Paul Reubens was an American actor and comedian. He was known for creating and portraying Pee-wee Herman. Reubens joined The Groundlings in Los Angeles in the 1970s and began his career as an improv comedian and actor.
Height- 1.78 m
Weight- 72 kg (158 lbs)
Born- 27 August 1952
Birthplace- Peekskill, New York, United States
Death- 30 July 2023
He grew up in a Jewish family in Sarasota, Florida, where his parents, Judy (Rosen) and Milton Rubenfeld, ran a lamp store. His mom was a teacher, and his dad, with a fascinating history, served in Britain’s Royal Air Force and the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.
Paul Reubens has two younger siblings: Luke, born in 1958, who pursued a career as a dog trainer, and Abby, born in 1953, who became an attorney and also serves as a board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee.
Rubens was not married when he died. He once revealed that he exchanged vows with Chandi Heffner in an “impromptu mock wedding ceremony” in 1989.
As of 2023, Paul Reubens’ net worth was estimated at $5 million.
Reubens joined The Groundlings in Los Angeles in the 1970s and began his career as an improv comedian and actor. With the Earthlings, he developed the character of Pee-wee. After an unsuccessful Saturday Night Live audition, he started a stage show starring Pee-wee, The Pee-wee Herman Show. Pee-wee became an instant cult figure, and for the next decade Reubens devoted himself entirely to the character, doing all his public appearances and interviews as Pee-wee. He produced and wrote Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985), directed by Tim Burton, which was a financial and critical success. Its sequel, Big Top Pee-wee (1988), was less successful.
From 1986 to 1990, Reubens starred as Pee-wee on the CBS Saturday morning children’s program Pee-wee’s Playhouse.
In 1991, he was arrested for indecent exposure in an adult theater in Sarasota, Florida. The arrest set off a chain reaction of national media attention, although people in the entertainment industry supported him. The arrest delayed Reubens’ involvement in major projects until 1999, when
he appeared in several big-budget projects, including Mystery Men (1999) and Blow (2001). Later, Reubens began doing interviews as himself instead of Pee-wee. Reubens was arrested again in 2002 and charged with possession of child pornography, although the charges were dismissed. After 2006, Reubens appeared in several films and television shows.
In 2010, he revived The Pee-wee Herman Show, which he performed in Los Angeles and on Broadway. In 2016, Reubens co-wrote and starred in the Netflix original film Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, reprising his role as Pee-wee Herman.
Reubens’ Pee-wee character has maintained enduring popularity with children and adults alike. The Playhouse won 15 Emmys in its first run and was rerun on late-night television in the 2000s, when TV Guide named it one of the top 10 cult classics on television. Reubens died of cancer in 2023, which was not disclosed to the public.
Cause of Death
Reubens passed away on July 30, 2023, at the age of 70, due to acute hypoxic respiratory failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. At the time of his passing, he was dealing with myelogenous leukemia and metastatic lung cancer. Although he had been diagnosed six years prior, he chose not to share his diagnosis with the public.