Michael Edward "Mike" O'Malley (born October 31, 1966) is an American actor and playwright who has appeared in films and television series. He starred in the CBS comedy Yes, Dear. Prior to Yes Dear, he had a short-lived, self-named sitcom on NBC called The Mike O'Malley Show, in which he co-starred with his sister Kerry O'Malley, and also played the central character of short-lived WB sitcom Life with Roger. As of 2010, O'Malley has a recurring role on NBC's Parenthood, and a series regular role on FOX's Glee.



His first break came as the host of Nickelodeon children's game shows Get the Picture and Nickelodeon GUTS (later Global GUTS). O'Malley starred in Life with Roger, a series which aired from 1996-1997. In 1999, The Mike O'Malley Show aired 2 episodes before being canceled; 13 episodes were filmed.

Beginning in 2000, O'Malley starred as Jimmy Hughes on the CBS Comedy Yes, Dear. The show ran until 2006. Along with Yes, Dear costar Anthony Clark, O'Malley appeared in the Alan Jackson music video "The Talkin' Song Repair Blues". From 2000-2002, O'Malley also provided a voice for The WB's Baby Blues.

In 2006, O'Malley made a guest appearance on My Name Is Earl, as a police officer with bowling aspirations, and made several more guest appearances on the show. O'Malley has a recurring role in ESPN commercials in which he plays "The Rick", a rabid Boston sports fan. In 2008, O'Malley appeared in the NBC drama My Own Worst Enemy.

In 2009, O'Malley became the spokesman for Time Warner Cable's digital cable. Also in 2009, O'Malley began playing the recurring character Burt Hummel, the father of a gay student, on Glee. It is a role which has pleasantly surprised him[1] and lead to Entertainment Weekly's Tim Stack to say, "If Mike O'Malley doesn't win an Emmy for playing Burt Hummel, I will be sorely disappointed."[2] Chris Colfer, who plays Burt's son Kurt, has credited his off-screen relationship with O'Malley with improving the quality of their scenes together.[3]

Beginning in 2010, O'Malley portrays a recurring character on Parenthood.[4] He hosted The World's Funniest Office Commercials, also in 2010. On July 8, 2010, O'Malley received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor – Comedy Series for playing Burt Hummel on Glee.[5] Prior to its second season, O'Malley was made a series regular on Glee.[6] On August 8, 2010, O'Malley won the Teen Choice Awards for Parental Unit.[7]


O'Malley made his movie debut in the 1998 film Deep Impact, playing Elijah Wood’s astronomy teacher. He followed that with a supporting role in the John Cusack/Billy Bob Thornton film about air traffic controllers called Pushing Tin. In 2000, he portrayed Oliver, a sex addict, in the Sandra Bullock rehab film 28 Days. In 2005, O'Malley starred in the Heather Locklear/Hilary Duff film The Perfect Man. In 2007, he supplied supporting roles in the George Clooney film Leatherheads and the Eddie Murphy film Meet Dave.

O'Malley was one of the people interviewed in the film City of Champions: The Best of Boston Sports.[citation needed]

In 2009, O'Malley participated in the American documentary film The People Speak. In the film, he performed in a segment with political activist Staceyann Chin.


O'Malley is also an accomplished playwright. Two of his plays, Three Years from Thirty and Diverting Devotion, have been published and produced Off-Broadway. In 2003, a third play, Searching for Certainty, was produced, in Los Angeles.

Other media

In 2007, O'Malley kept a blog on Yahoo! Sports, which followed the Boston Red Sox throughout their journey in the MLB playoffs, which was eventually capped off by their World Series title.

Mike O'Malley is also mentioned in several songs by rapper mc chris.[citation needed]

Personal life

O'Malley was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in New Hampshire, the son of Marianne, a career counselor, and Tony O'Malley, an executive for the defense industry.[8] O'Malley is of Irish descent.

O'Malley and his wife, Lisa, have three children, Fiona, Seamus, and Declan. O'Malley is a 1984 graduate of Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, New Hampshire, and a 1991 graduate from the University of New Hampshire where he studied theatre. He is also a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. O'Malley returned to his alma mater in 2006 to deliver the commencement address to the University's 136th graduating class,[9] and also received an honorary doctorate.[10]

Kerry O'Malley, his younger New Hampshire-born sister, is also an actress and a Broadway veteran; she received critical attention for her role in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods and recently appeared in several episodes of Showtime's Brotherhood.

O'Malley is a Boston Red Sox fan and in May 2006 threw out the first pitch at a game in Fenway Park.[citation needed] He is also an avid fan of the NHL's Boston Bruins.[citation needed]


Year Work Role Notes
1991 Law & Order New York policeman #1 Television series
1 episode
Get the Picture Host Game show
1992–1995 Nickelodeon GUTS Host Game show
1996–1997 Life with Roger Roger Hoyt Television series
1997 Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing Storage facility manager Television film
1998 Some Girl Dan
Deep Impact Mike Perry
Above Freezing Artie
1999 Pushing Tin Pete
The Mike O'Malley Show Mike
2000 28 Days Oliver
2000–2002 Baby Blues Darryl MacPherson Animated series
2000–2006 Yes, Dear Jimmy Hughes 122 Episodes
2002 A Baby Blues Christmas Special Darryl MacPherson Animated television film
2005 The Perfect Man Lenny Horton
City of Champions: The Best of Boston Sports Himself Direct-to-video
Documentary film
2006–2009 My Name Is Earl Stuart Television series
14 episodes
2007 On Broadway Father Rolie O'Toole
2008 Meet Dave Office Knox
Leatherheads Mickey
Pretty/Handsome Chip Fromme Television film
My Own Worst Enemy Raymond Carter Television series
9 episodes
2009 The People Speak Himself Documentary film
2009–2010 Glenn Martin, DDS Various Animated series
2 episodes
Glee Burt Hummel Television series
5 episodes in season 1; series regular in season 2
Teen Choice Awards – Parental Unit
Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor – Comedy Series
2010 Parenthood Jim Kazinsky Television series
3 episodes


  1. Burke, Bill (April 27, 2010). "Mike O’Malley’s ‘Glee’ful". Boston Herald. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  2. Stack, Tim (May 25, 2010). "'Glee' instant reaction: Was the Lady Gaga episode its best yet?". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved May 26, 2010. 
  3. Masters, Megan (April 27, 2010). "Glee's Chris Colfer: There's More Daddy Drama to Come". Retrieved May 28, 2010. 
  4. "Mike O'Malley". imdb. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  5. "Emmys 2010: 'Glee, 'Mad Men' lead the nominations". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  6. (August 5, 2010). "Mike O'Malley on GDLA". Good Day L.A. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  7. "Teen Choice Awards 2010 - TV "Your Choice, Your Voice!"". Teen Choice Awards. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  8. "Mike O'Malley Biography (1969-)". 1969-10-31. Retrieved 2010-05-27. 
  9. O'Malley, Mike (May 20, 2006). "University of New Hampshire Commencement 2006 Remarks". Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  10. McNamara, Eileen (May 7, 2006). "Honorary senselessness". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 

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