Beloved actor Paul Reubens, known for his role as Pee-wee Herman, passed away at 70 from cancer.

He kept his illness secret for six years.

Reubens gained fame for his Pee-wee character in the 1980s

and starred in "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" and hosted "Pee-wee's Playhouse." 

He faced legal issues in 1991 and 2004 but continued acting,

making cameos in films like "Batman Returns" and "Blow" and appearing on TV shows.

Reubens' career began at the Groundlings Improv and Sketch Comedy Theater.

Comedians Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O'Brien praised his unique humor and generosity.

Actress Natasha Lyonne credited him for launching her career.