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Name  John Paragon
Role  actor
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Full Name  John Dixon Paragon
Born  December 9, 1954 (age 68) (1954-12-09) Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
Occupation  Actor, writer, director
Nominations  Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing In A Children's or Pre-School Children's Series
Movies and TV shows  Pee‑wee's Playhouse, Twin Sitters, Pee‑wee's Big Adventure, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, The Pee‑wee Herman
Similar People  Paul Reubens, David Paul, Peter Paul, Lynne Marie Stewart, James Signorelli

That time actor John Paragon, Jambi the Genie, talked to a puppet at the 2015 Comikaze Expo.

John Dixon Paragon (born December 9, 1954) is an American actor, Writer, and Director.


He was born in Anchorage, Alaska, on an Army base. He grew up and attended schools in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Paragon played Jambi the Genie and voiced Pterri the Pterodactyl on children's show Pee-wee's Playhouse. In addition to writing many of the regular season episodes of Playhouse, Paragon also co-wrote (with Paul Reubens) the Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special in 1988, for which they were nominated an Emmy Award for Best Writing in a Children's Special.

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Some of Paragon's other roles include Cedric, one half of the gay couple Bob and Cedric On the Television series Seinfeld; the title character in the children's movie The Frog Prince; the sex shop salesman in Eating Raoul; and the owner of a Strip-o-gram business in the 1986 film Echo Park.

Paragon got his start in the Los Angeles-based improvisation group The Groundlings alongside Reubens and Phil Hartman. He also collaborated with fellow Groundling Cassandra Peterson on numerous Elvira projects, including the recurring role of The Breather, an annoying caller, for her first television series on KHJ-TV-Los Angeles.

In recent years, Paragon has worked with Walt Disney Imagineering on ways to incorporate improvisational performance into attractions at Disney parks. In this capacity, he performed as the keeper of Lucky the Dinosaur during the test runs of the animatronic figure.

Paragon returned to his performance as Jambi the Genie in the Broadway outing of the Pee-wee Herman stage show that began performances October 26, 2010 at the Stephen Sondheim Theater.

Rare John "Jambi" Paragon interview at Totally 80's Pizza & Museum

Select filmography

  • The Pee-wee Herman Show (1981, writer and roles as Jambi the Genie and Pterri)
  • Airplane II: The Sequel (1982, uncredited role as 'Economy' Flight Attendant)
  • Eating Raoul (1982, as Sex Shop Salesman)
  • The Paragon of Comedy (1983, TV special, writer and actor in various sketches)
  • Get Out of My Room (1985, as Robert Walters)
  • Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985, as Movie Lot Actor)
  • The Frog Prince (1986, as Ribbit/Prince Of Freedly)
  • Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988, writer and role as Gas Station Attendant)
  • UHF (1989, as Richard Fletcher)
  • Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992, as Lab Technician)
  • Twin Sitters (1994, writer, director, and role as Loan officer)
  • References

    John Paragon Wikipedia