Pee-wee's Playhouse actor dead at 66 and passed two months ago of 'unknown causes'

Pee-wee’s Playhouse actor John Paragon is dead at 66.

He passed away two months ago of “unknown causes.”


The Riverside County Coroner confirmed to TMZ that John died back in April, though the cause of death is still unclear.

The late actor starred on Pee-wee’s Playhouse as Jambi the Genie.

The character’s face would appear in a jeweled box whenever titular character Pee-wee Herman wished for something.

Fans of the show will remember John’s character as always dressed in blue makeup with a red and gold turban.

In addition to his memorable role on Pee-wee’s Playhouse, John also voiced Pterri the Pterodactyl on the show.


John wasn’t just an actor on the show, but also wrote several episdoes of Pee-wee’s Playhouse.

Along with Paul Reubens, he wrote Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special back in 1988.

The script earned the duo an Emmy Award nomination for Best Writing in a Children's Special.

Pee-wee’s Playhouse ran on CBS on Saturday mornings from 1986 until 2000, while John even reprised his role as Jambi The Genie in 2010 for the Broadway adaption of the show.

The live show that began performances at the Stephen Sondheim Theater on October 26, 2010.

John’s other acting roles included guest appearances on Seinfeld, Cheers and Saturday Night Live.

As for movies, John appeared in The Frog Prince, Pandemonium, Eating Raoul. Echo Park, North Shore and Double Trouble.

He also wrote a number of the projects he acted in, including Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Twin Sitters and The Paragon of Comedy.

Even when he wasn’t acting or writing, John also tended to work in a creative fields.

In recent years, the late star worked with Walt Disney Imagineering as an idea man for improv performances at the Disney theme parks.

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