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'Pee-wee's Big Adventure' at 30: Where are they now?

By Henry Hanks, CNN

Published 10:43 PM ET, Sun July 26, 2015
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"Paging Mr. Herman. Mr. Herman, you have a telephone call at the front desk."

Paul Reubens developed the character of Pee-wee Herman onstage and brought him to the big screen in 1985 with "Pee-wee's Big Adventure." Thus began a pop culture phenomenon, complete with Saturday morning TV show, merchandise and a sequel. Click through the gallery to see where the adventure has gone in 30 years:
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Despite a 1991 arrest that canceled "Pee-wee's Playhouse," Reubens has taken on many roles since, including "Batman Returns," "Mystery Men" and "Blow." After a Broadway show version of "The Pee-wee Herman Show" in 2010, Pee-wee is back on screen next year in the Netflix movie, "Pee-wee's Big Holiday." Bobby Bank/GC Images/Getty Images
"I'm a loner, Dottie. A rebel."

E.G. Daily played Pee-wee's love interest, Dottie.
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Daily returned to the public eye with her appearance on NBC's "The Voice," making it to the knockout rounds. Before that, she played the lead role of Tommy Pickles on "Rugrats" and voiced the famous pig in "Babe: Pig in the City." Michael Bezjian/WireImage/Getty Images
"I know you are but what am I?"

Pee-wee's nemesis, the spoiled Francis Buxton (played by Mark Holton), originally stole Pee-wee's bicycle, setting the plot in motion.
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Holton (center) returned in movies such as "Leprechaun" and "The Naked Gun" (where he uttered the famous line, "Hey it's Enrico Palazzo!"). He also had memorable roles in "Teen Wolf" and "A League of Their Own." Everett Collection
"Do you have any dreams? "Yeah, I'm all alone. I'm rolling a big doughnut and this snake wearing a vest..."

Pee-wee and Simone (Diane Salinger) shared a tender moment inside a giant dinosaur.
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Salinger once again worked with Reubens in "Batman Returns," playing the Penguin's mother while Reubens played the father. She also appeared in many episodes of "Carnivale" and "Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue." She will return in "Pee-wee's Big Holiday." John M. Heller/Getty Images
"Well, I lost my temper and I took a knife and I uh-. Do you know those 'Do Not Remove Under the Penalty of Law' labels they put on mattresses?" "Yeah?" "Well, I cut one of them off!"

Judd Omen played the creepy Mickey, the convict who picks Pee-wee up.
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Omen has made a lot of guest appearances over the years, on show's such as "MacGyver," "Matlock" and "CSI: Miami." Dee Cercone/Everett Collection
"I am always ready! I have been ready since first call! I am ready! Roll!"

One of Jason Hervey's early appearances (aside from playing an uncle to Marty McFly in "Back to the Future") was as the spoiled child star Kevin, who is given Pee-wee's bike as a present.
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Hervey's best-known role was on "The Wonder Years," as Kevin's big brother Wayne. He also appeared on several episodes of "Diff'rent Strokes." Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
"Is this something you can share with the rest of us Amazing Larry?"

It may have been a short cameo, but who can forget Lou Cutell in a throwaway gag as Amazing Larry?
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After portraying the dearly departed Uncle Leo on "Curb Your Enthusiasm," Cutell recently popped up on the practical joke show "Betty White's Off Their Rockers." Angela Weiss/Getty Images
"You're such a pushover."

Morgan Fairchild was at the height of her fame when Pee-wee came out, playing the movie-within-a-movie role of Dottie.
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In 1985, she achieved a kind of immortality as Jon Lovitz's "Saturday Night Live" Liar character continued to reference her as his wife. She was also on the TV series "Falcon Crest" at the time, and on "Roseanne" and "Friends" since. Mark Davis/Getty Images
"I know you are, but what am I?"

Hollywood's version of Pee-wee or "P.W." was played by James Brolin.
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Brolin has kept busy in the movie world since then (along with his continuing "Hotel" TV role), with appearances in "Catch Me if You Can" and the title role in the controversial "The Reagans." Michael Loccisano/Getty Images
"Oh Rusty, you are an inspiration to us all!" "I'll say! I'm going to start a paper route right now!"

Lynne Marie Stewart played the exasperated actress playing a nun on the Warner Bros. studio lot.
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Some fans may not know that Stewart has been playing the role of Miss Yvonne from "Pee-wee's Playhouse" off and on for years. She also appears often on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images
"There's no basement in the Alamo!"

One year after "Pee-wee's Big Adventure," Jan Hooks, the upbeat Alamo tour guide, joined "Saturday Night Live" along with screenwriter Phil Hartman. Sadly, both have since lost their lives well before their time.
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"Jimmy crack corn and I don't care! Jimmy crack corn and I don't care!"

Patrick Cranshaw stole the brief scenes he had as the overeager singing hobo. He passed away in 2005.
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