Ralph James (November 29, 1924 – March 14, 1992) was an American voice and character actor who provided the voice of Orson on Mork & Mindy, and in seven episodes of The Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour cartoon on ABC-TV.


Although he did voices for the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoons beginning in the early 1960s, Ralph might be remembered best for performing the voice of Mr. Turtle in the classic commercials for Tootsie Pops which ran throughout the 1970s. From 1978 to 1982, he could be heard as Orson, Mork from Ork's (Robin Williams) boss on the Planet Ork, on Mork & Mindy. In addition, he provided character voice overs in the Pink Panther cartoon shorts.

Ralph also made several live acting appearances, including the films Big Bad Mama (1974), where he played the minor role of a sheriff, Capone (1975), where he played the part of Judge H.B. Wilkerson, and Sixpack Annie (1975). He also made an appearance on Laverne & Shirley in the Season 3 episode "Take My Plants, Please" (episode #11). [1]


On March 14, 1992, James died at the age of 67 in Beverly Hills, CA.


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