Mike O'Malley

For the Australian boxer of the 1990s and 2000s, see Mick O'Malley.
Mike O'Malley

O'Malley (left) with Bronson Arroyo at a charity fundraiser in 2008
Born Michael Edward O'Malley
(1966-10-31) October 31, 1966
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Occupation Actor, writer
Years active 1991–present

Michael Edward "Mike" O'Malley (born October 31, 1966) is an American actor and writer who has appeared in many films and television series. Born in Boston and raised in New Hampshire, O'Malley moved to Los Angeles in the late 1990s to star in a series for NBC, called The Mike O'Malley Show. He is probably best known for his role as Jimmy Hughes on the hit CBS series Yes, Dear that aired from October 2, 2000, to February 15, 2006. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role as Burt Hummel on the Fox series Glee.

O'Malley has also guest-starred in series such as My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope, Parenthood and Parks and Recreation. He appeared in films such as 28 Days, Deep Impact, Leatherheads, Eat, Pray, Love and R.I.P.D..

Mike is a published playwright whose plays include Three Years From Thirty and Diverting Devotion. He adapted another play called Searching for Certainty for Peter Askin's film Certainty, which premiered at the Boston Film Festival in 2011. O'Malley is also a writer on Showtime's hit drama Shameless.

Early life

O'Malley was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Nashua, New Hampshire, the son of Marianne (a career counselor) and Tony O'Malley (an executive in the defense industry).[1]

O'Malley is a 1984 graduate of Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, New Hampshire, and a 1988 graduate from the University of New Hampshire where he studied theatre. He is also a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.



His first role came as the host of Nickelodeon children's game shows Get the Picture and Nickelodeon Guts (later Global GUTS). On the advice of colleague and friend Marc Summers, he moved to Los Angeles after the cancellation of GUTS to further pursue his acting career. O'Malley starred in Life with Roger, a series which aired from 1996 to 1997. In 1999, two episodes of The Mike O'Malley Show aired before the show was canceled; thirteen episodes were filmed. During the 1990s, he also appeared as "The Rick", a popular character in a series of ads for the ESPN network.

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 to 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 2008, O'Malley became the spokesman for Time Warner Cable's digital cable. 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[2] 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."[3] 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.[4]

Beginning in 2010, O'Malley portrayed a recurring character on Parenthood. He also hosted The World's Funniest Office Commercials 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 Award for Best Parental Unit.[7] He returned to recurring guest star status for the show's third season.


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 drug addict in rehab, in the Sandra Bullock film 28 Days. In 2005, O'Malley starred in the Heather Locklear/Hilary Duff film The Perfect Man. In 2007, he had 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.

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 a playwright with two of his plays, Three Years from Thirty and Diverting Devotion, having been published and produced Off-Broadway. In 2003, a third play, Searching for Certainty was produced in Los Angeles.

He later wrote the screenplay for the film Certainty, which is based on Searching for Certainty. The movie began production on May 24, 2010, directed by Peter Askin and produced by O'Malley, along with Will Battersby and Per Melita.[8] Certainty premiered at the Boston Film Festival on September 16, 2011, where it won the Best Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Ensemble Cast awards.[9]

He is also a writer and consulting producer on the Showtime dramedy series Shameless, which was renewed in January 2013 for a fourth season.[10][11]

He created the Starz basketball comedy series Survivor's Remorse and serves as the show's writer and producer with his production company O'Malley Ink.[12]

Other media work

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.

Personal life

O'Malley resides in Los Angeles with his wife Lisa. They have three children: Fiona, Seamus and Declan.[13]

Kerry O'Malley, his younger sister, is an actress and Broadway veteran. She received critical attention for her role in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods and appeared in several episodes of Showtime's Brotherhood.

A long time fan of Boston band Buffalo Tom, O'Malley is a close friend of lead singer Bill Janovitz. They have often supported causes together.[14][15] O'Malley requested that the band create a title song for his own short-lived television show The Mike O'Malley Show, as well as for the sitcom Yes, Dear which he co-starred on. According to O'Malley, his love of the band was shared with his wife and was "the glue" that kept them together during their long distance relationship.[16]

O'Malley is a Boston Red Sox fan, and in May 2006 threw out the first pitch at a game in Fenway Park.[17] He is also an avid fan of the NHL's Boston Bruins and the NFL's New England Patriots.

O'Malley returned to his graduating alma mater in 2006 to deliver the commencement speech to the University's 136th graduating class.[18] He also received an honorary degree.[19]



Year Work Role Notes
1998 Some Girl Dan
1998 Deep Impact Mike Perry
1998 Above Freezing Artie
1999 Pushing Tin Pete
2000 28 Days Oliver
2005 Perfect Man, TheThe Perfect Man Lenny Horton
2005 City of Champions: The Best of Boston Sports Himself
2007 On Broadway Father Rolie O'Toole
2008 Meet Dave Office Knox
2008 Leatherheads Mickey
2009 People Speak, TheThe People Speak Himself
2010 Eat Pray Love Andy Shiraz
2011 Cedar Rapids Mike Pyle
2011 Geezers! Mike
2012 So Undercover Sam Morris
2013 R.I.P.D. Elliot
2014 A Good Marriage Bill Gaines
2015 Concussion Daniel Sullivan
2016 Sully Charles Porter


Year Work Role Notes
1991 Law & Order New York policeman No. 1 Episode: "The Torrents of Greed: Part 2"
1991 Get the Picture Host Unknown episodes
1992–1995 Nickelodeon Guts Host Unknown episodes
1996–1997 Life with Roger Roger Hoyt 20 episodes
1997 Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing Storage facility manager Television movie
1997–1998 Figure It Out Panelist Unknown episodes
1999 Mike O'Malley Show, TheThe Mike O'Malley Show Mike
2000–2002 Baby Blues Darryl MacPherson (voice) 13 episodes
2000–2006 Yes, Dear Jimmy Hughes 122 episodes
2002 A Baby Blues Christmas Special Darryl MacPherson (voice) Television movie
2006–2009 My Name Is Earl Stuart 14 episodes
2008 My Own Worst Enemy Tom Grady/Raymond Carter 9 episodes
2008 Pretty/Handsome Chip Fromme Television movie
2009–2011 Glenn Martin, DDS Various 3 episodes
2009–2015 Glee Burt Hummel 44 episodes
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Parental Unit
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2011–12)
2010 Parenthood Jim Kazinsky 3 episodes
2011 Family Album Dave Bronsky Unsold TV pilot
2012 Parks and Recreation Bill Episode: "Bus Tour"
2013 Justified Nick "Nicky" Augustine 6 episodes
2013 Axe Cop Ray (voice) Episode: "Taxi Cop"
2013 Behind the Candelabra Tracy Schnelker Television movie
2013 Welcome to the Family Dr. Dan Yoder 11 episodes
2013–2014 Raising Hope Jimmy Hughes 2 episodes
2014 BoJack Horseman Artie (voice) Episode: "Live Fast, Diane Nguyen"
2016 Sanjay and Craig Himself (voice) Episode: "Halloweenies/GUTS Busters"
2016 Survivor's Remorse Figgis Episode: "Second Thoughts"; also creator, writer, executive producer


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  2. Burke, Bill (April 27, 2010). "Mike O'Malley's 'Glee'ful". Boston Herald. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
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  4. Masters, Megan (April 27, 2010). "Glee's Chris Colfer: There's More Daddy Drama to Come". E! Online. NBCUniversal. Retrieved May 28, 2010.
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  7. "Teen Choice Awards 2010 – TV "Your Choice, Your Voice!"". Teen Choice Awards. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
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  10. "For Your Consideration: Mike O'Malley Talks Glee and Shameless". theTVaddict.com. June 10, 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
  11. "Showtime Renews HOUSE OF LIES, SHAMELESS And CALIFORNICATION". seat42f.com. January 29, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  12. http://www.thewrap.com/survivors-remorse-creator-mike-omalley-talks-lebron-james-fight-scenes-and-9-other-emmy-contender-quickies/
  13. Shanahan, Mark (July 22, 2010). "The everyman". The Boston Globe. Christopher M. Mayer. Retrieved September 11, 2011.
  14. "Cover of the Week 54 and Part II of the Miami Saga". Bill Janovitz, Part Time Man of Rock. November 16, 2009. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  15. "Buffalo Tom – and one superfan – celebrate 25 years of rock". The Boston Globe. November 18, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  16. "Mike O'Malley on Buffalo Tom". Grantland. November 23, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  17. "Yankees back in town". The Boston Globe. May 22, 2006. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  18. O'Malley, Mike (May 20, 2006). "University of New Hampshire Commencement 2006 Remarks". unh.edu. Retrieved May 26, 2010.
  19. McNamara, Eileen (May 7, 2006). "Honorary senselessness". The Boston Globe. Retrieved May 26, 2010.

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