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08 June 2010 @ 12:27 pm
Proud Oromocto father tunes in every week to watch his son Cory Monteith on hit show 'Glee'  

Cory Monteith, right, at three years old with his brother Shaun, at seven years old.

Every time the retired serviceman sees a feature about his son, Cory, on the newsstand, he just has to pick it up.

When your youngest child stars in Fox's hit musical comedy Glee, those press clippings accumulate quickly.

Despite the dent publications like People and US Weekly are making in his budget, Monteith couldn't be happier about his son's success in the role of Finn Hudson, a sweet, strapping football player who works out his powerful pipes in the high school glee club.

"I'm ecstatic," Joe says from his home in Oromocto. "I'm just so, so proud."

While the scope of Cory's renown is staggering, he is not entirely surprised.

"He always had that in him," Joe says of his son's theatrical leanings, describing him as bright and energetic as a boy.

"He was into everything," Joe says. "He was on the stage doing The Little Red Hen when he was six or seven years old. He was pounding on stuff at that age. He was never a shy boy. He always liked to be out in the view of people."

Joe suspects early exposure may have planted the musical seed in Cory, 28. He has an older brother, Shaun, 31.

"When both the boys were young we used to have speakers in their bedrooms and I would play Beethoven or classical music all the time for the boys. That just soothed them right out. They just loved it," he says.

Cory would play Joe's keyboards or, if there wasn't an instrument around, improvise with whatever was on hand.

"He was fascinated with making noise of any sort, oh, banging on a pot or running sticks up and down a fence."

Music runs in the Monteith family.

"I've been known to go up and win a karaoke contest every now and again," Joe says.

While Cory and his Glee castmates cover hits by pop superstars like Madonna or Journey, Joe's tastes run more to country than to rock 'n' roll.

One time Joe took his parents out for dinner at a Saint John tavern. It was karaoke night, so he dedicated The Green, Green Grass of Home to his folks.

"The crowd went wild," Joe recalls. "And out of nowhere this guy came up and asked me if I had a manager.

"And I said, 'I'm really not into this, I do it for fun. I like keeping a low profile.'"

His son? That's another story.

"People are going right nuts. I see that just around here," he says.

"People are going, 'You're Cory's dad?

"And I go, 'Yeah. Would you like to touch my elbow or something?'"

Despite the hullabaloo, he isn't worried about Cory getting lost in the hype.

"He's a down-to-earth, honest type of person. It's not going to his head as far as I can see ... Fame has not gotten to him as maybe you notice with some other stars."

Maybe that's because Monteith took a circuitous road to Hollywood. Bored in class, he dropped out of high school, working, variously, as a Wal-Mart greeter, a cab driver and a roofer before trying his hand at acting. He did dinner theatre in Vancouver and modelled before landing roles in TV and film.

So does the six-foot-three Cory get his boy-next-door looks from his father?

"Of course! What can I say?" Joe says, laughing. "I always say he got his talent from his dad. And his looks, too."

"He's a lot thinner, though," Cory's stepmother Yvette adds in the background.

Joe and Yvette watch Glee every Tuesday. The show's season finale is tonight.

"I wouldn't miss it!" Joe says. "I really enjoy the program."

Finn Hudson is Joe's favourite, of course, with Sue Sylvester, the eccentric coach of the cheerleading squad, played by Jane Lynch, a close second.

While Cory has never lived in New Brunswick (he was born in Calgary and raised in Victoria) he comes east for holidays to his father's native New Brunswick, to visit his extended family.

"My folks at that time lived out in Hampton," Joe says. "They always used to have a garage sale on Sundays. When Cory was down for two or three weeks, he wanted to run it."

Cory liked counting the money and wanted to be where the people were.

"He'd barter with them and everything."

These days, Joe talks to his busy boy sporadically, keeping in touch through email and following him on Twitter.

"Last I heard, he was heading to Rome in a train."

Cory is on location in Europe, shooting Monte Carlo, an adventure comedy costarring Leighton Meester, Selena Gomez and Katie Cassidy.

Joe last saw his son in November, when Cory visited him in Oromocto.

"He dropped in, and gee, I got to see him for two-and-a-half days," Joe says.

And while Oromocto is something of a getaway for the telegenic actor, fame follows him everywhere.

"Even when we took him to the airport here, people were noticing and starting to take his picture."

His father already has plans for a summer visit from his son.

"I told him, 'When you're done that movie shoot, by the time you get back, Taylor Swift, she's got a concert in P.E.I. around the 15th of July, you can pick her up, come on through and stay for a week.'

"We'll go down and do a little karaoke."


I don't like this man
ayden: cory • cheekheadswedance on June 8th, 2010 11:29 am (UTC)
Aren't they... not close to each other? I thought Cory said he grew up with just his mom.
imaginazyon on June 8th, 2010 11:30 am (UTC)
they aren't, well cory went to see him last year but he said in an interview that he hadn't seen his dad in ages lol
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imaginazyon on June 8th, 2010 11:33 am (UTC)
I don't see it
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somewhere87: Maria&MichaelCrazysomewhere87 on June 8th, 2010 11:33 am (UTC)
Hmm IMO it seems like his dad wants a taste of the fame...it just felt..akward :-/
imaginazyon on June 8th, 2010 11:36 am (UTC)
i think papa monteith wants to tap taylor swift
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chuppachup85chuppachup85 on June 8th, 2010 11:45 am (UTC)
Baby Corey is adorbs.

Random mention of Taylor Swift by his dad at the end there...didn't think that was "confirmed" or anything. Maybe his dad reads the tabloids to lol.
imaginazyon on June 8th, 2010 11:49 am (UTC)
"Maybe his dad reads the tabloids"

I think that is the only way to keep up with his son life lol
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HelloCheeriohellocheerio on June 8th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
Yup, I also felt a touch of embarrassment while reading this too.
Maybe I'm just a naturally private person, but I could never imagine discussing this random information with the public. Its the type of stuff that should be kept to yourself.
That is what leads me to question his motivation, since I'm getting the gist that he and his son are not even that close.
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Change 13change13 on June 8th, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
LOL Taylor Swift randomly mentioned
Chantel: Glee- Finn Smiles (gif)chantel906 on June 8th, 2010 12:02 pm (UTC)
Baby Cory... Nawwwwwaaaaahhh!!!!!
go jump back up your motherrandombasic on June 8th, 2010 12:06 pm (UTC)
Famewhore. Not anywhere close to Micheal Lohan levels but still.

Baby Cory is so adorbs tho.
space travel's in my blood: Glee; Kurtgo_teen_angst on June 8th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
Thiiiis. But I can't get over how cute Cory was as a kid. His little face, aww.
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parasite single: Glee : push it Finchelchunsakuma on June 8th, 2010 12:12 pm (UTC)
Jfc, what a whore. lol.
briasoleil: Mathieu Kassovitz as Nino - Kudos to vacbriasoleil on June 8th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
Cory almost never mentions his dad, but he mentions his mom frequently enough. I know he's said multiple times that he was going to buy his mom five copies of the Rolling Stone that featured Glee.

I appreciate that his father feels proud of Cory, but dude, that article isn't going to mend many fences. Not only was it over the top and awkward, but it focused way too much on the father.

Ah, families. Can't live with them.
The Enabler: [glee] bitch pleasetwistdmentality on June 8th, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC)
Papa Monteith, besides creeping us out why are you telling us this?

This was just awkward.

Also does he have an autographed magazine in the third pic under young Cory?

Edited at 2010-06-08 12:31 pm (UTC)
imaginazyon on June 8th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
omg i bet he got it from ebay lol
another one bites the dust: glee. finn. hellothe_seventhday on June 8th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
Famewhore, totally. Only here for the baby Cory. I'M SO DEAD.
maybesheismemaybesheisme on June 8th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
Famewhore. The part where Cory's dad said "he always had it in him." - and I suppose he meant that he always thought Cory would have a great direction in life - I am not buying it. I remember Cory saying he was kicked out of the house, he did not talk to his dad for years. Does not sound to me like someone who always had believed in him. This article is just awkward, why would they even intrview smeone Cory is not even close with? He never even talks about his brother, just his mother.

I should not judge I guess, but I just feel like it is about Cory's fame and that is a reason to make amends. His dad makes it sound like they are close, and they are not - that is what Cory said.

But he loks so aodrable as a baby, and he was blond! ^.^
Angela, 21st Century Mermaid: Glee Don't Stopangelamermaid on June 8th, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
I spent years in the Oromocto area - this is big news in that area. :-)
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Arni: JONAS - nickoui_mu_sissu on June 8th, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
Aww bb!Cory.
Angela, 21st Century Mermaid: Glee Don't Stopangelamermaid on June 8th, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
I spent years in the Oromocto area! Now I live in Calgary and I don't blame Cory if that's what he prefers. :-)