Paul Reubens Dies at 70 – Pee-wee Herman. The entertainment world was devastated to hear the news of Paul Reubens’ passing on Sunday. The actor, known for his childlike character Pee-wee Herman, passed away at the age of 70. He was privately battling cancer for years. Reubens’ legacy in pop culture is undeniable, from his iconic “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” television show to his successful run of Pee-wee Herman movies.
Born in Peekskill, New York in 1952, Reubens’ early career involved performing stand-up comedy and improv theater. It wasn’t until 1980 that he created the character of Pee-wee Herman, a bow-tied, childish man who would become his most recognizable role. Pee-wee’s popularity skyrocketed after being featured on “The Pee-wee Herman Show.” The show began as a stage show and later became an HBO special. The success of the show led to the creation of “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” on CBS, which ran from 1986-1991.
The most memorable things about Pee-wee Herman was his unique voice and laugh. Reuben creted both in an effort to make his character stand out. Pee-wee’s popularity led to two successful films, “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” and “Big Top Pee-wee,” both directed by Tim Burton.
Pee-wee Herman character may have overshadowed Reubens’ other work – Paul Reubens Dies at 70 – Pee-wee Herman
Reubens’ career took a hit in 1991 when he was arrested for indecent exposure during a police sting operation. The controversy led to the cancellation of “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” and halted production on a third Pee-wee movie. Reubens took a step back from the public eye for some time, but eventually returned to acting in various TV shows and films.
Even though the Pee-wee Herman character may have overshadowed Reubens’ other work, he was a talented actor who brought many memorable performances to both film and television. He appeared in films like “Blow,” “Mystery Men,” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” He also had guest roles on TV shows like “30 Rock,” “Pushing Daisies,” and “Reno 911!” Reubens continued to work in the industry until his passing, making appearances on shows like “Gotham” and “The Blacklist.”
Paul Reubens may have passed away, but his legacy as Pee-wee Herman will live on forever. His unique brand of comedy and his unforgettable character brought joy and laughter to audiences around the world. It’s impossible to imagine the world of comedy without his contributions. Rest in peace, Paul Reubens, and thank you for all the laughs.
Paul Reubens Dies at 70 – Pee-wee Herman