10 Things You Didn’t Know About Mork & Mindy

  
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8. Improv

The show became famous for Robin Williams’ manic improvisations, which became really popular with the viewers. The writers eventually included specific gaps in the script so that Williams could improvise. His co-star, Pat Dewer, found him so funny that she had to bite her lip during many scenes to avoid ruining the take with her laughter.

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7. Jay Leno’s Audition

Jay Leno auditioned for the role of Remo DaVinci – which went to Jay Thomas – but he was reportedly told by an ABC exec that he couldn’t be cast because his face would frighten little children!

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