Paul Reubens, known as Pee-wee Herman, died last night after a private battle with cancer. He was 70 years old.
From Newman’s official Instagram account:
“Last night we said goodbye to Paul Reubens, an iconic American actor, comedian, screenwriter and producer whose beloved character Pee-wee Herman has enchanted generations of children and adults with his positivity, his fantasy and her belief in the importance of kindness.”
1 – The Pee-Wee Character Began As Improv
Paul Reubens claimed that the origin of the character of Pee-wee Herman was actually a work of improvisation. While working at The Groundlings, a Los Angeles comedy and improv troupe, Reubens tried out for the character on stage. And the rest, as they say, is history!
2 – Reubens Acted Until 2021
Although the majority of his acting and entertainment career was in the 1980s and 1990s, Reubens actually worked until a few years ago. He has recently starred in TV, film and video games including Gotham (2016, 2017), The Tom And Jerry Show (2021) and Call Of Duty (2016)!
3 – Reubens Wanted To Be Credited As Pee-wee Herman
To further sell the premise that Pee-wee was in fact a real person and not just an invented character, Reubens only wanted to be credited in the films as Pee-wee Herman as himself!
4. Pee-wee’s Film debut was in a stoner movie
As an aspiring actor and comedian, Paul Reubens’ first credited acting gig came in the former stoner franchise of the infamous Cheech & Chong in Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie.
5 – His First Network Break Was With HBO
Pee-wee was first introduced to a national audience as a comic strip by the legendary HBO television/cinema network, which broadcast performances of The Pee-wee Herman Show in 1981.
6 – Pee-Wee’s Famous Red Bike Sold For $36,600 Online
his blockbuster film Pee-wee’s Big Adventure featured a red bicycle, that eventually sold at auction on eBay for a $36,600.
7 – “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” Made Mega Money At The Theater
The film cost studios about $7 million to make, but ended up bringing in more than $41 at the box office.
8 – Pee-wee’s Show Broke Major Stars
Between the future celebrities to get their TV debut on Pee-wee’s show were Phil Hartman, Laurence Fishburne, Natasha Lyonne, and S. Epatha Merkerson.
9 – Pee-wee’s 3rd Season Cut Short With Writer’s Strike
After 2 popular seasons, the 3rd installment of Pee-wee’s Playhouse was cut short because of the 1988 WGA writer’s strike. It only featured 3 total episodes, with 1 of them (Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special) being a primetime special.
10 – Pee-wee Made It To Broadway
Pee-wee made a comeback in October of 2010, of sorts. Broadway instantly picked up a limited run of his hit show.
Paul Reubens Career
1. Comedy beginnings (1970s)
2. The Pee-wee Herman Show (1981–1984)
3. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
4. Pee-wee’s Playhouse (1986–1991)
5. First arrest and retreat from public eye (1991)
6. 1990s and comeback (1991–2002)
7. Second arrest (2002)
8. Cameos and guest appearances (2004–2008)
9. The Pee-wee Herman Show revival and later work (2009–2023)
Paul Reubens’ net worth 2023
According to Celebrity Net Worth Paul Reubens’ net worth was estimated to be 5 million dollars. Paul launched into stardom with his famous character Pee-wee Herman. The Pee-wee Herman Show was a stage production centered on a fictional character he had been developing for many years and eventually landed him a deal with HBO.
Paul Reubens husband – Was Paul Reubens Married?
PaulReubens was not married at the time of his death.
Paul Reubens on 35th Anniversary of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure with Jimmy Kimmel Live
Paul Reubens was one of the funniest and most original comedians of all time. Our childhood (and the childhoods of all those who grew up in the 1980s) wouldn’t have been the same without him. Also Pee-wee’s Big Adventure is severely underrated. It’s a timeless comedy for all ages that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Caddyshack and Ghostbusters.