Cory Monteith Fondly Remembered by 'Glee' Stepdad Mike O'Malley

Mike O'MalleySince Cory Monteith's tragic death on July 13th, his Glee co-stars have slowly been opening up and sharing their feelings about his passing. From girlfriend Lea Michele's emotional thanks for the outpouring of support, to Chris Colfer's sweet tribute to his friend, Cory definitely left a lasting impression on his TV family.

And now Mike O'Malley has opened up about Cory's death. Mike plays Burt Hummel on Glee, who is Finn's (Cory's) stepdad and Kurt's (Chris Colfer's) father.

His comments about how he will remember Cory are nothing short of touching, and it's obvious he thought very highly of him.

He said:

He was an incredibly warm guy, a guy who was welcoming to everyone who came on that show … he was a very hard-working actor. I loved working with him, he was a great guy. I miss him very much.

In addition, he referred to Cory as "the fictional quarterback on the show and a very real quarterback for the cast behind the scenes."

Ugh. His words make Cory's loss sink in even further and become even more heartbreaking.

A Glee episode honoring Monteith is set to take place, and Mike hopes to be a part of it. He said:

Burt is a very important role to me, it’s been a great part and I’ve said to all those guys, 'I’ll work early in the morning, late at night, Saturday, Sunday, whatever I need to do to participate and continue to be on that show honoring Cory and his passing and that character.'

And none of us will be the least bit surprised if the rest of the cast feels exactly the same way. Cory's passing has been tough for everyone who loved him -- even fans at home who never actually knew him in real life -- so we can only imagine how much heartache the Glee cast is going through at this time.

At least they have each other to lean on during this horrible time and can honor Cory's memory by recalling all of the happy moments they shared with him.

What do you think of Mike's words about Cory?


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bills... billsfan1104

Omfg. Enough. You guys have officially gone overboard. The guy was an actor with a drug problem. Nothing more. It was like he was a hero, served the military, was a first responder or even a doctor. He seemed like a nice kid, but the way you fawn over him is ridiculous.

nonmember avatar Sally

Such nasty comments are typical of do nothing individuals, who can't stand for others to get recognition for being good people. Yes, he had a drug problem that took his life, but there are people who loved him and are grieving. It's absolutely pathetic that people would read this article and take the time to bash a tribute to Cory. What kind of person does that make you? From all reports he was a great human being who had some demons. Take your negativity and crawl back into your holes.

sylph... sylph_ironlight

Actually Sally, comments like the one billsfan made are the truth. Yes, he was a telented actor who died too young. But do we need to know every single comment someone makes about him that knew him? No. I quite liked his acting and was saddened to find out that he had passed.

As billsfan said, he wasn't a hero. He wasn't a first responder, nor was he a doctor who saved lives. Hopefully people will learn from his overdosing and maybe that will save lives. However, instead of writing article upon article about what a great guy he was, and how it was a horrible accident, why not focus on the dangers of drugs, or his charities?

I for one did not find that billsfans article bashed him. She didn't call him a junkie, didn't call him a horrible person. She said he was an actor with a drug problem. In what world was that 'bashing' him?

nonmember avatar Zuri

And of course here comes billsfan to slander the dead guy!!! Well, it's not like I expect any more from you after you called a murdered teenager a thug...
RIP Cory :(

nonmember avatar anamarija1013

He wasn't a hero, but he inspired a lot of people. Glee in general inspired a lot of people and he played one of the main characters. And he was an amazing person and doesn't deserve people trashing him after he had died.
And the best part of him was that he was a really cool and nice, down to earth guy, so of course people are sad.
Let us grieve, dude.
And, of course people care about heroes every day, but seriously, would you visit a web page that only had stuff about heroes in it.
P.S. I can't make you stop hating the fact that there are a lot of articles related to his death, but I can at least ask you not to do it online. Just ignore it if you can.

bills... billsfan1104

Zuri, how is it slandering? He died of a drug overdose, and me repeating it is not a slander.

bills... billsfan1104

Zuri, I would also like to point out that many people on these boards called Trayvon a "thug". But you singling only me out show how obsessed you are of me.

Chana... Chanandler.Bong

Glee has a huge cast, so of course there's going to be a lot of tributes written. Also, his friends want him remembered for who he really was aside from his addiction, which is understandable when you read most comments on articles like this. Tributes I don't mind. It's the articles discussing in depth how his girlfriend is coping that are gross and inappropriate. I think it's always a good thing to remember that someone isn't just the sum of his/her problems. This world would be a better place if we had a bit more grace and compassion for others.

Marlene Annis Waldron

It's 'libel' not 'slander' when it's in writing...and in this case it is neither as he/she only repeated proven facts known by all.  Just thought I'd clarify that point. 

I was a huge fan of Cory's but the tributes to him are getting a bit repetative and sappy.  If you're going to post something, wait a few days maybe and do one all encompassing article maybe.  Cory had his finer points, unfortunately his addiction killed him and I am using him as an example for my children, showing them that even if you get clean sometimes it doesn't remain that beer after a decade of sobriety can lead to more and more, then the drugs get added, and so the process goes.  I wish the best to Cory's family, friends, castmates, bandmates, and Lea and hope they find some peace in the coming weeks and months.

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