Entertainment Pee-Wee's Playhouse star John Paragon passes away at the age of 66

08:52  18 june  2021
08:52  18 june  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Pee-Wee's Playhouse star John Paragon has passed away.

On Thursday, the Riverside County Coroner informed TMZ that the 66-year-old actor had died 'back in April' and that his cause of death remains 'unclear.'

Paragon famously played the role of Jambi the Genie on the beloved 1980s children's sitcom Pee-wee's Playhouse.

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Jambi the Genie, which required John to rock blue face paint and an elaborate turban, would appear on screen when the series' star Pee-Wee (played by Paul Reubens) would make a wish.

He also provided the voice for Pterri the Pterodactyl, who happened to be one of Pee-Wee's closest onscreen pals.

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Pee-wee's Playhouse ran for a total of five seasons, from 1986 until 1990, on CBS, with Paragon writing and directing several of the episodes.

He first portrayed Jambi in Reubens' self-developed stage show The Pee-wee Herman Show, which aired as a special on HBO in 1981.

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The show originally began as a midnight show at the iconic Groundlings theater in Los Angeles, where he and Reubens got their start.

In 1988, two years into Pee-Wee's Playhouse, Paragon and Reubens co-wrote a nearly 50-minute Christmas special for the series.

The Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special aired on December 21, 1988 and would go onto earn John an Emmy nomination for for Best Writing in a Children’s Special, according to TheWrap.

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20-years after the conclusion of Pee-Wee's Playhouse on CBS, Reubens was able to wrangle most of the gang back together, including Paragon, to reprise their roles in the Broadway adaptation of Pee-wee Herman stage show in 2010.

Aside from his work in the Pee-Wee Herman universe, John has lent his acting chops to hit sitcoms like Cheers and Seinfeld.

He also had a recurring role in the 2010 revival of Elvira's Movie Macabre playing The Breather alongside Elvira, herself, Cassandra Peterson.

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