Due to negative media attention following a scandal in 1991, Reubens decided to shelve his alter ego during the 1990s, then gradually resurrected it during the following decade.

It was at that time that Reubens addressed plans to write a new Pee-wee film, Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Movie.

Hartman and Reubens became close friends, often writing and working on material together.

Reubens wrote sketches, developed his improvisational skills and, with Hartman, he developed the Pee-wee Herman character.

The newspaper also added that people who claim to be close to the couple are “convinced” an engagement is inevitable. Fans were simultaneously mourning and celebrating the news. Many other fans were crushed because they hoped to marry him...

“So many people would flip but if the couple at some point announced they were engaged I’d be happy,” tweeted one fan. On Sunday, Paul Reubens’s rep said “no comment” when asked whether the 65-year-old actor was tying the knot.

The childlike Pee-wee Herman character developed as a stage act that quickly led to an HBO special in 1981.

As the stage performance gained further popularity, Reubens took the character to motion picture with Pee-wee's Big Adventure in 1985, toning down the adult innuendo for the appeal of children.This paved the way for Pee-wee's Playhouse, an Emmy Award-winning children's series that ran on CBS from 1986 to 1991.Another film, Big Top Pee-wee, was released in 1988.He was thrilled when Reubens would motion to take off the tour headset for a personal explanation.“It was like having Paul Reubens as your tour guide.He’s a wealth of Hollywood stories,” Manganiello says.Pee-wee Herman was born that night, his distinctive guttural, "Ha Ha," followed by a low, "Heh Heh Heh," laugh became the character's catch phrase, as did his insult comeback, "I know you are, but what am I?