Paul Reubens

Actor, Comedian, Producer
Of all the characters created by Paul Reubens, one - a nasal-voiced rascal of stunted maturity in an ill-fitting suit and cupie-doll bowtie - unexpectedly struck a chord with the inner-child in audiences everywhere ... Read more »
Born: 08/26/1952 in Peekskill, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (85)

Star Wars: Rebels 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Blacklist 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Voice

The Smurfs 2 2013 (Movie)

Jokey Smurf (Voice)

The Voice 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Beauty Is Embarrassing 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scream Awards 2011 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards 2012 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Top Chef 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tron: Uprising 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Voice

Adventure Time With Finn and Jake 2007 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Ally McBeal 2000 - 2001, 2007 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Smurfs 2011 (Movie)

Jokey (Voice)

Life During Wartime 2010 (Movie)

Andy (Actor)

Batman: The Brave and the Bold 2009 (Tv Show)

Voice

Chowder 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

30 Rock 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dirt 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pushing Daisies 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Re-Animated 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Voice

Reno 911: Miami 2007 (Movie)

Sir Terrence (Actor)

The Tripper 2007 (Movie)

Frank Baker (Actor)

Campus Ladies 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hopeless Pictures 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Voice

Reno 911! 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Christmas Special Christmas Special 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Tripping the Rift 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Disney's Teacher's Pet 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Dennis (Actor)

Blow 2001 (Movie)

Derek Foreal (Actor)

Tim Burton: Trick or Treat 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

You Don't Know Jack 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Everybody Loves Raymond 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

South of Heaven, West of Hell 2000 (Movie)

Arvid Henry (Actor)

Canned Ham: Mystery Man 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Mystery Men 1999 (Movie)

The Spleen (Actor)

Dr. Dolittle 1998 (Movie)

of Racoon (Voice)

Beauty and the Beast: the Enchanted Christmas 1997 (Movie)

of Fife (Voice)

Buddy 1997 (Movie)

Professor Spatz (Actor)

Comic Relief's 10th Anniversary 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Dunston Checks In 1996 (Movie)

La Farge (Actor)

Matilda 1996 (Movie)

FBI Agent (Actor)

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993 (Movie)

of Lock (Voice)

1991 MTV Video Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Batman Returns 1992 (Movie)

Penguin's Father (Actor)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1992 (Movie)

Amilyn (Actor)

Pee-wee's Playhouse 1986 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Special Evening of Pee-wee's Playhouse 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Top Pee-Wee 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Sesame Street, Special 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Back to the Beach 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Faerie Tale Theatre 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Flight of the Navigator 1986 (Movie)

of Max (Voice)

Rock 'n' Wrestling Saturday Spectacular 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wildest West Show of the Stars 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Meatballs Part II 1984 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

The Flintstone Funnies 1981 - 1984 (TV Show)

Voice

The Paragon of Comedy 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Lily For President 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Pandemonium 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Pee-wee Herman Show 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

All Commercials -- A Steve Martin Special 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams 1981 (Movie)

Howie Hamburger (Actor)

Flintstone Family Adventures 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Voice

Buckshot 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheech & Chong's Next Movie 1980 (Movie)

Desk Clerk (Actor)

Midnight Madness 1980 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Blues Brothers 1980 (Movie)

Waiter (Actor)

Dolly (TV Show)

Actor

Frank or Francis (Movie)

(Actor)
Music (1)

Back to the Beach 1987 (Movie)

("Surfin' Bird") (Song Performer)
Producer (1)

Big Top Pee-Wee 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Of all the characters created by Paul Reubens, one - a nasal-voiced rascal of stunted maturity in an ill-fitting suit and cupie-doll bowtie - unexpectedly struck a chord with the inner-child in audiences everywhere. After years as a struggling comedian and actor, Reubens first introduced his signature character to audiences nationwide with a taped performance of his silly, yet subversive Los Angeles stage production, "The Pee-wee Herman Show" (HBO, 1981). Reubens' cult following eventually grew large enough to merit a feature film and "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" (1985), directed by Tim Burton, became a genuine hit. He enjoyed continued success with the beloved Saturday morning kids show, "Pee-wee's Playhouse" (CBS, 1986-1991) and the movie sequel, "Big Top Pee-wee" (1988), until an indecent exposure arrest altered the public's perception of both Reubens and his creation. After nearly a decade of seclusion and battles with depression, the performer gradually returned with appearances on television and in films like "Mystery Men" (1999) and "Blow" (2001), until a dubious arrest for child pornography in 2002 once again tarnished his image, despite the fact that the charges were later dropped. Still, Reubens found comfort and redemption as his alter-ego when a new stage production enjoyed sold-out runs in Los Angeles and New York City prior to being aired on cable as "The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway" (2011). Forever channeling the socially inept child of wonder in everyone, Reubens and Pee-wee had left an indelible, joyful mark on the memories of an entire generation.

Relationships

Chandi Heffner

Companion
Reubens told Vanity Fair that they exchanged "impromptu" wedding vows when he sought refuge at the home of her adopted mother Doris Duke following his arrest for indecent exposure

Debi Mazar Actor

Companion
Dated in the early 1990s

Milton Rubenfeld

Father

Judy Rubenfeld

Mother

Luke Rubenfeld

Brother
Born in 1958

Abby Rubenfeld

Sister
Born in 1953 board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee also an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School

EDUCATION

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia , California 1973

Sarasota High School

Sarasota , Florida

Boston University

Boston , Massachusetts

Milestones

2009

Reprised his famous character for "The Pee-wee Herman Show," a limited engagement at The Music Box @ Fonda in Los Angeles; show moved to Broadway in 2010

2007

Co-starred in David Arquette's directorial debut, "The Tripper," a satirical horror film co-produced by Arquette and his wife

2006

Played Lt. Rick of the citizen's patrol on the popular Comedy Central show "Reno 911!"

2002

In November was booked on the misdemeanor count of possessing child pornography; charges were later dropped

2001

Earned rave reviews for his turn as a flamboyant hairdresser-turned-drug dealer in "Blow"

2001

In November, home was raided by Los Angeles police who reputedly carried out boxes of evidence that pointed to an involvement in a child pornography ring; Reubens' lawyer claimed the "evidence" was part of kitsch art and erotica collected by the performer

2001

Hosted the TV version of the Internet/CD-ROM game "You Don't Know Jack" (ABC)

1999

Appeared as The Spleen in the comedy feature "Mystery Men"

1998

Provided voice of the raccoon in "Dr. Dolittle," starring Eddie Murphy

1998

Reruns of "Pee-wee's Playhouse" aired as part of the daily line up on on cable's Fox Family Channel

1997

Appeared in "Buddy," starring Rene Russo

1996

Co-starred in the screen adaptation of Roald Dahl's "Matilda"

1995

Began appearing in recurring role of Andrew J Lansing III on the CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown"

1993

Provided voice for "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas"

1992

Had a cameo role as the father of Danny De Vito's Penguin in "Batman Returns"; re-teamed with director Tim Burton (billed as Paul Reubens)

1992

Played Rutger Hauer's cackling vampire henchman in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

1991

CBS cancelled re-runs of "Pee-wee's Playhouse" and Pee-wee dolls were removed from toy stores (as was his star from Hollywood Boulevard) following his arrest by undercover detectives in a sting operation for alleged indecent exposure and masturbating at a

1991

Entered a no-contest plea and was sentenced to 75-hours of community service

1988

Directed, hosted, produced and scripted the CBS special, "Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special"; also wrote the song "Oh, It's Christmas Time in the Playhouse"

1988

Produced and starred in the comedy feature "Big Top Pee-wee"

1987

Performed the song "Surfin' Bird" for the film "Back to the Beach"; also acted in the film

1986

Hosted own Saturday morning TV series, "Pee-wee's Playhouse" (CBS); also executive produced, scripted, set decorated, designed the titles and composed theme music

1985

Starred in and scripted the feature film, "Pee-wee's Big Adventure"; Tim Burton's feature directing debut

1984

Performed to sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall

1981

Appeared in "The Pee-wee Herman Show," a five month sold out show at the Roxy in Los Angeles (later aired on HBO)

1980

Initial TV appearance in film clips as Pee-wee Herman in the ABC compilation special "Buckshot"

1980

Feature debut with an appearance as a waiter in the Pee-wee Herman persona in "The Blues Brothers"

1978

Debuted Pee-wee Herman character with The Groundlings

1977

Joined the Los Angeles based theater troupe, The Groundlings

Raised in Sarasota, Florida; spent six seasons performing at Sarasota's Asolo Theater as a child

Bonus Trivia

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"I'm lower-key than people think I am." - Reubens to Vanity Fair magazine, September 1999

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"If somebody thinks that I'm creepy or a pedophile, all I can say it's not true." - Reubens on his 2002 arrest for child pornography, to Entertainment Weekly, April 9, 2004

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