Iconic actor Paul Reubens, best known for his character Pee-wee Herman, has passed away at the age of 70.
A statement was released on social media announcing that his death was the result of a years-long battle with cancer.
Paul Reubens left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment, enchanting audiences of all ages with his quirky charm and infectious laughter. With a heavy heart, we bid farewell to this comedic genius, but we shall forever celebrate the joy he brought to our lives.
Reubens even APPOLOGIED, for not telling the public about his disease:
“Please accept my apology for not going public with what I’ve been facing the last six years. I have always felt a huge amount of love and respect from my friends, fans and supporters. I have loved you all so much and enjoying making art for you.”
Paul Reubens, born on August 27, 1952, was a trailblazer in the comedy world, combining childlike innocence with a razor-sharp wit. His alter ego, Pee-wee Herman, quickly became a cultural icon, capturing the hearts of millions with his red bowtie, high-pitched laugh, and classic catchphrases. From his breakout stage show, “The Pee-wee Herman Show,” to the hit Saturday morning children’s program, “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” Reubens demonstrated his unparalleled talent for making us smile.
Beyond Pee-wee Herman, Paul Reubens’ versatile acting skills shone through in various roles on both the small and big screen. From his memorable performances in Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to his numerous voice acting gigs, Reubens demonstrated a range that few could match.
Throughout his life, Reubens showed an unwavering dedication to philanthropy, supporting various charitable causes, particularly those benefiting children and the arts. His charitable efforts are a testament to his generous spirit and desire to make the world a better place.
That isn’t to say his career went on without blemish, some of which you can read here.
Thank you for a life filled with laughter and for teaching us that it’s okay to be a little bit silly and embrace the child within us all. You will be dearly missed, but your legacy will never fade.