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Actor Cory Monteith played Finn Hudson on the popular musical television series Glee from 2009 to 2013.
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What would you do if you were trying out for a brand new network show about a high school glee club? You might be surprised to find out what the stars of "Glee" did for their auditions and how they found their way to the small screen.
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Born in Calgary, Canada, in 1982, actor Cory Monteith grew up in Victoria after his parents' divorce. He struggled with drug and alcohol problems in his teens. At the age of 19, Monteith went into rehab for the first time. He eventually got sober and discovered acting. He first appeared on the television show Stargate Atlantis in 2004. In 2006,
"I don't want kids to think it's O.K. to drop out of school and get high, and they'll be famous actors, too. But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it."
Monteith landed a recurring role on Kyle XY and a small part in the movie Final Destination 3. He got his big break when he won the role of Finn Hudson on Glee, which debuted in 2009. The series about a high school glee club became a huge success and made Monteith a popular young star. In March 2013, Monteith returned to rehab for treatment. He died on July 13, 2013, in Vancouver, Canada from a heroin and alcohol overdose.
Born on May 11, 1982, in Calgary, Canada, actor Cory Monteith rose to fame as a cast member of the hit television musical Glee. His parents split up when he was seven, and he and his older brother were raised by their mother in Victoria. Monteith, a bright student early on, lost his way by his early teens. He started missing school to get drunk and do drugs.
At 16, Monteith officially gave up on his education after attending 12 different schools. He worked a number of odd jobs while performing in different bands as a drummer. By age 19, Monteith's substance abuse problem had gotten so out of hand that his family staged an intervention. He went into rehab for treatment, but he fell back into his old habits after leaving the facility. It was only after getting caught stealing money from a family member that Monteith decided to turn his life around.
Monteith moved to the small town of Nanaimo where he found work as a roofer. Living with a family friend, he got sober. Monteith soon followed a new direction for his life. In an interview with People magazine, he explained that "I met this acting teacher, he gave me a script, I read for him, and he was like, 'You could have a career doing this.'''
Before long, Monteith started to land some work on television. He auditioned for a number of shows filmed in Vancouver. A bit part on Stargate Atlantis was his first acting job. Then Monteith appeared on Smallville. In 2006, he had a part in the feature film Final Destination 3 and recurring role on the cable series Kyle XY.
Monteith won the most significant role of his career through a series of auditions. First he sent in a video of himself playing percussion on a set of Tupperware containers to Glee creator Ryan Murphy. Impressed with what he saw, Murphy asked for an audition tape of Monteith singing. Monteith won the part of Finn Hudson with his rendition of REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling."
Debuting in 2009, Glee quickly became one of the most popular shows on television. This musical dramatic comedy explored the lives of a high school glee club. Monteith's character Finn Hudson was a football star with remarkable vocal talents.
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