John Pinette Biography

(Comedian, Actor)

Birthday: March 23, 1964 (Aries)

Born In: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

John Pinette was an American actor, stand-up comedian, and Broadway performer best remembered for his robust voice and relatable observational humor. He entertained audiences all across the globe for over twenty years and also enjoyed a successful career in cinema and television. Besides stand-up comedy, he was also known for his impressions of characters like Gollum from ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ Elvis Presley, The Chipmunks and Tattoo from ‘Fantasy Island.’ A native of Boston, Pinette graduated from a Catholic high school and later earned a degree in accounting from University of Massachusetts Lowell. He briefly worked in accounting before being persuaded by his friends to try his hand in comedy. Pinette, who was famous for poking fun at his own weight issues, was an extremely loving and generous person behind the curtains. On April 5, 2014, he expired at the mere age of 50 at the Sheraton Square Hotel in Pennsylvania.
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Also Known As: John Paul Pinette

Died At Age: 50


siblings: Dorothy Pinette, Kathleen Pinette, Robert Pinette

Actors Comedians

Height: 5'10" (178 cm), 5'10" Males

Died on: April 5, 2014

place of death: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Notable Alumni: University Of Massachusetts Lowell

Ancestry: Canadian American

Cause of Death: Pulmonary Embolism

City: Boston

U.S. State: Massachusetts

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education: University of Massachusetts Lowell

John Pinette got his first big break as a stand-up comedian in Frank Sinatra’s tour. He made his small screen debut in 1990, appearing as Howie Anderson in the sitcom ‘ALF’. The following year, he appeared as a referee in the game show ‘The Grudge Match’. Soon after this, he starred in the movies ‘Vinnie & Bobby’ and ‘Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation’. In the year 1993, Pinette was featured as Coach Hank Kohler in Fox’s sitcom ‘Parker Lewis Can't Lose’. That year, he was also featured on the big screen, in the role of Sam Delance in the comedy film ‘Reckless Kelly’.
In the ensuing years, he made appearances in a number of movies, including ‘Junior’, ‘Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Hart’, ‘High Tide’ and ‘Dear God’. The actor was featured as the carjacking victim in the concluding episode of ‘Seinfeld.’ He starred in Kevin Alyn Elders' spy action-comedy flick ‘Simon Sez’ alongside Dennis Rodman and Dane Cook in 1999. Then 2000, Pinette was cast for a road-trip film titled ‘Duets’. The same year, he played Stewart in the comedy film ‘My 5 Wives’.
He joined the cast of the musical ‘Hairspray’ as Edna Turnblad in 2002. The American artiste also did the movie ‘The Punisher’ the same year. In 2007, he performed at the 42nd annual MDA Labor Day Telethon. The following year, he performed on stage at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival and also toured after that. In 2010, he appeared as Macho in the South Korean comedy film ‘The Last Godfather’. Pinette performed his comedy routines in Ron White's Comedy Salute to the Troops that was broadcast on CMT. He was the host of the TV series ‘All You Can Eat’. The show debuted on H2 in USA in June 2013.
Pinette was also a regular featured guest on the TV shows ‘The View’ and ‘The Tonight Show.’ He also performed at ‘Just for Laughs Comedy Festival’ in Montreal. In 2004, his stand-up work was featured in Comedy Central's Shorties Watchin' Shorties.
Besides stand-up, the comedian also did impressions of The Chipmunks, Gollum from ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ Elvis Presley, and Hervé Villechaize (Tattoo from ‘Fantasy Island’) among others.
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Family & Personal Life
John Pinette was born on March 23, 1964 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He studied at Malden Catholic High School .He later attended University of Massachusetts Lowell, eventually graduating in the year 1986 with a degree in accounting.
On April 5, 2014, Pinette was pronounced dead at Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh. Later, it was confirmed by The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office that he had been suffering from a liver and heart condition. Pinette's personal physician stated his cause of demise to be pulmonary embolism.
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