10 Things You Didn’t Know About Mork & Mindy
The Happy Days spin-off Mork & Mindy, which aired from 1978 to 1982, is famous for launching Robin Williams’ career. Williams, who starred on the sitcom as Mork, played an alien who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-Orkan egg-shaped spaceship and, while the premiere might seem a big odd, it was a huge hit with viewers. Even though the show only lasted for four seasons and was cancelled more than 30 years ago, it’s still an important part of pop culture, so here are 10 things you didn’t know about the ABC sitcom:
10. Robin Williams’ Audition
Creator Garry Marshall was immediately impressed by Robin Williams’ quirky sense of humor when they met during casting. Marshall asked Williams to have a seat and Williams sat in the chair upside down. Marshall immediately cast him because he was the only alien who auditioned for the role.
9. Other Actors Were Supposed To Play Mork
Before Robin Williams was cast as Mork, actor Dom DeLuise booked the role, but he had to drop out. Then Roger Rees (the Sheriff of Nottingham from Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood movie) was cast but he backed out because he didn’t want to be Mork. They also had some guy in who did an alien act and then an associate producer suggested Williams after he saw the budding actor doing an alien routine during his stand up.