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Ralph James as "Rudy" on Laverne and Shirley- "Take My Plants, Please"

Ralph James

by Dawbfan

Ralph James was born Ralph James Torrez on November 29, 1924 in Los Angeles, California.

James was best known for his role as the voice of Orson, the leader of the planet Ork, on “Mork and Mindy” from 1978-1982. At the end of each episode, Mork would make his weekly report to Orson and explain Earth’s customs to him. The character of Orson was never seen – only heard.

Ralph James made appearances on such shows as "Bonanza", "The Mod Squad", “Lost in Space”, "Here's Lucy", and "Kojak", but most of his career was spent doing voice work in films and TV shows such as “The Unmentionables” (1963), “Pancho's Hideaway” (1964), “The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie” (1981), and cartoons such as “The Jetsons” and “Scooby-Doo”. He also reprised his role as the voice of Orson in the animated series, "Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour" in 1982.

Ralph James passed away on March 14, 1992 at the age of 67 in Beverly Hills, California.

Acting Credits:

"The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle" (1984) - (voice)
"Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour" (1982) - voice of Orson
The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (1981) (voice) - Narrator
"Spider-Man" - Doctor Doom (1981)
Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider (1979) - Bill Bartman
“Mork and Mindy” 1978-1982) – voice of Orson
"Dynomutt Dog Wonder" (1978) (voice) - Additional Voices
"Laverne & Shirley" (1977)
Moving Violation (1976) - Rockfield Deputy
"The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour" (1976)
Sixpack Annie (1975) - Ace
"Baretta" (1975) - Businessman
Crazy Mama (1975) - Sheriff
Capone (1975) - Judge J.H. Wilkerson
"Land of the Lost" (1974)
"Kojak" (1973-1974) - Louis 'Fats' Giancana
The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (1974) (voice)
Get Christie Love! (1974) - Patron
"The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie" - Tyrano Twin Two (1973)
Lost in Space (1973) -(voice) - Tyrano Twin Two
Frasier, the Sensuous Lion (1973) - Newspaper Reporter
"Sanford and Son" - Producer (1973)
"Here's Lucy" (1973) - Luigi
Nippon Chinbotsu (1973)
The Heist (1972)
"The Mod Squad" (1972)
"Bonanza" (1970-1971) - 1st Poker Player "Gunsmoke" - Hall (1969)
The Genie with the Light Pink Fur (1966) (voice)
Pancho's Hideaway (1964) (voice)
The Unmentionables (1963) (voice) - Narrator
"The Jetsons" (1962) - Additional Voices
Crazy Mama (1932)