The recent news of John Paragon
's death has saddened many fans, and the late actor's old friends and frequent collaborators Pee-wee Herman and Elvira are among those paying tribute. Paragon, who was perhaps best known as Jambi the Genie on Pee-wee's Playhouse
, had met Paul "Pee-wee Herman" Reubens early into their careers as members of the comedy group The Groundlings
. Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson was also a part of the group, and Paragon had often worked with her as well.
Taking to Facebook
after Paragon's death, Paul Reubens
posted an image from behind the scenes of Pee-wee's Playhouse of the actor in his Jambi makeup. The Pee-wee Herman actor also wrote a lengthy message remembering when he first met Paragon along with all the memories they would proceed to create together over the next several years. From the Facebook post:
"I met John Paragon, Jambi the genie on Pee-wee's Playhouse