Pee-wee Herman’s Paul Reubens turns 70 with birthday tributes from Elvira, Cyndi Lauper and more

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Although he will forever be a kid at heart, Paul Reubens is celebrating a major birthday milestone.

The Pee-wee Herman star hit his 70th birthday on Saturday with a flood of tributes on social media from fans and some iconic famous friends, including Elvira star Cassandra Peterson, Cyndi Lauper and more.

“Happy birthday @peeweeherman!” Peterson, 70, wrote with a black-and-white throwback photo of the two of them in costume as their respective characters. He famously appeared in the 1985 film Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.

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Lauper, 69, shared a clip from a 1980s news segment of her and the birthday boy playing miniature golf. “Happy Birthday Paul!” she captioned the post. Lauper sang the theme song for Reubens’ 1986 hit Pee-wee’s Playhouse as Biker Mama.

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Ricki Lake took to Instagram with a throwback of herself and Reubens in 70s outfits. “Happy 70th birthday to my friend @peeweeherman!!! #paulreubens The world is a much more magical place with you in it. I love you,” Lake, 53, captioned the photo.

Lisa Loeb posted a photo of herself and husband Roey Hershkovitz posing with Reubens. “It’s my friend Paul Reubens aka @peeweeherman’s day,” he captioned the photo.

“Every year he calls me for my day, but we all text @BookCameo now to make birthdays special for other people, and last year he sent me a hilarious fake one,” Loeb, 54, added. “Here we are after his great live show years ago!”

Traci Lords celebrated the big day with another creepy flashback of herself and Reubens in a hug. “Happy Birthday Paul! @peeweeherman Enjoy the cake!” Lords, 54, He wrote on Twitter.

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Reubens found fame as the temperamental child Pee-wee Herman after creating the character in 1977 while performing with the Los Angeles-based improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings.

After landing a successful HBO special with the character, she continued to star The Pee-wee Sherman Show, which ran from 1981 to 1984 on HBO. The show was followed by the 1985 film Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and the show Pee-wee’s Playhousefrom 1986 to 1990 on CBS.

He most recently reprized the role on screen for the 2016 Netflix film Pee-wee’s Big Holidaywhich starred Joe Manganiello, David Arquette, Alia Shawkat, Stephanie Beatriz, Janina Gavankar, Nicole Sullivan, Paul Rust and Darryl Stephens.

Since last year, Rubens has been working on a documentary about the character with Uncut gems authors, the Safdie brothers. They were previously in talks for a dark Pee-wee script, written by Reubens.

Reubens previously spoke to PEOPLE about returning to the character after more than a decade on the star-studded film, following his 1991 arrest for indecent exposure and settling a child pornography case in 2004, for which he continued to maintain his innocence.

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“I went out of my way long enough to try to make people believe that it was a real person and that there wasn’t an actor behind it all,” she said in 2016, adding: “I never said, ‘I don’t want to be Pee-woo now.” I loved what I was doing, but I needed a break.”

“I get to do something that I love, that I created and that I made all the rules by. It was fantastic. I couldn’t have asked for a better adventure,” Rubens added.

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