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On this Day in Movie History, August 27, 1952: Paul Reubens born

It was on this day, August 27, 1952 American actor, writer, film producer, and comedian Paul Reubens (born Paul Rubenfeld) was born.

Starting his career as an improvisational comedian and stage actor Reubens joined the Los Angeles troupe The Groundlings in the 1970s. In 1982, Reubens put up a show about a character he had been developing during the last few years. It ran for five sellout months with HBO producing a successful special with it. Reubens became an instant cult figure and for the next decade he was completely committed to his character, doing all of his public appearances and interviews in character.

This character, Pee-Wee Herman.

Birthdays
1916 – Martha Raye (Margaret Teresa Yvonne Reed) (comedienne, actress: McMillan and Wife, All Star Revue, The Martha Raye Show, The Concorde, Airport ’79, Rhythm on the Range; winner of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award [1969], Presidential Medal of Freedom [1993]; died Oct 19, 1994)

1929 – Ira Levin (writer: Rosemary’s Baby, The Stepford Wives, The Boys from Brazil, A Kiss Before Dying; died Nov 12, 2007)

1943 – Tuesday Weld (Susan Kerr) (actress: The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Author, Author, Falling Down, Rock, Rock, Rock)

1947 – Barbara Bach (Goldbach) (actress: Caveman, Princess Daisy, Give My Regards to Broadstreet, The Spy Who Loved Me)

1976 – Sarah Chalke (actress: Roseanne, Ernest Goes to School, Robin of Locksley, Y2K)