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'Alf' actor, Ringling Bros. star Michu Meszaros dead at 76

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'Alf' actor, Ringling Bros. star Michu Meszaros dead at 76
He wasn’t seen. He wasn’t even heard. But Michu Meszaros played one of the most iconic characters of the 1980s. Meszaros, the man who dressed up as Alf on the TV sitcom, has passed away. He was 76. TMZ is reporting that Meszaros, who stood all of 33 inches tall, died in a Los Angeles hospital just a week after slipping into a coma. He had been unresponsive ever since. Meszaros was born in Hungary in 1939 to parents who were both less than four feet tall. He began his life in the carnivals while in his teens, and during the 1970s, he joined the famed Ringling Bros. circus. In a 1982 interview with People magazine, Ringling Bros owner Irvin Feld said of Meszaros, “Michu is a marvelous tiny creature… He is a handsome, perfectly formed man — not a dwarf, not a midget, not a freak.” While on Alf, Meszaros donned the costume of the smart-talking alien for full-body shots. Alf was typically shown only above the waist, in which case he was a puppet. As for the voice of Alf, that was done by the show’s creator, Paul Fusco. In addition to his work on Alf, Meszaros also was featured in Big Top Pee-wee and Dear John.
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‘Alf’ Actor Michu Meszaros Dies at 76

‘Alf’ Actor Michu Meszaros Dies at 76
Michu Meszaros, an actor who brought the titular alien in ’80s sitcom “Alf” to life, has died. He was 76.

Meszaros was reportedly found unresponsive in his Los Angeles home about a week ago by his manager, Dennis Vargas, according to TMZ, which first reported the news. He apparently spent several days in a coma.

A GoFundMe page was recently launched to help Meszaros with medical expenses, as he struggled with health issues up until his death, and funeral costs. The organizer of the page, Richard Leo Lamotte, wrote on his Facebook page that the actor had died.

Meszaros, standing at just 2 feet 9 inches tall, was born in Hungary. He performed in the circus before heading to TV, and he was billed as the “smallest man in the world” as he worked in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in the ’70s. He performed for the likes of Michael Jackson, who became good friends with Meszaros.

Meszaros’ biggest claim to fame, however, is “Alf.” The alien, voiced by Paul Fusco, was typically only shown from the waist-up, with puppeteers controlling his movements. For shots that required Alf’s whole body to be shown, though, Meszaros appeared on camera, wearing the full-body costume.

The popular NBC sitcom followed the furry alien who lived with an Earth family after crashing into their garage. The show also starred Anne Schedeen, Max Wright, Benji Gregory and Andrea Elson.

His additional TV credits include episodes of “Dear John” and “H.R. Pufnstuf,” and he also appeared in movies “Looks Who’s Talking” and “Big Top Pee-wee.”
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ALF Actor Michu Meszaros Dead at 76

ALF Actor Michu Meszaros Dead at 76
Michu Meszaros, the man responsible for physically bringing ’80s TV icon ALF to life, has died. He was 76.

According to TMZ, which also confirmed his passing, Meszaros was found unresponsive in his Los Angeles home last week, and spent several days in a coma.

Though the titular alien (voiced by Paul Fusco) was typically only shown from the waist up, allowing for puppeteers to control his movements, certain scenes required Alf’s entire body to be on display — and that’s where Meszaros came in.

Meszaros — who stood at just 33 inches tall — started performing in the circus in his home country of Hungary,
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Pee-wee’S Big Holiday

A lot of water, legal and otherwise, has passed under the bridge since Paul Reubens last donned the signature crisply tailored gray suit and red bow tie of his indisputably great comic creation, Pee-wee Herman, for a feature-length comedy. His previous Pee-wee feature, Big Top Pee-wee, debuted during the summer of 1988, 28 years ago, and that picture was hardly anyone’s idea of a worthy follow-up to the delirious and hilarious Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)-- it certainly wasn’t one I held too dear. When I saw Pwba the night it opened, I was actually admonished by fellow audience members and even the management of a Medford, Oregon movie theater for my hysterics. But though I approached the Big Top three years later with much eagerness, I left it feeling that Pee-wee had somehow ended up getting twisted into a formula that traded that gray suit in for something more akin to a straitjacket.
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9 Crazy Things We Learned From Pee-wee Herman's 92Y Event

9 Crazy Things We Learned From Pee-wee Herman's 92Y Event
Paul Reubens, the actor-comedian behind everyone's favorite gray-suited manchild Pee-wee Herman, may be the worst person to ask about the character's legacy. Before a rare public screening of Pee-wee's Big Holiday at New York's 92nd Street Y Tuesday night, the writer-actor sat down with film critic Joe Neumaier to discuss his career arc from his early days with improv legends the Groundlings to TV icon and film star. A talk with the affable Reubens is more of a free-association, meandering conversation than a standard Q&A, as the hour-long chat
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Paul Reubens: 'I Never Said I Didn't Want to Be Pee-Wee Herman'

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Paul Reubens: 'I Never Said I Didn't Want to Be Pee-Wee Herman'
In the late 1980s, Paul Reubens was Pee-wee Herman. "I went out of my way for quite some time to try and make people think that he was a real person and there wasn't an actor behind it all," the actor says in the current issue of People of the man-child he created as part of an exercise at the infamous Groundling's improv studio in the late '70s.Reubens never imagined his goofy alter ego would be a success. But in 1985, Reubens found himself on the big screen starring in the cult favorite Pee-wee's Big Adventure. By the following year,
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Pee-wee’s Big Holiday Review

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Even though his wondrous play house closed it’s doors in 1991, Paul Ruebens' besuited man child, Pee-wee Herman, has enjoyed a resurrection as of late, with Reubens' dusting off the character for a number of live appearances and an incredibly successful stage show (bringing the character back to its roots). It was only a matter of time till another feature length outing beckoned, following in the footsteps of 1986’s cult classic Pee-wee Big Adventure and 1988’s Big Top Pee-wee, and it took Netflix to bring us Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, which takes the tried and trusted formula of his his most successful movie, and charts a new cross country adventure for our hero. It doesn’t take long for Pee-wee’s Big Holiday to get going, and once that Rube Goldberg machine comes to life, catapulting Pee-wee from his bed to his car, you realise Reubens' hasn’t lost a
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‘Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday’ Premieres At SXSW

The infamous Pee-Wee, Paul Reuben‘s signature character who has not appeared on screen since 1988’s Big Top Pee-wee, has returned to Netflix with Pee-Wee‘s Big Holiday. It premiered on Thursday night as the final red carpet movie premiere for South by Southwest (SXSW). This was the directorial debut for John Lee. Producer Judd Apatow, who also premiered the hit Trainwreck at SXSW last […]

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Pee-wee's Big Holiday review: a fine bromance for the suited man-child

Paul Reubens barely seems to have aged in this Netflix film, which resurrects the madcap character he played 25 years ago to engaging effect

A lot has changed in the 25 years since Pee-wee’s Playhouse ended its run on television - and in the whopping 27 since the character’s last big-screen appearance in Big Top Pee-wee. Watching the man-child’s latest outing, Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday, however, you wouldn’t know it.

Related: SXSW Film: the most-anticipated movies from Keanu to Pee-wee

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Pee-wee's Big Holiday review: a fine bromance for the suited man-child

Paul Reubens barely seems to have aged in this Netflix film, which resurrects the madcap character he played 25 years ago to engaging effect

A lot has changed in the 25 years since Pee-wee’s Playhouse ended its run on television - and in the whopping 27 since the character’s last big-screen appearance in Big Top Pee-wee. Watching the man-child’s latest outing, Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday, however, you wouldn’t know it.

Related: SXSW Film: the most-anticipated movies from Keanu to Pee-wee

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Film Review: Pee-Wee's Big Holiday

*This review is meant to be entertaining. So, drop the red pen, and let me do me. Paul Reubens requested that we not give away much of the plot, and I will honor that request so everyone can go watch the movie with no prior knowledge. Having said that, let's get to it!*

I grew up on Pee-Wee Herman (Paul Reubens). I had the doll that oddly resembled the Steve Urkel doll, and watched the television show every chance I got. The excitement upon hearing a new adventure was on the horizon was intense. Pee-Wee’s is long overdue for another feature film and thank goodness Netflix came to the rescue. And, to hear that Judd Apatow was attached was certainly a nice cherry on top. We may not be in the days of Superbad anymore, but Apatow has contributed a great deal to comedy in the last decade.

Hate it or love it,
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'Pee-wee's Big Holiday': Film Review

'Pee-wee's Big Holiday': Film Review
Some 30 years after Pee-wee Herman made his first motion picture appearance in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, writer, producer and star Paul Reubens notches another milestone as Pee-wee’s Big Holiday becomes the first of his memorable character’s vehicles to debut as a Netflix original production. Tim Burton’s enduringly popular 1985 feature helped propel Reubens’ ascendancy on the CBS Saturday morning kids’ comedy series Pee-wee’s Playhouse and spawned 1988’s feature film sequel Big Top Pee-wee. At the height of his popularity, Reubens was juggling multiple entertainment properties and merchandise lines, but at this belated stage his predictably

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Catch the First Trailer for Netflix's New 'Pee-wee's Big Holiday' Movie

"Didn't you ever wonder what life is like outside Fairville?" "Nope. You know I don't want to go anywhere, or try anything new!" Netflix has debuted the first trailer for the return of Pee-wee Herman, played by Paul Reubens, titled Pee-wee's Big Holiday. This is the first real Pee-wee movie since Big Top Pee-wee in 1988 and Pee-wee's Big Adventure in 1985, so this has been a long time in the making. In this new movie, Pee-wee decides to leave his home town and go on adventure in search of actor Joe Manganiello (seen in Magic Mike Xxl, What to Expect When You're Expecting), who shows up to get a milkshake at the start. This looks like it should be quite fun, especially if you're a fan of Pee-wee that has been awaiting his return. Here's the first official trailer for John Lee's Pee-wee's Big Holiday, direct from Netflix's YouTube: In Pee-wee's Big Holiday,
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Watch: Pee-wee’s next big adventure!

He last entertained movie audiences in 1988 with Big Top Pee-wee. Since then fans despaired they’d never see Pee-wee Herman in a comedy vehicle again. That was until Judd Apatow and Netflix stepped in, and now the boy who never grew up is back in the all-new Pee-wee’s Big Holiday. Check out the trailer below…!

Despite pushing pensionable age the bow-tied wonder looks to be present and correct in a wild ride featuring garish grannies, girl gangs and a whistlestop tour of manic proportions as Pee-wee enjoys a break from his already madcap existence in Fairville USA.

Created by Paul Reubens, the character first hit the silver screen in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, the directorial debut of one Tim Burton, where he famously lost his bike. He went on to have a smash hit kids’ TV show that co-starred Laurence Fishburne amongst others.

Whether modern viewers will take to
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New Trailer For Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday

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Netflix are bringing back Paul Reuben’s delightful creation, Pee-Wee Herman, with original movie Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday, and a new trailer has come our way, featuring every one’s favourite man child embarking on his very first holiday. Pee-Wee Herman has had a feature length adventure since Big Top Pee-Wee in 1988, but it looks like Reuben’s has lost nary a step here (let’s just not mention the unpleasantness of Reuben’s personal life). Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday hits Netflix on March 18th.
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‘Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday’ – New official trailer

For those of us that grew up in the 80s (and spent their teen years living in video stores in the 90s) Paul Reubens and his creation Pee-Wee Herman were something of an icon. Well it’s been almost 30 years since the release of Big Top Pee-Wee – which debuted in 1988 – and now, Now, we have a brand new Pee-Wee movie to enjoy. And it’s all thanks to Netflix!

Set to debut on Netflix on March 18th, Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday is a brand-new story featuring the fun-loving manchild having yet another wild and wacky adventure. This time round Reubens is joined by Joe Manganiello, Stephanie Beatriz, Alia Shawkat, David Arquette, Leo Fitzpatrick, Janina Gavankar and McKenzie Marsh.

A fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny. Reubens teams up with Judd Apatow (Anchorman, Bridesmaids) to produce,
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'Pee-wee's Big Holiday' Trailer: He's Back and Ready for Adventure

'Pee-wee's Big Holiday' Trailer: He's Back and Ready for Adventure
Paul Reubens is back as Pee-wee Herman in the full-length trailer for Pee-wee's Big Holiday! Get ready for his biggest adventure yet. Tried of his dull life, Pee-wee decided to head for the Big Apple, and has one heck of a time trying to get there. This new comedy from producer Judd Apatow will have its world premiere at the SXSW Festival this spring before it streams on Netflix March 18.

In Pee-wee's Big Holiday, a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny. Joe Manganiello is the sexy stranger, who rides a mean hog and only drinks chocolate milkshakes. Pee-Wee Herman's (Paul Reubens) unique morning ritual is finaly broken so he can set off for a cross country road trip that will bring him face to face with some of the world's craziest people. It will
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Watch: Pee-wee is Back and Crazier Than Ever in 'Big Holiday' Trailer

Watch: Pee-wee is Back and Crazier Than Ever in 'Big Holiday' Trailer
Pee-wee Herman hasn't headlined a feature film since 1988's "Big Top Pee-wee," but that's all about to change next month with the release of "Pee-wee's Big Holiday," which finds our lovable character hitting the road in an epic adventure full of bank robbers, snake farms and religious communes. Read More: Watch: Pee-wee Has Some Really Exciting News to Share in 'Big Holiday' Teaser Written by its star Paul Reubens and directed by John Lee, the film will make its debut first at the annual South By Southwest Film Festival in mid-March, before becoming available to stream on Netflix beginning March 18. The official synopsis reads: "In 'Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,' a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny." The film also stars Joe Manganiello ("Magic Mike") and Alia Shawkat ("Arrested Development"). Watch the official...
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‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ Trailer: Pee-wee Befriends Joe Manganiello

‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ Trailer: Pee-wee Befriends Joe Manganiello
Nearly 30 years after he last hit the big screen in Big Top Pee-wee, Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens) is up to his old antics again this spring in Pee-wee’s Big Holiday. This time, he’s inspired to set out on his first-ever holiday, driving all the way to New York City. Along the way, he gets into all […]

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Full Trailer: Netflix's "Pee Wee's Big Holiday"

Following a brief teaser a month ago, Netflix has now released the full trailer for its new original feature "Pee-wee's Big Holiday" which sees Paul Reubens reprising his iconic role again.

Set to premiere on the streaming service on March 18th, the same day as the new season of "Daredevil," the new trailer sees Pee-wee head off on his first-ever holiday in an epic story of friendship and destiny.

Joe Manganiello, Jessica Pohly, Alia Shawkat and Stephanie Beatriz also star. Judd Apatow and Reubens produced the film while Reubens and Paul Rust penned the project which is the first film in the series since 1988's "Big Top Pee-wee".
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