Today is actor Paul Reubens' 60th birthday. Born August 27, 1952, 30 years and change later, he would reach icon status for his character Pee-Wee Herman, through a television series, two films, and a long-line of pop-culture cameos.
I was one of those kids that begin every Saturday morning with a dose of Pee-wee's Playhouse, and usually ending that evening by falling asleep in front of a VHS copy of Pee-wee's Big Adventure, little knowing that the character and his cast of friends -- human and otherwise -- would remain a part of my life forever.
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Reubens soiled some of that magic with a July 1991 arrest at a Florida porno theater, but by that time I had moved on to MTV and being a sullen adolescent. Reubens reappeared in various film roles, most notably Blow, but it wasn't until 2007 that he fully revived his Herman persona.
For years he has talked about a third Herman film, but nothing has come to fruition, with folks like Judd Apatow even mentioned as collaborators. No doubt millions of us would welcome it with open arms. It's not just an '80s baby thing anymore either. Tons of kids on Tumblr rep Mr. Herman and his Playhouse buddies, and I have more Pee-wee tattoos at bars than you would imagine.
Herman always had the coolest friends, be it the voluptuous Ms. Yvonne -- who ruined me for all women -- to David Lee Roth, Snoop Dogg, and Regis Philbin. Don't believe me? Check out these great WTF Pee-wee pictures moments.
Happy birthday Reubens/Herman, you made the late '80s a tad more bearable. I am sorry I missed you at SXSW, though I am sure I would have made a fool of myself in your presence.