Mike O'Malley

February 22. 2013 3:04PM

Mike O'Malley, who played the part of Jimmy Hughes on the popular CBS television comedy series "Yes, Dear," was raised in Nashua, NH. He was born on October 31, 1966. O'Malley has three other siblings, including a sister, Kerry, who is also an accomplished actress. Mike attended Bishop Guertin High School and the University of New Hampshire, where he discovered acting in his senior year. He graduated from UNH in 1988. After attending acting school in New York City, he was offered a job hosting the Nickelodeon game shows "Get the Picture," "Guts" and "Global Guts."

In addition to his role on Yes, Dear, Mike has guest starred on My Name is Earl, and he appeared in the Alan Jackson video The Talkin' Song Repair Blues. His film credits include Deep Impact, Meet Dave, and The Perfect Man, with Heather Locklear and Hillary Duff. Now he is known for his work on the popular show Glee.

Mike's worst TV moment came with a self-titled show that was launched by NBC. The Mike O'Malley Show was cancelled almost immediately after premiering in September 1999. But that didn't stop Mike from continuing to act. In 2008, he took the role of Raymond Carter on NBC's My Own Worst Enemy, a drama starring Christian Slater. However, the show was cancelled after only 9 episodes aired. He has appeared on regular episodes of Glee and Parenthood, and also became the spokesman for Time Warner Cable's digital cable. In 2010, he also appeared in the film Eat, Pray, Love with Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem. He is currently filming R.I.P.D. with Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges. He has several films in post-production including Geezers and So Undercover with Jeremy Piven and Miley Cyrus.

In addition to his acting talents, O'Malley is also an esteemed playwright. He has written three off-Broadway plays, Three Years from Thirty, Diverting Devotion and Searching for Certainty. "I started writing plays because I watched other people get parts that I wanted. I figured the best way to get those parts was to write them myself," he told UNH Magazine in 2003.

O'Malley later wrote the screenplay for the movie Certainty, which is based on Searching for Certainty. He also helped to produce the film. Certainty premiered at the Boston Film Festival in September 2011, winning Best Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Ensemble Cast awards.

Mike has appeared in recurring commercials for ESPN in which he portrayed "The Rick," a devoted Boston sports fan. The part is not much of a stretch, since Mike is a devoted Red Sox fan. In May 2006, he had the honor of throwing out the first pitch at Fenway Park.

Mike and his wife Lisa have three children together - Fiona, Declan and Seamus.

In 2006, O'Malley delivered the commencement address at the University of New Hampshire. In it he said, "Eighteen years ago, I sat in this stadium trying to conjure up a viable future for myself. Eighteen years ago, I wanted to make a contribution to the goodness of the world rather than subtract from it.

"Eighteen years ago, I wanted to find work that gave my life meaning and someone to love with whom I'd share triumphs and struggles. Eighteen years ago, I wanted to stay close with the friends who had filled my college years with depth and vitality, because 18 years ago I was swamped with the sadness that comes from the realization that once I left Durham I would no longer be a five-minute walk from 20 of my closest friends."

And he left the graduates with these inspiring words, "If a former kids game show host who grew up in Nashua, got cut from the junior high baseball team, left college with a 2.89 GPA and starred in one of the quickest cancelled shows in sitcom history could find himself on a quiet night in Canada kissing Heather Locklear, you too can make your dreams come true."

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