Paul Reubens

Lowest Rated: 9% Accidental Love (2015)
Birthday: Aug 27, 1952
Birthplace: Peekskill, New York, USA
American comic actor Pee-Wee Herman was born Paul Rubenfield, which he later shortened professionally to Paul Reubens. While growing up in Sarasota, FL, Reubens began acting in junior high school, carrying this extracurricular interest through several colleges before graduating from the California Institute of the Arts. A natural-born clown, Reubens joined an improv group called the Groundlings, which during its existence would boast such formidable talent as Phil Hartman and Jon Lovitz. In 1978, Reubens developed the comic persona of Pee-Wee Herman, a childlike, squeaky-voiced kiddie show host reminiscent of Pinky Lee (with a little Soupy Sales thrown in). Soon "The Pee-Wee Herman Show" became a nightclub act unto itself; this multi-layered skewing of the whole children's entertainment ethic included a huge supporting cast, deliberately repulsive puppets, bizarre props, and, of course, Pee-Wee himself, who cavorted about the set like a baby speed freak. Reubens, who for all intents and purposes was Pee-Wee Herman at this point, was given frequent TV exposure thanks to Late Night With David Letterman and the home-video version of The Pee-Wee Herman Show. With former Groundling Phil Hartman, Pee-Wee/Reubens co-scripted the 1985 film Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. Though it was the inaugural project of director Tim Burton, it was not Pee-Wee's first film (he'd already shown up in The Blues Brothers [1980] and Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams [1981]). A surrealistic reworking of the classic Italian film The Bicycle Thief, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure was a tad too bizarre for its distributor Warner Bros. The studio chose to release the film slowly on a regional basis -- but when the box-offices began to bulge, Warners gave the film a major big-city push. Audiences immediately understood that Pee-Wee's Big Adventure was meant to be a nine-year-old's notion of the Perfect World; critics, to whom nothing is ever simple, insisted upon reading all sorts of motivation and subtext into the film, and suddenly Pee-Wee Herman was the darling of the wine-and-cheese crowd. In 1986, Pee-Wee launched a Saturday morning kid's show, Pee-Wee's Playhouse, which immediately scored a hit, attracting as many adults as children (some of those adults began renting the original Pee-Wee Herman Show for their children, assuming that it would be as "safe" as the Saturday morning program -- only to be amazed at how raunchy the earlier Pee-Wee could be). The performer's popularity peaked in 1988, at which time his second film, Big Top Pee-Wee, was released. This film was not as cohesive nor as funny as the first, and it was a disappointment for both Reubens and his fans. The actor began announcing plans to "kill" his alter-ego and become Paul Reubens again in public. But the death of "Pee-Wee" came not as a suicide, but more of a crime of passion when Reubens was arrested in 1991 for indecent exposure at a screening of a porno movie. Backlash from the incident -- including the pulling of Pee-Wee merchandise off the shelves of stores and CBS' immediate cancellation of his Saturday morning show -- effectively forced the performer to abandon the Pee-Wee character. Since his fateful night at the movies, Reubens has appeared as the Penguin's father in Batman Returns (1992), a hand-me-down Dracula in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), and a voice in Tim Burton's animated feature The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). Reubens also became a semi-regular guest on the CBS television sitcom Murphy Brown. As time went on the public either forgot or forgave Reubens for his past indiscretions, and after a series of small film roles lead to larger roles in such films as Blow (2000), Reubens' past (as well as the Pee-Wee Herman alter-ego that made him famous) faded, giving the public a chance to reacquaint themselves with the actor outside of the context of his once-famous persona. In 2001 Reubens' popularity experienced something of a revival as he returned to television as the host of t

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Mosaic Actor 2017
80% Pee-wee's Big Holiday Producer Screenwriter Pee-wee Herman 2016
9% Accidental Love Edwin 2015
85% Above and Beyond Remarks $0.3M 2015
No Score Yet Frank or Francis Actor 2015
No Score Yet Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered Bat-Mite 2014
14% The Smurfs 2 Jokey Smurf $71.1M 2013
No Score Yet Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure Screwy Squirrel 2013
91% Beauty Is Embarrassing Actor 2012
No Score Yet Robot Chicken DC Comics Special Actor 2012
22% The Smurfs Jokey Smurf $142.7M 2011
No Score Yet The Pee-wee Herman Show On Broadway Actor 2011
69% Life During Wartime Andy $0.3M 2010
No Score Yet Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Movie Actor 2009
33% The Tripper Frank Baker 2007
34% Reno 911!: Miami Sir Terrence $20.3M 2007
No Score Yet Re-Animated Golly 2006
76% Teacher's Pet Dennis $6.3M 2004
55% Blow Derek Foreal 2001
14% South of Heaven, West of Hell Arvid Henry 2000
60% Mystery Men The Spleen 1999
43% Dr. Dolittle Raccoon 1998
13% Beauty and the Beast - The Enchanted Christmas Fife 1997
25% Buddy Professor Spatz 1997
90% Matilda FBI Agent 1996
12% Dunston Checks In Buck La Farge 1996
95% The Nightmare Before Christmas Lock $8.7M 1993
35% Buffy the Vampire Slayer Amilyn 1992
78% Batman Returns Penguin's Father 1992
35% Big Top Pee-wee Producer Pee-wee Herman Screenwriter 1988
No Score Yet Pee-Wee's Playhouse: Christmas Special Director Screenwriter Actor 1988
71% Back to the Beach Pee-Wee Herman 1987
No Score Yet Star Tours Actor 1987
83% Flight of the Navigator Max 1986
87% Pee-wee's Big Adventure Screenwriter 1985
No Score Yet Meatballs Part II Albert/Hara Krishna 1984
No Score Yet The Pee-Wee Herman Show Actor 1983
No Score Yet Pandemonium Johnson 1982
43% Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams Howie Hamburger 1981
No Score Yet Midnight Madness Pinball Proprietor 1980
No Score Yet Cheech and Chong's Next Movie Pee Wee Herman/Desk Clerk 1980
No Score Yet Pray TV a/k/a K-GOD Actor 1980

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
Andrew J. Lansing III
  • 2019
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
80% Mosaic
2018
JC
  • 2018
No Score Yet To Tell the Truth
2016
Panelist
  • 2018
78% Gotham
2014
Elijah Van Dahl
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Face Off
2011-2017
Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet Phineas and Ferb
2007-2015
Voice
  • 2015
93% Portlandia
2011-2018
  • 2015
91% The Blacklist
2013
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Comedy Bang! Bang!
2012-2016
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Top Chef
2006
Judge
  • 2012
No Score Yet WWE Monday Night Raw
1993
Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Jay Leno Show
2009-2010
Guest
  • 2009
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • 2007
60% Dirt
2007-2008
Guest Chuck Lafoon
  • 2007
96% Pushing Daisies
2007-2009
Oscar Vibenius
  • 2007
95% Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!
2007-2010
Performer
  • 2007
No Score Yet Rugrats
1991-2004
Voice
  • 2002
61% Ally McBeal
1997-2002
Louis Foy
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2001
No Score Yet Everybody Loves Raymond
1996-2005
Russell
  • 2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host
  • 1985

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