John Pinette, Stand-Up Comedian, Dead at 50

John Pinette, Stand-Up Comedian, Dead at 50

The comic, who appeared in the finale of TV's “Seinfield,” was found Sunday in a Pittsburgh hotel room

John Pinette, a stand-up comedian who appeared in films and on TV, was found dead in a Pittsburgh hotel room Sunday.

His manager, Larry Schapiro, told TheWrap that the 50-year-old Pinette suffered from a pulmonary embolism, though there has been no autopsy.

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Pinette, who was on a tour of the U.S. and Canada that was to extend through June, was best known for his appearance in the finale of TV's “Seinfeld,” in which he played a man who was mugged while getting out of his car.

Pinette's film credits included roles in 1994's “Junior,” 2004's “The Punisher” and “The Last Godfather” in 2010.

On television, he appeared in the sitcoms “Vinnie & Bobby” “Parker Lewis Can't Lose” and “High Tide.”

Comics Caroline Rhea and Larry the Cable Guy were among industry colleagues who offered condolences Sunday via Twitter:



  • Oslo84

    He was one of my very favorites. Such a funny guy and the comedy was so real. When my wife and I found out about this last night, we talked about our favorite bits of his for a long time. Sad I will never see him in person.

  • Scott Saunders

    Nay, nay, say it isn't true!

  • dengidog

    Absolutely one of my favorite comedians. I loved it when he talked about losing his “cherub-like demeanor.” And then there was the bit about being in a Chinese restaurant and being told, “you go home now. You be here four hour.” R.I.P. John. You were one of the best.

  • AnthonyLook

    RIP. There's definitely some more laughter today in heaven.