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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 Series.

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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