, Normal Life, Here Comes the Munsters in 1995, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and 2018 movie The G Spot

Besides acting, he co-wrote many big shows and movies, including Twilight Theater, Big City Comedy, 110 Lombard, The Funny Things Kids Do, Young Hercules, and Dragon Tales. He is pictured in Mork & Mindy

Besides acting, he co-wrote many big shows and movies, including Twilight Theater, Big City Comedy, 110 Lombard, The Funny Things Kids Do, Young Hercules, and Dragon Tales. He is pictured in Mork & Mindy

Jim Staahl was born on March 20, 1947, in Evanston, Illinois. He began his career acting in Chicago’s Second City Theater group while also writing for SCTV.

His first major on-screen role was as Nelson Flavor in Mork & Mindy. He also acted in Goodnight, Beantown, Spies Like Us, Normal Life, Here Comes the Munsters in 1995, Curb Your Enthusiasm (alongside Larry David), and 2018 movie The G Spot. 

Besides acting, he co-wrote many big shows and movies, including Twilight Theater (which starred Steve Martin), Big City Comedy, 110 Lombard (which starred Mike Myers), The Funny Things Kids Do, Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills, Young Hercules (which starred Ryan Gosling), and Dragon Tales. 

He received two Emmy nominations for writing on Bobby’s World, an animated series he co-created with Howie Mandel. He also co-wrote multiple episodes for Emmy Award winning Disney series Teacher’s Pet.

 

Mork’s superior who sent him to Earth: Orson played by Ralph James

Ralph James played Orson in Mork & Mindy. He starred in a few movies but after that, he stopped acting and completely fell out of the spotlight. He died in 1992 at the age of 67. He is pictured in the show

Ralph James played Orson in Mork & Mindy. He starred in a few movies but after that, he stopped acting and completely fell out of the spotlight. He died in 1992 at the age of 67. He is pictured more recently

Ralph James played Orson in Mork & Mindy. He starred in a few movies but after that, he stopped acting and completely fell out of the spotlight. He died in 1992 at the age of 67. He is pictured in the show (left) and more recently (right)

Ralph James was born on November 29, 1924, in Los Angeles, California. Besides playing Orson in Mork & Mindy, he also did many voices for the Looney Tunes and played Mr. Turtle in the Tootsie Pops commercials.

He also provided voice overs for the Pink Panther cartoon, and starred in the 1974 movie Big Bad Mama, Capone in 1975, Sixpack Annie, and Fast Charlie… the Moonbeam Rider in 1979.

After that, he stopped acting and completely fell out of the spotlight. He died in 1992 at the age of 67. 

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