Paul Reubens Dies at 70 well known for Pee-wee Herman

The entertainment world mourns the loss of a beloved figure as actor Paul Reubens, best known for his portrayal of Pee-wee Herman, passed away on Sunday night at the age of 70. His death comes after a private battle with cancer that he had been courageously fighting for years.

A statement released by his team and on the Facebook page for the Herman character expressed heartfelt farewell messages and acknowledged Reubens as an iconic American actor, comedian, writer, and producer.

The character Pee-wee Herman, with his infectious positivity and whimsical charm, delighted generations of children and adults alike, leaving behind an enduring legacy of kindness.

A Private Struggle: In a poignant statement posted on Instagram after his passing, Paul Reubens apologized for not sharing the challenging journey he had faced over the last six years. He acknowledged the immense love and support he had received from friends, fans, and supporters throughout his career and thanked them for the joy they brought to his life.

The Birth of Pee-wee Herman

Reubens began his career as an improvisational comedian and stage actor in the 1970s, becoming a member of the Los Angeles live comedy troupe, the Groundlings. In 1980, he introduced the world to his most famous creation, the lovable man-child character, Pee-wee Herman, through a stage production called “The Pee-wee Herman Show.” The show’s immense success led to a special on HBO and established Pee-wee as a cult figure.

On-Screen Success: In 1985, Pee-wee made his feature film debut in “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” directed by Tim Burton, which received both critical acclaim and commercial success. Three years later, Reubens returned to reprise the character in “Big Top Pee-wee.”

The beloved character transitioned to television with “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” which aired on CBS from 1986 to 1990, further solidifying Pee-wee Herman’s place in the hearts of audiences.

Challenges and Redemption: Reubens’ image as a cherished childhood hero faced a significant setback in 1991 when he was embroiled in a national sex scandal following an arrest for indecent exposure. He distanced himself from Pee-wee Herman and began doing press as himself.

However, in 2010, he embraced his iconic role again, reviving “The Pee-wee Herman Show” on Broadway and making other appearances, including “WWE Raw” and digital sketches for Funny or Die.

A Versatile Talent: Beyond Pee-wee Herman, Paul Reubens showcased his versatility as an actor, starring in various projects such as Kinka Usher’s superhero comedy “Mystery Men,” Ted Demme’s biographical crime drama “Blow,” and Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns.”

He also lent his voice to animated films like “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Matilda” and appeared in numerous television shows, including “30 Rock,” “The Blacklist,” and “Reno 911!”

Legal Challenges: Reubens faced legal challenges related to possession of obscene material, which led to misdemeanor charges in 2002. However, he maintained his innocence regarding the city’s classification of the material, and in 2004, child pornography charges were dropped after he pleaded guilty to a lesser misdemeanor obscenity charge.

Legacy and Unfinished Projects: Paul Reubens’ legacy will forever be intertwined with the beloved character of Pee-wee Herman, whose charm and positivity brought joy to millions. Before his passing, Reubens was actively working on two Pee-wee Herman projects: a black comedy titled “The Pee-wee Herman Story” and a family adventure film called “Pee-wee’s Playhouse:

The Movie.” These projects may remain unfinished, but his impact on the entertainment industry and the lives of those he touched will endure.


Paul Reubens, a gifted and prolific talent, will be remembered for his unforgettable portrayal of Pee-wee Herman and the laughter and happiness he brought to countless fans. Despite personal challenges, Reubens will forever be celebrated as an iconic American actor whose legacy of kindness and positivity will continue to inspire generations to come.

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