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Spike TV to honor Paul 'Pee-wee Herman' Reubens

Oct. 13, 2011 at 8:54 PM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Spike TV says it will honor Paul Reubens with its Visionary Award at this weekend's SCREAM Awards 2011 at California's Universal Studios.

Reubens is being recognized for creating the iconic film, TV and stage character Pee-wee Herman.

Quentin Tarantino, Mark Wahlberg, Bradley Cooper, Kate Beckinsale, Zoe Saldana and Lena Headey are confirmed to attend Saturday night's event, the cable network said.

The program is to air Tuesday on Spike TV, with a simulcast on VH1 and VH1 Classic.

"If Pee-wee were giving this quote, I think he'd scream out: 'I'm a visionary! I'm a visionary!' and then run to the dictionary to look up what 'visionary' means. But I know what it means, and I am profoundly grateful and honored to Spike TV for this recognition. I share this with all the amazing collaborators I've had over the years and my fans, without whom none of this would be possible or worth it," Reubens said in a statement Thursday.

"Paul Reubens had a big vision and in bringing Pee-wee Herman and his amazing Playhouse to life, he brilliantly brought us all along on a very big adventure," said Michael Levitt, executive producer of Spike TV's SCREAM Awards 2011. "Pee-wee speaks to the inner child in all of us, with a grown-up wit and a timeless irreverence. At the Scream Awards, we honor a wide range of visionary geniuses and it has been a longstanding dream to have this chance to honor Paul -- and Pee-wee -- with the Scream Visionary Award."

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