Cory Allan Michael Monteith was born in Calgary, Alberta on May 11th, 1982, to Ann McGregor and Joe Monteith, an interior decorator and a military man. Cory had an older brother called Shaun. His parents got divorced when he was only 7 years old, leaving him and his brother in the hands of their mother. He saw very little of his father after the divorce because of military service. At the young age of only 13 years old, he began to use alcohol and marijuana and mitching from school.
After attending 16 schools, including programs for troubled teens, he dropped out at only 16.. His drug dependency increased he turned to crime; stealing money from friends and family to buy alcohol and drugs. When he was 19 his mother and friends stepped in and basically said “ No More Cory!”. After this he eventually went on to get his high school diploma in 2011 from an alternative school which he attended in his youth in Victoria, British Columbia.
Before breaking into show business, Cory worked loads of different jobs; Wal-Mart people greeter, taxi driver, school bus driver and even a roofer.
Now we may have seen Cory in many movies here and there, but he is most famous for his big role in Glee as Star-quarterback (and dreamy!!) Finn Hudson!!
In 2009, he blew the producers of Glee away with his drumming, singing and even dancing!! They said that they liked the fact that he was “naive, but not stupid, sweetness.”
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, his girlfriend, the head cheerleader Quinn Fabray and glee club star singer Rachel Berry, and his storylines increasingly focus on his relationship with them both.
Finn appeared in all episodes of seasons one through three, and appeared on fifteen episodes of season four.
The episode “Sweet Dreams” was Monteiths final appearance on Glee before he died. Monteith’s last recorded song on the show is “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)”, a duet with Mark Salling (Puck). The last performance in which he was featured was Rachel’s audition version of “Don’t Stop Believin” with the original New Directions members in the episode “Sweet Dreams,” which was originally sung in the series “Pilot” episode.
On July 13, 2013, at the age of 31, Monteith was found dead in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver. He had been scheduled to check out that day following a seven-night stay, but when he failed to do so, hotel staff entered his room and discovered his body around noon. The Vancouver Police Department stated that the cause of death was not immediately apparent, but ruled out foul play.
On July 20, 2013, Ryan Murphy said in various media outlets that Cory will have a tribute in the third episode of season five and it will also deal with the death of Monteith’s character, Finn.