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Richland Chronicle 12/05/23
Richland Chronicle 12/05/23

In memoriam: Paul Reubens, aka Pee-wee Herman

Paul Reubens starred in one of 1985’s biggest hits, “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.”      (Photo Courtesy/Warner Bros. Pictures)

The death of Paul Reubens, aka Pee-wee Herman, at 70 shocked many in the entertainment world when it was announced July 31. According to various published reports, Reubens waged a private battle with cancer for years.

Paul Reubens

Pee-wee Herman made me laugh. Everything about Reuben’s iconic child-like character made me smile. Tim Burton’s celebrated movie, “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” made me chuckle and laugh like a little kid. Pee-wee embarked on a wild U.S. adventure to recover his beloved stolen bicycle in that one, even stopping in San Antonio to check out a clue that it was hidden in the Alamo.
I liked Reubens, but I never got into his TV show, “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” which ran from 1986 to 1990 on CBS. I wasn’t really into sitcoms at the time.

Halloween costume on “Comedy Bang! Bang!.” (Photo Courtesy/IFC)

I preferred Reubens’ feature work outside the Pee-wee character in Burton’s animated fantasy “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993), directed by Henry Selick. Reubens provided the voice of Lock, one-third of Burton’s Lock, Shock and Barrel troublemakers.
He also played a supporting role in Ted Demme’s gritty drug-running drama “Blow” in 2001.
I never met the guy, but his Pee-wee Herman will remain in our memories for a long time.
Paul Reubens was very endearing to many people, especially this film critic. I’m going to miss him.

Paul Reubens in the 2011 HBO special, “The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway.”      (Photo Courtesy/HBO)
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