Paul Reubens was 38 years old, and wildly successful due to his
creation/alter ego "Pee-Wee Herman." He had a brilliant
kids show, and of course the fab Pee Wee's Big Adventure, filmed
around Los Angeles, and featuring of course, Large
On hiatus from work, he decided to spend
some time with his parents, in South Florida. Obviously not getting enough stimulation at
the folks house, he ventured to the South Trail Cinema, an adult XXX movie
It was around 10 p.m., and Reubens settled down to a happy heaping helping of
the titty flick, Nurse Nancy.
According to the police
report (complete with spelling errors) that refers to Reubens as the Def
The officer "did observe the Def's penis exposed. The Def did begin to masterbate
his exposed penis with his left hand. At approx 2035 hrs, the Def did again expose his
penis and masterbate again."
There you go, in all its glory. Paul was arrested along with 3 other
men that night.
It was July 26, 1991.
A local reporter recognized the name on the police blotter the next morning, and within
48 hours, Pee-Wee's weeny became a national media frenzy. Stars like Joan Rivers, Bill
Cosby, and Cyndi Lauper publicly supported Reubens, but it did seem that his career was
CBS immediately pulled reruns of the now cancelled Pee-Wee's Playhouse,
Disney-MGM Studios suspended a two minute video that Reubens had narrated for its
backstage tour, and toy stores removed Pee Wee dolls from the shelves.
On August 9th, he had a court appearance and was released on a $219 bond. He
could have faced as much as 60 days in jail, and a $500 fine. 4 months later he pleaded
"no contest" to the charge of indecent exposure, paid a $50.00 fine and was
ordered to perform 70 hours of community service.
2 years after the fact, a Florida judge erased the incident from Paul's permanent
Trivia: Showing at the theatre was a triple bill: Nurse Nancy, Catalina Five-O and Tiger Shark. Nancy star
Sandra Scream stated in
the press, "It's increased notoriety of my name, but its unfortunate that it have to
happen this way. I would like to stand in my own light. I don't want a scandal to inflate
my career. This is not a Jessica Hahn thing." Who?
Contrary to legend, Reubens' star was not removed from the Hollywood Walk of
Fame. Reubens continues to be quite active in show business.
But as far as Pee-Wee goes, rest in peace.
Findadeath.com friend Jason sends this in, February
Firstly, love your site! Thought it was really
fun. Secondly, You may have to remove the listing for Pee Wee Herman. In the current issue of
"W" it is mentioned in an article about Paul Reubens that he is working on a new Pee
Wee movie. This is just FYI so your great site can be as accurate as possible. Plus, I am a bit of an obsessive Pee Wee fan. :)
Thanks for the top tip, Jason!
UPDATE December 2004 from Findadeath friend
My apologies if you have heard these before:
After Pee Wee was arrested, he decided to not
hire a lawyer,
He could get himself off...
He had a great defense...
But, it wouldn't stand up in court.
What are Pee Wee's two favorite baseball teams?
The Expos and The Yankees.
Sorry these are so horrible. Thought maybe you
would enjoy them. I love your website.