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CAIRO – 27 August 2017: August 27 marks the 65th birthday of the actor best known for his character Pee-Wee Herman in adventure comedy film ‘Pee-Wee's Big Adventure,’ Paul Reubens.
Reubens was born on August 27, 1952 in Peekskill, New York. His mother was a teacher and his father was a car salesman.
When he was 11-years old, he joined Asolo Theatre and he appeared for six years in a variety of plays. After his graduation, he joined Boston University, but he left it to enroll at California Institute of the Arts. Yet, he acted pay-rent roles at the beginning of his career, ranging from pizza chef to Fuller Brush salesman.
His career began to grow in the mid 1970s as he appeared on ‘The Gong Show,’ a competition for amateur actors. He joined an improvisational comedy troupe called The Groundlings. He participated in many roles in the comedic community such as a philandering husband named Moses Feldman, an Indian chief named Jay Longtoe, and Pee-Wee Herman.
Pee-Wee was a funny man with a childish behavior and a boyish voice of indeterminate age and sexuality who created a sarcastic enthusiasm of American Pop Culture history of rock and roll music in 1950s and 1960s. Although it only appeared for 10 minutes in The Groundlings show in 1981, it received great success.
He later appeared in ‘Batman Returns’ in 1992 as the Penguin's unloving father, and as a vampire henchman in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ in 1992. He also contributed in voice over jobs such as Tim Burton's ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ in 1993, a healthy stint as Andrew J. Lansing III on ‘Murphy Brown’ in 1988, and roles in the feature films; ‘Dunston Checks In’ (1996), ‘Matilda’ (1996), ‘Buddy’ (1997) and ‘Mystery Men’ (1999).