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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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jarhead333    

Hahahahahhaa looks like mama June fat twin brother

329 days ago
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dreamer4u    

He is very OVERWEIGHT!! Maybe weight reduction may help also?

329 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

This guy is a hilarious stand-up comic.

329 days ago
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svt    

This is great he's geting help for pill abuse! Don't forget the Lap Band Surgery too!

329 days ago
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HooahJuice    

I take it they were not diet pills...just saying.

329 days ago
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Dethridge    

Best known for being on Seinfeld? Come on TMZ John Pinette is much more than that. He is an amazing Stand Up Comic and I think more people know him for his stand up. I would much rather see "Stand Up Comedian" rather than "SeinFeld Actor"

329 days ago
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Susanlsmith    

Looks like he's been stuffing his face with pills

329 days ago
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Andyconda#LITTLESTAR    

Good semaritan law.

329 days ago
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Shoozie    

John Pinette is a HYSTERICAL stand up comic.

329 days ago
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pj    

Who, yall trying to be funny.

329 days ago
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Dead account Delete at will    

Pill addiction, pizza, sugar, coke, pepsi, hotdog, hamburger,lasagna, pasta, and just about everything you can name addiction

329 days ago
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Stiletto    

The problem is not with drugs...he has just been devouring too many pill-ows!

329 days ago
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demoncat    

best known for being on Seinfield as the guy who jerry and crew refused to help. tmz John has a long time stand up career long before seinfield. including his one bit about walking into an all you can eat place and the owner tells him to go for he has been there for an hour. glad John relized he needed help and did something about it. and also who ever wrote the bit about john just being known for the seinfield finale should be cut some slack since John might have been before their times given how young some of those at tmz are.

329 days ago
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dope-digity    

Imagine how many pills fatty has too pop to get F'ed up. buckets full!!!

329 days ago
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Colonel Custard    

Do you think he can find his thingy under all that blubber?

329 days ago
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