John O'Hurley
O'Hurley As Billy Flynn in the National Touring Production of Chicago.
Birth Name
John Gerald O'Hurley
Gender   Male
Date of birth
October 9, 1954 (age 60)
Place of birth
Kittery, Maine, U.S
Characters portrayed
Roger Doofenshmirtz
Other projects
Seinfeld, Family Feud, Spamalot

John O'Hurley (born October 9, 1954; Kittery, Maine) is an American author, songwriter and American actor known for his role of J. Peterman on Seinfeld and host of the game show Family Feud. For Phineas and Ferb, he voices Roger Doofenshmirtz.

Personal life

John O'Hurley was born in Kittery, Maine. The son of Jean, a homemaker, and John O'Hurley, an ear, nose, and throat surgeon. He attended Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford, Connecticut and graduated from Providence College in 1976 with a BA in Theater.

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 was also director of public relations for the American Red Cross.

John is a self-taught pianist and classically-trained vocalist. He 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 famed cellist Marston Smith. The piece "For Lisa" was written for John's wife especially for their wedding day in 2004.

He was married to Eva LaRue from 1992-1994. Since August 14, 2004 he has been married to Lisa Mesloh. She had their son, William Dylan O'Hurley, on December 6, 2006.

John is noted for his strong Mid-Atlantic accent most likely due to his relationship with theater arts and also from spending a good portion of his life in New England.


John O'Hurley's career includes many different kinds of roles, starting with soap operas in 1956, and includes comedies, hosting game shows, and voice actor on several cartoons. He has been a contestant on Dancing with the Stars and has served as the host of the National Dog Show since 2002.

His role as J. Peterman in Seinfeld lead to becoming part owner of The J. Peterman Company in 2001.

Notable roles

Background information

  • Refuses to dye his frosted hair black to get younger roles. [1]


  • It's Okay to Miss the Bed on the First Jump (2006)
  • Before Your Dog Can Eat Your Homework, First You Have to Do It (2007)


  • 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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