Actor Paul Reubens Dies at 70: Paul Reubens, the actor, and comedian best known for creating and portraying the whimsical children’s character Pee-wee Herman died at the age of 70. His team announced his death on Monday, saying that he had died after a “private battle with cancer.”
Pee-wee Herman Actor Paul Reubens Dies at 70 After Private Bout of Cancer
Reubens was born in Peekskill, New York, in 1952. He began his career as an improvisational comedian and stage actor, and in 1981 he created the character of Pee-wee Herman. The character was a childlike, innocent man with a love of toys, bicycles, and his pet dog, Herman.
Pee-wee Herman quickly became a cult figure, and in 1985 he starred in the Tim Burton-directed film Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. The film was a critical and commercial success, and it helped to solidify Pee-wee Herman’s place in popular culture.
Reubens went on to star in the CBS children’s television series Pee-wee’s Playhouse, which ran from 1986 to 1991. The show was a hit with audiences, and it won three Primetime Emmy Awards.
In 1991, Reubens was arrested for indecent exposure in an adult theater in Sarasota, Florida. The arrest was a major scandal, and it led to a decline in Reubens’s career. However, he eventually bounced back, and he continued to work in film, television, and theater.
In recent years, Reubens had been open about his battle with cancer. In 2019, he revealed that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and he had undergone surgery. He said that he was “doing well” and that he was “looking forward to the future.”
Reubens’s death is a major loss for the entertainment industry. He was a talented actor and comedian, and he created one of the most iconic characters in pop culture. He will be remembered for his unique brand of humor and his ability to bring joy to people of all ages.
Tributes to Reubens poured in on social media after his death was announced
“Paul Reubens was a true original,” actor Seth Rogen tweeted. “A brilliant and kind man who left us with so many wonderful characters and moments. He will be deeply missed.”
“RIP Paul Reubens,” actor Elijah Wood tweeted. “A true icon and a pioneer of comedy.”
“Paul Reubens was a true treasure,” actor Josh Gad tweeted. “His work brought joy to so many people and he will be deeply missed.”
Reubens is survived by his wife, Valerie Brands, and their two children.
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