Jacopo Peterman

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Jacopo Peterman
Gender Male
Family Unnamed Mother
First Appearance "The Understudy"
Last Appearance "The Finale"
Occupation President of the J. Peterman Company
Portrayed By John O'Hurley

Jacopo Peterman (normally referred to as J. Peterman or simply Peterman) is a secondary character on the television show Seinfeld. He is played by John O'Hurley.


Peterman is the eccentric but fun owner of the J. Peterman Catalog sales company and is also Elaine Benes' boss during her employment there. She meets him in "The Understudy", the last episode of season six.

Despite being an owner of a well known catalog; J. Peterman seems to have very awkward social skills and personality, such as the time he moved to Burma to settle his problems. He seems to have very few friends outside of his business.

In "The Secret Code," J. Peterman meets Jerry Seinfeld and George Costanza.

In "The Van Buren Boys," Peterman meets Cosmo Kramer and buys his life stories from him.

In "The Muffin Tops," Peterman held a book-signing event that was attended by Elaine and Mr. Lippman. Kramer remembered Peterman and tried to join him since the book he released was also written by Kramer which resulted in Kramer being removed from the book store by two security guards.

In "The Finale, Part 2," J. Peterman attends the trial of Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer in Latham County. When Marla Penny mentioned about the "contest" the four had to see who can go a day without masturbating, J. Peterman quoted "For the love of god" during everyone's reaction to this. While the jury was out deciding on the verdict, J. Peterman is among those seen at the pool house where he wins at a game against Mickey and Kenny Bania. In a deleted scene, he meets David Puddy before the trial by quoting "You must be the boyfriend, the man behind the emerald curtain." "Yeah, that's right."


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  • John Peterman and his catalog, called J. Peterman, are real. Although the company is based in Lexington, Kentucky, not New York City, the character in the show resembles the way John Peterman talks and the actual catalog is spiced with tangential prose in the descriptions of the products—hard-to-find clothing and accessories (just as portrayed on the show).

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