John Paragon (1954–2021)


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John Dixon Paragon was born in Alaska, but grew up and attended schools in Fort Collins, Colorado. He got his start in the Los Angeles-based improvisation group The Groundlings alongside Paul Reubens and Phil Hartman. John is best known for his work on children's show Pee-wee's Playhouse where he played Jambi the Genie and voiced Pterri the ... See full bio »

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Pee-wee's Playhouse Jambi / Pterri / Jambi the Genie / Jambi, the Genie / Pterri, the Pterrodactyl
(1986-1990)
UHF Richard Fletcher
(1989)
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark Gas Station Attendant
(1988)
Movie Macabre Breather / The Breather
(1981-1984)

Filmography

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 2016 Pee-wee's Big Holiday
TV Cameraman
 2010-2011 Elvira's Movie Macabre (TV Series)
The Breather
- A Bucket of Blood (2011) ... The Breather (uncredited)
- Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (2010) ... The Breather
- Teenagers from Outer Space (2010) ... The Breather
- The Werewolf of Washington (2010) ... The Breather
 2011 The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway (TV Movie)
Jambi / Pterri (voice)
 2011 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
Pterri
- Gwyneth Paltrow/Cee Lo Green (2011) ... Pterri (voice, uncredited)
 2006 Red Riding Hood
Fisherman
 1999 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (TV Series)
Bokar
- Prodigal Daughter (1999) ... Bokar
 1995-1998 Seinfeld (TV Series)
Cedric
- The Puerto Rican Day (1998) ... Cedric
- The Sponge (1995) ... Cedric
- The Soup Nazi (1995) ... Cedric
 1995-1996 Night Stand (TV Series)
Bachelor #3 / Dr. Ed Burns / Doctor
- Follow-Up Show (1996) ... Bachelor #3
- The Paranormal Show (1996) ... Bachelor #3 (as Jonathan Paragon)
- Sex Education (1996) ... Dr. Ed Burns
- Dating (1995) ... Bachelor #3
- Crime Show (1995) ... Doctor (uncredited)
 1996 The Rich Man's Wife
Maitre D'
 1995 Kirk (TV Series)
Ricky
- Educating Kirk (1995) ... Ricky
 1994 Twin Sitters
Loan officer
 1994 Every Breath
Director
 1993 The Elvira Show (TV Movie)
Reinfield (voice)
 1993 Harry and the Hendersons (TV Series)
Arnold
- The Ex-Terminator (1993) ... Arnold
 1992 Ring of the Musketeers (TV Movie)
Air Traffic Controller Manfred Wenzel
 1992 Honey, I Blew Up the Kid
Lab Technician
 1992/I Double Trouble
FBI Agent
 1991 On the Television (TV Series)
Various
- Stupid People's Court (1991) ... Various
 1986-1990 Pee-wee's Playhouse (TV Series)
Jambi / Pterri / Jambi the Genie / ...
- Playhouse for Sale (1990) ... Jambi / Pterri
- Something to Do (1990) ... Jambi / Pterri (voice)
- Camping Out (1990) ... Jambi / Pterri
- Fun, Fun, Fun (1990) ... Jambi / Pterri
- Accidental Playhouse (1990) ... Jambi / Pterri
 1989 UHF
Richard Fletcher
 1988 Christmas at Pee-wee's Playhouse (TV Movie)
Jambi / Pterri
 1988 Elvira: Mistress of the Dark
Gas Station Attendant
 1988 Sledge Hammer! (TV Series)
Durward Monroe
- Suppose They Gave a War and Sledge Came? (1988) ... Durward Monroe
 1987 Cheers (TV Series)
Grif Palmer
- Pudd'n Head Boyd (1987) ... Grif Palmer
 1987 North Shore
Professor
 1987 Spaceballs
Dink (voice, uncredited)
 1986 The Frog Prince
Frog Prince
 1986 Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills (TV Series)
Raddichio
- Remodeling (1986) ... Raddichio
 1985 FTV (TV Series)
Various Characters
 1985 Get Out of My Room
Robert Walters
 1985 Echo Park
Hugo
 1985 Pee-wee's Big Adventure
Movie Lot Actor
 1984 Uncensored (Video)
Skit characters
 1981-1984 Movie Macabre (TV Series)
Breather / The Breather
- So Sad About Gloria (1984) ... The Breather
- Monstroid (1984) ... Breather (uncredited)
- The House That Screamed (1981) ... Breather
 1984 Cheeseball Presents (TV Movie)
Breather
 1984 Last of the Great Survivors (TV Movie)
Beef
 1983 Going Berserk
Rooster
 1983 The 1/2 Hour Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Regular
 1982 Airplane II: The Sequel
'Economy' Flight Attendant (uncredited)
 1982 Madame's Place (TV Series)
Holistic doctor
- Episode #1.15 (1982) ... Holistic doctor
 1982 Things Are Tough All Over
Red Carpet Man #1
 1982 Pandemonium
Prisoner
 1982 Eating Raoul
Sex Shop Salesman
 1981 The Pee-Wee Herman Show (TV Movie)
Jambi the Genie / Pterry-Dactyl (voice)
 1980 Cheech and Chong's Next Movie
Director (Groundling)
Show Show Writer (19 credits)
Show Show Director (7 credits)
Show Show Producer (3 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
Show Show Additional Crew (2 credits)
Show Show Music department (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (3 credits)
Show Show Self (6 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (1 credit)

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Alternate Names:

Jonathan Paragon

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Good friend of Paul Reubens, and the late Phil Hartman. See more »

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