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Also Known As: Dr. Drew, Dr. Drew Pinsky, David Drew Pinsky Died:
Born: September 4, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pasadena, California, USA Profession: radio talk show host, physician

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Originally the MTV generation's version of Dr. Ruth, Dr. Drew Pinsky later became recognized as a sort of anti-"Dr. Feelgood," specializing in dramatic, televised treatment programs featuring substance abusing ex-rockers, former stars and fading models. Early on, "Dr. Drew," as he was affectionately known, dished helpful advice to millions of teens through his nationally syndicated radio show "Loveline," alongside comedic co-host Adam Carolla. Eventually he branched out into television with the series "Strictly Sex with Dr. Drew" (Discovery Health Channel, 2005) and the reality program "Celebrity Rehab" (VH1, 2008- ), where he spent 21 days with stars who battled alcohol and drug addiction, including actor Jeff Conaway, wrestler Chyna, and former "American Idol" (Fox, 2002- ) contestant Jessica Sierra. While spin-offs like "Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew" (VH1, 2009) failed to work in the long-run, Pinsky continued to find success sticking to topics more relatable to the average American on his current affairs program "Dr. Drew" (HLN, 2011- ). Even as some sang the good doctor's praises for his work, speculation as to the effectiveness of his televised treatments once again came into question after Conway...

Originally the MTV generation's version of Dr. Ruth, Dr. Drew Pinsky later became recognized as a sort of anti-"Dr. Feelgood," specializing in dramatic, televised treatment programs featuring substance abusing ex-rockers, former stars and fading models. Early on, "Dr. Drew," as he was affectionately known, dished helpful advice to millions of teens through his nationally syndicated radio show "Loveline," alongside comedic co-host Adam Carolla. Eventually he branched out into television with the series "Strictly Sex with Dr. Drew" (Discovery Health Channel, 2005) and the reality program "Celebrity Rehab" (VH1, 2008- ), where he spent 21 days with stars who battled alcohol and drug addiction, including actor Jeff Conaway, wrestler Chyna, and former "American Idol" (Fox, 2002- ) contestant Jessica Sierra. While spin-offs like "Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew" (VH1, 2009) failed to work in the long-run, Pinsky continued to find success sticking to topics more relatable to the average American on his current affairs program "Dr. Drew" (HLN, 2011- ). Even as some sang the good doctor's praises for his work, speculation as to the effectiveness of his televised treatments once again came into question after Conway became one of several former "Rehab" patients to die, in part, due to issues related to their ongoing addictions. Admired by some and reviled by others, there was no denying that Pinsky and his methods were part of the tabloidian celebrity culture zeitgeist of the new millennium.

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 Big Stan (2008)
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 Heckler (2008)
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 Wild Hogs (2007)
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 New York Minute (2004) Dr. Ryan
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 Sexiest Moments in Film (2004) Interviewee
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 7th Annual Prism Awards (2003) Featuring
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 Test the Nation (2003) Celebrity Test Taker
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While still a medical student, began co-hosting the advice show "Loveline" on KROQ in Los Angeles, CA; the show went national in 1995
1996:
"Loveline" began airing on the MTV network; co-hosted by Pinsky and Adam Carolla
2000:
Served as 'health and human relations expert' on the first season of CBS' "Big Brother"
2003:
Authored <i>Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again</i>, recounting his experiences as a Medical Director at a drug rehabilitation clinic
2004:
Contributed to the book <i>When Painkillers Become Dangerous: What Everyone Needs to Know About OxyContin and Other Prescription Drugs</i>
2004:
Made acting debut playing the father of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's characters in "New York Minute"
2005:
Hosted his own television series, "Strictly Sex with Dr. Drew," on the Discovery Health Channel
2006:
Hosted the Discovery Health Channel's "Strictly Dr. Drew"
2007:
Served as the resident medical expert for "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew," a VH-1 reality television show which involves celebrities in a rehab facility
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