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John O'Hurley          

Television Personality and Voice Actor; Known for Hosting "Family Feud"

Two days after arriving in New York City to start his acting career, John O'Hurley landed his first gig on Broadway. He then segued into appearing on soap operas, starting with "The Edge of Night" in 1983, then followed by "Loving" and then capping it off with "The Young & the Restless." The exposure led to roles outside the confines of daytime television.

O'Hurley's career continued with an erotic trend in his feature film debut, "Night Eyes 2," a low-budget thriller. After playing a minor part in another erotic thriller, "Mirror Images," he returned to television on various primetime shows, including episodes of "Nurses," "Baywatch" and "Frasier."

O'Hurley's big break was his role as the fictional J. Peterman on "Seinfeld." What was supposed to be a five-minute appearance turned into a four-year recurring role for the actor. With his "Seinfeld" success, the silver-haired actor immediately became a hot commodity and was recognized by fans at airports and restaurants.

As his stint on "Seinfeld" began to wind down following the announcement of the series finale in 1998, O'Hurley maintained a steady stream of appearances on television while delving into voiceover work for animated series. He lent his deep and well-enunciated voice to "Disney's Hercules," "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command" and "Family Guy." In the late 1990s, O'Hurley began hosting duties on various programs and specials, such as "Extreme Courage," "Incredible Animals" and "To Tell the Truth."

In 2002, O'Hurley hosted the "National Dog Show Presented by Purina" for the first time, going on to return as host of the annual event for a number of years. Bringing a mixture of enthusiasm and wit to the job, O'Hurley brought his sharp humor to the competition without attempting to pass himself off as an expert. Later, he appeared in what became 2005's surprise hit competition show, "Dancing with the Stars." O'Hurley was then invited to take over the role of lawyer Billy Flynn in the well-received revival of "Chicago" beginning in January 2006. That same year, he took over as host of the long-running game show "Family Feud" for four years, eventually passing the microphone to comedian Steve Harvey in 2010.

Apparently enjoying his run on "Chicago," O'Hurley returned to the stage in the musical comedy "Spamalot." O'Hurley voiced the blustering King Neptune for the animated TV movie "Spongebob Squarepants," a role which he had voiced for the cartoon series numerous times in the past. Other voice work included recurring turns on the latest adventures of those "meddling kids" in "Scooby-Do! Mystery Incorporated" and as the voice of the cosmic gamester, The Grandmaster, in the kid-friendly Marvel Comics animated series "The Super Hero Squad Show."

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John O'Hurley returns as national tour of 'Chicago' opens in Tacoma ...

He's played Billy Flynn more than 1000 times for half a decade. But when John O' Hurley – actor, singer, “Family Feud” host and “Seinfeld” star – steps on the ...

John O'Hurley: Bryan Cranston is my best friend - People ...

John O'Hurley is the perfect man for the job as suave lawyer Billy Flynn in the ultimate Broadway classic Chicago.

John O'Hurley opens the Muny season : Entertainment

John O'Hurley, the silver-haired actor who played J. Peterman on “Seinfeld,” will star as King Arthur in the opening show of the 2013 Muny season, “Spamalot.”.

John O'Hurley's Thanksgiving Tradition: 2,000 Dogs and 20 Million ...

It's been 11 years since actor John O'Hurley began an unlikely new Thanksgiving tradition: Co-hosting a dog show on national television in front of tens of ...

'Seinfeld’ Monologue: John O’Hurley Shares Unaired J. Peterman Monologue
'Seinfeld' star John O'Hurley is friends with the real J. Peterman ...

Decades before he made J. Peterman an urban-sombrero legend on “Seinfeld,” John O'Hurley starred in “The Fantasticks.” The year was 1974, and O'Hurley, ...

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