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Also Known As: Paul Rubenfeld, Paul Mall, Pee-Wee Herman Died:
Born: August 27, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Peekskill, New York, USA Profession: comedian, actor, producer, set decorator, title designer, TV host, writer, composer, pizza chef, Fuller Brush salesman

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Of all the characters created by Paul Reubens, one - a nasal-voiced rascal of stunted maturity in an ill-fitting suit and cupie-doll bowtie - unexpectedly struck a chord with the inner-child in audiences everywhere. After years as a struggling comedian and actor, Reubens first introduced his signature character to audiences nationwide with a taped performance of his silly, yet subversive Los Angeles stage production, "The Pee-wee Herman Show" (HBO, 1981). Reubens' cult following eventually grew large enough to merit a feature film and "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" (1985), directed by Tim Burton, became a genuine hit. He enjoyed continued success with the beloved Saturday morning kids show, "Pee-wee's Playhouse" (CBS, 1986-1991) and the movie sequel, "Big Top Pee-wee" (1988), until an indecent exposure arrest altered the public's perception of both Reubens and his creation. After nearly a decade of seclusion and battles with depression, the performer gradually returned with appearances on television and in films like "Mystery Men" (1999) and "Blow" (2001), until a dubious arrest for child pornography in 2002 once again tarnished his image, despite the fact that the charges were later dropped. Still,...

Of all the characters created by Paul Reubens, one - a nasal-voiced rascal of stunted maturity in an ill-fitting suit and cupie-doll bowtie - unexpectedly struck a chord with the inner-child in audiences everywhere. After years as a struggling comedian and actor, Reubens first introduced his signature character to audiences nationwide with a taped performance of his silly, yet subversive Los Angeles stage production, "The Pee-wee Herman Show" (HBO, 1981). Reubens' cult following eventually grew large enough to merit a feature film and "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" (1985), directed by Tim Burton, became a genuine hit. He enjoyed continued success with the beloved Saturday morning kids show, "Pee-wee's Playhouse" (CBS, 1986-1991) and the movie sequel, "Big Top Pee-wee" (1988), until an indecent exposure arrest altered the public's perception of both Reubens and his creation. After nearly a decade of seclusion and battles with depression, the performer gradually returned with appearances on television and in films like "Mystery Men" (1999) and "Blow" (2001), until a dubious arrest for child pornography in 2002 once again tarnished his image, despite the fact that the charges were later dropped. Still, Reubens found comfort and redemption as his alter-ego when a new stage production enjoyed sold-out runs in Los Angeles and New York City prior to being aired on cable as "The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway" (2011). Forever channeling the socially inept child of wonder in everyone, Reubens and Pee-wee had left an indelible, joyful mark on the memories of an entire generation.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Smurfs 2, The (2013)
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 Frank or Francis (2013)
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 Smurfs, The (2011)
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 Tripper, The (2007)
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 Reno 911: Miami (2007)
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 Disney's Teacher's Pet (2004) Voice Of Dennis
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 Blow (2001) Derek Foreal
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 South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000) Arvid Henry
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Raised in Sarasota, Florida; spent six seasons performing at Sarasota's Asolo Theater as a child
1977:
Joined the Los Angeles based theater troupe, The Groundlings
1978:
Debuted Pee-wee Herman character with The Groundlings
1980:
Initial TV appearance in film clips as Pee-wee Herman in the ABC compilation special "Buckshot"
1980:
Feature debut with an appearance as a waiter in the Pee-wee Herman persona in "The Blues Brothers"
1981:
Appeared in "The Pee-wee Herman Show," a five month sold out show at the Roxy in Los Angeles (later aired on HBO)
1984:
Performed to sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall
1985:
Starred in and scripted the feature film, "Pee-wee's Big Adventure"; Tim Burton's feature directing debut
1986:
Hosted own Saturday morning TV series, "Pee-wee's Playhouse" (CBS); also executive produced, scripted, set decorated, designed the titles and composed theme music
1987:
Performed the song "Surfin' Bird" for the film "Back to the Beach"; also acted in the film
1988:
Produced and starred in the comedy feature "Big Top Pee-wee"
1988:
Directed, hosted, produced and scripted the CBS special, "Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special"; also wrote the song "Oh, It's Christmas Time in the Playhouse"
1991:
CBS cancelled re-runs of "Pee-wee's Playhouse" and Pee-wee dolls were removed from toy stores (as was his star from Hollywood Boulevard) following his arrest by undercover detectives in a sting operation for alleged indecent exposure and masturbating at an Adult movie theater in Sararota, FL (July 26)
1991:
Entered a no-contest plea and was sentenced to 75-hours of community service
1992:
Had a cameo role as the father of Danny De Vito's Penguin in "Batman Returns"; re-teamed with director Tim Burton (billed as Paul Reubens)
1992:
Played Rutger Hauer's cackling vampire henchman in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
1993:
Provided voice for "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas"
1995:
Began appearing in recurring role of Andrew J Lansing III on the CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown"
1996:
Co-starred in the screen adaptation of Roald Dahl's "Matilda"
1997:
Appeared in "Buddy," starring Rene Russo
1998:
Provided voice of the raccoon in "Dr. Dolittle," starring Eddie Murphy
1998:
Reruns of "Pee-wee's Playhouse" aired as part of the daily line up on on cable's Fox Family Channel
1999:
Appeared as The Spleen in the comedy feature "Mystery Men"
2001:
Earned rave reviews for his turn as a flamboyant hairdresser-turned-drug dealer in "Blow"
2001:
Hosted the TV version of the Internet/CD-ROM game "You Don't Know Jack" (ABC)
2001:
In November, home was raided by Los Angeles police who reputedly carried out boxes of evidence that pointed to an involvement in a child pornography ring; Reubens' lawyer claimed the "evidence" was part of kitsch art and erotica collected by the performer
2002:
In November was booked on the misdemeanor count of possessing child pornography; charges were later dropped
2006:
Played Lt. Rick of the citizen's patrol on the popular Comedy Central show "Reno 911!"
2007:
Co-starred in David Arquette's directorial debut, "The Tripper," a satirical horror film co-produced by Arquette and his wife
2009:
Reprised his famous character for "The Pee-wee Herman Show," a limited engagement at The Music Box @ Fonda in Los Angeles; show moved to Broadway in 2010
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Education

Sarasota High School: Sarasota , Florida -
Boston University: Boston , Massachusetts -
California Institute of the Arts: Valencia , California - 1973

Notes

"All I can say about Paul is that he is one of the most creative people I know. Very serious and un-Pee-wee-like in person. He had to approve every story idea I came up with for political correctness. At first I had the popsicles and fudgecicles rapping in the freezer but he thought it was too racist so I made them ice-fishers hoisting up presents from the fridge below. He approved the idea and I scrapped trhe rappers." --Bill O'Neil, creator of "Life in the Fridge" segments from "Pee-wee's Playhouse"

During the five-year run of "Pee-wee's Playhouse", Reubens was nominated for 22 Daytime Emmy Awards in various categories including Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series.

"I'm lower-key than people think I am." --Reubens to Vanity Fair, September 1999.

"If somebody thinks that I'm creepy or a pedophile, all I can say it's not ture."---Reubens on his 2002 arrest for child pornography EW April 9, 2004

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companion:
Chandi Heffner. Reubens told <i>Vanity Fair</i> that they exchanged "impromptu" wedding vows when he sought refuge at the home of her adopted mother Doris Duke following his arrest for indecent exposure.

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father:
Milton Rubenfeld. Lamp store owner, car salesman. Retired.
mother:
Judy Rubenfeld. Lamp store owner, former schoolteacher. Retired.
brother:
Luke Rubenfeld. Younger.
sister:
Abby Rubenfeld. Lawyer. Younger.
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