Remembering Cory: ‘Glee’ Star Had Charisma to Spare: Watch

by | July 14, 2013 at 11:33 AM | Glee, TV News

Cory Monteith (Photo: Fox)

Cory Monteith almost didn’t make it onto “Glee,” but he was eventually cast on the show after an audition in which casting directors felt he had captured what they wanted in their Finn Hudson.

And so they hired him, according to his bio on Wikipedia, even though they considered his singing voice “weak.”

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It’s a testament to the actor’s charisma that Monteith, who was not a singer, was cast on a show in which a strong singing ability is perhaps the most valued of all the talents required of cast members.

Monteith, 31, was found dead Saturday in a hotel room in Vancouver. The cause of death has not yet been determined. While the obituaries on Sunday are all mentioning his past struggles with substance abuse, there is no evidence yet that that’s what killed him. By Monteith’s own account, he first entered rehab at age 19 following an intervention by his family. His most recent rehab was just this past spring. It ended in April.

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But whatever is eventually revealed about what caused Monteith’s death, he’ll long be remembered as one of the brightest stars on “Glee,” playing the role of the high school quarterback who was drawn to the performing arts.

Among other talents, Monteith was a drummer. In fact, the initial audition tape he submitted to be considered for the cast of “Glee” had him drumming with pencils on Tupperware.

Watch Cory Monteith drumming — and singing — in this Beastie Boys tribute from “Glee”:
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