The Late Movies: John O'Hurley Before (and After) J. Peterman


It's been 14 years since Seinfeld went off the air (really!), but every time I see actor John O'Hurley, I think of him as J. Peterman, Elaine's boss and the fictionalized version of the catalog-company entrepreneur. Before that, though, he took on roles in commercials (like Diet 7-Up) and soap operas (like General Hospital). And since his over-the-top Seinfeld role, he's gone on to do everything from starring on Broadway to Dancing With the Stars to hosting the National Dog Show. Today, he turns 58. Who knows what's next?


From 1995 to 1998, he played John Peterman.

Family Feud

In 2006, O'Hurley replaced Richard Karn (that's Al Borland to you Home Improvement fans) as the fifth host of Family Feud. He left Family Feud in 2010.

Dancing With the Stars

He was a contestant on the first season of Dancing with the Stars in 2004. Though he was a fan favorite, he lost to soap star Kelly Monaco.

Diet 7-Up commercial

O'Hurley advertised the soda that "tastes as good as it looks" in 1983.

National Dog Show

Since 2002, O'Hurley has hosted the National Dog Show. (Fun fact: The dog show has been been ongoing since 1843.)


He starred on Broadway and on national tour as Billy Flynn.

General Hospital

Like many Hollywood stars, O'Hurley got his start on soap operas. He was in General Hospital for a time as Greg Bennett.