John O'Hurley

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John O'Hurley
John O'Hurley by Gage Skidmore.jpg John O'Hurley by Gage Skidmore.jpg
O'Hurley in March 2019
BornJohn George O'Hurley Jr.
(1954-10-09) October 9, 1954 (age 67)
Kittery, Maine, U.S.
🏳️ Nationality
🏫 EducationKingswood-Oxford School
🎓 Alma materProvidence College
💼 Occupation
Actor, voice actor, singer, comedian, author, television personality
📆 Years active  1983–present
Height6 ft 3 in[1][2]
💪 Weight250 lb 250 lb (113 kg)
👩 Spouse(s)
Eva LaRue
(m. 1992; div. 1994)

Lisa Mesloh (m. 2004)
👶 Children1
🌐 WebsiteOfficial website

John George O'Hurley Jr. (born October 9, 1954) is an American actor, voice actor, singer, comedian, author 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. Before his run on Family Feud, he hosted To Tell The Truth during the shows 2000-2002 syndication.

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.[3] 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. O'Hurley invested in the relaunch of The J. Peterman Company, and since 1999 has been a part-owner and member of the board of directors.[4][5]

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".

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/"September" 7 7 6 No Elimination
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"
Bottom Two
Foxtrot/"Let There Be Love"
Paso Doble/ "Bamboleo"
Quickstep/ "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
Freestyle/"I'm So Excited"
Runner Up
Rumba/"The Look of Love"
Waltz/"You Light Up My Life"
Freestyle/"I Am What I Am"

Other roles[edit]

John O'Hurley in a golf tournament in July 2008

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."

O'Hurley returned to the Baywatch universe in a 1995 Baywatch Nights episode "Bad Blades," playing the villainous Kemp, in a roller hockey themed episode.

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.

From 2000–2004 he announced for Cartoon Network sister channel, Boomerang.

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 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. 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 starred on Broadway and on National Tour as Billy Flynn in Chicago. He has 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.[6] 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.

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.

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.[7][8] He also acted in the soap opera Loving as Keith Lane-Jonathan Matalaine.

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

He also provided the voice for Victor the Villain on the children's animated TV series Wallykazam!.

Game show host[edit]

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 departing the show at the beginning of 2010. He was replaced by fellow comedian and film star Steve Harvey. He stated in a 2017 interview with Fox News that he agreed that 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 recalling 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."[9]

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 O'Hurley's wife especially for their wedding day in 2004. He was featured on the March/April 2009 cover of Making Music Magazine.[10]

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.

In May 2011, O'Hurley received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.[11]

Select filmography[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
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


Year Title Role Notes
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
2000, 2010,
2017, 2018
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
2002-04 Teamo Supremo Captain Excellent (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"
2006–10 Family Feud Himself/Host
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, 2019 The Lion Guard Hadithi (voice) 3 episodes
2017 The Powerpuff Girls Additional Voices Episode: "Memory Lane of Pain"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
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
2010 SpongeBob's Boating Bash Seymour Scales


  • 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


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  5. Grow, Kory (2016-04-29). "How a 'Seinfeld' Joke Became a Reality". Rolling Stone.
  6. "Behind the Voice Actors - Voice Compare - Disney - Phantom Blot".
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  9. "John O'Hurley talks about his gig "The Standards", reflects on Donald Trump and why he left 'Family Feud'". Fox News.
  10. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-04-11. Retrieved 2011-02-18. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. "NECO Medalists Database". National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. Archived from the original on 14 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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