Born: 11 May 1982
Died: 13 July 2013
Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Best known as:
Finn Hudson on the TV show Glee
Cory Monteith is the hunky star of the TV show Glee who died suddenly at age 31 in July of 2013. Monteith played Finn Hudson, the star quarterback who finds happiness with a group of talented musical misfits in a high school glee club. Cory Monteith was raised in Victoria, British Columbia and dropped out of school in the ninth grade, working odd jobs and playing drums in a rock band before setting his sights on becoming an actor. Tall, dark-haired and boyishly handsome, he made his first TV guest appearance on the TV show Stargate: Atlantis in 2004. Over the next five years had small parts on TV (including a recurring role in the series Kyle XY in 2006-07) and in films like Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep (2006) and White Noise 2: The Light (2007). But in 2009 he landed a role in a new TV show, Glee, and the funny, campy musical dramedy became an improbable hit. He spent four years on the show, singing and dancing to pop songs and show tunes in the fictional William McKinley High School of Lima, Ohio. Monteith did not appear in the last few episodes of the fourth season, and in March of 2013 he checked himself into rehab for an unnamed substance addiction. He was released a month later, but on July 13, he was found dead in his room at the luxury Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. Vancouver police said they believed that Monteith was alone when he died, and that "all indications are that there was no foul play."
Cory Monteith began dating his Glee co-star, Lea Michele, in 2012... The 2013 visit to rehab was not Monteith's first. In a 2011 interview with Parade magazine, he said Montieth said that he had gone to rehab at age 19, that he had taken "anything and everything," and that he was "lucky to be alive"... Though Cory Monteith dropped out of high school, he later earned a high school diploma from an alternative school in Victoria, BC. In a 2012 episode of Inside the Actor's Studio, Monteith said he had attended "16 different schools"... Cory Monteith was an avid fan of the NHL's Vancouver Canucks hockey team.
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