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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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Clytemnestra     

I like John; hope this move to rehab solves the problem, and he can get back to work soon.

239 days ago
32.

psycho nurse    

Best of luck to you. The fact that you sought help vs being forced gives me hope. Hang in there! You can beat this :)

239 days ago
33.

idiots_abound    

The man has been a successful stand up for 20 years. He is hardly "best known for" a two minute stint on Seinfeld

239 days ago
34.

buzz kill    

Pills? That's funny I would of thought he was addicted to Cheeseburgers.

239 days ago
35.

Leanne    

Diet pills would have ruined his figure. He's sexy!!

239 days ago
36.

tom    

At least he beat hunger

239 days ago
37.

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

He should get Miley Cyrus to teach him how to twerk. He would look so hot twerking the night away.

239 days ago
38.

atagirl2012    

Wow. You guys are *******s. He is an incredibly talented comic who is obviously struggling and you talk about his weight. Nice. And I'm sure you are incredibly thin and handsome.

239 days ago
39.

laura    

Slow news day?

239 days ago
40.

wade    

John! its wade from sierra tuson! glad your getting help buddy! its a daily struggle. i've got 8 months clean and not a day goes by without a struggle. everyone struggles with something in there lives and all these ***s that commented on your relapse have no idea! proud of you buddy!

239 days ago
41.

Milf Biggenson    

Wow, maybe John can use all of your overweight jokes for his next act, once he's back on his feet. Oh wait, he's already thought of every one of them and more, because that's what he does, professionally. John Pinette is a brilliant comedian, and a Broadway performer - he's much more than just that guy on Seinfeld from 98. Check him out on Youtube and Netflix and then buy some of his stand up stuff. It's hilarious and while edgy, there is nothing really offensive that the average kid couldn't listen to. I've been playing John in the car since the kids were young and they think he's great.

Get well John, laughter is the best medicine, uhh, next to medicine.

239 days ago
42.

J    

He needs to get addicted to some diet pills. Perhaps some pills that will actually make him funny as well.

239 days ago
43.

Ricky    

Also chiming in to say Pinette is a HILARIOUS stand-up comic -- first and foremost. The Seinfeld episodes are just a footnote to his career. "Seinfeld actor" is TMZ's cheap attempt to get more clicks on the article.

238 days ago
44.

Tammi    

The prescription drugs are the real problem!

237 days ago
45.

detalles    

OMG I thougt he was adict in food

237 days ago
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