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Pee-wee Herman Actor, Paul Reubens, dies at 70 after private cancer battle

In the post, a quote from Reubens read, “I have loved you all so much and enjoyed making art for you.”



Paul Reubens, the beloved children’s entertainer widely recognized as Pee-wee Herman, passed away at the age of 70 after a courageous battle with cancer.

The news of his death was confirmed by his estate on his official Instagram page on Monday.

“Last night we said farewell to Paul Reubens, an iconic American actor, comedian, writer and producer whose beloved character Pee-wee Herman delighted generations of children and adults with his positivity, whimsy and belief in the importance of kindness,” the announcement read. “Paul bravely and privately fought cancer for years with his trademark tenacity and wit. A gifted and prolific talent, he will forever live in the comedy pantheon and in our hearts as a treasured friend and man of remarkable character and generosity of spirit.”

In the post, a quote from Reubens read, “I have loved you all so much and enjoyed making art for you.”

Reubens gained fame as Pee-wee Herman, a whimsical and comedic persona he created in the 1970s and initially presented in live stage performances. The endearing character’s popularity grew, leading to an HBO special and the 1985 movie “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” directed by Tim Burton, where Reubens adjusted the content to appeal to a wider family audience.

In 1986, CBS aired “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” a beloved Saturday morning children’s show that continued until 1990. The character was later brought back by Netflix in 2016 for the movie “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” following a prolonged absence.

Despite a successful career, Reubens faced controversies in his life. In 1991, he was accused of public masturbation in a movie theater in Sarasota, Florida.

Another incident in 2001 involved charges of possessing child pornography. He eventually settled the case, receiving three years of probation and agreeing to be registered as a sex offender during that period, as reported by the Associated Press.

Despite these legal challenges, Reubens remained devoted to his Pee-wee character, consistently portraying him in interviews, live events, and even hosting NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” on one occasion.