PROFILE
Name:
John O'Hurley
Birth Date:
October 9, 1956
Birth Place:
Kittery, Maine, USA
Height:
6' 2½" (1.89 m)
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Background:

John O'Hurley is an American actor, voice actor and television personality. He has appeared in several soap operas like “The Edge of Night” (ABC), “Loving” (ABC), “As the World Turns” (CBS), “The Young and the Restless” (CBS), “Santa Barbara” (NBC), “General Hospital” (ABC), “Valley of the Dolls” (syndicated) and  “All My Children” (ABC) as well as starred in the short lived primetime series “Scorch” (1992), “A Whole New Ballgame” (1995), “Over the Top” (1997) and “The Mullets” (2003-2004). The former public relations worker is perhaps best remembered for his recurring role as John Peterman in the popular sitcom “Seinfeld,” which he played during 1995-1998. In more recent years, O'Hurley becomes known as the runner up celerity dancer in the first season of “Dancing with the Stars” (2005) and host of the game show “Family Feud” (from 2006 to 2010). O'Hurley has released two books: the New York best seller “It's Okay to Miss the Bed on the First Jump” (2006) and “Before Your Dog Can Eat Your Homework, First You Have to Do It” (2007).  
 
O'Hurley has been married twice. He and current wife Lisa Mesloh have one son together. He collects fine wines and enjoys golf, tennis, carpentry and interior design. In May 2011, O'Hurley was honored with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor thanks to his dedication to numerous humanitarian causes.


Public Relation

Childhood and Family:

John O'Hurley was born on October 9, 1954, in Kittery, Maine, but grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut. His father was a surgeon and his mother was a homemaker. He attended Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford, Connecticut and later received a BA in Theatre from the Providence College, in Rhode Island. John had an older sister named Carol, but she died in 1970 at the age of 17 from epileptic seizures. This inspired John to work on behalf of the Epilepsy Foundation to find a cure.

In 1992, John married  Eva LaRue, but they later divorced in 1994. He married Lisa Mesloh, whom he met through golf, on August 14, 2004, at Santa Barbara's Bacara resort. The couple welcomed  a son, William Dylan, on December 6, 2006.


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Career:

John O'Hurley knew that he wanted to become a performer since he was a young child. A lifelong fan of Lloyd Bridges, he used to imitate his idol after watching Bridges in episodes of “Sea Hunt.” He started acting while attending Providence College, and landed the role of Biff in a stage production of “Death of a Salesman.” However, due to the instability reason, he opted to work in public relations after college rather than directly pursued acting. After stints at the Yale medical facility and the Red Cross, a then 24 year old O'Hurley decided to leave his job and begin a career in showbiz.

Moving to NYC in 1979, O'Hurley quickly broke Broadway, and joined the national tours of “The Pirates of Penzance” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” He started his television career in 1983 when he landed the role of Greg Shaeffer in the ABC daytime soap opera “The Edge of Night.” He continued to play the dual role of Keith and Jonathan on the ABC soap “Loving” from 1984 to 1986 and then Douglas Prescott in CBS' “As the World Turns” in 1988. From 1989 to 1991, he played DR. Jim Grainger in CBS' “The Young and the Restless.” He also played Steven Slade in the NBC soap “Santa Barbara” during 1990-1991 and Greg Bennett in ABC's “General Hospital” in 1992.  

Meanwhile, in 1988, O'Hurley made his primetime debut with a featured role in the Emmy Award nominating miniseries “Something Is Out There” (NBC), starring Joe Cortese, Maryam d'Abo and George Dzundza. He played Dolan in the Gore Vidal written television film “Billy the Kid” (1989) and had a small role in the NBC telepic “White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd” (1991), starring Loni Anderson, Maryedith Burrell and Robert Davi. In 1992, he joined Rose Marie, Brenda Strong and Todd Susman to star in his first primetime sitcom, “Scorch,” where he was cast as a stuffy anchorman named Howard Gurman. Unfortunately for O'Hurley, the show was canceled after only three episodes were aired. The same year, O'Hurley also made his big screen debut with a supporting role as Detective Turner on the drama/thriller “Night Eyes II,” helmed by Rodney McDonald.

In 1994, O'Hurley returned to the soap opera realm when he was cast as Allen Cooper on the syndicated series “Valley of the Dolls.” Following guest appearances in primetime shows like “Nurses,” “Frasier,” “Baywatch,” “The John Larroquette Show,” the actor landed a regular role on the ABC sitcom “A Whole New Ballgame,”which debuted on January 9, 1995. The show, in which he played a bilious anchorman, Tad Sherman, also had a brief live and put him out of work in a couple of months. O'Hurley, however, did not score big success until he played a fictionalized version of the catalog-company entrepreneur John Peterman in several episodes of the Jerry Seinfeld  hit sitcom “Seinfeld” (NBC, 1989-1998) between 1995 and 1998. In the meantime, he started appearing on primetime more frequently, thanks to guest spots in shows like “Murder, She Wrote,” “Living Single,” “Baywatch Nights,”  “Melrose Place,” “Ned and Stacey,” “Mad About You” and “Boy Meets World.”

In 1997, O'Hurley was cast as Robert McSwain in the ABC sitcom “Over the Top,” opposite Tim Curry, Annie Potts and Luke Tarsitano. The show was axed after three episodes were broadcast. He continued to appear in episodes of “The X-Files,” “Ghost Cop,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Damon,” “Ellen,” “Sunset Beach” and “For Your Love.” Additionally, he appeared in television movies such as “Blood on Her Hands” (1998), “Tempting Fate” (1998), “Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story” (1998) and “Three Secrets” (1999) as well as in the film “Love Stinks” (1999), a comedy starring French Stewart, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras and Bill Bellamy and directed and written by Jeff Franklin. The late 1990s also found O'Hurley starting his work as a voice actor with gigs on the television shows “The  Angry Beavers,” “The Lionhearts,” “Family Guy” and “Mickey Mouse Works” as well as as a host on various programs and specials.    

In the new millennium, O'Hurley's voice could be heard in episodes of “Hey Arnold!” (2000, as Councilman Gladhand), “Buzz Lightyear of Star Command” (2000, as King Nova), “Lloyd in Space” (2001, as Brock Rockman), “Kim Possible” (2002, as Ancient King / King Wallace II), “House of Mouse” (2002, as Phantom Blot), “The Legend of Tarzan” (2001-2003, as Johannes Niels), “Stripperella” (2003), “What's New, Scooby-Doo?” (2003, 2005), “Father of the Pride” (2004-2005, as Blake) and “Duck Dodgers” (2003-2005, as Captain Star Johnson). He hosted the syndicated game show “To Tell the Truth” in 2001. O'Hurley also acted in such films as “Wild Grizzly” (2000, TV), “Firetrap” (2001), “Race to Space” (2001), “Teddy Bears' Picnic” (2002), “Buying the Cow” (2002), “Knuckle Sandwich” (2004) and “Slammed” (2004) and made guest appearances in television shows like “Son of the Beach” (2001), “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” (2002, as Professor Beltran), “Odd Job Jack” (2003), “Come to Papa” (2004), “Quintuplets” (2004, as Buck Reynolds) and “Drake & Josh” (2005, as Dr. Carlson). He portrayed  Mr. Bill Erlicht in three episodes of the short lived series “The Weber Show” (2000), including the pilot, and returned to series television as a regular on the UPN short lived comedy “The Mullets” (2003-2004), where he played the role of Roger Heidecker. Co-stars in the series included Michael Weaver, David Hornsby and Loni Anderson.

In 2005, O'Hurley became a contestant on the first season of the ABC reality series “Dancing with the Stars,” which ran from June 1 to July 13. Along with his dance partner Charlotte Jørgensen, O'Hurley made it to the final competition but he lost to ABC soap opera star Kelly Monaco. Commenting on the show, he stated, “I would go back and do this every week... When we got the tens, it blew me away.”

In 2006, O'Hurley revisited the Broadway when he was cast in the role of lawyer Billy Flynn in the smash hit musical “Chicago,” opposite Robin Givens. Later that same year, he was named new host of the syndicated game show “Family Feud,” replacing Richard Karn. He would remain with the show until Steve Harvey replaced him in 2010.

In March 2007, O'Hurley played the lead role of King Arthur in the Las Vegas production of “Spamalot.” He later reprised the role in the 2008 Los Angeles production of “Spamalot” at the Ahmanson Theatre.

O'Hurley had a small role in the David Zucker coemdy film “An American Carol” (2008), starring Kevin P. Farley, Kelsey Grammer and Leslie Nielsen. 2008 also saw him start his recurring role as Roger Doofenshmirtz in the animated series “Phineas and Ferb.” During 2010-2011, he provided the voice of  Skipper Shelton in several episodes of “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.” O''Hurley joined the ABC soap “All My Children” in the role of Kit Sterling shortly before the show's cancellation in 2011. Also in 2011, he becomes the regular host of NBC's yearly show, “The National Dog Show presented by Purina.”

Recently, in 2012, O'Hurley co-starred with Dusan Brown, Sadie Calvano and Rachel Cannon in the made for television film “Village People,” directed by James Widdoes, and starred in the  short film “Kennigan with John O'Hurley.”


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