||Paul Reubens ( Pee-wee Herman )
|Birthdate ( Age)
||27 August 1952
|Place of Birth
||Peekskill, New York, United States
||Milton Rubenfeld, Judy Rubenfeld
||American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and children's entertainer
Paul Reubens with Debi Mazar
Paul Reubens is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and children's entertainer. he's best known for his character Pee-wee Herman. Reubens joined the l. a. troupe The Groundlings within the 1970s, and began his career as an improvisational comedian and stage actor.
In 1982, Reubens began appearing during a show a few character he had been developing for years. The show was called The Pee-wee Herman Show, and ran for five sold-out months; HBO also produced a successful special about it. Pee-wee became a moment cult figure and, for subsequent decade, Reubens was completely committed to his character, doing all of his public appearances and interviews as Pee-wee.
Early Life and Family
Reubens was born Paul Rubenfeld in Peekskill, New York, and grew up in Sarasota, Florida, where his parents, Judy (Rosen) and Milton Rubenfeld, owned a lamp store. His mother was an educator . His father was an automobile salesperson who had flown for Britain's Royal Air Force and for the U.S. Army Air Forces in war II, and later became one among the founding pilots of the Israeli Air Force during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.Reubens' two younger siblings are Luke (born 1958), who may be a dog trainer,and Abby (born 1953),who is an attorney and a member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee.
Reubens attended Sarasota highschool , where he was named president of the National Thespian Society. He was accepted into Northwestern University's summer program for presented high-school students, joined the local Asolo Theater and Players of Sarasota Theater, and appeared in several plays.
After graduation, he attended Boston University and commenced auditioning for acting schools. He was turned down by several schools, including Juilliard, and twice by Carnegie-Mellon, before being accepted at the California Institute of the humanities and moving to California, where he worked in restaurant kitchens and as a Fuller Brush salesman.
Paul Reubens Wife
Guffy The Vampire Slayer star married Chandi Heffner the late American heiress, Doris Duke's adopted daughter in 1989. The pair had met in Hawaii. In an interview with life style , Reubens revealed that that they had married in an impromptu "mock wedding ceremony" during dinner.
After the wedding , Reubens started dating TV personality Debi Mazar circa 1993. She helped him to return back to the industry after his arrests. They stayed within the relationship for about two years and parted ways amicably.Since then, Reubens hasn't been linked to a person . He has also not been open about his relationship status, which has ignited his gay rumors. But, The Blacklist actor hasn't commented anything on the matter.
Paul Reubens Net Worth
Paul Reubens is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and children's entertainer who has an estimated Net Worth of $5 Million in 2021.
The character of "Pee-wee Herman" originated during a 1978 improvisation exercise with The Groundlings, where Reubens came up with the thought of a person who wanted to be a comic book but was so inept at telling jokes that it had been obvious to the audience that he would never make it.
Fellow Groundling Phil Hartman would afterwards help Reubens develop the character while another Groundling, John Paragon, would help write the show.Despite having been compared to other famous characters, like Hergé's Tintin and Collodi's Pinocchio,Reubens says that there's no specific source for "Pee-wee" but rather a set of ideas.
Pee-wee's voice originated in 1970 when Reubens appeared during a production of Life with Father, where he was cast together of the foremost obnoxious characters within the play, that Reubens adopted a cartoon-like way of speaking that might become Pee-wee's.
Pee-wee's name resulted from a one-inch Pee Wee brand harmonica Reubens had as a toddler , and Herman was the surname of an active boy Reubens knew from his youth.The first small gray suit Pee-wee ever wore had been handmade for director and founding father of the Groundlings Gary Austin, who passed it on to Reubens, while "someone" handed him the "little kid bow tie" before a show.
With the assistance of other Groundlings like John Paragon, Phil Hartman and Lynne Marie Stewart, Pee-wee acquired alittle group of followers and Reubens took his show to The Roxy Theatre where The Pee-wee Herman Show ran for five sellout months, doing midnight shows for adults and weekly matinees for youngsters , getting into the mainstream when HBO aired.
The Pee-wee Herman Show in 1981 as a part of their series On Location.Reubens also appeared as Pee-wee within the 1980 film Cheech & Chong's Next Movie.He again appeared in 1981's Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams; the top credits of the movie billed him as Hamburger Dude. Reubens' act had mainly positive reactions and quickly acquired a gaggle of fans, despite being described as "bizarre",and Reubens being described as "the weirdest comedian around".Pee-wee was both "corny" and "hip", "retrograde" and "avant-garde".
After seeing the success of Pee-wee's Big Adventure, the CBS network approached Reubens with an ill-received cartoon series proposal.In 1986, CBS agreed to sign Reubens to act, produce, and direct his live-action children's program, Pee-wee's Playhouse, with a budget of $325,000 per episode, an equivalent price as a prime-time sitcom,and no creative interference from CBS; although CBS did request a couple of minor changes throughout the years.
Right after the success of Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Reubens began working with Paramount Pictures on a sequel entitled circus tent Pee-wee. Reubens and George McGrath's script was directed by Grease director Randal Kleiser. The film wasn't as successful as its predecessor, receiving mild reviews and doing just over one third also within the box office,earning only $15 million.
Pee-wee became a moment cult figure, earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by 1989,and successfully building a Pee-wee franchise, with toys, clothes and other items generating quite $25 million at its peak in 1988.Reubens also published a book as Pee-wee in 1989 called Travels with Pee-Wee.CBS aired reruns of Playhouse until July 1991, when Reubens was arrested, pulling from their schedule the last two remaining reruns.Fox Family Channel briefly aired reruns of the Playhouse in 1998.
In early July 2006, Cartoon Network began running a teaser promo during its Adult Swim lineup. A later handout and lots of other promos confirmed that the show's 45 original episodes would nightly air from Monday to Thursday starting thereon date.Playhouse attracted 1.5 million viewers nightly. In 2007, TV Guide named Playhouse one among the highest 10 TV cult classics of all time.Several children's television personas cite Pee-wee Herman as an idea , including Blue's Clues' Steve Burns and SpongeBob SquarePants' Stephen Hillenburg.
In 2010, Reubens was a special guest star on a WWE Raw episode as Pee-wee.On Veterans' Day , 2010, the show relocated to ny for run at the Sondheim Theatre, selling over $3 million beforehand tickets.An extra performance was taped for the HBO network on Epiphany , 2011, and debuted Saint Joseph .
On January 15, 2011, Reubens appeared on Saturday Night Live as Pee-Wee in an extended and well received segment depicting Andy Samberg and Pee-wee getting drunk, taking a ride on a mechanical bull, doing the tequila dance and ambushing Anderson Cooper in an alley way with a chair.From 2012 to 2013 Reubens contributed his voice talents to the animated series Tron: Uprising as Pavel.In 2014, Reubens appeared in TV on the Radio's music video for Happy Idiot.
In July 1991, Reubens was arrested in Sarasota, Florida, for masturbating during a movie at an adult movies .During a random police inspection, a detective who had observed Reubens detained him as he was readying to go away .The 1991 arrest was widely covered, and Reubens and his character both became the topic of ridicule. Disney-MGM Studios suspended a video that showed Pee-wee explaining how voice-over tracks were made up of its studio tour. Toys "R" Us removed Pee-wee toys from its stores.
It was commonly thought that Pee-wee's Playhouse got cancelled thanks to the arrest; actually the show was already retired as Reubens, claiming an overworked crew and fear of decline of quantity and quality in material, had decided against a sixth season. However, the recognition of the show had put it into syndication, which CBS revoked on July 29, 1991.
In November 2002, while filming David LaChapelle's video for Elton John's "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore", Reubens learned that police were at his home with an enquiry warrant, working on a tip from a witness within the pornography case against actor Jeffrey Jones,finding among over 70,000 items of kitsch memorabilia, two grainy videotapes and dozens of photographs that the town attorney's office characterized as a set of kid pornography.