Credits pioneer TV children's show host Pinky Lee as a partial inspiration for his character Pee-Wee Herman. Like Reubens, Lee also wore a tight checked suit and hat as part of his characterization.
Known to be a very private man.
Received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6562 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, in 1988.
Has a sister, Abbey, who lives in Tennessee.
His father fought as a pilot during World War II, first for Britain's Royal Air Force and then for the United States Air Force. He was also one of the first pilots to fly in the Israeli Air Force.