RIP Gilbert Lewis, aka the first season King of Cartoons on Pee-wee’s Playhouse

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I’m sad to report that Gilbert Lewis passed away recently. Gilbert is the actor who played the King of Cartoons in the first season of Pee-wee’s Playhouse, back in 1986 when it was filmed in New York City. His part was recast because of expense when we moved the production to California.

He was a terrific actor and wonderful man – – very nice and very serious about acting. I liked him very much. Sending my love to his family and friends.

King of Cartoons Gilbert Lewis
  • Claudia Castello

    I grew up watching Pee Wee’s Playhouse and now my daughter, who is 4 1/2, love the show as well! RIP

  • laura valentina

    Dear Paul
    I send my deepest condolences! So many memories of the first season were brought to life when I bought your playhouse all 5 seasons special edition that you remastered on DVD. Though he’s in heaven he lives on forever in the playhouse he was in with you!! Please take comfort in that he’s not suffering anymore and his spirit is free again happy!! I send my love to you and his family!

  • Kenneth Wiezer

    Gilbert Lewis was a jewel in the Playhouse magic. He shared his talent with noble enthusiasm. The viewers will continue to look for his majestic treasure which he brought to the show’

  • David Shehane

    …I’m ready for my wish, Jambi.

  • Stinky Wizzleteets

    May a flight of angels sing him to his rest.

  • R.I.P. king. You were a beloved part of mu childhood. You will be missed.

  • Jake Lyon

    I wish he were still alive.
    Mekka lekka hi, mekka heiney ho.