Glee's Mike O'Malley Honors Cory Monteith as 'Real-Life Quarterback,' Plans to Appear in Upcoming Finn Tribute Episode

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glee mike O'malleyMike O’Malley remembered late Glee co-star Cory Monteith as a “great guy” who was a natural leader on and off screen.

“He was the fictional quarterback on the show and the real-life quarterback on that set,” the actor told reporters Saturday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills, where he was promoting his new NBC sitcom Welcome to the Family. “I just loved working with him. I miss him very much.”

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O’Malley said the “toughest scene I’ve ever acted” was actually a Glee sequence involving Monteith. “I had to throw [Finn] out of the house because of a slur that he used,” he recalled. “It was remarkable to me when we were shooting that scene the depth of emotion he was able to portray — the sorrow, the shame.”

Regarding Glee‘s upcoming Finn tribute episode, O’Malley said he fully intends to participate and “honor Cory and his passing,” adding, “He is on that show my stepson; I plan in being there. And I think they’ll be shooting that [episode] on a time where [Family] is on hiatus.”



Comments (22)

  • The kid was sick, hardly a hero or quarterback!

    Comment by BusterChap – July 27, 2013 09:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You’re a jackass.

      Comment by Jase – July 27, 2013 10:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • We all struggle with something. It doesn’t take away from what we accomplish or the lives we change. No need to speak ill of the dead or downplay the impact he had.

      Comment by DoctorWhoFanatic! – July 27, 2013 10:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Maybe you should do some research. Many of those we regard as hero’s through out history have had “issues.” Name anyone human, and they have an issue.

      Comment by human being – July 27, 2013 10:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And i suppose you are totally perfect and have never done anything wrong, or had anything go wrong in your life. If your response to me is yes you are a liar… everyone has issues, some are more public than others… get off your freaking high horse…

      Comment by erik – July 27, 2013 10:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He was a hero to his castmates, the Glee crew, and all the fans of the show who loved him

      Comment by Stephanie – July 27, 2013 10:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Just because he had weaknesses off-set doesn’t mean he wasn’t strong on set.

      Comment by powerturtle90sdudemon – July 27, 2013 11:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Who are you to judge someone’s health, or state of mind? Are you a doctor? Some kind of specialist? Or, just some “anonymous” mouth breather hiding behind a keyboard? Spare me your judgmental attitude, it’s funny, how a person like you can have a tiny brain and still have a big mouth.

      Comment by Evan – July 27, 2013 11:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You are very mean person

      Comment by jonathon murray – August 2, 2013 09:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well obviously needs to be in it. You can’t have Finn’s stepfather be absent during it.

    Comment by Riana – July 27, 2013 10:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Exactly what I was thinking. Considering EVERYTHING Carol Hudson has been through, she’ll need to grieve in someone’s arms, and it should be her husband’s

      Comment by powerturtle90sdudemon – July 27, 2013 10:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That is right. He was sick. Have some respect. We all have our troubles and addictions. RIP Cory

    Comment by Rebecca – July 27, 2013 11:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Mike O’Malley always comes off like such a class act. I like the guy :).
    Definitely not surprised to hear he’ll show up for the tribute episode. I’m glad, he’s good with the comforting, supportive stuff.

    Comment by Angela – July 27, 2013 05:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Mike O’Malley is a class act guy. He knew another class act guy, Cory Monteith. No matter what opinionated oafs say about Cory, everyone who knew Cory loved him. They thought they were blessed to have known him. People forget that those who are not around to defend themselves are the first to be ostracized and ridiculed. Even then, Cory was a gentleman who never felt the need to confront those with hateful words. He was a gentle soul who would never say an unkind word about or toward anyone. People need to be inspired by Cory’s actions and look at their own actions and be appalled by them.

    It is a true testament of Cory’s character when there is no one who knew him, interviewed him, sought an autograph from him, acted in scenes with him, on the set with him, conversed with him, or be like us fans who adored this man. In all of the articles about Cory since his untimely death has there been a argumentative word or divulging confidences out against him. There are none.

    Since season 2 when Burt and Carole married that family unit was a clear look at what a blended family should be. I always missed those family gatherings and conversations. Missed the Furt Finn/Kurt moments together too. Now, since Cory is gone and there will not be anymore Hudson/Hummel togetherness, that family connection will be sorely lost and the direction of Glee will soon take another path, more gay stories, not what the every person in life should have. I haven’t liked the path that Glee has veered toward since the start of season 4. Season 4, some people liked but I hated. Glee went off track away from the metaphors and the stories they intended in the beginning. Now, especially without Cory, Glee will never be able to go back there. Cory was Glee’s glue and foundation in front and behind the cameras. Mike knew that. Said so too. There is not a person on Glee right now with that charisma to handle the connections, peace making, encouragements given and pep talks, interludeing( I know that is not a word-but that was what Cory did played pranks and joking around and kept the set low key and jovial when there was high stress). Cory did it effortlessly.

    Cory will be missed by everyone on Glee from here on. No matter what kind of tribute Glee writes about Finn/Cory it will never be able to show the person that Finn was nor Cory. All I know is that they better do it right. Grace and dignity, not make Finn a bumbling idiot anymore.

    Comment by Cheri – July 28, 2013 02:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • you are completely amazing and true.

      Comment by Sarah – July 29, 2013 06:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • you were doing fine until here: “more gay stories, not what the every person in life should have.”
    Rude.

    Comment by flutiefan – July 29, 2013 12:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You didn’t click Reply To This Post on Cheri’s post… dang this commenting system. Definitely needs an upgrade

      Comment by powerturtle90sdudemon – July 29, 2013 12:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cory was an amazing Man and all will miss him and Finnchel Finn/Rachel and the one person that will miss him more than anyone is Lea. He was sick with drugs. But, now hevean gets to hear his amazing talent.

    Comment by Sarah – July 29, 2013 06:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • oh and one more thing if you call me mean or rude or anything it won’t bother me type at your own risk. If you don’t think drugs are an illness you need to search it.

    Comment by Sarah – July 29, 2013 06:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And also don’t judge someone for what they did in the past or what they did just remember what he has done for everyone corey was a good guy and always will be missed on Glee

    Comment by jonathon murray – August 2, 2013 09:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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