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Multitalented Mike O’Malley joins the ‘Family’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Mike O’Malley may be best known as an actor, but he clearly has a juggler’s heart.

For the past few years the Boston-born, New Hampshire-bred O’Malley has been going full tilt, playing polar opposite recurring roles — the gruff but funny and sensitive Burt Hummel on Fox’s musical dramedy “Glee” and the badass mob enforcer Nicky Augustine on FX’s gripping outlaw drama “Justified” — while simultaneously writing some of the most cracked episodes of Showtime’s deeply dysfunctional comedy “Shameless.” He’s also popped up in the recent Emmy-winning HBO movie “Behind the Candelabra’’ and on the big screen in “R.I.P.D.” and “Cedar Rapids.” (He’s also been zipping back to Boston for various events including the Hot Stove Cool Music benefit shows.)

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