Monday, 15 July 2013

Cory Monteith of Glee! Tribute

Cory Monteith Celebrity English 
Unfortunately another wonderful actor has tragically passed away.  This week, the talented international sensation Cory Monteith of Glee was found dead on Saturday at the Vancouver  Fairmont Pacific Rim (Canada) by Hotel staff.  He was only 31.  Cory will be missed by millions of fans & friends.

This week, as a tribute I wanted to give everybody a bit of information about Cory Monteith and his career.

Cory Monteith of Glee_singing
 As an actor based out of Vancouver, he had minor roles on such television series as Stargate Atlantis and Smallville before an audition tape of him singing "Can't Fight This Feeling" helped to land him the biggest role of his career, Finn on Glee, introducing him to an international audience as a high school quarterback who is at first reluctant to join the high school singing club. In later seasons, the character had graduated but returned as a singing coach. Following his success on Glee, Monteith's film work included the movie Monte Carlo and a starring role in Sisters & Brothers.

Charity Work
Cory Monteith used his fame to help set up Vancouver’s Project Limelight.  Project Limelight is an organization that provides free theater programming and mentoring to motivated but high risk youth between the ages of 8 and 15.  Many of Cory Monteith's fans are currently donating to the non- profit organization to honor his legacy and commitment to the potential that resides in all people.
Listen to Cory talk about Project Limelight with Richard Branson.


List of TV and Film that you can see Cory work his magic!


Year Film Role
2005 Killer Bash Douglas Waylan Hart
2006 Bloody Mary Paul Zuckerman
2006 Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep Michael
2006 Deck the Halls Madison's date
2006 Final Destination 3 Kahill
2007 Hybrid Aaron Scates
2007 White Noise: The Light Scooter guy
2007 Gone Davis Calder
2007 The Invisible Jimmy
2007 Whisper Teenage boy
2007 Wannabe Macks Stu
2008 The Boy Next Door Jason
2011 Breaking the Girl

2011 Monte Carlo Owen
2011 Sisters & Brothers Justin Montegan
2011 Glee: The 3D Concert Movie Finn Hudson
2013 All the Wrong Reasons James Ascher
2013 McCanick Simon Weeks


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Stargate Atlantis Genii Private Episode: "The Storm"
2005 Young Blades Marcel Le Rue Episode: "To Heir is Human"
2005 Supernatural Gary Episode: "Wendigo"
2005 Smallville Frat cowboy Episode: "Thirst"
2005 Killer Instinct Windsurfer Bob Episode: "Forget Me Not"
2006 Whistler Lip Ring Episode: "The Burden of Truth"
2006 Stargate SG-1 Young Mitchell Episode: "200"
2006 Kyle XY Charlie Tanner 7 episodes
2007 Flash Gordon Ian Finley Episode: "Life Source"
2007 Kaya Gunnar 10 episodes
2008 Fear Itself James Episode: "New Year's Day"
2009 Mistresses Jason
2009 The Assistants Shane Baker 2 episodes
2009–2013 Glee Finn Hudson Lead role; 81 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (shared with cast)
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Actor Comedy (2011)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Breakout Star Male (2009)
Nominated – People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actor (2012)
2010 The Simpsons Flynn Voice
Episode: "Elementary School Musical"
2011 The Cleveland Show Finn Hudson Voice
Episode: "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Roberta?"
2012 The Glee Project Himself Episode: "Vulnerability"
2013 2013 Kids' Choice Awards Himself Presenter
MasterChef Himself

Finally here is a tribute to Cory Monteith of  Glee.

Take care my TV friend,

Alex Graham
Celebrity English
Celebrity English - Alex Graham

Language Learning Section

(Note: Although it is not the most pleasant topic, 
death is a part of life.  It is a part of the human experience.)

  Listening Practice - A Tribute to Cory Monteith of  Glee.

Instructions: Listen to the video above and fill in the missing word(s).  Once you have filled in the missing word(s), write the meaning of each word. The answers are below.

A Tribute to Cory Monteith of  Glee.
He __________ of millions as Finn Hudson – the __________ quarterback turned singer in hit TV show Glee.
__________, Cory Monteith was __________, just months after voluntarily checking himself into __________ for __________.

A close friend told Cory was "healthy and in great spirits" just 48 hours before he __________ in a Vancouver __________.

Here we remember the __________ star in his most __________ Glee moments.  __________ big man. 

Now check your answers.

Answers to the Listening Practice: 
A Tribute to Cory Monteith of  Glee

 He touched the hearts of millions as Finn Hudson – the dashingly handsome quarterback turned singer in hit TV show Glee.
Tragically, Cory Monteith was found dead age 31, just months after voluntarily checking himself into rehab for substance abuse.

A close friend told Cory was "healthy and in great spirits" just 48 hours before he died in a Vancouver hotel.

Here we remember the charming star in his most memorable Glee moments.  Rest in Peace big man.

Definition of the Vocabulary Words

touched the hearts = to touch the heart(s) of someone = to affect people; to affect your emotions, especially so that you feel sad or sympathetic.

dashingly handsome =  dashingly  adverb form of dashing (adjective)  =  (for describing men) attractive in a romantic, adventurous way; attractive and impressive in a way that shows confidence. handsome =  (for describing men) good-looking.

Tragically =  tragically adverb form of tragic (adjective) = causing strong feelings of sadness usually because someone has died in a way that seems very shocking, unfair, etc.

found dead age 31 =  found = discovered. dead  =  no longer alive or living : no longer having life. age 31 =  (formal style) at the age of  31 or 31 one years old.

rehab = [noncount] informal  :  a program for helping people who have problems with drugs, alcohol, etc. — often used after ‘in’ or ‘into’. Ex: ▪ He is in rehab. ▪ She checked herself into rehab.  ‘rehab’ is a short speaking style for ‘rehabilitation program’ in this case.

substance abuse =  (noun) overindulgence in or dependence on an addictive substance, esp. alcohol or drugs.

died = past tense of  die (verb) = to stop living. 

hotel = [count] : a place that has rooms in which people can stay especially when they are traveling : a place that provides food, lodging, and other services for paying guests.

charming (adjective): very pleasing or appealing : full of charm.

memorable (adjective) : very good or interesting and worth remembering. Ex.
▪ a memorable vacation/experience ▪ It was the most memorable line of the play. ▪ She gave a memorable performance.

rest in peace =  (Latin: Requiescat in pace) is a short epitaph or idiomatic expression wishing eternal rest and peace to someone who has died. The expression typically appears on headstones, often abbreviated as "R.I.P.".


  1. Really sorry for this young talented actor. Such an early death is a tragedy.

  2. Absolutely so I wanted to create a small tribute to Cory this week. Thank you for your comment,