Paul Reubens, Known As Pee Wee Herman, Passes Away

Paul Reubens was privately battling cancer.

Paul Reubens, the talented actor famous for portraying Pee-wee Herman, has passed away. He was 70. Reubens has had a diverse career in film and television. He first made a splash with “The Pee-wee Herman Show,” a live stage production that later became the beloved TV show “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” in the late 1980s. Reubens’ portrayal of the endearing man-child Pee-wee was a cultural phenomenon, captivating audiences of all ages with his high energy and unique comedic style. “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” received critical acclaim and numerous Emmy Awards, cementing Reubens’ status as a comedic genius and establishing him as a beloved figure in children’s television.

Reubens smoothly transitioned into the movie industry, working with visionary director Tim Burton to bring Pee-wee to the big screen in “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” (1985). The film’s success propelled Reubens to greater stardom and demonstrated his ability to entertain both adults and children. He reprised the lovable character in “Big Top Pee-wee” (1988), further showcasing his acting versatility and unwavering commitment to bringing Pee-wee’s whimsical world to life. Despite facing personal challenges, Paul Reubens’ contributions to the entertainment industry have had a lasting impact, and his heartwarming portrayal of Pee-wee Herman remains a cherished part of film and TV history.

His lengthy career featured the following movie and tv performances:


  • Batman Returns (1992) – as Penguin’s Father
  • Matilda (1996) – as FBI Agent BobMystery Men (1999) – as The Spleen
  • Blow (2001) – as Derek Foreal
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – as Lock (voice)
  • The Smurfs and Smurfs 2 (2011) – as Jokey Smurf (voice)

TV Shows

  • 30 Rock (2011) – as Prince Gerhardt Habsburg
  • Gotham (2014-2015) – as Elijah Van Dahl
  • The Blacklist (2016) – as Mr. Vargas
  • Star Wars Rebels (2016) – as RX-24 (voice)
  • Harley Quinn (2019-2020) – as The Riddler (voice)

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2 thoughts on “Paul Reubens, Known As Pee Wee Herman, Passes Away

  1. I can’t believe that he has died. I remember watching Pee-wee’s playhouse. Also I remember his movies he was in. Paul Reubens will be greatly missed by many fans!

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