Cory Monteith (born May 11, 1982) was a Canadian actor and musician.


Cory Allan Michael Monteith was born on May 11, 1982 to military man, Joe Monteith and interior decorator Ann McGregor. He was the younger brother of Shaun Monteith. When Monteith was seven, his parents divorced and him and his brother were raised by their mother. He rarely saw his father because of his military service and had social troubles at school.

At age thirteen, Monteith began skipping school and using marijuana and alcohol. He attended twelve different schools, including alternative programs for troubled teens and dropped out completely at age sixteen. He began to steal money from friends and family to supply for his alcohol and drug addiction after leaving school. After an intervention staged by his mother and friends when he was nineteen, he began to attend a rehabilitation program.


Cory began his acting career in 2004 in Vancouver. He played minor roles He did acting classes with screenwriter and stage and film actor, Anthony Meindl. He played minor roles Final Destination 3, Whisper and Deck the Halls and played a recurring role in Kyle XY, all in 2005 to 2006. In 2007 he starred in Kaya as Gunnar.

In 2009, Monteith landed the role of Finn Hudson in musical comedy-drama, Glee. His audition tape, sent in by his manager, Elena Kirschner, featured him drumming with some pencils on Tupperware containers. After director, Ryan Murphy took notice of the tape, he pointed out that Monteith needed to be singing to prove he could sing and dance as well as act for the role. Monteith then created a second tape where he sang Can't Fight This Feeling by REO Speedwagon.

In May 2010, the cast of Glee went on a two week live tour in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago and New York City. They performed songs from the show and performed skits between their characters. In May 2011, they went on a second tour where they performed with new songs and skits for four weeks in the United States and Canada, and eleven days in England and Ireland.

A tribute episode, titled The Quarterback was dedicated to Cory after his passing on July 13, 2013. The episode was announced on July 20 by Ryan Murphy and was set for the third episode of season five. The episode dealt with Monteith's character, Finn Hudson's death. All of the cast's characters sang songs in honor of Finn.


Lea MicheleEdit

Lea and Cory

Cory and Lea at the 11th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball in 2012.

Lea Michele (born August 29, 1986) was the girlfriend of Cory Monteith up until his death. She is an actress, singer and author. The pair met when they began working together as love interests on Glee. Michele played Rachel Berry while Monteith played Finn Hudson. It was reported that they had begun dating in early 2012. They stayed together until Monteith's death in July 2013.

A week after her boyfriend's passing, Michele wrote If You Say So, which was about the last words that Monteith said to her. The song was featured on her debut album. Hey You was written as a follow up from If You Say So and was featured on Michele's second album.

Michele also has several tattoos in honor of Monteith and also his character on Glee. She has "if you say so.", "5" and "finn" tattooed on her body.


On Saturday, July 13, 2013, Monteith was found dead in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver. After failing to check out following a seven-day stay, hotel staff entered his room and discovered his body around noon. An autopsy was completed on July 15 and the preliminary autopsy report stated that Monteith had died from an accidental drug overdose consisting of heroin and alcohol.

Monteith's body was cremated on July 17, followed by a private viewing by immediate family and girlfriend, Lea Michele.

On September 22, 2013, an extended tribute to Monteith and four other actors who had passed away in 2013 by co-star, Jane Lynch, was featured at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. He was also featured in the "In Memoriam" segment of the 56th Grammy Awards. Fans raised money to name a star after Monteith shortly after his death.



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Killer Bash Douglas Waylan Hart
2006 Bloody Mary Paul Zuckerman
2006 Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep Michael
2006 Deck the Halls Madison's date
2006 Final Destination 3 Kahill
2007 Hybrid Aaron Scates
2007 White Noise: The Light Scooter guy
2007 Gone Davis Calder Short film
2007 The Invisible Jimmy
2007 Whisper Teenage boy
2007 Wannabe Macks Stu
2008 The Boy Next Door Jason Soto
2011 Teaching the Life of Music Himself (narrator, with epilogue of personal commentary) Documentary about José Abreu's mission to bring free music education to underprivileged and at-risk youth
2011 Monte Carlo Owen Andrews
2011 Sisters & Brothers Justin Montegan
2011 Glee: The 3D Concert Movie Finn Hudson
2013 All the Wrong Reasons James Ascher
2013 McCanick Simon Weeks


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Stargate Atlantis Genii Private Episode: "The Storm"
2005 Young Blades Marcel Le Rue Episode: "To Heir is Human"
2005 Supernatural Gary Episode: "Wendigo"
2005 Smallville Frat cowboy Episode: "Thirst"
2005 Killer Instinct Windsurfer Bob Episode: "Forget Me Not"
2006 Whistler Lip Ring Episode: "The Burden of Truth"
2006 Stargate SG-1 Cameron Mitchell (young) Episode: "200"
2006 Kyle XY Charlie Tanner 7 episodes
2007 Flash Gordon Ian Finley Episode: "Life Source"
2007 Kaya Gunnar 10 episodes
2008 Fear Itself James Episode: "New Year's Day"
2009 Mistresses Jason
2009 The Assistants Shane Baker 2 episodes
2009 - 2013 Glee Finn Hudson Lead role: 81 episodes
2010 The Simpsons Flynn Voice
Episode: "Elementary School Musical"
2011 The Cleveland Show Finn Hudson Voice
Episode: "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Roberta?"
2012 The Glee Project Himself Episode: "Vulnerability"
2013 MasterChef Himself Season 4, Episode 10

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