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Cory Monteith 'Deserved a Long Life,' Says Glee Costar | Cory Monteith, Mike O'Malley, Naya Rivera

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Cory Monteith Was 'Deep, Thoughtful ? the Coolest Dude,' Says Glee Costar

Originally posted 07/15/2013 04:30PM

As loved ones struggle to make sense of Cory Monteith's untimely death, his friend and Glee costar Mike O'Malley shared his own personal memories of the actor.

Monteith, who was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room Saturday, was also a friend of O'Malley, who plays Burt Hummel, Monteith's character's step-dad on the series.

"Cory Monteith was a great guy; Funny, deep, thoughtful, and hardworking," O'Malley tells PEOPLE. "In real life, he was the coolest dude, generous, and a great friend to his pals."

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Glee's Comatose Dad Mike O'Malley: I'm Not Dead – Yet

Glee

Glee's Comatose Dad Mike O'Malley: I'm Not Dead – Yet

Originally posted 10/07/2010 07:25PM

Fear not: If Kurt's dad on Glee doesn't come out of a coma, Mike O'Malley will still be employed.

The actor who plays blue-collar Burt Hummel is coy about this week's cliffhanger that left his character in a hospital bed on the brink of death, but in real life O'Malley is doing just fine.

He has another project as a writer/producer on Shameless, a Showtime series set to air in January starring William H. Macy, and keeps busy as a playwright and coach to his son's baseball, basketball and soccer team.

O'Malley caught up with PEOPLE to dish on the emotional episode that had everyone talking:

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