John O'Hurley

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John O'Hurley
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John O'Hurley, July 2000
Born John George O'Hurley
(1954-10-09) October 9, 1954 (age 61)
Kittery, Maine, U.S.
Education Kingswood-Oxford School
Alma mater Providence College
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Eva LaRue (1992–1994)
Lisa Mesloh (2004–present)

John George O'Hurley (born October 9, 1954) is an American actor, voice actor, author and television personality. He is known for the role of J. Peterman on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld and was host of the game show Family Feud from 2006 to 2010.

Early life[edit]

O'Hurley was born in Kittery, Maine, the son of Jean, a housewife, and John O'Hurley, an ear, nose, and throat surgeon.[1] O'Hurley attended 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 John works on behalf of the Epilepsy Foundation to find a cure. He has twin brothers, Bruce and Neal.



On Seinfeld O'Hurley played Jacopo Peterman, a fictionalized version of catalog-company entrepreneur, John Peterman, from 1995 to 1998. In 2001 O'Hurley financed the relaunch of The J. Peterman Company, and thus became a part-owner.[2]

Dancing With the Stars[edit]

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".

Other roles[edit]

In 1995, O'Hurley co-starred on the short-lived sitcom A Whole New Ballgame.

From 2000-2014 he announced for Cartoon Network sister channel, Boomerang.

From 2000–2002, he hosted a revival To Tell the Truth.

O'Hurley has been the host of Purina's annual National Dog Show every Thanksgiving since 2002.

In 2003, he played the role of Roger Heidecker on the UPN television series The Mullets.

In 2004, he hosted the limited-run game show The Great American Celebrity Spelling Bee.

In October 2005, he guest-starred in an episode of Drake and Josh.

On September 11, 2006, O'Hurley replaced Richard Karn as the fifth host of Family Feud. He left Family Feud in 2010 and was replaced by Steve Harvey.

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 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.[3] He has also provided the voice of King Neptune on SpongeBob SquarePants and done voice-over work for radio stations, including WBEN-FM in Philadelphia, KPKX in Phoenix, Arizona, KMAX in San Francisco, and WARH in St. Louis. He is also the voice of Coors Light commercials for more than 10 years.

O'Hurley guest-starred in an episode of The Emperor's New School called "Malina's Big Break", and in 2010, guest-starred on Wizards of Waverly Place as Captain Jim-Bob Sherwood.

Since 2008 he acts as 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 of 2011, playing Kit Sterling, a producer who approaches Erica Kane to make a movie based on the new book she has just written.[4][5] Also, played on the soap Loving as Keith Lane-Jonathan Matalaine

In 2015, he has a recurring role as Dr. Christopher Neff on Devious Maids.

Personal life[edit]

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 John's wife especially for their wedding day in 2004. He was featured on the March/April 2009 cover of Making Music Magazine.[6]

He was married to Eva LaRue from 1992 to 1994. Since August 14, 2004 he has been married to Lisa Mesloh. She had their son - William - in December 2006.

In May 2011, O'Hurley received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.[7]



  • 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)


  • A medley (with Sarah Rice) of three songs ("You Found Me and I Found You," "Not Yet" and "Before I Met You") from the musical Oh, Lady! Lady!! on Ben Bagley's Jerome Kern Revisited, Vol. II, released 1990
  • Peace of Our Minds (double-CD), released 2005
  • Secrets from the Lake, released 2008

John is featured on the cover of the March/April 2009 issue of Making Music Magazine where there is an article about his experiences with recreational music.


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  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "Behind the Voice Actors - Voice Compare - Disney - Phantom Blot". 
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  7. ^ "NECO Medalists Database". National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 

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Preceded by
Alex Trebek
Host of To Tell the Truth
Succeeded by
Anthony Anderson
New version in 2015
Preceded by
Richard Karn
Host of Family Feud
Succeeded by
Steve Harvey
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
new show
Dancing with the Stars (US) runner up
Season 1 (Summer 2005 with Charlotte Jørgensen)
Succeeded by
Jerry Rice & Anna Trebunskaya