Into It: John O'Hurley
'Family Feud' host John O'Hurley, best known for his role as J. Peterman on 'Seinfeld,' dishes on his favorite books, albums, and television shows.
I am reading Cormac McCarthy's novel, The Road. I chose it because I am a father and I have new dealings with being a parent. I never realized the capacity to love until the birth of my child. McCarthy writes about some things that I touch on in my own book, like the fact that I would lay my own life down for my child. He is trying to show the preciousness of life. I am also reading Confessions of a Country Architect by Don Metz, the architect of a new house I am building on a couple hundred acres that I just bought in Vermont. I bought [the book] because I wanted to find out a little bit about him.
... Listening to?
Well, I am a brand-new iPod owner. The problem is that when you buy one at my age, you download everything you can find. My child will no longer be able to go to college because I've usurped the money I saved for his school fund on iTunes downloads. I am listening to a double album of my own piano compositions, Peace of Our Mind. Another is Il Divo because I am a great opera fan. I listen to a lot of Josh Groban's stuff too. I have studied classical music and I sing on Broadway, so I can tell that the clarity in his voice bespeaks years of training. Pop music has no voice at all if you take the microphone away; if you take the microphone away from Il Divo and Josh Groban they could still fill a house.
My wife and I love to sit down and watch reruns of Seinfeld and episodes of Family Feud, because my 1-year-old son loves it. He walks up to the television screen and tries to reach for me. We also both love Entourage – it is kind of our hidden pleasure. I think it's a wonderful black comedy on the self-centeredness of Hollywood and the industry.
• Actor John O'Hurley, the host of TV's "Family Feud," has just published "Before Your Dog Can Eat Your Homework, First You Have to Do It: Life Lessons from a Wise Old Dog to a Young Boy" (Hudson Street Press).