Nanu Nanu: Mork & Mindy & Robin Williams, 35 Years Later

Happy Birthday, Robin Williams.

Humor in America

Alex Smith

He’s either one of your favorite actor-comedians or one of your least favorite. Polarizing funnyman Robin Williams turned 62 on July 21, which is almost hard to believe given his continued manic energy in person and on screen. Williams rose to fame as “Mork from Ork” on the ABC sitcom Mork & Mindy, which premiered 35 years ago this fall.

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It was the request by an ABC executive’s son that launched the new show and William’s career as we know it. In 1978, the Star Wars was the biggest hit in cinematic history. The network exec’s son asked him to “do a show about an alien,” and thus, Mork from Ork’s cameo on ABC’s Happy Days became a new show.

Williams first appeared as Mork on an episode of Happy Days, a not-uncommon tactic to raise awareness of a new spin-off from an established show. While…

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4 responses

  1. Robin Williams is one of my favorite actor. He acting is versatile.

  2. […] Nanu Nanu: Mork & Mindy & Robin Williams, 35 Years Later […]

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