Monteith, who completed rehab for substance abuse earlier this year, was universally beloved among costars, coworkers, reporters, and fans. That came across on screen as he played McKinley High social chameleon Finn Hudson, who got along as well (and often better) with his glee clubbers as he did with his football teammates.
To honor this genuinely nice dude, Hollywood Crush rounded up a few of Monteith’s most memorable “Glee” moments.
“Don’t Stop Believin’ ” (2009)
Ah, a more innocent time: back when Tina still stuttered, Kurt was still “straight,” and Rachel and Finn hadn’t cemented their soulmate status. Although now it’s tinged with sadness to watch such a happy moment knowing Monteith has gone way before his time, it’ll still give you the warm and fuzzies.
Monteith and Lea Michele weren’t together in real life at the time of their duet on “Faithfully” in the Season 1 finale, but the sizzling looks between the pair make it pretty easy to understand how their chemistry translated to a real-life relationship.
“Just The Way You Are” (2010)
Finn’s transformation from awkward, trying-to-fit-in jock to tolerant defender of McKinley’s marginalized students was solidified in “Furt,” as he apologized to his new stepbrother for not defending him against the bully who’d been terrorizing him so much that he eventually transferred schools, and made you cry and swoon at the same time. Monteith was good at that.
“The Scientist” (2012)
Don’t put away the tissues just yet — remember this stripped-down version of Coldplay’s heartbreaking hit? The show’s most beloved couples had a rough time in “The Break Up,” and Finn and Rachel were no exception.
“Don’t Stop Believin'” (2013)
Monteith’s final “Glee” performance is, fittingly, an emotional version of the song that made him and his castmates a worldwide phenomenon. Finn pounds away at the drums while his onscreen soulmate (and offscreen love) Rachel belts the Journey classic during her broadway audition. In a feel-good moment that will give you goosebumps every time you watch, her original glee club pals join her on stage for the triumphant finale.
Obviously these are just a few of Monteith’s best onscreen moments from four seasons of “Glee.” What are your favorite Finn songs and scenes? How are you remembering Monteith?