Cory Monteith

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Cory Monteith
Monteith at Westfield Sydney shopping centre, December 2011
Cory Allan Michael Monteith

(1982-05-11)May 11, 1982
DiedJuly 13, 2013(2013-07-13) (aged 31)
Cause of deathDrug overdose
Resting placeSea
Occupation(s)Actor, musician
Years active2004–2013
Known forFinn Hudson on Glee
SpouseLea Michele (January 2010 - February 2013)

Cory Allan Michael Monteith (May 11, 1982–July 13, 2013) was a Canadian actor and musician, best known for his role as Finn Hudson on the Fox television series Glee.

Acting career[change | change source]

Monteith plays glee club member Finn Hudson.

Monteith was born in Calgary, but raised in Victoria, British Columbia. He began his acting career in Vancouver, British Columbia. He played small roles in Final Destination 3, Whisper and Deck the Halls. He had a regular role in Kyle XY. He also guest starred in such Canadian-filmed television shows as Smallville, Supernatural, Flash Gordon, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate SG-1.[1]

In 2005 he acted in Killer Bash about a murdered geek's soul taking revenge on his murderer's children by taking over a girl's body. In 2007, he starred in the MTV series Kaya.

In 2009, Monteith was cast in the Fox series Glee, playing Finn Hudson, the male lead of the glee club and the quarterback of McKinley High School. For his audition tape, he drummed on Tupperware using pencils. The first time he sang in front of an audience was at his in-person audition, at which he sang "Honesty" by Billy Joel.[2] He and Lea Michele, his Glee co-star, were included in Entertainment Weekly's 2009 "Summer Must List", being named "Summer's Must Songbirds" for their roles as Finn and Rachel on Glee, respectively.[3]

In April 2010, Monteith was cast in the romantic comedy movie Monte Carlo.[4] In May 2010, the cast of Glee went on a two week live tour with stops in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago and New York City. The cast performed many hits from the show and had several skits between songs.

On August 8, 2010 he co-hosted the Teen Choice Awards.[5] Monteith hosted the Gemini Awards in Toronto on November 13, 2010.[6]

In January 2011, he was filmed for the movie Sisters and Brothers with Dustin Milligan, and it was announced that Monteith is at the center of a new untitled workplace comedy, starring and co-producing.[7]

Music career[change | change source]

Monteith played drums for the Indie rock band "Bonnie Dune" based in Los Angeles. Members include lead singer Justin Wilczynski (who co-starred with Monteith on the short-lived MTV series Kaya), guitarist Seth Roberts (who is the singer of the band Lakes), and bassist Josh Kerr.

Personal life[change | change source]

Monteith was born in Calgary, Alberta and raised in Victoria, British Columbia. He had one older brother. His parents divorced when he was 7 years old. He lived with his mother in Calgary, Alberta, with his father living in Oromocto, New Brunswick. Before becoming an actor, he worked in Nanaimo, British Columbia as a Wal-Mart people greeter, at a car wash, taxicab driver, school bus driver and roofer.[1]

He lived in Los Angeles. He dropped out of school in the ninth grade.[2] Monteith said in an interview: "It wasn't for me. I can remember ever since about the sixth or seventh grade, I just didn't understand why I had to learn what I was learning. For some reason, there was a spirit of rebellion in me."[8]

Death[change | change source]

Monteith was found dead in his Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel room on July 13, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was 31. The cause of his death was of a drug overdose of heroin and alcohol.[9]

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Awards won[change | change source]

  • Hollywood Style Awards 2010
    • Male Future Style Icon Award
  • SAG Awards 2010
    • Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Nominations[change | change source]

  • SAG Awards 2011
    • Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
  • Teen Choice Awards 2009
    • Choice TV: Actor Breakout Star Male
  • Teen Choice Awards 2010
    • Choice TV: Comedy Actor
    • Choice Smile

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Strachan, Alex (August 28, 2009). "Cory Monteith is gleeful about Glee". The Vancouver Sun. Canwest Publishing Inc. Archived from the original on January 14, 2010. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wagner, Curt (July 29, 2009). "Fans gleek out for 'Showmance' episode of 'Glee'". Chicago Now. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  3. Svetkey, Benjamin; et al. (June 26, 2009). "Must List 2009". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 25 June 2009. Retrieved 29 October 2010.
  4. Stransky, Tanner (April 9, 2010). "'Glee' star Cory Monteith, 'Melrose' actress Katie Cassidy join the 'Monte Carlo' teen dream team". Entertainment Weekly. Time Warner. Archived from the original on April 12, 2010. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  5. "News - Entertainment, Music, Movies, Celebrity". MTV News.
  6. "'Glee' star Cory Monteith to host Gemini Awards". CTV News. October 18, 2010. Archived from the original on December 3, 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2010.
  7. "Glee's Cory Monteith Starring In A Workplace Comedy". Archived from the original on 2011-03-10. Retrieved 2011-03-11.
  8. Malkin, Marc (September 9, 2009). "Glee's Cory Monteith: High School Dropout to Hollywood Star". E! Online. E!. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
  9. "Glee actor Cory Monteith found dead". The Sydney Morning Herald. July 14, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2014.

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