Paul Reubens, best known for his role as Pee-wee Herman, has died.

Who was Paul Reubens?

Paul Reubens, also known as Pee-wee Herman, was an American comedian, actor, and television personality. He was born on August 27, 1952, in Peekskill, New York, and was raised in Sarasota, Florida. Reubens was known for creating and portraying the iconic character Pee-wee Herman, which became immensely popular in the 1980s.

Cause of Death

Paul Reubens died after a private battle with cancer. He had been bravely and privately fighting the disease for years with tenacity and wit.


At the time of his death, Paul Reubens was 70 years old.

Net Worth

At the time of his passing, Paul Reubens had a net worth of $5 million. He achieved great success with his Pee-wee Herman character, both in television shows and movies, and also had a successful career in various other acting roles.

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During his career, he attended the 1988 Academy Awards with Big Top Pee-wee co-star Valeria Golino, sparking dating rumors.

In the following year, Reubens participated in a mock wedding with Doris Duke’s adopted daughter, Chandi Heffner at Shangri-La, Doris Duke’s mansion in Honolulu, Hawaii. Additionally, he dated actress Debi Mazar in 1993 and was seen attending film premieres with her.


Paul Reubens attended the California Institute of the Arts and was a member of the Los Angeles improvisational comedy team The Groundlings for six years. He created the Pee-wee Herman character during an improvisational session with The Groundlings in 1978. Pee-wee became a beloved character with his signature way of speaking and quirky personality.

Reubens’ most iconic role was Pee-wee Herman, and he gained immense popularity with the “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” TV show, which aired from 1986 to 1990. The show, targeted towards children but enjoyed by adults as well, was a huge hit and had a budget of $325,000 per episode. It brought Pee-wee Herman’s zany adventures into households across the nation.

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Following the success of his television show, Paul Reubens starred in the film “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” (1985). The movie, directed by Tim Burton, was a commercial success, grossing over $40 million against its modest budget of $7 million. Pee-wee’s cross-country journey to find his stolen bike became a cult classic.