Paul Reubens, known for Pee-wee Herman character, dies – NBC Chicago

Actor Paul Reubens, best known for his beloved Pee-wee Herman character, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 70.

“Last night we said farewell to Paul Reubens, an iconic American actor, comedian, writer and producer whose beloved character Pee-wee Herman delighted generations of children and adults with his positivity, whimsy and belief in the importance of kindness,” read a statement posted to his official Facebook page.

“Paul bravely and privately fought cancer for years with his trademark tenacity and wit. A gifted and prolific talent, he will forever live in the comedy pantheon and in our hearts as a treasured friend and man of remarkable character and generosity of spirit,” the statement continued.

Reubens shot to fame in the 1980s with his Pee-wee Herman character, starring in the Tim Burton-directed film “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” and its sequel “Big Top Pee-wee.” He then took the character to television with the CBS Saturday morning children’s show “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.”

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