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Michael Edward O'Malley
October 31, 1966
Michael Edward O'Malley (born October 31, 1966) is an American actor and writer who has appeared in films and television series. Born in Boston and raised in New Hampshire, O'Malley hosted the early 1990s children's game show Nickelodeon Guts before moving to Los Angeles later that decade to star in his own sitcom for NBC called The Mike O'Malley Show. He is best known for his role as Jimmy Hughes on Yes, Dear, a CBS series which aired from 2000 to 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 including My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope, Parenthood and Parks and Recreation, and has appeared in films including 28 Days, Deep Impact, Leatherheads, Eat, Pray, Love, R.I.P.D., Concussion and Sully.
O'Malley 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.
O'Malley graduated from Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, New Hampshire in 1984, and from the University of New Hampshire in 1988, where he studied theater. He is also a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.
O'Malley's first role came as the host of Nickelodeon children's game show Get the Picture when he was 24 years old, later moving on to Nickelodeon Guts and later Global GUTS from 1992 to 1995. On the advice of Marc Summers, O'Malley 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 of thirteen filmed episodes of The Mike O'Malley Show aired before the show was canceled. During the 1990s, he also appeared as "The Rick", a character in a series of ads for the ESPN network. In 2018, The Rick made a return in ads for the ESPN+ streaming service.
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 the voice of Darryl MacPherson 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. 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. The role 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." 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.
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. Prior to its second season, O'Malley was made a series regular on Glee. On August 8, 2010, O'Malley won the Teen Choice Award for Best Parental Unit. 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 comedy Pushing Tin. In 2000, he portrayed Oliver, a drug addict in rehab, in the film 28 Days. In 2005, O'Malley appeared in the film The Perfect Man. In 2007, he had supporting roles in Leatherheads and Meet Dave.
O'Malley was interviewed in the film City of Champions: The Best of Boston Sports.
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. Certainty premiered at the Boston Film Festival on September 16, 2011, where it won the Best Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Ensemble Cast awards.
Other media work
O'Malley resides in Los Angeles with his wife Lisa. They have three children.
Kerry O'Malley, his younger sister, is an actress and Broadway veteran.
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. 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.
|1998||Deep Impact||Mike Perry|
|2005||The Perfect Man||Lenny Horton|
|2005||City of Champions: The Best of Boston Sports||Himself|
|2007||On Broadway||Father Rolie O'Toole|
|2008||Meet Dave||Officer Knox|
|2009||The People Speak||Himself|
|2010||Eat Pray Love||Andy Shiraz|
|2011||Cedar Rapids||Mike Pyle|
|2012||So Undercover||Sam Morris|
|2014||A Good Marriage||Bill Gaines|
|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||The Mike O'Malley Show||Mike||14 episodes|
|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||Main role (season 2); Recurring role (seasons 1, 3—6); 33 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|
|2011||The Mighty B!||Cop #1 (voice)||Episode: "YIPs"|
|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||Figgy||Episode: "Second Thoughts"; also creator, writer, executive producer|
|2018–2019||The Good Place||The Doorman||3 episodes|
|2019||Wayne||Principal Cole||5 episodes|
|2019||Get Shorty||Detective Aaron Mischka||2 episodes|
|2019||The Morning Show||Tim Eavers||1 episode|
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