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

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.”