Last Updated: 25 Aug, 2023 | Views: 174
Other Profession(s): Writer, Producer, Comedian
Famous For: Pee-Wee Herman Role
Higher Education: California Institute of the Arts (BFA)
Net Worth: $5 Million Approx.
Paul Reubens was born on 27th August 1952 & died on 30th July 2023. He was an actor and comedian from the United States. Pee-wee Herman was the character he created and portrayed. As an improvised comedian and actor, he made his stage debut with The Groundlings in the 1970s. The show won 15 Emmy Awards during its initial run, and TV Guide named it among its top ten cult classic television programs in the 2000s. He died of cancer in 2023, an undisclosed diagnosis.
Paul Reubens Career:
Paul Reubens Childhood & Early Life
• Paul Reubens was born on 27th August 1952 in Peekskill, New York, as Paul Rubenfeld. He was born Milton Rubenfeld, a Dodge dealer who joined the Israeli Air Force during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. A teacher raised him. The younger of his two siblings is Luke, while the younger is Abby.
• His fascination with entertainment began due to frequenting Ringling Brothers and Bamum & Bailey Circuses. His education began at Sarasota High School and continued at Plymouth State University.
Paul Reubens Studied Drama At The California Institute Of The Arts
• Paul Reubens studied theater at the California Institute of the Arts before joining the Groundlings. At this time, Pee-wee was created, an innocent man-boy who played tricks on his friends.
• His movie credits include 'Pray TV' (1980), 'Dream On!' (1981), and 'Meatballs Part II (1984).
Paul Reubens Reprised His Role In The 1988 Sequel
• His role was reprised in Randal Kleiser's 1988 sequel 'Big Top Pee-Wee.' The film failed both commercially and critically, unlike its prequel.
• His children's show, Pee-wee's Playhouse, ran from 1986 to 1990. There was great popularity for the show, and critics also praised it. Eventually, it became cult-like.
Paul Reubens Played The Father Of The Super-Villain 'Penguin' In 1992
• Paul Reubensplayed Penguin's father in the 1992 Batman Returns film. The comedy horror movie 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' also featured him. Commercially, the film was a success, but reviews were mixed.
Paul Reubens Played A Guest Role In The Sitcom
• Paul Reubens received an Emmy nomination for his guest appearance on the sitcom 'Murphy Brown' from 1995 to 1997. In 1998, he starred in the Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special.
• His subsequent films included 'Blow' (2001) and 'Reno 911! The Miami (2007), 'The Smurfs' (2011), and 'The Smurfs 2' (2013). In 2011, he appeared in the TV special 'The Pee-wee Herman Show.' He was once again nominated for an Emmy Award for it.
• Paul Reubenshas also appeared in various TV shows over the years. During 2012 and 2013, he voiced a supporting character in Tron: Uprising.
Paul Reubens Family & Personal Life
• Paul Reubenshas been arrested twice. In July 1991, he was charged with indecent exposure in a theatre for adults. Two years later, charges of child pornography were dropped after a lengthy court process.
• Chandi Heffner was his previous wife, though little is known about her. He is frequently speculated to be homosexual, as there are numerous rumors regarding his sexuality.
Paul Reubens Awards:
• 1989: Hollywood Walk of Fame
• 1991: MTV Video Music Awards