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Paul Reubens Biography

Birth Name:
Paul Rubenfeld
Birth Place:
Peekskill, New York, United States
Actor, comedian

Fast Facts

  • His father, Milton Rubenfeld, was an accomplished pilot , flying for both the Royal Air Force and the U
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  • 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


  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: nominated
  • 1989Emmy-Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program: nominated