John O’Hurley was born on the 9th October 1954, in Kittery, Maine USA, and is an actor, voice actor, television personality, and author, probably best known for his role as J. Peterman in the TV sitcom “Seinfeld”, and from hosting the show called “Family Feud” from 2006 to 2010. O’Hurley’s career started in 1963.
Have you ever wondered how rich John O’Hurley is, as of mid-2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that O’Hurley’s net worth is as high as $8.5 million, earned through his successful acting career. In addition to appearing on screen, O’Hurley has also published three books, sales of which have also improved his wealth.
John O’Hurley Net Worth $8.5 Million
John O’Hurley was born to John O’Hurley, an ear, nose, and throat surgeon, and Jean, a housewife. John has younger twin brothers, Bruce and Neal, while his older sister Carol died in 1970 due to epileptic seizures as the age of 17. He went to Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford, Connecticut, and later studied at Providence College, from where he graduated in 1976 with BA degree in Theatre.
O’Hurley had his television debut in the TV series “General Hospital” in 1963 in a minor role, but he waited for ten more years before appearing in “The Young and the Restless”, and later in “Loving” in 1983. In 1988, O’Hurley played Remar in the mini-series called “Something Is Out There”, and in 1989 he was cast in “Billy the Kid” starring Val Kilmer. From 1990 to 1991, John played Stephen Slade in 75 episodes of “Santa Barbara”, which only increased his net worth, before he had parts in “White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd” (1991) and “Night Eyes II” (1991).
In 1992, O’Hurley appeared in “Mirror Images”, “Seduction: Three Tales from the ‘Inner Sanctum’”, and in two episodes of “Baywatch”. In the mid-90’s, John played in TV series such as “Valley of the Dolls” (1994), “A Whole New Ballgame” (1995), “Over the Top” (1997), and “Seinfeld” (1995-1998). By the end of the 1990s, he also had roles in TV movies “The Killing Secret” (1997), “Murder Live!” (1997), “Blood on Her Hands” (1998), and “Tempting Fate” (1998). O’Hurley also acted in “Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story” (1998), “Three Secrets” (1998), and “Love Stinks” (1999) starring French Stewart.
With the new millennium, O’Hurley`s career began to decline, and he mainly appeared in B-production movies such as “Firetrap” (2001), “Race to Space” (2001), “Buying the Cow” (2002), “Knuckle Sandwich” (2004), and “An American Carol” (2008). He also gave his voice for the animated series “Phineas and Ferb” from 2008 to 2015, “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated” from 2010 to 2013, and “The Looney Tunes Show” from 2011 to 2013. Most recently, he played in “Christian Mingle” (2014), “Devious Maids” (2015), “Swing Away” (2016), and “A Remarkable Life” (2016), which also increased his net worth.
John O’Hurley actually participated in the first season of the television show “Dancing with the Stars” in 2005; he and his partner Charlotte Jørgensen made it to the finals where they lost to opera star Kelly Monaco. However, after fans alleged that Monaco’s victory was a set-up, O’Hurley and Jørgensen were re-instated and won, earning $126,000, adding a significant amount to his net worth.
Regarding his personal life, John O’Hurley was married to Eva LaRue from 1992 to 1994, and later married Lisa Mesloh in August 2014, with whom he has a son. O’Hurley received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May 2011.
Best friends with actor Bryan Cranston since their days together on the daytime soap Loving (1983). Bryan served as best man at both of John's weddings.
Finishing the tour of "Spamalot" as King Arthur. [October 2009]
Host, with Forbes Riley, of an infomercial for the "Red Skelton Released" DVD collection. Also appearing are Jamie Farr, Jayne Meadows, Phyllis Diller, Jill St. John, 'Daniel Van Becker' and Kip King. [January 2008]
Playing King Arthur in the musical Spamalot in Las Vegas [April 2007]
Host, with Forbes Riley, of an infomercial for the Honeywell "QuietClean" air purifier.
Currently in New York on Broadway performing in the smash hit musical "Chicago" with Robin Givens (from 1/16-3/25). [January 2006]
Release of his book, "It's Okay to Miss the Bed on the First Jump: And Other Life Lessons I Learned From Dogs".
Release of his book, "Before Your Dog Can Eat Your Homework, First You Have to Do It".
Competing on ABC's Dancing with the Stars (2005) with professional ballroom dancer, Charlotte Jorgensen. [June 2005]
In his second season of hosting Family Feud (1999). [July 2007]
Commercial endorsements for Progressive Insurance. [May 2005]
Appeared in a PSA for the American Humane Society.
Host of Family Feud (1999). [September 2006]
Named new host of Family Feud (1999). [March 2006]
He is a staunch supporter of the Republican party.
"J. Peterman", the character O'Hurley played on Seinfeld (1989), was based on a real-life clothing entrepreneur, J. Peterman. After the series ended, John O'Hurley became an investor and co-owner of the J. Peterman Company.
Met his wife, Lisa, through his love of golf.
Has a son, William Dylan O'Hurley (born December 6, 2006).
A self-taught pianist and classically-trained vocalist who has performed with symphonies, he has recently released a two-album project entitled "Peace of Our Minds", a compilation of his original piano compositions in tandem with famed cellist Marston Smith. One piece, "For Lisa", was written for John's wife, especially for their wedding day in 2004. O'Hurley has been composing since his teen years.
A financier and investor as well, he is a principal partner for Round One Investments in Los Angeles and Heritage Capital Advisors in Atlanta, two private-equity outfits. He also holds a big chunk of a restaurant chain and is an owner of the Alaskan airline Era Aviation.
September 2005 - Won Dancing with the Stars (2005) re-match with partner Charlotte Jorgensen, earning $126,000 for Golfers Against Cancer charity.
Was runner-up in the ABC hit, Dancing with the Stars (2005).
Attended Natick High School
Older sister Carol passed away in 1970 at the age of 17 due to epileptic seizures. Now John works on behalf of the Epilepsy Foundation to find a cure.
Collects fine wines.
Co-owner (with J. Peterman) of the real J. Peterman Catalog. After playing J. Peterman on Seinfeld (1989), he was offered the opportunity to buy part of the company and help bring it back from bankruptcy. They turned a profit the very first year that O'Hurley was part of the company.
Refuses to dye his frosted hair black to get younger roles.
Education: Providence College, Providence, RI; BA in theatre.
Hobbies: golf, tennis, carpentry and interior design.
Was director of public relations for the American Red Cross.
Alumnus of Kingswood-Oxford (private school) in West Hartford, Connecticut.