Cory Monteith found dead: A look at his life and career

Cory Monteith appears at a special event in Toronto in 2009. John R. Kennedy / Global News

Cory Monteith, the 31-year-old Calgary born actor, most known for his starring role in the hit TV show Glee, was found dead in Vancouver on Saturday.

Here’s a look at his career in both film and television.

Cory Monteith was born Cory Allan Michael Monteith on May 11, 1982, in Calgary, Alberta. He was raised in Victoria, British Columbia with his brother Shaun after his parents Joe and Ann divorced.

Monteith attended 16 different schools by the age of 16, when he eventually quit.

MORE: Monteith spent time right across Canada

He was reportedly sent to rehab at age 19 to deal with his addiction to drugs and alcohol.

He broke into acting in Vancouver and had a number of roles before hitting it big with his role as Finn Hudson on Glee.

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His first role was in Stargate: Atlantis in 2004, followed by roles in Supernatural and Smallville, both hit shows filmed in Vancouver.

He also scored roles in Final Destination 3 and Bloody Mary, among many others, before landing the role of Finn in 2009.

He starred in 89 episodes of Glee.

This video from People shows how Monteith sent in a tape of REO Speedwagon’s ‘I Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore‘ as part of his Glee audition.

He had been dating his Glee costar, Lea Michele, who plays Rachel, for more than a year.

Monteith had been in Vancouver since July 6.

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On July 11 he retweeted a post from his friend after having a meal at the restaurant east of Main.

Monteith’s last tweet was about the movie, Sharknado.

In March of this year he voluntarily admitted himself into a treatment facility for substance addiction. He was reported to have been doing well after rehab and was photographed with Michele on numerous occasions looking fit and healthy.


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