Archive for the ‘"Mork and Mindy"’ Category

Remembering Jonathan Winters

Friday, April 12th, 2013

We’re sad to hear of the passing of comedian Jonathan Winters, who died last night at the age of 87 of natural causes in Montecito, California. Winters had a prolific career in television and film, and was known for many of the memorable characters he created, including “Maude Frickert”, “Elwood P. Suggins”, and “King Kwasi.” He made several appearances on The Tonight Show over the years, had his own program, The Jonathan Winters Show, and won an Emmy for his role on Davis Rules.

Below are some selections from Winters’ 2002 Archive interview:

On appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson:

On “Maude Frickert”:

On Robin Williams and appearing on Mork & Mindy:

On advice for aspiring comedians:

Watch Jonathan Winters’ full Archive interview and read his obituary in The New York Times.

Garry Marshall Inducted into NAB Hall of Fame

Monday, April 16th, 2012

This afternoon show creator/producer Garry Marshall will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters’ Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the 2012 NAB Show in Las Vegas. Marshall created some of TV’s most entertaining programs: Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy … and honed his skills as a writer earlier in his career on The Joey Bishop Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and The Lucy Show. Marshall was inducted into 13th Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2004.

In the clip below, Marshall and the Happy Days cast recall the controversy over The Fonz’s now-iconic leather jacket:

Congratulations, Garry!!

Watch Garry Marshall’s full Archive interview.

The TVLand Awards: A Sneak Preview!

Saturday, June 14th, 2008


Sunday marked the 6th Annual TV Land Awards, and the Archive was represented in full effect!

Archive staff attended the gala event, held in Santa Monica, which airs this Sunday June 15 on TvLand, one of our sponsor partners.

Many of our Archive Interviewees were honored, including a special tribute to producer Garry Marshall, and the Golden Girls’ Bea Arthur, Betty White, and Rue McClanahan!

Jonathan Winters (pictured here with Archive Digital Projects Manager Jenni Matz) was given the “Pioneer Award” by Robin Williams, and Mike Meyers was on-hand to receive a “Legacy of Laughter” award from Justin Timberlake.

The day began with a red carpet gala with special guests from Barry Williams to Cindy Williams. We spotted Get Smart’s original ‘Agent 99′, Barbara Feldon, Star Trek’s William Shatner, and ‘The Fonz’– Henry Winkler!

En route from the parking lot I bumped into Dick Van Dyke, who was gracious enough to thank ME for remembering HIM from his interview.

We can’t spill the beans on ALL the surprises the night brought, but be sure to tune in to see it all.

Beloved Character Actor Tom Poston Leaves A Legacy of Comedy

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
Tom Poston, who was a regular on The Steve Allen Show,
Mork & Mindy, and Newhart, has died at the age of 85.

Poston was interviewed by the Archive of American Television on
February 2006 (pictured here with interviewer Stephen J. Abramson).
His entire two-hour interview (part 2 of 4 can be seen below)
can be viewed at the Television Academy offices
in North Hollywood.

In the clip above (part 2 of 4), Tom Poston discusses how he became a regular on The Steve Allen Show. PRESS THE PLAY ARROW IN THE PLAYER ABOVE TO VIEW THE SEGMENT.


Interview Description:
Tom Poston talked about his first television appearances, including his stint as a regular on the early soap opera, Hawkins Falls, Population 6200, which originated in Chicago. He chronicled his work on a local New York daytime show, that led to appearances as a regular on The Steve Allen Show where he memorably appeared in the “Man on the Street” sketches with Don Knotts and Louis Nye. He discussed his work with colleague Bob Newhart – including his recurring role on The Bob Newhart Show, and his regular role as handyman “George Utley” on Newhart. Other topics he discussed include his original consideration for the lead of Get Smart (before the project changed networks nullifying his contract), his regular role on Mork & Mindy, and his relationship and marriage to actress Suzanne Pleshette. The interview was conducted by Stephen J. Abramson