Paul Reubens

Paul Reubens (born Paul Rubenfeld; August 27, 1952) is an American actor, writer, film producer, game show host, and comedian, best known for his character Pee-wee Herman. Reubens joined the Los Angeles troupe The Groundlings in the 1970s and started his career as an improvisational comedian and stage actor. In 1982 he began appearing in a show about a character he had been developing for years. The show, called The Pee-wee Herman Show, ran for five sold-out months, and HBO produced a successful special about it. Pee-wee became an instant cult figure and, for the next decade, Reubens was completely committed to his character, doing all of his public appearances and interviews as Pee-wee. His feature film Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985), directed by the then-unknown Tim Burton, was a financial and critical success and soon developed into a cult film. Its sequel, Big Top Pee-wee (1988), was less successful. Between 1986 and 1990, Reubens starred as Pee-wee in the CBS Saturday-morning children's program Pee-wee's Playhouse. Since 2006, Reubens has been making cameos and guest appearances in numerous projects. In 2010 he starred on Broadway in The Pee-wee Herman Show.

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Back to the Beach (1987)

Cowabunga! The surfing '60s ride into the new wave as Frankie and Annette star in this hip update of their old-time, good-time beach movies. With special appearances by Bob Denver, Tony Dow, Pee-Wee Herman, Jerry Mathers and other familiar faces. Frankie and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lyndall Hobbs
CAST:  Frankie Avalon  •  Annette Funicello  •  Lori Loughlin  •  Tommy Hinkley

Batman Returns (1992)

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Having defeated the Joker, Batman now faces the Penguin—a warped and deformed individual who is intent on being accepted into Gotham society, with the help of Max Schreck, a crooked businessman, whom he coerces into helping him run for the position of Mayor of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Michael Keaton  •  Danny DeVito  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Christopher Walken

Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)

Astonished to find the Beast has a deep-seeded hatred for the Christmas season, Belle endeavors to change his mind on the matter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Knight
CAST:  Paige O'Hara  •  Robby Benson  •  Jerry Orbach  •  David Ogden Stiers

Big Top Pee-wee (1988)

Paul Reubens stars as Pee-wee Herman in his second full-length film about a farmer who joins the circus after a storm drops a big tent in his front yard. Pee-wee, along with an outlandish cast of animals and circus performers, puts on the best show ever.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Randal Kleiser
CAST:  Paul Reubens  •  Penelope Ann Miller  •  Kris Kristofferson  •  Valeria Golino

Blow (2001)

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A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ted Demme
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Ethan Suplee  •  Ray Liotta

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

Blonde, bouncy Buffy is your typical high school cheerleader: her goal is to "marry Christian Slater and die," and nothing gets in her way when it's time to shop! But all that changes when a strange man informs her she's been chosen by fate to kill vampires. With ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fran Rubel Kuzui
CAST:  Kristy Swanson  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Paul Reubens  •  Rutger Hauer

Cheech & Chong's Next Movie (1980)

Perennially stoned Cheech and Chong tear through the city of Los Angeles, causing trouble wherever they go. After Cheech loses his job, the two pot enthusiasts head to the welfare offices where Cheech's girlfriend, Donna, works. Instead of collecting unemployment, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tommy Chong
CAST:  Cheech Marin  •  Tommy Chong  •  Evelyn Guerrero  •  Betty Kennedy

Doctor Dolittle (1998)

A successful physician and devoted family man, John Dolittle seems to have the world by the tail, until a long suppressed talent he possessed as a child, the ability to communicate with animals is suddenly reawakened with a vengeance! Now every creature within ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Ossie Davis  •  Oliver Platt  •  Peter Boyle

Flight of the Navigator (1986)

12-year-old David is accidentally knocked out in the forest near his home, but when he awakens eight years have passed. His family is overjoyed to have him back, but is just as perplexed as he is that he hasn't aged. When a NASA scientist discovers a UFO nearby, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Randal Kleiser
CAST:  Joey Cramer  •  Paul Reubens  •  Matt Adler  •  Veronica Cartwright

Matilda (1996)

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An extraordinarily intelligent young girl from a cruel and uncaring family discovers she possesses telekinetic powers and is sent off to a school headed by a tyrannical principal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Danny DeVito
CAST:  Mara Wilson  •  Danny DeVito  •  Embeth Davidtz  •  Rhea Perlman

Midnight Madness (1980)

A genius grad student organizes an all-night treasure hunt in which five rival teams composed of colorful oddballs furiously match wits with one another while trying to locate and decipher various cryptic clues planted ingeniously around Los Angeles.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Nankin  •  David Wechter
CAST:  Michael J. Fox  •  David Naughton  •  Stephen Furst  •  Maggie Roswell

Nice Dreams (1981)

Cheech and Chong house sit for a marijuana grower and rip off the crop. Stalked by keystone-style cops, Los Guys have a series of encounters with L.A. area characters even weirder than themselves  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tommy Chong
CAST:  Cheech Marin  •  Tommy Chong  •  Stacy Keach  •  Evelyn Guerrero

Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

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The eccentric and childish Pee-wee Herman embarks on a big adventure when his beloved bicycle is stolen. Armed with information from a fortune-teller and a relentless obsession with his prized possession, Pee-wee encounters a host of odd characters and bizarre ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Paul Reubens  •  Elizabeth Daily  •  Mark Holton  •  Diane Salinger

The Blues Brothers (1980)

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Jake Blues is just out of jail, and teams up with his brother, Elwood on a 'mission from God' to raise funds for the orphanage in which they grew up. The only thing they can do is do what they do best: play music. So they get their old band together, and set out on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Dan Aykroyd  •  John Belushi  •  Cab Calloway  •  Carrie Fisher

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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Tired of scaring humans every October 31 with the same old bag of tricks, Jack Skellington, the spindly king of Halloween Town, kidnaps Santa Claus and plans to deliver shrunken heads and other ghoulish gifts to children on Christmas morning. But as Christmas ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Selick
CAST:  Danny Elfman  •  Chris Sarandon  •  Catherine O'Hara  •  William Hickey

Pandemonium (1982)

Tom Smothers stars as the brave mountie, who along with his trusty horse and bitter deputy Paul Reubens must track down a killer who is stalking coeds at a nearby cheerleader camp.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Sole
CAST:  Candice Azzara  •  Phil Hartman  •  David L. Lander  •  Carol Kane

Mystery Men (1999)

When Champion City's hero Captain Amazing is kidnapped by the recently paroled supervillain Casanova Frankenstein, a trio of average, everyday superheroes -- Mr. Furious, the Shoveler and the Blue Raja -- assemble a new super team to save him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kinka Usher
CAST:  Hank Azaria  •  Janeane Garofalo  •  William H. Macy  •  Kel Mitchell

Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003)

A look at the history of fame in the world through the eyes of pop star impresario, Rodney Bingenheimer  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Hickenlooper
CAST:  Rodney Bingenheimer  •  Kim Fowley  •  Exene Cervenka  •  John Doe

Dunston Checks In (1996)

Hotel manager Robert Grant is forced by his boss to postpone his family vacation when a hotel critic checks in. Trouble is, the critic is really a villainous jewel thief with an orangutan assistant named Dunston. When Dunston gets loose and tries to escape a life ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Kwapis
CAST:  Jason Alexander  •  Faye Dunaway  •  Eric Lloyd  •  Rupert Everett

Meatballs Part II (1984)

The second in-name-only sequel to the first Meatballs summer camp movie sets us at Camp Sasquash where the owner Giddy tries to keep his camp open after it's threatened with foreclosure after Hershey, the militant owner of Camp Patton located just across the lake, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Wiederhorn
CAST:  Richard Mulligan  •  Hamilton Camp  •  John Mengatti  •  Kim Richards
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