“Remembering Paul Reubens: Pee-wee Herman, Comic Genius”

Paul reubens American actorUS actor Paul Reubens, best known for his comedy character Pee-wee Herman in the 1980s, passed away at the age of 70 on Sunday after a private battle with cancer.

A statement from his estate on Monday praised his bravery in facing cancer over the years, describing him as a comic genius. Paul Reubens’ iconic Pee-wee Herman character became famous through a TV series and several films.

In 1991, he faced legal trouble and put aside the Pee-wee role for almost two decades after being arrested for indecent exposure at a movie theater. He recently revealed on Instagram that he had been dealing with cancer privately for the last six years.

Many celebrities and fans paid tribute to Paul Reubens. Director Tim Burton, who worked with him on “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” expressed shock and sadness at his passing, thanking him for his support at the start of his career. Singer Cher and Star Wars star Mark Hamill also paid their respects.

Paul Reubens’ estate praised him as a gifted and generous artist, forever remembered for bringing joy and positivity through Pee-wee Herman. He created the character while part of an improv group and achieved great success with the TV series “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” earning multiple Emmy Awards.

In 1991, an incident in Florida affected his reputation, and he stopped doing interviews as Pee-wee until 2010. In 2016, he starred in “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” for Netflix, his final film role before his death.

His representatives requested that people express their sympathy by donating to organizations researching cancer, dementia, and Alzheimer’s in his parents’ honor.

Comedians Steve Martin and Jimmy Kimmel and director Paul Feig also shared their tributes, praising Paul Reubens’ originality, comedy genius, and sweet personality. Guillermo del Toro called him a patron saint of all wonderful and unique oddities.

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