Paul Reubens, famously known as a comedian in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure as Pee-Wee Herman, was born on August 27- 1952, in Peekskill, New York. Contrary to the expectations of his parents, father, a car salesman, and mother, a teacher, Reubens started showing interest in acting. When he turned 11, he became part of Asolo Theatre, landing roles in various plays till he turned 17 years old.

Reuben’s breakthrough

Before his most significant breakthrough in the theater industry, Reubens joined a competition for budding actors, The Gong Show, in the mid-70s. As a member of a comedy group known as The Groundling, he landed various roles as Moses Feldman, Jay Longstone, and Pee-Wee Herman.

This man- Pee-Wee Herman

Some people liken Pee-Wee Herman to Charlie Chaplain- an iconic comedian for his childish tendencies. As a California Institute of the Arts alumni, Reubens portrays the image of an immature boy who made a significant contribution to the American history of rock and roll music in the 50s and 60s to imagine that a 10-minute appearance in The 1981 Groundlings show could be a common household name in the world of comedy was an overstatement.

Later on, in 1992, Reubens played the Penguin’s estranged father in Batman Returns and vampire henchman in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Reubens is also a professional voice actor starring in films like The Nightmare Before Christmas in 1993, Murphy Brown in 1988. He’s also landed roles in feature films like Matilda (1996), Buddy (1997) and Mystery Men in 1999.