PAUL REUBENS (The
Spleen) is best known for his character "Pee-wee Herman."
Created in 1978 while a member of the Los Angeles based improvisational
group "The Groundlings," Pee-wee steadily grew from
a cult following to pop culture phenomenon. In 1981, Reubens performed
The Pee-wee Herman Show to sellout audiences for five months
at the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles. HBO taped one of the performances
and it aired as a special, introducing "Pee-wee" to
a national audience.
In 1985, Reubens starred as "Pee-wee Herman" in the
hit comedy Pee-wee's Big Adventure. Directed by Tim Burton,
Reubens co-wrote the film. After the success of Pee-wee's Big
Adventure, Reubens turned to television, creating Pee-wee's
Playhouse for CBS. During the highly successful run of the
show from 1986-1991, Reubens changed the face of Saturday morning
television, transforming it into a genre that parents and children
could watch and enjoy together. In total, the series received
22 Emmy Awards. Reubens also co-wrote, produced and directed the
program. Pee-wee Herman was even honored with a star on the legendary
Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Reubens was most recently seen on television as the assistant
from hell on the classic situation comedy Murphy Brown. The
role of the producer-wannabe nephew of a network president earned
Reubens an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy
After a memorable cameo with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello
in the Lyndall Hobbs' comic homage to beach party movies, Back
to the Beach, the Pee-wee character returned to the big screen
with a vengeance in Big Top Pee-wee directed by Randal
Kleiser. Reubens also co-wrote and produced the film.
Additional film credits for Reubens include Tim Burton's Batman
Returns, Caroline Thompsons' Buddy, Danny DeVito's
Matilda, Ken Kwapis' Dunston Checks In, and Fran
Kazui's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Reubens also lent his
voice to the hit Eddie Murphy comedy Dr. Dolittle, as well
as Henry Selick's animated film, The Nightmare Before Christmas.
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