Pee-wee Herman is a comic fictional character created and portrayed by American comedian Paul Reubens. He is best known for his two television series and film series during the 1980s. The childlike Pee-wee Herman character developed as a stage act that quickly led to an HBO special in 1981. As the stage performance gained further popularity, Reubens took the character to motion picture withPee-wee's Big Adventure in 1985, toning down the adult innuendo for the appeal of children. This paved the way for Pee-wee's Playhouse, an Emmy Award winning children's series that ran on CBS from 1986-1991. Another film, Big Top Pee-wee, was released in 1988.
Reubens's arrest for public masturbation on July 26, 1991, caused a media frenzy over the actor and his Pee-wee Herman character. After being in a state of shock for weeks, Reubens was haunted by the arrest for several years, refusing to give interviews or appear on talk shows. Due to the negative media attention, Reubens decided to shelve his alter ego during the 1990s.
In this public service announcement from the 1980's Pee Wee Herman let's the children of America know the dangers of Crack Cocaine!
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