John O’Hurley: Artiste Extraordinaire

By Julie Grates
December / January 2006

John O’Hurley, one of America’s most versatile actors, businessman, musician and even show host, is probably best known for his portrayal of the eccentric and humorous J. Peterman on Seinfield, one of America’s best known and loved sitcoms of the 1990’s.

Even though O’Hurley is best known for acting in sitcoms, feature films and lending his voice to cartoon characters, he has now ventured into the new medium of television, reality game shows. Now, O’Hurley can add winning a nationally televised dance competition to his long list of accomplishments.

Over the summer, O’Hurley competed in the hit ABC show, Dancing With The Stars O’Hurley was one of six celebrities featured on the breakthrough hit of the summer. Each celebrity was paired up with a professional dancer and they would choreograph a dance for each new episode. The audience and the judges’ scores were combined in order to figure out who would be eliminated the next week. Dancing With The Stars was a spin-off of the international hit show, Strictly Come Dancing.

O’Hurley and his partner Charlotte won the final dance-off allowing them to receive the coveted trophy. They had to perform several different dances such as the Cha Cha, Fox Trot and the Waltz.

In addition to his TV work, O’Hurley is very dedicated to his charity work and golfing. During his spare time he has been seen golfing in different tournaments such as the Celebrity Players Tour and he has lent his name to charities such as Golfers Against Cancer and the Child Development Institute.

Ever multi-talented, O’Hurley will next turn his hand to playing the suave lawyer Billy Flynn in Chicago on Broadway beginning January 16th. He will perform opposite Robin Givens’ Roxie Hart in a run to continue until the end of March. ♦

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