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|Born||John Dixon Paragon
December 9, 1954 (age 61)
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
|Occupation||actor, writer, director|
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.
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.
- 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)
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