Cory Monteith

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Cory Monteith

Monteith at the 2010 GLAAD Media Awards
BornCory Allan Michael Monteith
(1982-05-11) May 11, 1982 (age 30)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
OccupationActor, Musician
Years active2004–present
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Cory Monteith

Monteith at the 2010 GLAAD Media Awards
BornCory Allan Michael Monteith
(1982-05-11) May 11, 1982 (age 30)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
OccupationActor, Musician
Years active2004–present

Cory Allan Michael Monteith[1] (born May 11, 1982)[2] is a Canadian actor and musician, best known for his role of Finn Hudson on the Fox television series Glee.


Early life

Monteith, born in Calgary, Alberta, is the youngest son of Ann McGregor, an interior decorator, and Joe Monteith, a military man who served in the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. He has an older brother named Shaun. Monteith's parents divorced when he was seven, and he and his older brother were raised by their mother in Victoria, British Columbia. Dealing with the intermittent absence of his father, and feeling like an outsider among his peers, he started to display signs of a troubled youth; Monteith - once a promising student, who, at age 5, could read at a fourth-grade level - began to drink, smoke pot, and skip school.

After attending 12 different schools, including alternative programs for troubled teens, he eventually quit school at the age of 16. By that time, his drug and alcohol addiction had increased and Monteith turned to petty crimes, such as stealing money from friends and family, in order to fund his addictions. The turning point in Monteith's life came when his mother and a group of friends staged an intervention, and he was sent to rehab at 19. Looking back, Monteith stated “I’m lucky on so many counts—I’m lucky to be alive." He eventually received his high school diploma in 2011 from an alternative school he had attended in his youth in Victoria, British Columbia.

Prior to breaking into show business, Monteith worked various jobs, including Wal-Mart people greeter, taxicab driver, school bus driver, and roofer.[3][4][5][6][7]


Monteith began his acting career in Vancouver, British Columbia. He played minor roles in Final Destination 3, Whisper, and Deck the Halls. He had a recurring role in Kyle XY.[8] He also made guest appearances in such Canadian-filmed television serials as Smallville, Supernatural, Flash Gordon, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate SG-1.[5]

In 2005 he appeared in Killer Bash about a tormented geek's soul that was taking revenge on his murderer's children by taking over a girl's twin body. The following year he made a brief appearance in Urban Legend: a Bloody Mary. In 2007, he starred in the MTV series Kaya.[9]

In April 2010, Monteith was cast in the romantic comedy movie Monte Carlo.[10]

On August 8, 2010, he co-hosted the Teen Choice Awards.[11] Monteith hosted the Gemini Awards in Toronto on November 13, 2010.[12]

In December 2010, it was announced that Monteith would be starring in and co-producing a new untitled workplace-caper comedy for Fox 2000.[13] In January 2011, he shot the film Sisters&Brothers with Dustin Milligan, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2011.[14][15]

In 2011, he filmed a PSA for Straight But Not Narrow, an online PSA organization aimed at changing the minds of young, straight guys and girls in their attitude and viewpoint towards the LGBT community.[16]

In 2012, he co-hosted the 23rd GLAAD Media Awards in New York City with co-star Naya Rivera.[17]


In 2009, Monteith was cast in the Fox series Glee. Monteith portrays Finn Hudson. When Glee was being cast, Monteith's Vancouver agent, Elena Kirschner, submitted a video of him drumming with some pencils and Tupperware containers. Series creator (Ryan Murphy) took notice of the video, but pointed out that he had to be singing, as auditioning actors for Glee with no theatrical experience were required to prove they could sing and dance as well as act.[18][19] Monteith submitted a second, musical tape, in which he sang "a cheesy, '80s music-video-style version" of REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling".[19] He then attended a mass audition in Los Angeles; his vocal skills were considered weak, but he later performed very well with one of Glee's casting directors, who said that his audition captured the most elusive quality of Finn's, his "naive, but not stupid sweetness".[18] Monteith said of his casting process, "I was like a lot of kids, looking for something to be interested in. Something to be passionate about. All you need is permission. Not only for Glee, but for anything in life."[18]

Finn is the star quarterback of his high school football team, and risks alienation from his friends by joining the school’s glee club. He is a popular jock at the top of the school’s social hierarchy, but when forced to join the glee club, he finds he loves it. His storylines have seen him struggle with his decision to stay in the club, which is at the bottom of the social ladder, while he maintains his popular reputation and the respect of the other jocks. The character must deal with his attraction to both head cheerleader Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) and glee club star singer Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), and his storylines increasingly focus on his relationship with them both.

Monteith feels that Finn has had to grow up a lot during his time on the show. The actor said, "Finn started off as the stereotypical dumb jock but as the show has gone on, Finn’s not dumb anymore, really, he’s just a little naïve." Early reviews of Finn from television critics were mixed; Todd VanDerWerff of The A.V. Club said that he and Michele were "both agreeable and a little desperate for an outlet" in the pilot episode. Commenting on the fifth episode of the first season, Eric Goldman of IGN wrote, "We got to see a bit of a darker side to Finn [...] it's good to see this, because up until now, Finn's been a bit too straight-laced to totally invest in." In the second season's eighth episode, "Furt", Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly noted "It's been a while since we’ve gotten some Finn focus, and I think I just missed Cory Monteith. But I also forgot what a good, natural actor he can be." Monteith as Finn won the 2011 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Actor Comedy, and was nominated in the same category in 2010. Although he was not a singer before being cast as Finn, Monteith has sung lead or joint lead on a large number of songs on the show.

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.[20] The cast performed hits from the show and several skits between songs. The following May, the cast went on a second, longer tour with mostly new songs and all-new skits, performing for four weeks in the U.S. and Canada, and eleven days in England and Ireland.[21][22]


2005Killer BashDouglas Waylan HartTV film
2006Bloody MaryPaul Zuckerman
2006Kraken: Tentacles of the DeepMichaelTV film
2006Deck the HallsMadison's date
2006Final Destination 3Kahill
2007HybridAaron ScatesTV film
2007White Noise: The LightScooter guy
2007GoneDavis CalderShort film
2007The InvisibleJimmy
2007WhisperTeenage boy
2007Wannabe MacksStu
2008The Boy Next DoorJasonTV film
2011Breaking the Girl[23]
2011Monte CarloOwen
2011Sisters & BrothersJustin Montegan
2011Glee: The 3D Concert MovieFinn Hudson
2013All The Wrong Reasons[24]James AscherPost-production
2013McCanick[25]Simon WeeksIn production
YearTitleRoleNotes and awards
2004Stargate AtlantisGenii PrivateEpisode "The Storm"
2005Young BladesMarcel Le RueEpisode "To Heir Is Human"
2005SupernaturalGaryEpisode "Wendigo"
2005SmallvilleFrat CowboyEpisode "Thirst"
2005Killer InstinctWindsurfer BobEpisode "Forget Me Not"
2006WhistlerLip RingEpisode "The Burden of Truth"
2006Stargate SG-1Young MitchellEpisode "200"
2006Kyle XYCharlie TannerRecurring role (7 episodes, 2006—2007)
2007Flash GordonIan FinleyEpisode "Life Source"
2007KayaGunnarLead role (10 episodes)
2008Fear ItselfJamesEpisode "New Year's Day"
2009The AssistantsShane Baker2 episodes
2009–presentGleeFinn HudsonLead role
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (shared with Glee cast)
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Actor Comedy (2011)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Breakout Star Male (2009)
Nominated — People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actor (2012)
2010The SimpsonsFlynnVoice role, Episode "Elementary School Musical"
2011The Cleveland ShowFinn HudsonVoice role, Episode "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Roberta?"
2012The Glee ProjectHimselfGuest Star (Season 2, Episode 3 "Vulnerability")


Awards won




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  2. ^ Monteith, Cory (May 11, 2011). "Twitter / @CoryMonteith: really feeling the love today :) Thanks all you guys for your birthday wishes! best one yet! :)".!/CoryMonteith/status/68422629438140416. Retrieved October 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ Shawna Malcolm (June 26, 2011). "Cory Monteith's Turning Point". Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Derek Jory (May 16, 2011). "Cory Monteith – The Canadian Charger". Retrieved May 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Strachan, Alex (August 28, 2009). "Cory Monteith is gleeful about Glee". Vancouver Sun. Canada: Canwest Publishing Inc.. Archived from the original on January 14, 2010. Retrieved May 3, 2010. 
  6. ^ Staff. "Cory Monteith Biography". People Magazine.,,,00.html. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Staff. "Proud Oromocto father tunes in every week to watch his son Cory Monteith on hit show 'Glee'". Glee Club Livejournal. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 2012
  9. ^ "Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson". Fox. Retrieved May 3, 2010. [dead link]
  10. ^ Stransky, Tanner (April 9, 2010). "'Glee' star Cory Monteith, 'Melrose' actress Katie Cassidy join the 'Monte Carlo' teen dream team". Entertainment Weekly. Time Warner. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  11. ^ "‘Glee’ Guys To Co-Host 2010 Teen Choice Awards With Katy Perry!". July 27, 2010. Retrieved May 12, 2011. 
  12. ^ "'Glee' star Cory Monteith to host Gemini Awards". CTV News. October 18, 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2010. 
  13. ^ Fleming, Mike (December 3, 2010). "Fox 2000 Buys Pitch For 'Glee' Guy Cory Monteith". Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Monteith and Milligan go from cake shop to red carpet". CTV News. September 11, 2011. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Sisters&Brothers". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  16. ^ Cheung, Nadine (July 5, 2011). "Cory Monteith Says He's 'Straight But Not Narrow' in New PSA". AOL. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  17. ^ "GLAAD Media Awards". GLAAD. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
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  19. ^ a b Martin, Denise (April 26, 2009). "Video: 'Glee' team rewrites the school musical". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company).,0,1653470.story. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Past Performance Dates". Glee Live Official Website. Retrieved December 17, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Upcoming Performance". Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  22. ^ Kaufman, Gil (February 8, 2011). "'Glee' Tour Coming Back This Spring". MTV News. MTV Networks. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
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