Paul Reubens is celebrating a milestone birthday, with the alter ego of Pee-wee Herman turning 70 years old on Saturday, Aug. 27.
Reubens created the character while a member of Los Angeles-based improv troupe The Groundlings, spinning Pee-wee Herman off into a popular 1981 stage show that eventually spawned the Tim Burton directed movie “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” and the hit Saturday morning TV series “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” which ran from 1986 until 1990.
Reubens’ big day was celebrated by an array of tributes on social media from a cavalcade of stars, ranging from Cassandra Peterson (a.k.a. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark) to singers Cyndi Lauper and Lisa Loeb to former adult film star Traci Lords and more.
— Traci Lords (@thetracilords) August 28, 2022
Meanwhile, TV viewers will be seeing more of Reubens and Pee-wee in the near future, with The Hollywood Reporter reporting last year that HBO had greenlit a documentary about him and his iconic alter-ego.
The two-part documentary was described as “a kaleidoscopic portrait told in two parts” that “traces the life of the imaginative artist behind one of pop culture’s most celebrated and unlikely icons: Pee-wee Herman.”
“I’ve been working with HBO since they were called Home Box Office!” said Reubens in a statement at the time (a filmed version of his 1980 stage show, “The Pee-wee Herman Show”, aired on HBO in 1981). “I’m honoured and excited to continue my long history there. I love HBO, but I’m not going to marry them.”