Cory Monteith 1982-2013

PHOTOS: Cory Monteith's Hollywood Life

From high school dropout to on-screen quarterback, we remember the late Glee star

HEAD OF THE CLASS

Monteith wins over Glee producers with a video of himself playing what he dubs "the Tupperware drums." After singing at his final audition, he's selected to play the role of jock-turned-Gleek Finn Hudson. "When they picked me for the part, I thought they were mistaken," he later tells Entertainment Tonight. "I thought I was going to be swiftly recast and fired and deported back to Canada." After debuting in spring 2009, the soon-to-be FOX musical smash officially premieres Sept. 9, ultimately introducing fans to the McKinley High School gang and launching his career.