Also in the ’90s, Reubens had a recurring part on the sitcom Murphy Brown, which earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. In 2001, the actor starred with Johnny Depp in the crime drama film Blow.
Nine years later, the actor revived his Pee-wee Herman stage show, which opened in Los Angeles and later moved to Broadway. The production was adapted into an HBO special, which was nominated for an Emmy.
In 2016, Reubens reprised his signature role in the Netflix movie Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday. Over the next few years, he continued to do mostly TV and voiceover work.
Following the actor’s death, a slew of fellow celebs took to social media to pay tribute to the actor.
“No tweet can capture the magic, generosity, artistry, and devout silliness of Paul Reubens,” Conan O’Brien tweeted. “Everyone I know received countless nonsensical memes from Paul on their birthday, and I mean EVERYONE. His surreal comedy and unrelenting kindness were a gift to us all. Damn, this hurts.”
Look back at Reubens’ life and career in pictures below: