Actor Paul Reubens passed away on Sunday, July 30, after a private cancer diagnosis.
Now, celebrities and co-stars who worked with the actor are paying tribute to the star known to many as the silly, outlandish, iconic character Pee-wee Herman.
On Twitter, actor Natasha Lyonne expressed her thanks to Reubens for her career start on Pee-wee’s Playhouse.
“Thank you for my career & your forever friendship all these years & for teaching us what a true original is,” Lyonne wrote in her tweet.
Actor Jennifer Tilly credited the star with always making her laugh in a tweet featuring a photo of herself with Reubens.
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Another of Reubens’ Pee-wee’s Playhouse co-stars, S. Epatha Merkerson, who played Reba the Mail Lady, wrote on Instagram, “I’m going to miss my friend!”
Director Guillermo Del Toro called Reubens a patron saint of “misfitted, weird, maladjusted, wonderful, miraculous oddities.”
David Hasselhoff noted that Reubens “never forgot anyone’s birthday” from their class at CalArts.
“Goodbye Paul,” Cher wrote simply in a tweet, followed by a quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Animator, director, and Powerpuff Girls creator Craig McCracken also thanked Reubens for “welcoming generations to the playhouse.”
Singer k.d. lang, who appeared as a guest star on Pee-wee Herman’s Christmas special, tweeted, “Swift rebirth sweet man. Beautiful joyous thing. I love you.”
“My first rebellion was hearing the grown ups talk sh– about PeeWee and deciding that I liked him anyway,” One Tree Hill star Hilarie Burton tweeted, calling him a “true legend.”
She added, “If you haven’t watched his Christmas special in a while, do yourself a favor. It is pure magic.”
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