Influenced by comedian Andy Kaufman and intrigued by conceptual art, he created the character of a little boy in a man's body, who loved to show off his toys, and talked like a kid: I know you are but what am I? was relaunching with an entirely new cast, and Paul Reubens was one of 22 finalists up for a spot.When Gilbert Gottfried got it instead, Reubens wondered if he should pack it in. —he got some cash from his parents and help from his Groundlings friends, and put together .
He had a small role, but it was Pee-wee all right: the credits read “Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman.” Groundlings pals Edie Mc Clurg, Phil Hartman, and Cassandra (“Elvira”) Peterson were also in the movie, along with the future Mrs. Reubens appeared in two other Cheech & Chong movies, but not as Pee-wee, although there was a definite resemblance in his Howie Hamburger Dude in .
In 1985, Reubens released his first feature box office hit, Actor and comedian Paul Reubens was born Paul Rubenfeld on August 27, 1952, in Peekskill, New York.
Best known as his alter ego, Pee-wee Herman, Paul Reubens was raised in Sarasota, Florida.
Star of stage, screen, and now Netflix, Pee-wee is that weird kid inside all of us who just wants to play.
When we see Paul Reubens, now 63, back in the suit and the bow tie, the shiny white shoes, his hair slicked back, we spend the first minute saying "Whaaa?