A Chat with Actor John O’Hurley of The J. Peterman Company

by Phil Bundy on January 30, 2010

This afternoon, I had the pleasure of meeting actor John O’Hurley and real-life catalog entrepreneur John Peterman at a small booth on the floor of the PGA Show.

A multi-talented actor for film, television, and voice as well as a classically trained music composer, pianist, and vocalist, O’Hurley has enjoyed a long and successful career in show business. Most notably, he portrayed a fictionalized version of Peterman on Seinfeld from 1995 to 1998. More recently, he was the runner-up on the 2005 version of Dancing with the Stars. He is an avid golfer who plays in a number of PGA Tour pro-ams and celebrity golf events, each year.

In an amazing case of fiction meets reality, O’Hurley became an investor of The J. Peterman Company. After declaring bankruptcy in 1999, Peterman sold his company, but when the acquiring firm also went out of business, the entrepreneur bought back the rights to his name with the help of O’Hurley and re-launched the brand name in 2001. Peterman wrote a fascinating account of the story in a book titled Peterman Rides Again.

On the floor of the PGA Show, the two gentlemen graciously greeted attendees in a modest booth that displayed their classic-styled shirts and sweaters. With the combined talents of O’Hurley and Peterman, I would not be surprised to see the J. Peterman name develop into a well-known golf brand similar to Clint Eastwood’s wildly successful Tehama apparel company.

Good luck to John O’Hurley and John Peterman!

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