Monteith struck gold when he landed the role of Finn Hudson, a football jock with an untapped gift of singing, on Ryan Murphy's musical comedy that debuted May 2009. Though the Canadian actor had recurring stints on other television shows, Glee was his Hollywood breakout. Memorable performances included "Don't Stop Believin'," "Just the Way You Are" and "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." (Monteith posed with some of his castmates in 2011 for a THR cover story when Glee filmed in New York City.)
2010 Primetime Emmy Awards
Jimmy Fallon helped the kids from Glee get tickets to the Emmys when they were short on cash. The gang entered a competition to win the money by singing Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run.” Tina Fey, Jon Hamm, Betty White, Joel McHale and more helped out along the way.
Glee: The 3D Concert Movie
The main cast embarked on a tour in 2011 called Glee Live! In Concert! Footage from the East Rutherford, N.J., concerts on June 16-17 was turned into a feature-length 3D concert film directed by Kevin Tancharoen that was released in theaters in 2011 and earned nearly $19 million at the box office.
The Glee gang hit Springfield in 2010 in The Simpsons episode "Elementary School Musical," where they sang "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys.
The Cleveland Show
The New Directions burst onto Fox’s The Cleveland Show in 2011, whenMonteith appeared along with Glee co-starsJane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, and Chris Colfer. The gang showed up in a cutaway moment where they were held up as examples of what wholesome kids should be like.
Monteith co-starred in the 2011 romantic comedy centered on a trio of friends who pretend to be wealthy socialites, who were played by Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy. Monteith played Owen, the love interest to Cassidy's Emma in the film, which made $40 million at the worldwide box office.
Final Destination 3
The actor was among the ensemble cast of the third installment in the 2006 supernatural horror franchise, directed by James Wong. In the film, which made more than $117 million at the worldwide box office despite mixed reception by film critics, Monteith played a supporting character named Kahill.
Prior to Glee, Monteith recurred on ABC Family's Kyle XY, which aired from 2006-09, as Charlie Tanner, captain of the high school basketball team and Amanda's (Kristen Prout) boyfriend. His character prevented Kyle (Matt Dallas) from pursuing Amanda romantically.
Sisters & Brothers
Monteith reteamed with Dustin Milligan on the 2011 Canadian indie Sisters & Brothers. The film, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival that year, centered on the relationships between four sets of siblings who haven't been in contact for a long period of time.
The 2007 Syfy TV movie Hybrid was the 10th film in the Maneater series. The werewolf thriller follows security dispatcher Aaron Scates (Monteith), who is blinded following an explosion and is implanted with wolf's eyes. Justine Bateman co-starred.
Though he was known for playing a heartthrob on Glee, Monteith portrayed a loser who entered a reality show in hopes of being able to get girls in Wannabe Macks. He and his three buddies learn it’s harder than expected. Dustin Milligan of 90210 co-stared.
The short-lived scripted MTV series Kaya, about an overnight sensation in the music industry, lasted only 10 episodes in 2007. Like in real life, Monteith played Gunnar, a drummer backing up the main singer Kaya (Danielle Savre).
The late '90s teen heartthrob was more than just the star of the "Fast & Furious" films -- he got an early start as a child actor and worked on a diverse group of projects, from Shark Week to Disney movies. View gallery