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Paul Reubens Ex-Wife (Chandi Heffner), Net Worth, Gay?

What was Paul Reubens’ net worth at the time of his death? Also, was Paul Reubens gay?


Paul Reubens was an American comedian and actor, best known for the children’s show Pee-wee’s Playhouse.


He was born on August 27, 1952, in Peekskill, New York, USA, as Paul Rubenfeld.

His paternal grandparents were Polish Jewish immigrants.

His mother was a teacher, while his father fought as a pilot during WWII.

Paul and his family moved to Sarasota, Florida, when he was nine years old.

He went to Sarasota High School. During high school, Paul was named president of the National Thespian Society.

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In the 70s, he joined the Los Angeles troupe The Groundlings.

In 1980, Paul had a minor role in The Blues Brothers.

In February 1981, Paul began appearing in a show called The Pee-wee Herman Show.

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

In 1985, Pee-wee Herman was brought to the big screen in the comedy Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. The film grossed more than $40 million.

Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman

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Pee-wee’s Big Adventure was directed by Tim Burton in his full-length film directing debut.

”I knew about 20 seconds into it that he was the guy,” Paul recalled in an interview. He added: ”I could tell by halfway through the film, and certainly when I met him in person, that he was the absolute right decision.”

From 1986 to 1990, he performed as Pee-wee in the morning children’s program Pee-wee’s Playhouse.

On July 20, 1988, Reubens received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6562 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood.

On July 22, 1988, Big Top Pee-wee was released.

In 1991, Reubens was busted in a Sarasota p##n theater and charged with w##cking off during a showing of Nancy Nurse. Reubens pleaded no contest and was fined and sentenced to community service.

Paul Reubens mugshot

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In 2002, Reubens was arrested again, charged with possession of child p###graphy. ”I probably have become more infamous from two misdemeanors than probably anyone I could think of,” he later told CBS News.

In March 2004, child p####graphy charges were dropped.

In 2009, he was the voice of Bat-Mite in an episode of ”Batman: The Brave and the Bold.”

In 2010, Paul appeared on Broadway in The Pee-wee Herman Show.

In 2014, an original bike that was used in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure was sold on eBay for $36,600. The seller said he bought it for $10k.

In 2016, Reubens played the lead role in Pee-wee’s Big Holiday. The film was released on Netflix.

Netflix initially bought the rights to produce a new Pee-wee film in 2015.

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In March 2021, it was reported that the Safdie brothers signed on to produce a two-part documentary about Reubens’ life for HBO.

”I’ve been working with HBO since they were called Home Box Office,” Paul said in a statement. He went on to say: ”I’m honored and excited to continue my long history there. I love HBO, but I’m not going to marry them.”

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Paul Reubens was married to Chandi Heffner.

Starting in 1993, Reubens dated Debi Mazar for several years.

Paul Reubens with girlfriend Debi Mazar

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Mazar is an actress known for playing in Younger, L.A. Law, The Only Living Boy in New York, Living with Fran, Little Man Tate, The Life & Times of Tim, Home Alone: The Holiday Heist, and Goodfellas.

The Globe also reported that Paul and Mazar got engaged. ”Paul and I are crazy about each other, and, yes, he gave me a ring,” Debi joked. ”As for it being an engagement, do you believe everything you read in The Globe?”

Paul has since credited Debi with ending his depression resulting from his 1991 arrest.

In 2018, Mazar revealed that their relationship was only platonic.

Paul Reubens and Debi Mazar

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”We were best friends and the truth of the matter is is that we had a love affair yeah that was just cerebral, and it was great,” Debi told Andy Cohen. ”We spent like a year or two inseparable driving everywhere, doing everything together. I got him out of the house…it was a very difficult time for him.”

In March 2002, Mazar married Gabriele Corcos, the creator of Extra Virgin on the Cooking Channel.

Was Paul Reubens gay?

This is a difficult question to answer definitively, as Paul Reubens has never openly discussed his sexual orientation. Some believe that his iconic character, Pee-wee Herman, is a queer performance that speaks to Reubens’ own sexuality.

Paul said that he has a collection of homosexual vintage erotica.


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”It’s a lot easier to say you’re a comic than a performance artist.”

”The public already knows about me more than I ever wanted it to know.”

“Most people go from the movies from television into the movies. I went from movies into television.”

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Pee-Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) kneels in a kiddie pool – @Getty


He passed away on July 30, 2023, after a private bout of cancer. Reubens “privately fought cancer for years,” according to a statement posted to his Facebook.

He was 70.

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Paul Reubens – Net Worth

So, how much was Paul Reubens worth at the time of his death? Reubens earned most of his wealth from creating the comic fictional character Pee-wee Herman which resulted in several films, including – Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, Big Top Pee-wee, Pee-wee’s Playhouse, and Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. Therefore, at the time of his death, American actor Paul Reubens had an estimated net worth of $7 million.

Paul has also appeared in other projects, including – Mosaic, Area 57, Accidental Love, The Blacklist, Ally McBeal, Pushing Daisies, Mystery Men, 30 Rock, Reno 911!, and Batman Returns.

As a voice actor, Reubens performed in Legends of Tomorrow, Tron: Uprising, Voltron: Legendary Defender, Tom Goes to the Mayor, Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

In 1989, Paul released a book as Pee-wee, titled Travels with Pee-wee.

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Elizabeth Schneider

Wednesday 2nd of August 2023

RIP Paul (pee wee herman) Reuben!


Monday 19th of September 2022

Certainly there’s a place for you somewhere in the vast media firmament. Please come back…


Tuesday 13th of September 2022

I adore you Paul, no matter what character you play.


Sunday 14th of August 2022

Same here, I love you too - no judgments ‘cause we’re all crazy anyways !


Sunday 1st of May 2022

I love u pee wee… no matter what people say😂😂😂😂