- His father, Milton Rubenfeld, was an accomplished pilot , flying for both the Royal Air Force and the U.S. Air Force in WWII and was one of five original pilots for the Israeli Air Force.
- Appeared on The Gong Show 15 times in the late 1970s.
- Originally created the character of Pee-wee Herman, along with Phil Hartman, for a Groundlings improv-group sketch.
- Auditioned for Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s, but was not cast.
- Pee-wee's Playhouse had a budget of $325,000 per episode, one of the largest ever for a children's show and won 22 Daytime Emmys.
- His career was damaged by a 1991 arrest for exposing himself in an adult theater, resulting in a no-contest plea and a period of self-imposed seclusion.
- Made a cameo appearance in Batman Returns (1992), playing the Penguin's father; in 2016, he played the same role in the TV show Gotham.
- In 2010, presented The Pee-Wee Herman Show at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in New York.
- Appeared in a 2011 Saturday Night Live digital short with Andy Samberg.
- 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
- 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominee
- Debi Mazar — Ex-significant Other
- Abby Rubenfeld — Sister
- Luke Rubenfeld — Brother
- Chandi Heffner — Ex-wife
- Milton Rubenfeld — Father
- Judy Rubenfeld — Mother
- Attended Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States; California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California, United States (1975)
- Birth Name: Paul Rubenfeld
- Birth Place: Peekskill, New York, United States
- Profession: Actor, Comedian
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