->How do I put this? ''{{Glee}}'' is like ''HighSchoolMusical'' if ''High School Musical'' had its stomach punched and its lunch money stolen.
->- '''Cory Monteith''' comparing ''Glee'' to ''High School Musical''

'''Cory Allan Michael Monteith''' (May 11, 1982 July 13, 2013) was a Canadian actor and semi-musician. After dropping out of high school in grade nine, he worked several odd-jobs, including Wal-mart greeter, cab driver, roofer, school-bus driver, and car washer.

His acting career began in Vancouver, with bit parts in a plethora of shows such as ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', ''{{Smallville}}'', and [[Series/StargateSG1 both]] [[Series/StargateAtlantis Stargates]]. He also had a recurring role as Charlie, Amanda's initial boyfriend in KyleXY. He also starred in some lesser known horror movies like ''Hybrid'' and ''Killer Bash'', both of which seemed to be banked on his [[MrFanservice incredible attractiveness]]. No really, the former has him shirtless throughout most of the movie because he is a werewolf; the latter was directed by David [=DeCoteau=], famous for having his male actors appearing in shirtless homoerotic scenes for no purpose other than appearing in shirtless homoerotic scenes.

He eventually auditioned for ''Series/{{Glee}}''. His audition wasn't exactly like the others, the biggest difference being that he didn't actually sing. Which the producers found odd, since the show centered around people who sing. Instead, his tape included some acting samples and a clip of him playing the drums (on tupperware). While they liked him, the producers still wanted to hear him sing and, despite never singing a note in his life, Cory impressed them enough with a "cheesy 80s rendition" of ''Can't Fight This Feeling'' by REOSpeedwagon that he was able to be beat out other auditioners, such as [[NextToNormal Aaron Tveit]] and DarrenCriss.

Despite being a good actor ''and'' what amounted to the male lead in ''Glee'', Cory hadn't exactly achieved as much as his [[KevinMcHale other]] [[LeaMichele Glee]] [[ChrisColfer co-stars]]. However, he had been gaining publicity - he co-hosted the 2010 Teen Choice Awards with his fellow Glee guys and KatyPerry, as well as the 2010 Gemini awards ([[CanadaEh they're Canadian]]). He was an accomplished drummer, and when not partaking in Glee he performed with his band Bonnie Dune. Cory also appeared in the 2011 Romantic Comedy ''Monte Carlo''.

He was tragically found dead in Vancouver in July 2013 from an overdose of heroin and alcohol.

!Tropes applicable to Cory Monteith:
* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: Finn in season 5 of ''Glee''.
* DawsonCasting: Finn was about 16-17, and Cory was nearly ''30''. It was especially jarring when he was playing an adult security guard ''two years'' before Glee.
* DeadArtistsAreBetter: He's become more beloved because of his premature death. Though this caused controversy when he was prominently featured in the InMemoriam segment of the 2013 Emmys whereas other actors like Larry Hagman and Creator/JonathanWinters had been excluded. Adam Klugman, son of late actor Jack Klugman, who'd also been excluded, [[http://news.yahoo.com/actor-deserves-individual-emmy-tribute-son-says-164440314.html was very critical]] of what he believed was over-promotion of Monteith's life and career.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: 6'3 Cory in his relationship (onscreen and off) with 5'2 Lea Michelle. When they appeared on the cover of ''Teen Vogue'' together, he had to be barefoot while she stood on a ScullyBox.
* OlderThanTheyLook: The ''Glee'' writers seriously pushed suspension of disbelief if they thought he looked like a teenager. That said, he did look very baby faced for someone who was pushing thirty.
* RomanceOnTheSet: He and Lea Michelle eventually became a couple for real.