Travel Talk with Seinfeld’s John O’Hurley

Actor John O’Hurley has entertained and inspired thousands, forging his way into American pop culture on television and film, most notably with his portrayal of the wildly eccentric character, “J. Peterman”, in the comedy popular television, Seinfeld, for which he won a Screen Actor’s Guild Award. He has starred in over 50 TV shows and two dozen movies. He became one of America’s most popular game show hosts with classics such as Tell the truth and family quarrel. He performed on Broadway and across the country in hits such as Chicago and spamlot. Mr. O’Hurley is also the host of the NBC Thanksgiving TV tradition, The national dog showappreciated each year for thirteen years by 25 million viewers.

He is now extending his reach into the business world as a private venture capitalist and is in fact co-owner of the real J. Peterman Company, the subject of his Seinfeld-ian parody. Most recently, O’Hurley partnered with 30-year tech veteran Becky Wanta. to launch his biometric authentication company. Called Q5id, it provides industry-leading patented identity verification services that allow individuals to take control and protect their identities using multiple biometrics for secure passwordless logins that eliminate data theft. identifiers.

I contacted Mr. O’Hurley and he gave me a telephone interview from his home in Los Angeles.

What is your best vacation?

I haven’t had it yet – my imagination is too fertile – there are things I haven’t seen yet – But I liked it a lot – New Zealand, Australia, I spent a terrific time. I made a film in Greece and I’m going back there in October – it’s probably my favorite country. Outside of filming, I’m a big fan of going island hopping. I played a billionaire in my last movie – we used a boat and went island hopping with the boat so that was my favorite thing to do in Greece. Greeks are the most hospitable people – they are proud to be Greek from getting up at 6am, all day, until going to bed at 4:30am.

What is your favorite activity on vacation?

I enjoy golfing and private fly fishing. I bought a lake in Vermont—yes, you can buy a lake—I bought a lake and the property around it, and I’m fly-fishing there. It’s like On the golden pond. It’s pretty cool.

Favorite destinations?

My fingerprints are still all over New England – I was born in Kittery, Maine, and grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut. I went to Kingswood-Oxford. Then to Providence College where I served on the board of trustees for almost 10 years.

Favorite hotel and why?

Yes we do, and it revolves around Pebble Beach – this area is the most fascinating in the country – so many avenues for amazing experiences – golfing or just surfing in the bay, or just hiking in the Big Sur wilderness. It is one of the seven wonders of the world. The Lodge in Pebble Beach and The Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur – that’s where God goes on vacation, when no one’s looking – even though I’ve seen him fishing in my Vermont lake.

Favorite hotel chain?

The four Seasons. We appreciated their experiences across the country.

What is your favorite travel product from the Peterman catalogue?

Do you know that I like? I love their 1901 men’s cologne – it’s an absolutely wonderful men’s cologne but I also love the black version of the long duster coat – for formal wear in New York or riding a horse. One of the classic niche pieces from the Peterman collection – in beige canvas and also in black, which looks absolutely stylish.

Where did you spend your honeymoon ?

We got engaged on the 7the hole at Pebble Beach –– I will be revisiting the 7 soone hole where the ring was placed in the hole for her to find out. It’s quite a story. We played a game of one-hole skins – the ring was in the hole of a box – a 5.5 carat ring… I fell to my knees – I said to him, “This box was for you”, and she burst into tears. Married to Bacara in Santa Barbara. We honeymooned at Ventanas in Cabo and also at Fenway Park in Boston because I’m a die-hard Red Sox fan.

The first big trip you took after being “successful” in your profession.

I think we took British Airways first class and played in the Dunhill Cup – in the Pro-Am – at St. Andrews in Scotland. I stayed at The Old Course hotel. Spectacular. The oldest course in the world – where golf began.

Favorite airline?

We used to love Virgin, but we’re starting to like these new little airlines – JetSuites (now called JSX) – a wonderful little airline from LA to Vegas, Phoenix, Denver – they have smaller regional jets – you can show up 5 minutes before your flight and board – run like a private airline. A nice bridge between the hassle of commercial flying and private flying. It fits perfectly between the two. It grows quite quickly.

What’s always in your hand luggage?

I have a very powerful portable massager – I give it away as a prize at my charity golf tournaments – anyway it relieves you of back pain.

What snacks do you travel with?

No snacks but I’m a wine whore so I always have a glass of wine. I have a new show, By the vine – I host – my unique circuits and the great international vineyards. We start filming this fall. We’ll be on PBS and downloadable as well.

How to stay in shape on the road?

I bring my rubber exercise bands which gives me a great workout. I will use the hotel treadmill or do hour walks for cardio. I also limit calories on the road. Lots of soup.

Favorite brand of luggage and why.

Yeti. It’s a handbag we love.

What kind of skincare do you use and travel with.

TreCeuticals. It’s the best moisturizer I’ve ever found, especially from plane to plane, when the skin feels dry all the time.

Can you say this for me, as Peterman: “Elaine, what we have here is a good old fashioned catfight.”

(He does, quite hysterically). Go to and you will see many celebrities doing birthday shoutouts for a fee – I’m one of the most popular people on the platform – people want J. Peterman’s monologues that are specific to people’s birthdays and anniversaries, and pep talks to people who are sick in the hospital. Motivational. I even had a guy call me who was suffering from erectile dysfunction. Every day I get half a dozen of them – it’s a wonderful side hustle. I had 20 a day during the pandemic. Every day I have several to do. But they are fun. The monologues are absurd.

Where is your next trip and why?

Heading to Pebble Beach this weekend, then back, then a few more shows in San Diego for my show (“A Man With Standards”) – a solo autobiographical show with music featuring songs from The Great American Songbook. Then off set, Red Door, Lemon Tree in Crete. A homecoming film. Fun. Nostalgic and romantic.

Are you browsing?

Yes – not bad – usually on Regent Seven Seas Cruises. I have a standing offer from them to do my show on board. I was supposed to go to Regent in August, but it didn’t work out. I love cruise lines. I like Regent because it’s small and confined – I like the elegance – it’s the best cruiser I’ve seen. I love suites – I spend my evenings on the balcony watching the world go by – it’s hypnotic to me. I usually get the owner’s suite if it’s available. I usually go for 10 days – that’s how long I like to make it worth it.

The best souvenir you’ve ever bought.

I collect old golf clubs, antiques from the 1800s – when people played with rudimentary clubs made by craftsmen – to solve a particular dilemma – the greenskeeper would come in his carriage and you needed a special club to get out of “the ‘rut”. .” Every time we go to St. Andrews I try to find a different antique. And I have quite a collection.

Bucket list destination?

Now it’s just about traveling with my son – I’d like to show him things and see them again through his eyes. He’s 15 – we travel more in Europe now. And he’s a pilot – every weekend I drop him off at the airport for his training. He is too young to drive a car, but he has no problem flying an airplane. It will be his life. Aviation.

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