Paul Reubens

Paul Reubens

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1952-08-27 · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Peekskill, New York, USA

52 Movies · 36 TV shows

Also Known As: Paul Rubenfeld · Pee-wee Herman · Pee Wee Herman · Pee-wee · Pee Wee · Paul Mall

Biography

Paul Reubens (; né Rubenfeld; born August 27, 1952) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He is best known for his character Pee-wee Herman. Reubens joined the Los Angeles troupe The Groundlings in the 1970s, and started his career as an improvisational comedian and stage actor. In 1982, Reubens began appearing in a show about a character he had been developing for years. The show was called The Pee-wee Herman Show, and ran for five sold-out months; HBO also produced a successful special about it. Pee-wee became an instant cult figure and, for the next decade, Reubens was completely committed to his character, doing all of his public appearances and interviews as Pee-wee. His feature film, Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985), directed by Tim Burton, was a financial and critical success, and soon developed into a cult film. Its sequel, Big Top Pee-wee (1988), was less successful. Between 1986 and 1990, Reubens starred as Pee-wee in the CBS Saturday-morning children's program Pee-wee's Playhouse.Thereafter, Reubens decided to take a sabbatical from Pee-wee. In July 1991, Reubens was arrested for indecent exposure in an adult theater in Sarasota, Florida. The arrest set off a chain reaction of national media attention that changed the general public's view of Reubens and Pee-wee. The arrest postponed Reubens' involvement in major projects until 1999, when he appeared in several big-budget projects including Mystery Men (1999) and Blow (2001), and Reubens started giving interviews as himself rather than as Pee-wee.Since 2006, Reubens has been making cameos and appearances in numerous projects, such as Reno 911! (2006), 30 Rock (2007), Pushing Daisies (2007), The Blacklist (2014–2015), Accidental Love (2015) and Mosaic (2018). He also played the voice role of Pavel in the Disney XD television series Tron: Uprising (2012–2013). Since the 1990s, Reubens has worked on two possible Pee-wee films: one dark and adult, dubbed The Pee-wee Herman Story, the other a family-friendly epic adventure called Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Movie. In 2010, he starred on Broadway in The Pee-wee Herman Show. In 2016, Reubens co-wrote and starred in the Netflix original film Pee-wee's Big Holiday, reprising his role as Pee-wee Herman.

Early Life

Reubens was born Paul Rubenfeld in Peekskill, New York, and grew up in Sarasota, Florida, where his parents, Judy (Rosen) and Milton Rubenfeld, owned a lamp store. His mother was a teacher. His father was an automobile salesperson who had flown for Britain's Royal Air Force and for the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II, and later became one of the founding pilots of the Israeli Air Force during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War. Reubens' two younger siblings are Luke (born 1958), who is a dog trainer, and Abby (born 1953), who is an attorney and a board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee.Reubens spent a significant amount of his childhood in Oneonta, New York. As a child, Reubens frequented the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, whose winter headquarters was in Sarasota. The circus' atmosphere sparked Reubens' interest in entertainment and influenced his later work. Reubens also loved to watch reruns of I Love Lucy, which made him want to make people laugh. At age 5, Reubens asked his father to build him a stage, where he and his siblings would put on plays.Reubens attended Sarasota High School, where he was named president of the National Thespian Society. He was accepted into Northwestern University's summer program for gifted high-school students, joined the local Asolo Theater and Players of Sarasota Theater, and appeared in several plays. After graduation, he attended Boston University and began auditioning for acting schools. He was turned down by several schools, including Juilliard, and twice by Carnegie-Mellon, before being accepted at the California Institute of the Arts and moving to California, where he worked in restaurant kitchens and as a Fuller Brush salesman.In the 1970s, Reubens performed at local comedy clubs and made four guest appearances on The Gong Show as part of a boy–girl act he had developed with Charlotte McGinnis, called The Hilarious Betty and Eddie. He soon joined the Los Angeles–based improvisational comedy team The Groundlings and remained a member for six years, working with Bob McClurg, John Paragon, Susan Barnes, and Phil Hartman. Hartman and Reubens became friends, and often wrote and worked on material together. In 1980, Reubens had a small part as a waiter in The Blues Brothers.

Movies & TV shows

2020.

1 TV show
TV
The Holiday Movies That Made Us

The Holiday Movies That Made Us

2020
These Christmas blockbusters have interviews and behind-the-scenes peeks.

2019.

1 TV show
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What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows

6.38
2019
A documentary-style look into the daily lives of three vampire's in Staten Island who have lived together for hundreds and hundreds of years.

2018.

1 TV show
TV
Mosaic

Mosaic

5.33
2018
Explore the psychological underpinning of love and murder in a small mountain resort town while following popular children's book author and illustratorOlivia Lake, whose literary success makes her a ...

2016.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
DC's Legends of Tomorrow

DC's Legends of Tomorrow

6.17
2016
When heroes are not enough. People who are legends are what the world needs. Having seen the future, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and vill...
Gigglefudge USA!

Gigglefudge USA!

2016
Paul Reubens introduces a series of home videos progressively less appropriate for a certain other TV show.
Pee-wee's Big Holiday

Pee-wee's Big Holiday

6.11
2016
Pee-wee Herman took his first holiday after meeting a strange person.

2015.

2 Movies
Accidental Love

Accidental Love

2015
A small town waitress gets a nail accidentally lodged in her head and goes to Washington, DC when she meets a young senator who takes up her cause, but what happens when love gets in the way of what y...
Above and Beyond

Above and Beyond

2015
The pilots volunteered to fight for Israel.

2014.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Gotham

Gotham

6.3
2014
Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world's greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon's story and his rise fro...
LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman Be-Leaguered

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes Batman Be-Leaguered

3.55
2014
Superman would like Batman to join his team.

2013.

5 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
The Blacklist

The Blacklist

6.61
2013
One of the FBI's most wanted fugitives surrendered to the FBI in Washington, D.C. He claims that he and the FBI want to bring down criminals. The FBI can't find criminals because they don't know they ...
Scooby-Doo! Mecha Mutt Menace

Scooby-Doo! Mecha Mutt Menace

2013
At Houston's annual science expo, a remote-controlled lunar rover resembling a large canine goes rogue. There are four short films in the series.
Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot

Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot

2013
People who worked at Warner Bros. The studio has pictures taken there.
The Final Moments of Karl Brant

The Final Moments of Karl Brant

2013
Set in the near future where experimental technology allows two detectives to bring a murder victim back to life in a digital state in order to question him about his final moments.
Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure

Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure

2013
Dreams come true at Storybook Town if you believe in it.
The Smurfs 2

The Smurfs 2

6.04
2013
The evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers tha...

2012.

1 TV show
TV
TRON: Uprising

TRON: Uprising

2012
The story of Beck, a young program who becomes the skillful leader of a revolution inside the computer world of The Grid, is told in 'Tron: Uprising'.

2011.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
The Smurfs

The Smurfs

6.09
2011
Gargamel chases the Smurfs out of their village in the middle of Central Park. The Smurfs are stuck in New York and need to get back to their village before Gargamel finds them.
The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway

The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway

2011
Subversive humor and childlike wonder based on both Reubens' original stage show, "The Pee-wee Herman Show," and the Emmy-winning Saturday morning TV show, "Pee-wee's Playhouse."
TV
Portlandia

Portlandia

6
2011
The eccentric misfits who embody the foibles of modern culture are the subject of a satirical sketch comedy set and filmed in Portland, Oregon.

2010.

2 TV shows
TV
Adventure Time

Adventure Time

5.8
2010
The Land of Ooo is where Finn and Jake want to go. It isn't always easy. Sometimes you need to save a hot dog princess from the Ice King and thaw out a bunch of frozen businessmen. What is the vegetab...
TV
Conan

Conan

8.14
2010
O'Brien hosted the show.

2009.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Jay Leno Show

The Jay Leno Show

5.78
2009
The Jay Leno Show is an American comedy show created by and starring Jay Leno, that aired at 10 p.m. from September 14, 2009 to February 9, 2010 on NBC, after Leno's initial retirement from hosting Th...
Life During Wartime

Life During Wartime

2009
In an almost war-torn world with comedy and pathos, friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning. The film follows Happiness.

2008.

1 TV show
TV
Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

4.33
2008
Batman is not going at it alone. A new interpretation of Batman is being created. Our caped crusader is teaming up with heroes from all over the DC Universe, delivering nonstop action and adventure wi...

2007.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
Reno 911!: Miami

Reno 911!: Miami

2007
A rag-tag team of Reno cops are called in to save the day after a terrorist attack disrupted a national police convention in Miami Beach. The series was based on Comedy Central.
TV
Pushing Daisies

Pushing Daisies

4.78
2007
A pie-maker with the power to bring dead people back to life solved murder mysteries with his alive-again childhood sweetheart, a cynical private investigator, and a lovesick waitress.
Area 57

Area 57

2007
There is a comedy about the employees. An alien creature is housed in a remote facility in the Nevada desert.
TV
Dirt

Dirt

4
2007
Dirt is a show on the network in the US. The show starred Courteney Cox as Lucy Spiller, the editor-in-chief of the first-of-its-kind "glossy tabloid" magazine DirtNow.

2006.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
30 Rock

30 Rock

6.1
2006
30 Rock is an American television comedy series that ran on NBC from October 11, 2006 to January 31, 2013). The series takes place behind the scenes of a fictional live sketch comedy series that airs ...
TV
Campus Ladies

Campus Ladies

2006
On January 8, 2006 Oxygen aired a sitcom called Campus Ladies. The University of the Midwest is a fictional school where two 40-something women decide to enroll. The humor comes from the various situa...
Re-Animated

Re-Animated

2006
Part live-action, part animated story about a boy who, after an awful amusement park accident, gets a brain transplant, which allows him to see cartoon characters in real life.
The Tripper

The Tripper

2006
A group of people are going to a concert.

2005.

2 TV shows
TV
Hopeless Pictures

Hopeless Pictures

2005
Hopeless Pictures is an American animated comedy series starring the voice of Friends actress Lisa Kudrow, Seinfeld guest actor Bob Balaban, and produced and broadcast by the IFC. The cartoon follows ...
TV
American Dad!

American Dad!

6.34
2005
The series focuses on an eccentric motley crew that is the Smith family and their three housemates: Father, husband, and breadwinner Stan Smith; his better half housewife, Francine Smith; their colleg...

2004.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Best Week Ever

Best Week Ever

2004
Best Week Ever is a weekly television program on the United States cable/satellite network VH1. It started airing in 2004 and was put on hiatus in the summer of 2009. In January 2010, it was announced...
Teacher's Pet

Teacher's Pet

6
2004
Disney has created a new type of comedy. Spot wants to be a real boy. Spot learns that a crazy scientist can make his wish come true when he takes a cross-country trek with his best friend and master....

2003.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Reno 911!

Reno 911!

4.75
2003
As incompetent officers swing into action, answering calls about everything from speeding violations to prostitution, this comedy brings viewers into the squad car. Within each episode, viewers can se...
TV
Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

6.3
2003
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs on ABC.
Mayor of the Sunset Strip

Mayor of the Sunset Strip

2003
A look at the history of fame in the world through the eyes of pop star impresario, Rodney Bingenheimer
Overnight

Overnight

2003
In Overnight, a man's misadventures in making a movie are chronicled. The story begins with a Boston-bred bartender selling his first script for a movie.

2002.

1 Movie
Rugrats: Babies in Toyland

Rugrats: Babies in Toyland

2002
The Rugrats discover that Christmas means more than just presents and tradition when they find themselves stranded in the Stu-inspired displays at a Christmas party.

2001.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
You Don't Know Jack

You Don't Know Jack

2001
You Don't Know Jack was a game show that aired on ABC in the summer of 2001 and was based on a computer game series. The man who played Pee-wee Herman on Pee-wee's Playhouse was also the host of Troy ...
Blow

Blow

6.06
2001
The boy is named George Jung. The man is trying to make ends meet. George's father can't make a living so the family goes bankrupt. George doesn't want the same thing to happen to him as his friend su...

2000.

1 Movie
South of Heaven, West of Hell

South of Heaven, West of Hell

2000
The Tucson territory was desolate in the early 1900s. His family visits on Christmas Eve. He has to confront his past sins. They are from the U.S. The Henry Clan has hit a small town in the desert in ...

1999.

1 Movie
Mystery Men

Mystery Men

7.67
1999
There are three average, everyday superheroes when the hero of Champion City is kidnapped. The Blue Raja and the Shoveler formed a super team to save him.

1998.

1 Movie
Doctor Dolittle

Doctor Dolittle

5.58
1998
A successful physician and devoted family man, John Dolittle seems to have the world by the tail, until a long suppressed talent he possessed as a child, the ability to communicate with animals is sud...

1997.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Ally McBeal

Ally McBeal

6
1997
Ally McBeal is a lawyer at the Boston law firm Cage and Fish. Ally's life and loves are eccentric, funny, dramatic and full of imagination.
Buddy

Buddy

5.85
1997
An eccentric socialite raises a gorilla as her son.
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas

Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas

5.58
1997
Unable to find the Beast because of his dislike for the Christmas season, Belle tries to change his mind on the matter.

1996.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Everybody Loves Raymond

Everybody Loves Raymond

6.52
1996
Ray Barone a successful sportswriter living on Long Island with his wife, Debra, daughter, Ally, and twin sons, Geoffrey and Michael. That's the good news. The bad news? Ray's meddling parents, Frank ...
TV
E! True Hollywood Story

E! True Hollywood Story

1996
Hollywood celebrities, movies, TV shows, and well-known public figures are the subjects of a documentary series on E! salacious re-tellings of Hollywood secrets, show-biz scandals, celebrity murders a...
Matilda

Matilda

9.25
1996
An intelligent young girl from a cruel and uncaring family is sent to a school headed by a tyrant principal after she discovers she has telekinetic powers.
Dunston Checks In

Dunston Checks In

4.79
1996
Robert Grant was forced to delay his family vacation by his boss. The critic is a jewel thief with an orangutan assistant. There are lots of laughs when Dunston gets loose and tries to escape a life o...

1993.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Late Night with Conan O'Brien

6
1993
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, celebrity i...
The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas

6.74
1993
Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween Town, is tired of scaring humans every October 31 and is going to deliver shrunken heads and other Halloween gifts to children on Christmas morning. Sally tried...

1992.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

5.75
1992
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jay Leno that initially aired from May 25, 1992 to May 29, 2009, and resumed production on March 1, 2010. The fourth incarn...
Batman Returns

Batman Returns

6.18
1992
Batman deals with the Penguin while an employee of a corrupt businessman becomes the Catwoman.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

3.5
1992
Buffy is a cheerleader. Everything changes when a strange man tells her she's been chosen to kill Vampires.

1988.

2 Movies
Big Top Pee-wee

Big Top Pee-wee

4.94
1988
In his second full-length film, Paul Reubens reprises his role as Pee-wee Herman, who joins the circus after a storm drops a big tent in his front yard. The best show ever was put on by Pee-wee, along...
Christmas at Pee Wee's Playhouse

Christmas at Pee Wee's Playhouse

1988
Pee-wee Herman and pals are celebrating Christmas in the Playhouse in their own creative ways: Pee-wee makes a list for Santa Claus 1 1/2 miles long, teaches Little Richard how to ice skate, goes for ...

1987.

2 Movies
Star Tours

Star Tours

1987
"Star Tours" is a space tour bus set in the Star Wars universe and is used to take groups of visitors. The tour gets caught up in a battle between the Empire and the rebels thanks to an inexperienced ...
Back to the Beach

Back to the Beach

1987
The surfing '60s ride into the new wave as Frankie and Annette star in this hip update of their old-time, good-time beach movies. Bob Denver, Pee-Wee Herman, and other familiar faces made special appe...

1986.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Flight of the Navigator

Flight of the Navigator

5.86
1986
Eight years have passed since David was knocked out. His family is overjoyed to have him back, but they are just as perplexed as he is that he hasn't aged. David died when a NASA scientist discovered ...
TV
Pee-wee's Playhouse

Pee-wee's Playhouse

4.33
1986
Pee-wee's Playhouse is an American children's television program.

1985.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
227

227

6
1985
A woman sits on the stoop of her apartment building talking to her neighbors.
Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Pee-wee's Big Adventure

5.89
1985
Pee-wee Herman goes on a big adventure when his bicycle is stolen. Pee-wee encounters a host of odd characters and bizarre situations as he treks across the country to recover his bike, with the help ...

1984.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
MTV Video Music Awards

MTV Video Music Awards

1984
MTV presents an annual award ceremony to honor the best in the music video medium.
Cheeseball Presents

Cheeseball Presents

1984
A raunchy sketch comedy special created by and starring members of the Groundlings comedy troupe.
Meatballs Part II

Meatballs Part II

5.5
1984
The second in-name-only sequel to the first Meatballs summer camp movie sets us at Camp Sasquash where the owner Giddy tries to keep his camp open after it's threatened with foreclosure after Hershey,...
Pinocchio

Pinocchio

1984
A lonely wood-carver named Geppetto wishes for a son. While he sleeps, the Blue Fairy will grant his wish by turning his latest puppet, Pinocchio, into a marionette. If he can prove himself to be a go...

1983.

1 Movie
Likely Stories Vol. 2

Likely Stories Vol. 2

1983
VINCE D'ANGELO is a low life, Congressman from New Jersey who'll stop at nothing to get elected to the U.S. Senate. With his sleazy, below-the-belt campaign tactics, he's hell-bent on destroying his o...

1982.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Pandemonium

Pandemonium

6
1982
A former high school student who always wanted to be a cheerleader decided to reopen the cheerleading program at her former high school after being targeted by a serial killer.
TV
Faerie Tale Theatre

Faerie Tale Theatre

1982
A live-action children's television anthology series retelling popular fairy tales.

1981.

2 Movies
Nice Dreams

Nice Dreams

4.66
1981
Two people are indoors. Los Guys and L.A have many encounters. The people in the area are weird.
The Pee-wee Herman Show

The Pee-wee Herman Show

1981
The award-winning children's classic was an adult-oriented version. This version of the show features Pee-wee's playhouse and many of the characters from the later series, but with adult and sexual ov...

1980.

6 Movies · 1 TV show
Midnight Madness

Midnight Madness

6
1980
A genius graduate student organizes an all-night treasure hunt in which five rival teams composed of colorful misfits furiously match wits with one another while trying to locate and decipher various ...
The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers

7.2
1980
Jake Blues, just released from prison, put his old band back together to save the catholic home where he and his brother were raised.
Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty

Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty

1980
Steve Martin's second NBC special was made up of sketches. Marty Robbins' "El Paso" with monkeys is one of the highlights.
TV
The Flintstone Comedy Show

The Flintstone Comedy Show

1980
The Flintstone Comedy Show is a 90-minute Saturday morning animated series revival of The Flintstones produced by Hanna-Barbera and aired from November 22, 1980 to September 11, 1982 on NBC. Outside N...
Pray TV

Pray TV

1980
A failing television station is bought out by a slick TV evangelist and starts making mountains of money in the guise of religious programming, which is actually just an excuse to sell merchandise.
All Commercials... A Steve Martin Special

All Commercials... A Steve Martin Special

1980
Steve Martin's third NBC special is a salute to 1970s television commercials. Martin's genius for physical comedy was showcased in this special. Steve Martin is a member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band....
Cheech & Chong's Next Movie

Cheech & Chong's Next Movie

5.16
1980
Perennially stoned Cheech and Chong tear through the city of Los Angeles, causing trouble wherever they go. Two pot enthusiasts headed to the welfare offices after Cheech lost his job. They are thrown...

1979.

1 TV show
TV
Working Stiffs

Working Stiffs

1979
In the 1979 American television series Working Stiffs, James Belushi and Michael Keaton played brothers. The janitors wanted to work in business. The building where the brothers worked was owned by Un...

1978.

1 TV show
TV
Mork & Mindy

Mork & Mindy

1978
ABC aired Mork & Mindy from 1978 to 1982. The series starred Robin Williams as Mork, an alien who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-man egg-shaped spaceship. Pam played his roommate. ...

1975.

1 TV show
TV
Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live

6.36
1975
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...

Unknown Year.

1 TV show
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