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Paul Reubens, Pee-Wee Herman Actor And Creator, Dies At 70 Due To Cancer

July 31, 2023 | By Kali Girl

Actor and comedian Paul Reubens, known for his iconic character Pee-wee Herman, has passed away at the age of 70, reports AP News.

Reubens gained widespread fame in the 1980s with the lovable Pee-wee, recognized for his distinctive gray suit and infectious laughter. His beloved character brought joy to fans through the movie “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” and the TV series “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.”

Reubens battled cancer for six years in private, as revealed by his publicist in a statement.

“Please accept my apology for not going public with what I’ve been facing the last six years,” Reubens said in a statement released Monday with the announcement of his death. “I have always felt a huge amount of love and respect from my friends, fans and supporters. I have loved you all so much and enjoyed making art for you.”

Created by Paul Reubens while part of the Los Angeles improv group The Groundlings, Pee-wee’s iconic character donning white chunky loafers and a red bow tie took the stage by storm in the 1980s.

Entertaining both children and adults, the live ‘Pee-wee Herman Show‘ proved to be a hit, captivating audiences with matinee performances for kids and midnight shows for adults. 

His television series, ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse,’ which earned an impressive 22 Emmys, ran for five seasons and became a beloved Saturday-morning staple for audiences of all ages.

However, in 1991, Pee-wee’s image took a hit when Paul Reubens faced an indecent exposure arrest, leading to a long period of entertainment exile.

Despite this setback, Pee-wee’s enduring charm and appeal eventually brought him back into the spotlight, reinstating him as a treasured figure in both adult and children’s entertainment.

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