John Pinette

John Pinette was a well-known stand-up comedian that had an equally successful career on television and movies. Known for his whiny, high=pitched delivery, Pinette had recurring roles on the sitcoms "Parker Lewis ... Read more »

Born: 03/22/1964 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (24)

Ron White's Comedy Salute to the Troops 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

John Pinette: I'm Starving 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Shorties Watchin' Shorties 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Punisher 2004 (Movie)

Mr Bumpo (Actor)

Duets 2000 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Simon Sez 1999 (Movie)

Macro (Actor)

Seinfeld 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The American Comedy Awards Viewer's Choice 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Life's Work 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Dear God 1996 (Movie)

Junior (Actor)

Junior 1994 (Movie)

Clerk (Actor)

Reckless Kelly 1994 (Movie)

Mr Delance (Actor)

Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Showtime Comedy Club All-Stars VI 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Parker Lewis 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Grudge Match 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Vinnie and Bobby 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Smart Guys 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Thanksgiving Day (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

John Pinette was a well-known stand-up comedian that had an equally successful career on television and movies. Known for his whiny, high=pitched delivery, Pinette had recurring roles on the sitcoms "Parker Lewis Can't Lose" (Fox 1990-93) and "Vinnie & Bobby" (Fox 1992), while also landing small parts in films like "Junior" (1994), "Dear God" (1996), and "Simon Sez" (1999). However, it was a minor role as a carjack victim on the series finale of "Seinfeld" (NBC 1989-1998), watched by an estimated 76 million viewers, where Pinette gained the largest audience of his career. A longtime sufferer of liver and heart disease, Pinette died at the age of 50 in 2014 from a pulmonary embolism, leaving behind an enduring comedic legacy that will forever be enshrined in his memorable "Seinfeld" appearance.

A native of Boston, Pinette earned a degree in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and briefly entered the field after graduation. He found the job to be incredibly dull, however, and left after six months to pursue a career as a stand-up. After a few years, Pinette proved to be such a polished comedian that by the early 1990s he was opening for Frank Sinatra in Las Vegas. Before long the TV and film offers came pouring in, and over the next several years Pinette nabbed recurring roles on "Parker Lewis Can't Lose" and "Vinnie & Bobby," as well as small film roles in "Junior," "Reckless Kelly" (1993), and "Dear God." However, his most memorable screen performance came in 1998 when he played the victim of a carjacking on the final episode of the hugely popular sitcom, "Seinfeld." The series finale was watched by 76 million people, thus bestowing the seasoned comedian with his largest audience to date. Pinette continued with his rigorous touring schedule throughout the 2000s, while also appearing in the less-than-memorable films "Duets" (2000), "The Punisher" (2004), and "The Last Godfather" (2010). Pinette was performing for live audiences up until the day he died on April 5, 2014 from a pulmonary embolism. He was 50.

EDUCATION

University of Massachusetts

1982 - 1986
Majored in Accounting

Milestones

2010

Final film role in "The Last Godfather"

1999

Won Funniest Male Standup Comic at the American Comedy Awards

1998

Appeared in the final episode of "Seinfeld"

1994

Small part in "Junior"

1992

First series regular role on "Vinnie & Bobby"

1992

Series regular on "Parker Lewis Can't Lose"

Bonus Trivia

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Pinette spent a brief time working as an accountant after college, but quit after six months to pursue a career as a standup.

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Pinette's first big break in show business came when he started opening for Frank Sinatra in Las Vegas.

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He is best known for playing a carjack victim in the series finale of "Seinfeld."

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At his heaviest, Pinette was said to have weighed 450 lbs.

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He was known for doing impressions, among them Elvis, The Chipmunks, and Marlon Brando.

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His trademark phrase, used to denounce an idea mid-routine, was "I say, 'Nay, nay!'"

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