John George O'Hurley (born October 9, 1954) is an American actor, voice actor, author, comedian and television personality. He is known for the role of J. Peterman on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld, and was the fifth host of the game show Family Feud from 2006 to 2010.
John O'Hurley in a golf tournament in July 2000
John George O'Hurley|
October 9, 1954
Kittery, Maine, U.S.
|Alma mater||Providence College|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, singer, author, television personality,comedian|
(m. 1992; div. 1994)
Lisa Mesloh (m. 2004)
O'Hurley was born in Kittery, Maine, the son of Jean, a housewife, and John O'Hurley, an ear, nose, and throat surgeon. O'Hurley attended Natick High School in Natick, Massachusetts and Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford, Connecticut and graduated from Providence College in 1976 with a BA in Theatre. His older sister Carol died in 1970 at the age of 17 due to epileptic seizures, and so O'Hurley performs charitable work for the Epilepsy Foundation. He has younger twin brothers, Bruce and Neal. He also has a younger sister named Susan.
On Seinfeld O'Hurley played J. Peterman, a fictionalized version of catalog-company entrepreneur John Peterman, from 1995 until the show's end in 1998. In 2001 O'Hurley financed the relaunch of The J. Peterman Company, and thus became a part-owner.
Dancing with the StarsEdit
He was a contestant on the first season of the television show Dancing with the Stars which aired during the summer of 2005. O'Hurley and his dance partner Charlotte Jørgensen made it to the final competition, which he lost to ABC soap opera star Kelly Monaco.
After fans alleged that Monaco's victory was a set-up, the network announced that O'Hurley, Monaco and their professional dancing partners would face off in a special "grudge match" episode broadcast September 20, 2005. Unlike the first episode, viewer vote solely determined the outcome as opposed to a combination between the three professional judges and the viewer votes.
O'Hurley and Jørgensen emerged as the winners. The rematch earned $126,000 for Golfers Against Cancer charity. Afterward the duo produced a dance instruction video called, "Learn to Dance with John and Charlotte".
|Week #||Dance/Song||Judges' score||Result|
|2||Quickstep/"Let's Face the Music and Dance"||8||9||9||Safe|
|3||Tango/"Dance with Me"||9||8||7||Safe|
|4||Samba/"Just the Two of Us"
Viennese Waltz/"I Got You Babe"
|Foxtrot/"Let There Be Love"
Paso Doble/ "Bamboleo"
|Quickstep/ "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
Freestyle/"I'm So Excited"
|Rumba/"The Look of Love"
Waltz/"You Light Up My Life"
Freestyle/"I Am What I Am"
O'Hurley made two guest appearances on Baywatch in 1992 and 1994, in two different roles. The first was as villainous yacht club president Fred Adler in "Masquerade," and again as a grieving father named Bill in "Red Wind."
In 1995, he had a role as Ralph Stafford on the Murder She Wrote episode "Nailed".
In 1995, O'Hurley co-starred on the short-lived sitcom A Whole New Ballgame.
In October 2005, he guest-starred in an episode of Drake & Josh.
In March 2007, he took the lead role in the Wynn Las Vegas's production of Spamalot, in which he plays King Arthur. He starred on Broadway and on National Tour as Billy Flynn in Chicago. In July 2008 he reprised his role as King Arthur in the Los Angeles production of Spamalot at the Ahmanson Theatre. In June 2013 he once again reprised the role of King Arthur in Spamalot at The Muny Theater in St. Louis, Missouri, He hosted the Mrs. America and Mrs. World Pageants.
He is one of the guest speakers in the Candlelight Processional at Epcot in Walt Disney World. O'Hurley is the voice of the owner of the Cow and Corset bar in the Fable II videogame for the Xbox 360. He also replaced Frank Welker as the "Phantom Blot" for Mickey Mouse Works and Disney's House of Mouse. He has also provided the voice of King Neptune XIV on SpongeBob SquarePants and done voice-over work for radio stations, including WBEN-FM in Philadelphia, KPKX in Phoenix (as "Jim Peakerman"), KMAX in San Francisco (as "J.J. Maxwell"), and WARH in St. Louis (as "Simon Archer"). He is also the voice of Coors Light commercials for more than 10 years.
From 2008-2015 he voiced Roger Doofenshmirtz, Heinz Doofenshmirtz's brother, in Phineas and Ferb. He also played in the award-winning 2000x dramatic series produced by the Hollywood Theater of the Ear for National Public Radio.
O'Hurley was a guest star on multiple episodes of the soap opera All My Children during its last month on ABC, in September 2011, playing Kit Sterling, a producer who approaches Erica Kane to make a movie based on the new book she has just written. He also acted in the soap opera Loving as Keith Lane-Jonathan Matalaine.
In 2015, he has a recurring role as Dr. Christopher Neff on Devious Maids.
He also provides the voice for Victor the Villain on the children's animated TV series "Wallykazam!"
Game show hostEdit
From 2000–2002, he hosted a revival of To Tell the Truth. In 2004, he hosted the limited-run game show The Great American Celebrity Spelling Bee. On September 11, 2006, O'Hurley replaced Richard Karn as the fifth host of Family Feud. He hosted the show for four seasons, before being replaced by Steve Harvey in 2010. He stated in a 2017 interview with Fox News that he agreed it was not family friendly and that was one of the reasons why he left the show. He also said: "I got tired of people writing to me saying that I can't watch your show. It's a misnomer recording at that because it's not family. It feels like everything became a penis joke and I got a little tired of that. I just felt that there are other ways to be born interesting on television and always trying to push that style of family entertainment. I had a great time doing it but it was time to move on."
O'Hurley is a self-taught pianist and classically trained vocalist. O'Hurley has been composing since his teen years. In 2004 he released a two-album project entitled "Peace of Our Minds", a compilation of his original piano compositions, in tandem with cellist Marston Smith. The piece "For Lisa" was written for O'Hurley's wife especially for their wedding day in 2004. He was featured on the March/April 2009 cover of Making Music Magazine.
He was married to Eva LaRue from 1992 to 1994. Since August 14, 2004 he has been married to Lisa Mesloh. They have a son.
|1989||Billy the Kid||Dolan||Television film|
|1991||White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd||Pat DiCicco||Television film|
|1991||Night Eyes 2||Detective Turner|
|1995||The Power Within||Lt. Cabrell||Direct-to-video|
|1997||The Killing Secret||Ted Dunleavy||Television film|
|1997||Murder Live!||Hal Damon||Television film|
|1998||Tempting Fate||Stewart||Television film|
|1999||Love Stinks||Walter Drooz|
|2001||Race to Space||Barnett, PR Official|
|2002||Teddy Bears' Picnic||Earle Hansen|
|2002||Buying the Cow||Tim "Timbo" Chadway|
|2002||Tarzan & Jane||Johannes Niels (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2006||Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen||Kringle (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2008||An American Carol||Silvano|
|2010||High School||Drug PSA (voice)|
|2011||Beethoven's Christmas Adventure||Mr. Rexford||Direct-to-video|
|2013||Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright||The Great Pauldini (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2014||Christian Mingle||Donny De Bona|
|2015||The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown!||Mr. Slate (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|1983–84||The Edge of Night||Greg Schaeffer|
|1984–86||Loving||Keith Lane, Jonathan Matalaine|
|1988||As the World Turns||Douglas Prescott|
|1988||Something Is Out There||Remar||Miniseries|
|1989||Heartbeat||James Thompson||Episode: "Gestalt and Battery"|
|1990||The Young and the Restless||Dr. James Grainger||3 episodes|
|1990–91||Santa Barbara||Stephen Slade||75 episodes|
|1991||Nurses||Dave Grady||Episode: "Coming to America"|
|1992||General Hospital||Greg Bennett|
|1992||Scorch||Howard Gurman||6 episodes|
|1992–94||Baywatch||Fred Adler, Bill Cooper||2 episodes|
|1993–94||Silk Stalkings||Dan Borson, Dr. Scott Waverly||2 episodes|
|1994||Thunder in Paradise||Bryden Chubshaw||Episode: "Changing of the Guard"|
|1994||Valley of the Dolls||Allen Cooper||65 episodes|
|1994||Frasier||Thomas Jay Fellow||Episode: "Slow Tango in South Seattle"|
|1995||Sisters||Pizza Guy||Episode: "No Pain, No Gain"|
|1995||Platypus Man||Rance||Episode: "Lou's the Boss"|
|1995||Pig Sty||Rance Erik St. Damian||Episode: "Party!!!"|
|1995||A Whole New Ballgame||Tad Sherman||7 episodes|
|1995||Murder, She Wrote||Ralph Stafford||Episode: "Nailed"|
|1995||Living Single||Jean Luc Gerard||Episode: "Rags to Riches"|
|1995||Baywatch Nights||Kemp||Episode: "Bad Blades"|
|1995–98||Seinfeld||J. Peterman||20 episodes|
|1996||Ned and Stacey||Kyle Roberts||Episode: "Promotional Rescue"|
|1996||Melrose Place||John Marshall||Episode: "The Bobby Trap"|
|1996||Coach||Dr. Salters||Episode: "Quarantine"|
|1996||Weird Science||Mr. President||Episode: "Lisarella"|
|1996||Mad About You||Dr. VonDerphal||Episode: "Dr. Wonderful"|
|1996||Boy Meets World||Cal, Grant||2 episodes|
|1997||Over the Top||Robert McSwain||11 episodes|
|1997||Life with Roger||Dr. Noble||Episode: "The Apartment"|
|1997||Lost on Earth||Brand Shaw||1 episode|
|1997||Men Behaving Badly||Johnny on TV Show (voice)||Episode: "Playing Doctor"|
|1997||Temporarily Yours||Dulles Lee||Episode: "Temp-tation"|
|1997||Something So Right||David||Episode: "Something About New Beds and Old Friends"|
|1997||Smart Guy||Hugh Sterling||Episode: "A Little Knowledge"|
|1997||101 Dalmatians: The Series||Director (voice)||Episode: "Swing Song/Watching for Falling Idols"|
|1997||The X-Files||Dr. Pollidori||Episode: "The Post-Modern Prometheus"|
|1998||Style & Substance||Mr. Ferber||Episode: "The Boss and Other Disasters"|
|1998||Diagnosis: Murder||David Coopersmith||Episode: "Rain of Terror"|
|1998||Damon||Woody Woodson||Episode: "The Actor"|
|1998||Ellen||Announcer #2||Episode: "Ellen: A Hollywood Tribute: Part I"|
|1998||The Angry Beavers||Snooty Narrator (voice)||2 episodes|
|1998||Hercules||King Cinyras (voice)||2 episodes|
|1999||Sunset Beach||Pete||1 episode|
|1999||Family Guy||Cult Leader (voice)||Episode: "Chitty Chitty Death Bang"|
|1999||Mickey Mouse Works||Phantom Blot (voice)||1 episode|
|1999||For Your Love||Roger Bakely||Episode: "The Couple's Court"|
|2000||Hey Arnold!||Councilman Gladhand (voice)||Episode: "Helga's Masquerade/Mr. Green Runs"|
|2000||The Weber Show||Mr. Bill Erlicht||3 episodes|
|2000||Buzz Lightyear of Star Command||King Nova (voice)||5 episodes|
|SpongeBob SquarePants||King Neptune (voice)||4 episodes|
|2001||Lloyd in Space||Brock Rockman (voice)||Episode: "The Hero of Urbit-Knarr"|
|2001||Son of the Beach||Dr. Merlot||Episode: "The Island of Dr. Merlot"|
|2001–02||The Legend of Tarzan||Johannes Niels (voice)||2 episodes|
|2002||Sabrina the Teenage Witch||Professor Beltran||Episode: "Guilty!"|
|2002||Kim Possible||King Wallace II, Ancient King (voices)||Episode: "Royal Pain"|
|2002||Disney's House of Mouse||Phantom Blot (voice)||2 episodes|
|2003||Odd Job Jack||Dr. Renfield||Episode: "Fatal Extraction"|
|2003||Stripperella||Fireman, Skip Withers (voices)||2 episodes|
|2003–04||The Mullets||Roger Heidecker||11 episodes|
|2003–05||What's New, Scooby-Doo?||Beavis Bottomczek, Mayor Snipper (voices)||2 episodes|
|2003–05||Duck Dodgers||Captain Star Johnson||12 episodes|
|2004||Come to Papa||Anderson Miller||Episode: "The Salad"|
|2004||Quintuplets||Buck Reynolds||Episode: "Working It"|
|2004–05||Father of the Pride||Blake (voice)||4 episodes|
|2005||Drake & Josh||Dr. Carlson||Episode: "Paging Doctor Drake"|
|2006||Hope & Faith||Peter (voice)||Episode: "Charley Shoots Faith"|
|2007||Higglytown Heroes||Uncle Zeke, Freight Train Conductor Hero (voices)||2 episodes|
|2008||The Emperor's New School||Editor of Inca Teen Magazine (voice)||Episode: "Malina's Big Break/Hotel Kuzco"|
|2008–15||Phineas and Ferb||Roger Doofenshmirtz, Additional Voices||19 episodes|
|2010||Wizards of Waverly Place||Captain Jim Bob Sherwood||Episode: "Captain Jim Bob Sherwood"|
|2010||The Super Hero Squad Show||Grandmaster (voice)||Episode: "Whom Continuity Would Destroy!"|
|2010||Big Time Rush||Announcer (voice)||Episode: "Big Time Christmas: Part I"|
|2010–13||Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated||Skipper Shelton, Pirate Couple, Ska Zombie (voices)||8 episodes|
|2011||Retired at 35||Dan||Episode: "Rocket Man"|
|2011||Pair of Kings||Narrator||Episode: "King of Thieves"|
|2011||All My Children||Kit Sterling||5 episodes|
|2011–13||The Looney Tunes Show||Walter Bunny (voice)||6 episodes|
|2013||The Mentalist||Buddy Hennings||Episode: "Red Velvet Cupcakes"|
|2014||Wallykazam!||Victor the Villain (voice)||Episode: "Victor the Villain"|
|2014||Gravity Falls||Knight Lilliputian (voice)||Episode: "The Golf War"|
|2015||Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja||P.J. McFlubuster (voice)||Episode: "McCluckerbusters/Let Them Eat Cake Fries"|
|2015||Devious Maids||Dr. Christopher Neff||7 episodes|
|2015||Moonbeam City||Vex Mullery (voice)||2 episodes|
|2016||Archer||Ellis Crane (voice)||3 episodes|
|2016||K.C. Undercover||Buck Marshall||Episode: "Spy of the Year Awards"|
|2017||The Lion Guard||Hadithi (voice)||Episode: "Ono's Idol"|
|2017||The Powerpuff Girls||Additional Voices||Episode: "Memory Lane of Pain"|
|2003||SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom||King Neptune|
|2006||Family Guy Video Game!||Additional Voices|
|2008||Fable II||The Cow & Corset Owner|
|2010||Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet||Grandmaster|
- It's Okay to Miss the Bed on the First Jump (2006) (New York Times best-seller)
- Before Your Dog Can Eat Your Homework, First You Have to Do It (2007)
- The Perfect Dog (2013)
- "John O'Hurley Biography (1956-)". filmreference.com. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
- Greenwald, John (August 12, 2001). "Peterman Reboots". Time Magazine. Retrieved March 9, 2009.
In fact, O'Hurley has since become a partner in Peterman's reborn company.
- "Behind the Voice Actors - Voice Compare - Disney - Phantom Blot".
- "John O'Hurley to play short-term AMC story - All My Children @ soapcentral.com". soapcentral.com. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
- "John O'Hurley". IMDb. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
- "John O'Hurley reflects on Trump, why he left 'Family Feud'". Fox News.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-04-11. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
- "NECO Medalists Database". National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. Archived from the original on 14 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
| Host of To Tell the Truth
New version in 2015
| Host of Family Feud
|Awards and achievements|
| Dancing with the Stars (US) runner up
Season 1 (Summer 2005 with Charlotte Jørgensen)
Jerry Rice & Anna Trebunskaya