Actor John Paragon, Known for Role on Pee-wee ‘s Playhouse , Dies at 66

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Actor John Paragon, identified finest for his position as Jambi the Genie on Pee-wee’s Playhouse, has died. He was 66.

Paragon died in April, the Riverside County Coroner’s Office confirms to PEOPLE. His reason behind loss of life will not be clear presently.

A rep for Paragon didn’t instantly reply to PEOPLE’s request for remark. 

The actor made his TV debut in 1981 on The Pee-wee Herman Show, a stage present developed by Paul Reubens, whom Paragon had met whereas performing improv with the Los Angeles-based group The Groundlings.

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Paragon then performed the position of Jambi the Genie on Pee-wee’s Playhouse from 1986 to 1990. He additionally wrote and directed a number of episodes of the youngsters’s present, together with the 1988 Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special, which collectively earned him 5 Emmy nominations over time.

In 2010, Paragon reprised the position of Jambi as soon as once more for the Broadway revival of the Pee-wee Herman stage present.

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On Thursday, The Groundlings retweeted a photograph of the actor subsequent to a poster of his character Jambi the Genie, writing “R.I.P John Paragon.”

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Paragon additionally appeared in a number of different tv reveals, together with Cheers, Seinfeld, and Elvira’s Movie Macabre, on which he performed the recurring position of “The Breather.” He additionally co-write the movie spinoff, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark.

His different movie credit embody Honey I Blew Up the Kid, Echo Park, and The Frog Prince.

More lately, Paragon labored with Walt Disney Imagineering to search out methods to include improv performances into points of interest on the theme parks, in keeping with his biography on The Groundlings’ web site.


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