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Burt Hummel (Glee)

Played by: Mike O'Malley

Burt Hummel
(Mike O'Malley)

is Kurt's father to whom Kurt comes out in the episode "Preggers".

Both James Poniewozik for Time and Tim Stack for Entertainment Weekly praised O'Malley's performance in the storyline, with Poniewozik additionally commenting: "the fact that Dad [...] ends up not being the boor we think he's going to be is one of the first signs that Glee is growing up as a series, that having established a world of primary-color stereotypes, it's now willing to subvert those expectations."

Initially a recurring cast member, O'Malley was promoted to a series regular for season two, though he reverted to the recurring cast for the third and fourth seasons.

During the first season, Kurt acts as a matchmaker for Burt and Carole Hudson (Romy Rosemont), Finn's widowed mother. He feels left out when Burt and Finn bond, but Burt reassures him that he will always come first. Burt and Carole briefly live together, until he throws Finn out for using a homophobic slur against Kurt.

In season two, Burt has a heart attack but recovers. He and Carole marry, using their vows to express pride in their sons.

In the third season, Burt wages a write-in campaign for congress against leading candidate Sue Sylvester, and wins. He divides his time between Washington and Lima, acts as a father for both Kurt and Finn, and is there with Carole for both the Regionals show choir competition and the graduation of their two sons.

He sends Kurt to New York in the fall, and when he visits at Christmas, reveals that he has recently been treated for prostate cancer, and that it appears to have been caught in time. His doctor tells him that he is cancer free a few months later.


Michael Edward "Mike" O'Malley (
born October 31, 1966)

is an American actor and writer who has appeared in many films and television series. Born in Boston and raised in New Hampshire, O'Malley moved to Los Angeles in the late 1990s to...

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