Glee Cast: Where Are They Now?

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Few shows in television history have the history of Glee.

It premiered in 2009 to giant ratings and critical acclaim, combining music, comedy and important social messages like no series ever before.

By the end of its run in 2015, however?

The program had practically become a parody of itself, limping to the finish line with a shortened season and zero critical acclaim.

Its cast, meanwhile, was mostly full of previously unknown actors and actress, some of whom followed up their time at William McKinley High School with success on the big or small screen ...

... and some of which met a tragic end.

Scroll around below for an update on the lives and careers of various Glee cast members from their heyday to the present day:

1. The Original Cast

The Original Cast
To the average television viewer in 2009, most of these were fresh, unknown faces back when Glee first hit the air. But almost every cast member would soon explode into a small screen sensation...

2. Lea Michele, Then...

Lea Michele, Then...
Probably the main star when Glee premiered, the former Broadway actress stole our hearts as Rachel Berry.

3. Lea Michele, Now...

Lea Michele, Now...
She remained on Fox as part of the Scream Queens cast and then appeared for the short run of ABC's The Mayor, a solid sitcom that was canceled too soon.

4. Matthew Morrison, Then...

Matthew Morrison, Then...
He played the man in charge, the honorable and musical Mr. Schuester, who instilled valuable life lessons in all his charges.

5. Matthew Morrison, Now...

Matthew Morrison, Now...
Following a strong run as Alicia's nemesis on The Good Wife, he joined Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Paul Stadler in 2017.

6. Jane Lynch, Then...

Jane Lynch, Then...
Probably the breakout star of Season 1, Lynch played the sarcastic and cruel cheerleading coach, Sue Sylvester.

7. Jane Lynch, Now...

Jane Lynch, Now...
Name a TV show and she has probably guest-starred, continuing her strong career with arcs on Criminal Minds, Will & Grace and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, just to name a few.

8. Cory Monteith, Then...

Cory Monteith, Then...
The star quarterback-turned-star-Glee-club member, Cory Monteith was the handsome and kind face behind the character of Finn.

9. Cory Monteith, Now...

Cory Monteith, Now...
May he rest in peace. The actor died of a drug overdose on July 13, 2013.

10. Mark Salling, Then...

Mark Salling, Then...
Finn's close friend, Salling played Noah "Puck" Puckerman, the football player with the tough exterior... and the very sweet singing voice.

11. Mark Salling, Now...

Mark Salling, Now...
After pleading guilty to child pornography charges, Salling hanged himself in late January 2018, about six weeks prior to his sentencing.

12. Naya Rivera, Then...

Naya Rivera, Then...
The actress played sassy and outspoken cheerleader Santana.

13. Naya Rivera, Now...

Naya Rivera, Now...
The actress has been through a lot in her personal life, culimating in an arrest for domestic violence in late 2017. She has a son named Josey and a volatile relationship with his father, Ryan Dorsey.

14. Heather Morris, Then...

Heather Morris, Then...
Another breakout star from those early seasons, Morris cracked us up as a cheerleader named Brittany who, quite simply, wasn't very smart.

15. Kevin McHale, Then...

Kevin McHale, Then...
He portrayed Artie Abrams, a student and Glee club member who was confined to a wheelchair.

16. Kevin McHale, Now...

Kevin McHale, Now...
He portrayed Contestant #2 on "I Want My Phone Back" and Barry on "We Bare Bears," according to IMDB.

17. Heather Morris, Now...

Heather Morris, Now...
She hasn't appeared in very much. Her most notable IMDB credits since 2015 include Comedy Bang! Bang! and GLOW. She is listed simply as "Dancer" for the latter.

18. Amber Riley, Then...

Amber Riley, Then...
Blessed with an incredible voice, Riley took on the character of Mercedes Jones.

19. Amber Riley, Now...

Amber Riley, Now...
She appeared on an episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and has had a regular role on something called "Fly."

20. Darren Criss, Then...

Darren Criss, Then...
Came on board as Blaine Anderson, a love interest for Chris Colfer's Kurt.

21. Darren Criss, Now...

Darren Criss, Now...
Have you seen him on American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace? He's incredible.

22. Chris Colfer, Then...

Chris Colfer, Then...
He portrayed the shy, gay and lovable Kurt Hummel.

23. Chris Colfer, Now...

Chris Colfer, Now...
He's a best-selling author! We strongly recommend his 2012 book, "The Land of Stories."

24. Melissa Benoist, Then...

Melissa Benoist, Then...
She portrayed Marley Rose on Seasons 4 and 5, after a slight cast reboot for the show.

25. Melissa Benoist, Now...

Melissa Benoist, Now...
She's Supergirl!!!!!!

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