Cory Monteith

The boy next door

Cory Monteith, who played high school quarterback turned singer Finn Hudson on Glee, died on July 13, way too young, at 31, from a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol. As Monteith played him, Finn was often the heart and emotional anchor of a show that could take roller-coaster shifts in tone. But at its best, Glee has been rooted in something real: the struggles of small-town kids to become better than they've been led to expect and their fear that their reality may not match their dreams.

Finn embodied that predicament. The only thing he worried about more than his...

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