John O'Hurley

Actor, Singer
Though he had been acting on stage and television for years, John O'Hurley did not become a household name until 1995, when his signature character of J. Peterman, the pompous, effusive and foolhardy catalogue clothier ... Read more »
Born: 10/08/1954 in Kittery, Maine, USA

Filmography

Actor (97)

America's Cutest: Disney Side Howl-o-ween 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

Phineas and Ferb 2004 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

Christian Mingle: The Movie 2014 (Movie)

Donny De Bona (Actor)

Gravity Falls 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Slammed 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Mentalist 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The National Dog Show 2012 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

High School 2012 (Movie)

Drug PSA Voice Over (Actor)

Baywatch Nights 1995 - 1999, 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Between Brothers 1998 - 1999, 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boy Meets World 1995 - 2000, 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Coach 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 2000, 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 2000, 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Duck Dodgers 1998 - 1999, 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Ellen 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 2000, 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Feud 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Host

For Your Love 1995 - 2000, 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Iron Chef America 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living Single 1995 - 1999, 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1996 - 1999, 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Melrose Place 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 2000, 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 2000, 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ned and Stacey 1995 - 2000, 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nurses 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 2000, 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pair of Kings 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Retired at 35 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Something So Right 1996 - 1999, 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 2000, 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The National Dog Show Presented by Purina 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

Wizards of Waverly Place 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Glenn Martin, DDS 2009 (Tv Show)

Voice

Hell's Kitchen 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

An American Carol 2008 (Movie)

Silvano (Actor)

Secret Talents of the Stars 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

The National Dog Show Presented by Purina 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Celebrity A List Bloopers 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

Dancing With the Stars: Dance-off 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Hope & Faith 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

New Year's Eve Live! 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Primetime Live 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2005 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Drake and Josh 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mrs. World 2005 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Host

Quintuplets 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

2Shocking4TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

Come to Papa 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Father of the Pride 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Great American Celebrity Spelling Bee 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

The Mullets 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1st Annual Miss Dog Beauty Pageant 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The National Dog Show Presented by Purina 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Host

Disney/Pixar's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Mrs. World 2002 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Son of the Beach 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Teddy Bear's Picnic 2002 (Movie)

Earle Hansen (Actor)

The 25th Annual Mrs. America Pageant 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

To Tell the Truth 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Firetrap 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Weber Show 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Extreme Courage 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Incredible Animals 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual Soap Opera Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Guy 1999 (Tv Show)

Voice

Three Secrets 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Damon 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Over the Top 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Seinfeld 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Style & Substance 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Life With Roger 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Temporarily Yours 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

A Whole New Ballgame 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Pig Sty 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Frasier 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Valley of the Dolls 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Scorch 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Mirror Images 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Night Eyes 2 1991 (Movie)

Turner (Actor)

Blood on Her Hands (TV Show)

Actor

Devious Maids (Tv Show)

Actor

Loving (TV Show)

Actor

Murder Live! (TV Show)

Actor

My First Time (TV Show)

Actor

My Son Is Innocent (TV Show)

Actor

Something Is Out There (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Though he had been acting on stage and television for years, John O'Hurley did not become a household name until 1995, when his signature character of J. Peterman, the pompous, effusive and foolhardy catalogue clothier made his debut on the popular sitcom "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998). Speaking in flowery prose, much like the over-the-top copy in the real J. Peterman catalogue, O'Hurley's character - once described as cross between "a mock detective from 1940's radio and a bad Charles Kurault" - entered the cultural zeitgeist and became a part of television history. Though always possessing a flair for broad comedy, O'Hurley's talents were far-reaching - he appeared in numerous soap operas, television movies and Broadway productions, hosted game shows, and lent his distinctive voice to dozens of animated series. He even impressed audiences with his fancy footwork on the surprise summer hit, "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ), where his last-minute, surprising loss created a minor scandal and major ratings boost for the then fledgling show. While some actors, lucky enough to have landed a memorable character like Peterman might never have emerged out from under its considerable shadow, O'Hurley managed to parlay that notoriety into a vibrant career, equally diverse and prolific.

Relationships

Jean O'Hurley

Mother

Louann Gideon

Companion
engaged c. 1985-86 no longer together

Eva LaRue

Wife
married in 1992 divorced in 1994

Lisa Mesloh

Wife
engaged as of Fall 2003 married August 14, 2004, at Santa Barbara's Bacara resort

Robert O'Hurley

Father

William O'Hurley

Son
born December 6, 2006 mother, Lisa Mesloh

Carol O'Hurley

Sister
died in 1970 at age 17 from an epileptic seizure

EDUCATION

Kingswood-Oxford Preparatory

West Hartford , Connecticut

Providence College

Providence , Rhode Island 1977

Milestones

2007

Will star as King Arthur in the Las Vegas production of "Spamalot" (March)

2006

Cast in the role of lawyer Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of "Chicago"

2005

Cast in the summer reality series "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC)

2003

Starred in the short-lived comedy "The Mullets" (UPN)

2000

Voiced King Nova on the animated series "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command" (ABC 2000-01, UPN 2001-02)

2000

Hosted the syndicated game show "To Tell the Truth"

1997

Cast as Robert on the ABC sitcom "Over the Top"

1995

Had recurring role of J Peterman on "Seinfeld" (NBC)

1995

Was regular on the short-lived ABC sitcom "A Whole New Ballgame"

1992

Played a stuffy anchorman in his first primetime sitcom, the short-lived (3 episodes) CBS series "Scorch"

1990

Joined cast of NBC's "Santa Barbara"

1989

Appeared on the CBS daytime soap "The Young and the Restless"

1988

Had featured role in the NBC primetime miniseries "Something Is Out There"

1984

Played dual role of Keith and Jonathan on the ABC soap "Loving"

1983

Landed first regular role on TV on the ABC daytime dram "Edge of Night"

1979

Moved to NYC

Raised in West Hartford, Connecticut

After college, worked in public relations

Began performing while a student at Providence College; played Biff in "Death of a Salesman"

Bonus Trivia

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"I've always had the kind of mind that likes to have a lot of plates spinning. And I don't like to be defined by any one thing."---O'Hurley to People, July 11, 2005.

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