Paul Reubens, the US comedian who turned well-known within the Eighties for taking part in eccentric man-child Pee-wee Herman, and later notorious for his arrest at an grownup theater, has died aged 70.
Mr. Reubens handed away Sunday, July 30, after a six-year battle with most cancers which he had not publicly disclosed, in accordance with an announcement on the actor’s official social media accounts.
“Final night time we mentioned farewell to Paul Reubens, an iconic American actor, comic, author and producer whose beloved character Pee-wee Herman delighted generations of kids and adults together with his positivity, whimsy and perception within the significance of kindness,” it mentioned.
“Paul bravely and privately fought most cancers for years together with his trademark tenacity and wit.”
A Fb publish included a citation posthumously attributed to Mr. Reubens.
“Please settle for my apology for not going public with what I have been dealing with the final six years,” the quote learn.
Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel led the tributes, calling Mr. Reubens “a superb and authentic comic who made youngsters and their mother and father snigger on the identical time.”
“He by no means forgot a birthday and shared his real delight for silliness with everybody he met. My household and I’ll miss him,” Mr. Kimmel posted on social media.
Born in New York state in 1952, Mr. Reubens launched his profession as a comic in Los Angeles within the Seventies.
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He launched his most well-known bow-tie-wearing persona in a 1980 stage present referred to as The Pee-wee Herman Present.
The manufacturing was successful and led to an HBO particular the next 12 months.
In 1985, Mr. Reubens teamed up with director Tim Burton to convey his character to the massive display, starring in Pee-wee’s Huge Journey.
Pee-wee’s Playhouse turned a US tv sensation, operating from 1986 to 1990, with Mr. Reubens staying in character throughout interviews all through its length.
However in 1991, his profession was dramatically derailed after he was arrested at an grownup theater in Florida, and pleaded no contest to indecent publicity.
The scandal was broadly lined, and Mr. Reubens largely disappeared from the general public eye for a number of years.
He later had minor roles in movies similar to Blow, starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz, and tv reveals together with The Blacklist, 30 Rock and Ally McBeal.
He additionally reprised the character of Pee-wee Herman in a lot of tv appearances, a stage present revival that went to Broadway, and the 2016 Netflix movie Pee-wee’s Huge Vacation.
“I’ve at all times felt an enormous quantity of affection and respect from my buddies, followers and supporters,” mentioned Mr. Reubens’ posthumous quote.
“I’ve cherished you all a lot and loved making artwork for you.”
Le Monde with AFP
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