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John Pinette, Big Comedian with a Bigger Heart, Passes at 50

John Pinette, Big Comedian with a Bigger Heart, Passes at 50

John Pinette, a stand-up comedian whose career included a turn in the Seinfeld finale, has died, his manager Larry Schapiro confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 50.

He was found in a Pittsburgh hotel room and determined to have died Saturday of natural causes, a spokesperson for the medical examiner’s office in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, told The Hollywood Reporter. Schapiro stated that the cause of death was a pulmonary embolism.

The comedian, born in Boston in 1964, was a regular touring presence and was currently on a live trek that had set dates from April to June across venues in the U.S. and Canada.

Pinette’s film credits include roles in Junior (1994), The Punisher (2004) and The Last Godfather (2010). He starred in several specials, including Still Hungry (2011) and I’m Starvin’ (2006) and hosted a comedy cooking show on H2 called All You Can Eat that aired in Sept. 2013. He was also a staple at Canada’s Just for Laughs festival.

The comic also played Edna Turnblad during a national touring production of Hairspray in 2004.

On television, he appeared in the series Vinnie & Bobby, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose and High Tide. His role in the last Seinfeld episode in 1998 saw the comic as a man who was robbed and had his car stolen as Kramer, George, Jerry and Elaine just watched and cracked jokes.

Fellow comedians and industry notables paid tribute to Pinette on Sunday:

 

 


by Erik Hayden

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