Actor Paul Reuben Known for Role as Pee-Wee Herman Dies

Paul Reubens
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Disney loses a beloved actor and character. The Walt Disney Company is known for some of the most iconic characters in films. With those characters come great actors to portray the roles. Today, we learned one of those great actors has passed away.

Paul Reubens was an actor, comedian, writer, producer, and overall entertainer. He was best known for his prized role as Pee-Wee Herman, bringing joy and laughter into all homes. The character which he so easily absorbed as his identity for years was known for his red bowtie and funny catchphrases like “I know you are, but what am I?” in a high-pitched voice. The beloved character brought comedy through his tv shows like the Pee-wee Herman show. Reubens respectively kept his diagnosis of cancer private and passed away at the age of 70.

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Variety reported the actor posted to his Instagram page after his passing, explaining the importance of his privacy in the last six years while battling cancer. The actor wrote;

“Please accept my apology for not going public with what I’ve been facing the last six years. I have always felt a huge amount of love and respect from my friends, fans and supporters. I have loved you all so much and enjoyed making art for you.”

While fans now mourn the loss of this iconic man, so does Disney.

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Paul Reubens Roles With Disney

Paul Reubens was well-known for his role of Pee-Wee Herman but played many parts within The Walt Disney Company. “For Disney, he provided the voice of RX-24, the droid captain of the StarSpeeder 3000 in the Star Tours attraction found at four Disney theme parks: Disneyland, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris” Disney Fandom wrote.


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Additionally, he played many other roles with Disney, like Fife in Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997), Lock in The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), and Mr. Herodotus in Hercules: The Animated Series (1998).

Lock from The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Paul Reubens will be greatly missed but always remembered through his cherished work.

About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.