Played by Mike O'Malley
As the widower father of gay teen Kurt, Burt has emerged as a role model. He is a car mechanic with a coarse manner who wanted a football-playing son, but he whole-heartedly embraces the unathletic Kurt no matter what. He has gone to bat for Kurt a number of times, most powerfully when he yelled at Finn for using "f"-word slang for a gay person. That stunning scene of fatherly loyalty ought to earn O'Malley an Emmy nomination. Burt is afraid for his son, who is openly gay at school, but he is touchingly proud of his son's pride.