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'Seinfeld' Actor

Checks Into Rehab

for Pill Addiction

8/27/2013 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news


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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I don't remember him at all.

382 days ago


Meth has very few indications but I think he would be one of them

380 days ago


Love his buffet jokes.

377 days ago

Darren Stephens    

I always feel sorry for people who struggle with weight. I have never struggled with it, but I know how satisfying food can be if you have areas in your life that seem too big to handle. Good Luck with it

376 days ago


Damn some of you guys are cold!....ok funny but cold

372 days ago

Ricardo Marquez    

You means PILLSBURY right? Pills for short

365 days ago


If you think that John Pinette is "best known for his role as the fat guy who got mugged in the "Seinfeld" finale " then you need to get out of the house a little more often

Youre supposed to be an "entertainment" site but know nothing about this mans outstanding stand up career?


362 days ago

Pillsbury Pancakes    

This dude is one of the funniest stand up comedians, YouTube him! That but about the water slides and buffet lines is one of the best. He's probably just on ambien or Vicodin, that's easy to fix and can happen to anyone. Just like his food addiction, his porn addiction, and his movie addiction. Get healthy and back in the game soon bradda!

249 days ago
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