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'Seinfeld' Actor

Checks Into Rehab

for Pill Addiction

8/27/2013 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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John Pinette -- best known for his role as the fat guy who got mugged in the "Seinfeld" finale -- has checked himself into rehab after becoming addicted to prescription medication ... TMZ has learned.

A rep for the venue in Canada where John was set to perform in next month says Pinette had to postpone the gig because he was checking into a rehab facility for his addiction.

The rep says John -- who also had his own Comedy Central special in 2011 -- underwent surgery earlier this year and got hooked to the prescription medication he was taking.

John has since tweeted to his fans about the situation -- saying, "Thanks to everyone for your concern and well wishes.. Want to apologize for having missed shows last weekend, but I hope you understand!"

In case you're not a "Seinfeld" fan (WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?!?) ... Here's his famous scene from the super disappointing finale.

At least the reunion on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" kinda-sorta-not-really made up for it.

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Andyconda#LITTLESTAR    

He has a waddle like lindsay liehan

360 days ago
17.

FUTMZ    

Linds wants to know where the rest of the pills are....

360 days ago
18.

ABB    

Holy isht! he lost 5 pounds since 1998!

360 days ago
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Pavlov    

Funniest guy in stand-up, but if he ever loses weight he will have to write all new material.

360 days ago
20.

Quiet    

for food addiction?

360 days ago
21.

jarhead333    

Can't believe diabetes didn't kill him yet.

360 days ago
22.

♥TMZ but ...    

how does he get called a Seinfeld actor wasn't he just in 1 episode???

360 days ago
23.

Phishman146    

Guess he wasn't addicted to weight loss pills.

360 days ago
24.

Toilethead    

Looks like he may be hooked on twinkes too.

360 days ago
25.

Keith    

John Pinette is one of the funniest, most talented people on the planet, bar none. I hope he gets well soon.

360 days ago
26.

Sharon    

Good grief..best known for Seinfeld? The man has been on Broadway and has several comedy specials. TMZ you're so dumb!

360 days ago
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kitnplayn    

Over-eating will kill you before the pills do. Get food rehab.

360 days ago
28.

bellyman    

As per the article -- I would hate reading "best known for" and "Seinfeld finale" in any article. But whoever wrote it is like me since the moment I saw him in this article I remembered Seinfeld. Yet check out his (IMO) impressive TV roles otherwise. Plus his comedy gig. It is one thing to be type cast - but based on "one" episode? ...

360 days ago
29.

Silly    

who?

360 days ago
30.

kenblazed    

Seinfeld actor??

360 days ago
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