John O’Hurley is an American actor, comedian, singer, author, game show host, and television personality. He is known for his portrayal of J. Peterman on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld, his voice acting as the original King Neptune on SpongeBob SquarePants, and for being the sixth host of the game show Family Feud from 2006 to 2010. He also hosted To Tell the Truth from 2000 to 2002 in syndication.
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.
He was a contestant on the first season of the television show Dancing with the Stars, which aired during mid-2005. O’Hurley and his dance partner Charlotte Jørgensen made it to the final
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.” In 2003, he played the role of Roger Heidecker on the UPN television series The Mullets.
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. He also co-starred on the short-lived sitcom A Whole New Ballgame, had a role as Ralph Stafford on the Murder She Wrote episode “Nailed”, and guest-starred in an episode of Drake & Josh.
O’Hurley has been the host of Purina’s annual National Dog Show every Thanksgiving since 2002.
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 House of Mouse. 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”, in 1999 as a cult leader in the Family Guy episode “Chitty Chitty Death Bang”, and in 2010, guest-starred on Wizards of Waverly Place as Captain Jim-Bob Sherwood.
From 2008 to 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. He previously appeared as Dr. James Grainger in three episodes of The Young and the Restless in 1990, and 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!.
From 2000 to 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 individual to host 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.
On May 13, 1985, 21 years before becoming the host of Family Feud, O’Hurley appeared on a celebrity edition of Family Feud during “Guys & Dolls” Week. This makes him one of only a small number of individuals to have both hosted and been a contestant on the same game show.