Monday, April 22, 2024

RIP Pee Wee Herman, Paul Reubens Emmy Winning Genius Comic Had Troubled Career That Stopped in 1991 After Scandal, Was 70 Years Old


Pee Wee Herman is dead at age 70. Paul Reubens was a gifted comedian and actor who had a troubled career.

Herman’s “Pee Wee’s Playhouse” began as a TV show and went on to become successful movies.

A post from his publicist, Kelly Bush Novak, confirmed the death. Variety confirmed it as well. The cause of death was cancer.

Reubens’ career came to a screeching halt in 1991 when he was arrested in Sarasota, Florida, for masturbating publicly in an adult theater. Much of his work ended, and though Pee Wee Herman remained iconic, the scandal stuck to him. He appeared occasionally on talk shows, but his movie and TV careers were over.

Over his career, Reubens was nominated for 17 Daytime Emmys. He won two of them. He was also nominated for three Emmy Awards. “The Pee Wee Herman Show” also ran for 62 performances on Broadway in 2010-11.

Condolences to family and friends. They ask that donations be made in the memory of Paul Reubens’ parents to Stand Up for Cancer or organizations that are involved in Dementia or Alzheimer’s care.

A Facebook post from his account reads:
?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. 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.”

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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