10 Things You Didn’t Know About Mork & Mindy
6. Pat Dewer Didn’t Audition
Pam Dawber didn’t audition for the role of Mindy; creator Garry Marshall just knew that he wanted her, but he first had to get ABC on board. To sell the idea of Mork & Mindy, Marshall edited clips together of Dawber’s performance from the failed ABC series Sister Terri with footage from Robin Williams’ performance as Mork on Happy Days. ABC loved it, so they picked up and Dawber only found out that she was cast after it was published in Variety.
5. Star Trek
Robin Williams was a huge Star Trek fan and it influenced his character. Mork’s greeting “Na-Nu Na-Nu” hand gesture was inspired by Spock’s Vulcan salute and the spacesuit that he wore on the show was a costume from the Star Trek episode “The Savage Curtain” (1969).