Oct. 31st, 1966
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Mike O'Malley's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - Eat, Pray, Love
2008 - Leatherheads
2008 - Meet Dave
2007 - On Broadway
2005 - The Perfect Man
2000 - 28 Days
1999 - Pushing Tin
1998 - Deep Impact
Guest TV Roles
New York Policeman #1
Michael Edward "Mike" O'Malley (born October 31, 1966) is an American actor and playwright who has appeared in films and television series. He hosted Nickelodeon GUTS, and 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 as Burt Hummel on FOX's Glee.
Career TelevisionHis 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. 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 2000-2002, 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 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." 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 portrays a recurring character on Parenthood.[ 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. Prior to its second season, O'Malley was made a series regular on Glee. On August 8, 2010, O'Malley won the Teen Choice Awards for Parental Unit.
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.
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 was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Nashua, New Hampshire, the son of Marianne, a career counselor, and Tony O'Malley, an executive for the defense industry. O'Malley is of Irish descent.
O'Malley and his wife, Lisa, have four children: Sioban, Fiona, Seamus, and Declan. 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. O'Malley returned to his alma mater in 2006 to deliver the commencement address to the University's 136th graduating class, and also received an honorary doctorate.
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.
- His wife gave birth to a baby girl, Fiona (born March 2003).
- Has thrown out a few opening pitches at Fenway Park.
- Brother of 'Kerry O'Malley' (qv).
- Raised in Nashua, New Hampshire
- Is a fan of the Boston Red Sox baseball team.
- His father, Tony, is a retired defense-industry executive. His mother, Marianne, is a career counselor.
- Studied theater at the University of New Hampshire.
- Attended the University of New Hampshire in the mid-1980's.