See Pee-wee actor Herman Paul Reubens now at 70

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You may not immediately recognize the name Paul Rubens, but you undoubtedly know his alter ego, Pee-wee Herman. Created by Reubens when he was an improv comedian in the early 1980s, the everlasting, eternal kid, whose infectious innocence and over-the-top demeanor appealed to kids and camp-loving adults alike, eventually came to be. turned into a stage show, an HBO special, a 15-time Emmy award-winning children’s show, three big-screen movies, and pop culture immortality.

Off screen and out of the iconic gray suit, Reubens’ life wasn’t always so sunny, but although his career as an artist was nearly derailed by two sex scandals, his legacy lives on. Keep reading to find out what happened to him afterwards. Peewee Playhouse finished in 1990, and see it now, at 70.

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At the height of his fame as a Pee-wee, Reubens’ career was nearly undone by an incident in July 1991. The entertainer was arrested at an adult movie theater in Sarasota, Florida by an undercover police officer and accused of indecent behavior.

Almost overnight, reruns of Peewee Playhouse were pulled from television – although the series had already wrapped production, the arrest led CBS to pull it from syndication – and toy stores pulled the Pee-wee dolls from shelves. After pleading no contest to the charges, Rubens was sentenced to community service, but the damage to his reputation was done. He became a punchline on late-night talk shows, and despite celebrity endorsement As Cyndi Lauper (who performed the Playhouse theme song) and the publicthe actor and comedian retreated from the public eye, refusing to talk about his arrest in the interviews.

Paul Rubens in 1999
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Throughout the 90s, Reubens kept a low profile while continuing to star in small roles in films, including buffy the vampire slayer, Return of Batman, Matildaand The Nightmare Before Christmas. He received critical acclaim for a recurring role on the hit sitcom Murphy Brownin which he played the secretary of by Candice Bergen tenured journalist. Reubens appeared in six episodes and was nominated for a Best Guest Actor Emmy in 1995.

Towards the end of the decade, he seemed to emerge from the cloud of scandal, landing a role in the 1999 superhero parody. Mysterious men and carry on The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno to promote the movie. In 2001, he hosted the short-lived game show You don’t know Jack and received praise for playing a flamboyant drug dealer in the crime drama Blowfeaturing Johnny Depp.

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Paul Rubens in 2004
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Just as his career seemed to be picking up, Reubens was arrested again in 2002 and charged with a misdemeanor. possession of obscene material, which the actor insisted were just a few ill-characterised images from his large collection of vintage erotica and bodybuilding magazines. He pleaded guilty but argued that the material was harmless.

“I wasn’t really thinking about myself, wow, this is my creepy weird stuff that I shouldn’t collect. It’s not exciting,” he told NBC News in 2004. “You can say a lot of things about me. And you might. The public may think I’m weird. They may think I’m crazy or whatever anyone wants to think of me. It’s fine. As long as one of the things that you don’t think of me is that I’m a pedophile. Because that’s not true.

Paul Rubens in 2016
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Despite his run-ins with the law, Reubens continued to work, appearing throughout the 2000s in guest roles on shows such as Renew 911!, 30 Rock, grow daisies, The blacklistand Dirt.

He also became a regular voice-over performer, voicing characters in The Smurfs films and, on television, in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, adventure time, kung fu panda, star wars rebels, american dad, Voltron, and others. He has also lent his voice to video games like Minecraft and Call of Duty.

His most recent television appearances include roles in Gotham, The Connersand What we do in the shadows more relays on Celebrity family feud and celebrity wheel of fortune.

Although Pee-wee was an icon of the 80s, Reubens never really left him behind. After his legal troubles were in the rearview mirror in the mid-2000s, he began discussing plans to revive the character in a third feature film, early in the original run. rebroadcast on Cartoon Network and found a new audience on DVD.

Before a movie could happen, however, Pee-wee returned to his beginnings: the stage. In 2009, Reubens relaunched The Peewee Herman Show in Los Angeles, and the following year the production moved to Broadway for a limited time. One of the performances was recorded for posterity and broadcast on HBO, just like the original stage show some three decades earlier.

In 2015, Netflix finally released this new movie, Pee-Wee Summer Vacationan adventure road movie co-written by Reubens and produced by Judd Apatow. Despite the character’s long absence from the screen, the film was warmly received by critics, earning a rating of 80% off Rotten Tomatoes. “I tried to… be evocative of [Pee-wee’s Big Adventure]be influenced one way or another,” Reubens told ScreenCrush. “But Paul Rust, the co-writer, and I really tried not to copy anything and not to looks like a retread.”

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