Paul Reubens was an American actor, comedian, writer, producer and children’s entertainer, best known for creating and portraying the character Pee-wee Herman.
Reubens was born Paul Rubenfeld on August 27, 1952, in Peekskill, New York.
He joined the Los Angeles improv troupe The Groundlings in the 1970s, where he developed the character of Pee-wee Herman during an improvisation exercise.
In 1982, Reubens began performing a one-man show called The Pee-wee Herman Show, which ran for five sold-out months.
The show was later adapted into a TV special and a Broadway production.
In 1985, Reubens starred in the film Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, which he co-wrote with Phil Hartman and Michael Varhol.
The film was a critical and commercial success, and led to a Saturday morning TV show called Pee-wee’s Playhouse.
In 1991, Reubens was arrested for indecent exposure in an adult movie theater, which led to negative media attention and a decline in popularity for the Pee-wee Herman character.
He took a hiatus from the character during the 1990s, but gradually resurrected it during the following decade.
Reubens continued to act and perform as Pee-wee Herman throughout the 2000s and 2010s, appearing in films like Blow and TV shows like Gotham.
He also worked as a voice actor, providing the voice of characters in movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas and TV shows like TRON: Uprising.
Paul Reubens cause of death
Reubens, the actor and comedian who created and portrayed the character Pee-wee Herman, died at the age of 70.
The cause of death was cancer, which he had been battling for six years.
Reubens did not make his illness public. The news of his death was shared on his official social media accounts.
Paul Reubens career
Reubens, also known as Paul Rubenfeld was an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and children’s entertainer.
He is best known for creating and portraying the character Pee-wee Herman, a comic fictional character.
Reubens joined the Los Angeles troupe The Groundlings in the 1970s and began his career as an improvisational comedian and stage actor.
In 1982, Reubens started appearing in a show called “The Pee-wee Herman Show,” which he had been developing for years.
The show became a success and ran for five sold-out months.
Come 1985, he took the Pee-wee Herman character to the big screen with the film “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.”
The film was directed by Tim Burton and was a critical and commercial success.
Following the success of the film, Reubens created the television series “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” which aired from 1986 to 1990.
The show was a children’s program that featured Pee-wee Herman and his wacky adventures.
In 1991, Reubens faced negative media attention following a scandal, which led him to shelve the Pee-wee Herman character during the 1990s.
He gradually resurrected the character in the following decade and made public appearances as Pee-wee Herman.
In 2010, Reubens starred in “The Pee-wee Herman Show” on Broadway.
In 2016, he co-wrote and starred in the Netflix original film “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” reprising his role as Pee-wee Herman.