As authorities continue to investigate the shocking death of Cory Monteith, OTRC.com is taking a look back at the Canadian actor's rise to fame in the United States.
Monteith was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver on July 13 at age 31. The actor, who played Finn on the FOX series "Glee," was always incredibly sweet while talking to OTRC.com at red carpet events and showcased his sharp sense of humor.
Over the years, as the popularity of the FOX series grew, so did Monteith's celebrity. He appeared at more high-profile events, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where he posed for photos with on-screen and real-life girlfriend Lea Michele. Also, he was also aware of the fans' nickname for the "Glee" couple -- "Finchel," and joked about it during an interview with OTRC.com.
Here are 5 of our favorite Cory Monteith red carpet moments:
- 1. March 2010 - Cory Monteith does an impression of Larry David and mentions "Finchel" (watch video):
During an interview with OTRC.com at a "Glee" event at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles, Monteith did an impression of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star and "Seinfeld" creator Larry David, who was scheduled to appear at an event at the venue the following day.
Monteith also mentioned the term "Finchel," the word many fans use to "ship," or promote the relationship of "Finn and Rachel" -- his character and Michele's.
"Check this out, there's fanfictions everywhere on the Internet," he told OTRC.com. "Seriously, Google 'Glee fanfiction' and see what comes up about 'Finchel.'"
2. March 2011 - Cory Monteith talks about "Glee" music recording, at Paley Center event (watch video):
Monteith discussed the music recording process with OTRC.com, saying it occurs "literally whenever we have time." Following four seasons, the cast, of course, had time to record a whopping 14 full albums containing covers they sang on "Glee," five compilation albums, seven EPs and more than 500 songs. 3. August 2012 - Cory Monteith gives us the thumbs up (watch video):
At the VH1 Do Something Awards, Monteith talked to OTRC.com about the impact "Glee" has had on people and the upcoming fourth season and gave us the most adorable smile while giving up the thumbs up.
4. January 2013 - Cory Monteith attends the Critics' Choice Movie Awards (watch video):
He wasn't nominated for an award himself, but he represented "Glee" respectfully -- and stylishly. Wearing a spiffy black tux, the "Glee" star walked the red carpet solo and gave us his best camera-ready, intense look.
5. January 2013 - Cory Monteith and Lea Michele attend the Screen Actors Guild Awards (watch video):
Monteith and Michele denied dating rumors for years-- they had floated around since Finn and Rachel were first dubbed "Finchel" in 2009 -- but in 2012, the two were photographed together several times and were even snapped kissing at a hockey game. Michele later talked about their relationship in magazine interviews.
They delighted onlookers by walking the red carpet together at the 2013 SAG Awards -- another prestigious celebrity event.
UPDATE on July 16: The cause of Cory Monteith's death has been revealed -- autopsy results show he died after mixing heroin and alcohol. Officials are continuing the investigation.