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Paul Reubens, David Hasselhoff, Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams among celebrity roommates before fame

Before Paul Reubens rose to fame in his “Pee-wee Herman” role, he was David Hasselhoff’s roommate.

On Sunday, Reubens lost his private battle with cancer at 70-years-old. Hasselhoff took to social media to honor his “great friend” and former roommate.

The two are not the only famous bunk friends: Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams first met when they attended Julliard in 1973 and became very close friends and roommates.

Paul Reubens and David Hasselhoff as well as Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams were roommates before they became famous. (Getty Images/David Hasselhoff Twitter)

Ben Affleck has revealed that Matt Damon is a “nice guy” but he has disgusting living habits and is not recommended to live with him.


Below is a look at A-listers who were roommates before their careers took off.

Paul Reubens, David Hasselhoff

The star of “Baywatch”. share an emotional statement about Reubens and reminiscing about their time together.

David Hasselhoff has honored his late roommate on social media following his death. (Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank)


“Paul Reubens was a great, great friend,” Hasselhoff shared on social media. “He gave me the muppets for my birthday and he never forgets anyone’s birthday in our class.”

“He was in my class at CalArts and roommate!” Hasselhoff posted on Twitter, now “X,” as he referenced their time together at the California Institute of the Arts.

“He was always kind to me and everyone. He will be missed. #paulreubens #peeweeherman.”

In the black-and-white throwback photo, Hasselhoff was all smiles next to Reubens, who was wearing his iconic Pee-wee Herman costume and bow tie.

David Hasselhoff first gained recognition on “The Young and The Restless.” (Getty Images)

Reubens captioned the photo with a special message for his dear friend.

“To my old college friend David aarrrrrrr! Your friend, Peewee Herman…”

Reubens created the famous character Pee-wee, and his series premiered in 1981. He later performed at the Roxy on the Sunset Strip. Reubens was personally nominated for 14 Emmy Awards, and won two.

Paul Reubens lost his private battle with cancer on Sunday. He was 70 years old. (Frederick M. Brown)

Christopher Reeve, Robin Williams

Reeve and Williams’ relationship dates back to the 70s when they first met on the Julliard campus.

In 1973, only 20 students were accepted into the prestigious private performing arts school. Among the 20 were Reeve and Williams. After the couple met at Julliard, they went on to become close friends and eventually roommates.

Christopher Reeve and Robin Williams were roommates early in their careers. (Photo by CBS)

According to Biography, Williams said in 2006 that they were “total opposites — me from the West Coast and a junior college, and him from the core of the Ivy League. The silly little girl.”

Williams and the “Superman” star remained very close until Reeve’s death in 2004. In his autobiography, “Still Me,” Reeve spoke of his close bond with the comedian.

“Robin was able to share his true feelings with me, and I always did the same with him. This has remained true for 25 years,” he wrote, according to Glamour.

Robin Williams bows to friend Christopher Reeve as Reeve’s wife, Dana, and son Will look on before a Tribeca Film Festival screening of “House of D.” (Richard Corkery/New York Daily News Archive)

After Williams’ death in 2014, Reeve’s widow released a statement on behalf of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, honoring the Oscar winner.

“The Reeve family, like many, will remember Robin for the humor, energy and brightness he brought to our lives through the screen,” the family said in a statement to “Today” at the time.

They continued, “But we will cherish him, but for the quiet and unconditional support he showed our family in the most difficult times. The world knew Robin as a comic titan, but for our family, he was also simply one of our father’s dearest friends.”

Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

Affleck and Damon have had a strong bromance since childhood. nonetheless, this does not mean that Affleck would jump at the opportunity live with Damon again.

In an interview in April, Affleck detailed his relationship with his friend, noting some shocking details.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been friends since childhood. They are pictured here in 1997. (Mitchell Gerber / Corbis / VCG via Getty Images)

“Matt is a nice guy, I love him. He is my best friend, he has been positive to me all my life, he is a brilliant guy. … I would not suggest living with him,” Affleck said on “The Late Late Show with James. Corden” at the time.


Affleck went on to explain that he and his brother, Casey, went on a “strike” after they grew tired of their roommate’s mess.

Ben Affleck would not recommend having Matt Damon as a roommate. (JC Olivera/GA/The Hollywood Reporter)

“After cleaning up after the man for years, you know what, ‘We’re going to do a sit-down,'” Affleck recalled of his decision with Casey.

“We’re just going to wait and see how long it’s going to be before he actually wakes up and says, ‘God, I’m covered in trash!’ and he went weeks, two weeks without touching the apartment.”

Affleck went on to say that he came home one day to find Damon in shorts and a T-shirt, playing a video game and surrounded by “concentric circles of trash.”

“… Pizza box – I look down at this sushi thing that is like a week and a half old and has blackberries.”

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon hold the Oscars after winning in the original category for “positive Will Hunting.” (Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images)

“We were like, ‘We submit! We submit, you’re too positive. We can’t beat you,'” he lamented.

The “Armageddon” star added that Damon did not recognize that there was anything wrong with the disorder and praised his wife for dealing with his habits.

“God bless his wife, Lucy. There’s a place for you in heaven,” Affleck said.

Damon, then 27, and Affleck, then 25, co-wrote the 1997 film “positive Will Hunting” together while they were roommates. “We rented this house on the beach in Venice and 800 people came to stay with us and drink,” Affleck previously said, according to Forbes magazine.

Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and his brother, Casey, all lived together at the beginning of their careers. (Lester Cohen/WireImage)

“Then we ran out of money and had to find an apartment. It was, like, everything was interesting,” he said. “So we lived in Glendale and Eagle Rock, and we lived in Hollywood, West Hollywood, Venice, by the Hollywood Bowl, everywhere. We would get thrown out of some place or we would be upgraded or degraded. depending on who had money.”

Brad Pitt, Jason Priestley

Brad Pitt and Jason Priestley were roommates before they became sweethearts in the 90s.

In “Jason Priestley: A Memoir,” the actor details his relationship with Pitt, recalling that they used to compete on who could go the longest without shaving and showering.

Jason Priestley and Brad Pitt were briefly roommates early in their careers. (Getty Images)

Promoting his memoir on the “Rachel Ray Show” in 2019, Priestley shared that Pitt once made himself and his friends monogram Bibles for Christmas.

“Brad and I were roommates for a short period of time, but we’ve been friends for a very long time,” Priestley began. “In 1989, it was Christmas and all our crews got together to exchange Christmas presents.”

He continued, “You know, it was the late ’80s and everybody wanted to be a poor boy. We all showed up at that Christmas party with bottles of Jack Daniel’s and cartons of cigarettes.”

Brad Pitt bought Jason Priestley and Friends a Bible for Christmas in 1989. (Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

Priestly said Pitt, who had just returned from visiting family for the holidays in Missouri, brought a Bible for everyone.

“Our names were embossed in them,” Priestly said. “I mean they were really nice. … I still find mine, it’s at home on my bookshelf.”

Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake’s mother served as Ryan Gosling’s legal guardian for a few months so they could star in “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club” to kick off their careers.

In 2011, the former NSYNC singer went on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” where he told of his time living with them. “Barbie” star.

Timberlake explained at the time: “His mom had to keep her job in Canada, the second year that we were on the TV show. “My mom was his guardian for six months, so we actually lived together.”

He continued, “So we were probably a little closer than the rest of the kids that were on the show because, you know, we had to share a bathroom.”

Justin Timberlake’s mother became Ryan Gosling’s legal guardian while the couple filmed the second season of “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club House.” (Kevin Winter)

Timberlake praised Gosling, telling DeGeneres he was one of the “best actors of our generation.”

Michael Douglas, Danny DeVito

When they debuted in the entertainment industry in the 60s, Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito lived together.

In 2008, DeVito and Douglas spoke to the New York Daily News about what it was like to have each other as roommates.

Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito lived together in New York in the 60s. (Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

“Michael did the laundry,” DeVito told the outlet before Douglas chimed in, “Did he tell you I was a slob?”


“Danny was careless. No, really, he was a great roommate,” Douglas continued. “It was a magical time, We got paid to act.”

Michael Douglas called living with Danny DeVito a “magical time.” (Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)

When asked about how they handled female company, Douglas explained, “Danny has already spent time with [future wife] Rhea [Perlman]. Me? Well, it was a magical time. You put a sock on the door.”

Douglas landed his first film role in 1966’s “A Giant Shadow,” and DeVito was cast in 1968’s “Dreams of Glass,” released in 1970.

Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman first announced their separation in 2012 after 30 years of marriage. They got back together only to split again in 2017. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

DeVito and Perlman married in 1982. They share three adult children: Lucy, Grace and Jacob.


In October 2012, they announced their separation after 30 years of marriage. They reconciled in March 2013 before splitting for the final time in March 2017.

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