Paul Reubens is an American actor and comedian who is well known as the character Pee-wee Herman which he created and portrayed in films and TV shows. He initially played the character on stage shows, and in 1981 the show was aired on HBO as The Pee-wee Herman Show. He continued to carry the character to interviews and it a break in 1991. He has also acted in many films which include Reno911, 30 Rock, and Pushing Daisies. Paul reprised the role of Pee-wee Herman in the 2016 Netflix film Pee-wee’s Big Holiday. Let us take a brief look at the life, career, and net worth of Paul Reubens in 2020.
Early Life & Biography
Paul Rubenfeld was born on 27th August in 1952, in Peekskill, New York, the United States to Milton Rubenfeld and Judy Rubenfeld. His father was an army pilot who flew for the U.S. Air Force and Britain’s Royal Air Force. Paul was raised in Sarasota, Florida, and has a younger brother Luke and a younger sister Abby. Reubens developed a love for stage plays at the age of 5 and attended the Sarasota High School. He later joined the California Institute of the Arts while performing at local comedy clubs before joining The Groundlings.
Sources over the internet claim that Paul was initially married to Chandi Heffner, but more information regarding his ex-wife or their marriage is not revealed by the actor yet. He went on to date Debi Mazar after that, and the couple was seen together often during the early 1990s. In 1994, it was rumored that the couple got engaged which neither of them accepted nor denied. The current relationship status of Paul is not publicized by the actor yet.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Paul spent six years with The Groundlings during the 1970s and started to publicize the character Pee-wee Herman which was developed by him through stage shows and performing in public gatherings. The show was noted by HBO, and they aired it on their channel in 1981 entitled The Pee-wee Herman Show. The character became a huge hit, and later a cult figure encouraging Paul to give public appearances and interviews as Pee-wee Herman.
In 1985, he started in the film Pee-wee’s Big Adventure directed by Tim Burton which was critically acclaimed as well as a commercial success. In 1988, the film’s sequel Big Top Pee-wee was released which failed to emulate the success of its predecessor. He starred in the CBS show Pee-wee’s Playhouse on CBS from 1986 to 1990 and put an end to it after his arrest in 1991.
In 1999, he returned to acting through the films Mystery Men and Blow. Since then he appeared on several films and TV shows and has also featured in the video games Minecraft: Story Mode, Wilson’s Heart, and Minecraft: Story Mode-Season 2. He played Pee-wee Herman once again in the 2016 Netflix film Pee-wee’s Big Holiday.
So far Paul Reubens has earned more than seven nominations for the Pee-wee Herman character including a Kid’s Choice Award, Daytime Emmy Award, and Primetime Emmy Award nominations. His show the Pee-wee’s Playhouse won two Daytime Emmy Awards in the years 1988 and 1991 respectively. In 1985, he was awarded the Elmer Award for Lifetime Achievement Award in comedy by Harvard Lampoon.
Net Worth & Earnings
Paul earns an average annual salary of $1 million for acting in film, TV shows and performing on stage shows. His net worth is $6.5 million, and the main sources of his income are his profession as a successful actor and a comedian.
Though some controversial arrests hindered his career, Paul Reubens successfully managed to overcome the obstacles and has sculpted his name on the list of the top comedians of all time through the cult character Pee-wee Herman which has been on the limelight for over three decades.