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By People Staff
Updated July 06, 2005 06:00 AM
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Actor, golfer, businessman, dog show host, composer – is there anything John O’Hurley can’t do? Famous as Seinfeld’s Baron of Bombast J. Peterman (“Oh, Elaine, this dry air is curing me like a Black Forest ham”), he’s currently doing his best Astaire on Dancing with the Stars – and serving on the J. Peterman Company board.

Why so many careers?
I’ve always had the kind of mind that likes to have a lot of plates spinning. And I don’t like to be defined by any one thing.

Ever take dance lessons as a child?
In fifth grade. All of us had to go to a little dance school. We tried to throw cookies into the piano. Not a lot rubbed off on me, but I always had a sense of carriage.

Who are you more like: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Savion Glover?
My sense of style is more like Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, the sense of the fox-trot, the light-on-the-feet, the gentle glide, the holding the woman lightly and turning her with that sense of grace.

Is the secret of dance like the secret of golf?
It is. As golf is not a game of strength, dance is not an art of strength. It’s an art of finesse. It’s about gathering speed and releasing. That’s what the golf swing is and that’s what a dance move is.

You also play the piano and have a new CD out.
It’s called Peace of Our Minds. In my head I’ve been writing since I was 4 years old and at a pond watching turtles. I would say it’s like large Yanni: very romantic and sensual.

Can we buy it in the J. Peterman catalog?
No, it’s not J. Peterman material, unfortunately.

You’re on the Peterman board. What’s the best item in the catalog?
I think the furniture collection is interesting, and I also like the new perfume.

You look terrific – dancing seems to agree with you.
I’ve dropped 15 lbs.! It’s a great way to stay in shape.

You promised to dance in a red Speedo if you lost 20. So, just 5 more.
An anxious nation waits. I am a man who will keep a promise.