Luke Perry

Luke Perry
Luke Perry by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Perry in 2017
Coy Luther Perry III

(1966-10-11)October 11, 1966

Died March 4, 2019(2019-03-04) (aged 52)
Cause of death Complications from a stroke
Occupation Actor
Years active 1982–2019
Rachel Sharp
(m. 1993; div. 2003)
Children 2

Coy Luther "Luke" Perry III (October 11, 1966 – March 4, 2019) was an American actor. He became a teen idol for playing Dylan McKay on the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990 to 1995, and again from 1998 to 2000. He also starred as Fred Andrews on the CW series Riverdale, and had guest roles on notable shows such as Criminal Minds, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Simpsons, and Will & Grace.

Early life

Perry was born on October 11, 1966, in Mansfield, Ohio,[1] the son of Ann Bennett, a homemaker, and Coy Luther Perry Jr., a steelworker.[1][2] They divorced when he was six.[3] He was raised in Fredericktown, Ohio, and served as the school mascot Freddie Bird for Fredericktown High School.[4]

Perry moved to Los Angeles shortly after high school to pursue acting. He worked for an asphalt paving company and in a doorknob factory.[5]


Early beginnings

Perry auditioned for 256 acting jobs in New York before getting his first acting job.[6] After appearing in the music video "Be Chrool to Your Scuel" for the band Twisted Sister alongside Alice Cooper. Perry's earliest roles were on daytime soap operas; one episode of Loving (1987–1988) and ten episodes of Another World (1988–1989).

Rise to fame: 1990–1994

Following this, he won the role of the brooding millionaire's son Dylan McKay on Fox's teen drama, Beverly Hills, 90210. He had originally auditioned for the role of Steve Sanders, but lost to actor Ian Ziering. While starring on 90210, Perry won a supporting role in the original film version of Joss Whedon's Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992).[7] Perry became a popular teen idol; a riot broke out when 10,000 teen girls attended an August 1991 autograph session at The Fashion Mall at Plantation, forcing the actor to leave after 90 seconds.[8] He also starred in Terminal Bliss in 1992,[9] and as Lane Frost in 8 Seconds in 1994.[10]


Perry at the 1991 Emmy Awards

Departure from Beverly Hills, 90210 and later work

In an attempt to find more mature roles, he decided to leave Beverly Hills, 90210 in 1995. In the same year, he took a part in the Italian movie Vacanze di Natale '95, playing himself. Although he announced that 90210 was behind him, his absence lasted only three years. During that time, Perry starred in the independent film Normal Life opposite Ashley Judd, starred in the TV science fiction movie Invasion (1997), and Riot (1997), a drama about the 1992 Los Angeles riots. He had a small role in Luc Besson's science fiction adventure film The Fifth Element (1997). In 1998 he returned to 90210, where he remained as a permanent special guest star through the show's final season in 2000. Perry then starred in the 1999 film Storm and went on to star in a 2002 television movie called The Triangle.

From 2001 to 2002, he starred in the HBO prison drama Oz, as the Reverend Jeremiah Cloutier.[11] From 2002 to 2004 he starred in the post-apocalyptic television series Jeremiah.[12]

In 2006, Perry co-starred in the ensemble drama series Windfall, about a group of friends who win the lottery. The series ran for 13 episodes during the summer of 2006 on NBC. In 2007, he landed the role of Tommy "Santa" Santorelli on the film The Sandlot: Heading Home, and he appeared in the 2008 western A Gunfighter's Pledge.

Perry also appeared in the 2007 HBO series John from Cincinnati.[13] He also starred in the Swedish film Äntligen Midsommar (Finally Midsummer), which was released in the summer of 2009.[14]

He said of his role on Beverly Hills, 90210 as Dylan McKay: "I'm going to be linked with him until I die, but that's actually just fine. I created Dylan McKay. He's mine."[15] However, he did not reprise his role on the spin-off. He stated: "When you're in the professional acting business, you have to look into all these offers, and I don't mean anything bad about it but creatively it's something I have done before and I don't know how it will benefit me if I do it again."[16] Perry said the fact that the show's longtime producer Aaron Spelling was not involved in the revival was critical: "The difference between CW bringing something back and Aaron Spelling doing something is significant. And I cannot do it without Aaron."[17] However, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, and Tori Spelling reprised their roles in the 2008 revival of the series.

Perry did considerable voice-over work for various animated series, often playing himself. He played himself (as Krusty the Clown's half brother) in "Krusty Gets Kancelled", an episode of The Simpsons (1993). He voiced himself in an episode of Johnny Bravo, giving Johnny dating advice after Johnny saved him from a stampede of fan girls. Perry parodied himself in "The Story on Page One", an episode of Family Guy, in which he sues Peter Griffin for calling him gay in a newspaper article. His other voice work includes The Incredible Hulk, Biker Mice from Mars, Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, and The Night of the Headless Horseman.

Perry guest-starred as gay characters in the sitcoms Spin City (1997) and Will & Grace (2005); in the former, he appeared as Carter Heywood's ex-boyfriend who subsequently fell in love with a woman, and in the latter he played a geeky birdwatcher who catches the eye of Jack McFarland. In 2005, Perry was reunited with former 90210 co-star Jennie Garth when he guest-starred on What I Like About You in a loose parody of their 90210 characters' relationship. In 2008, Perry guest-starred as rapist Noah Sibert in the season premiere of the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[18] He also guest-starred as cult leader Benjamin Cyrus in an episode of Criminal Minds. In late 2009, Perry starred in The Killers' music video for their fourth annual Christmas single, "¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!"

Also in 2009, Perry participated in the Thomas Nelson's audio Bible production known as The Word of Promise. In this dramatized audio, Perry played both Saint Stephen and Judas Iscariot. The project also featured a large ensemble of other well-known Hollywood actors, including Jim Caviezel, Louis Gossett Jr., John Rhys-Davies, Jon Voight, Gary Sinise, Jason Alexander, Christopher McDonald, Marisa Tomei, Stacy Keach and John Schneider.[19][20]

Perry appeared on Broadway in 2001, in a revival of The Rocky Horror Show, playing Brad Majors.[21] In 2004, he appeared in the London production of When Harry Met Sally ... as Harry, alongside Alyson Hannigan as Sally.[22] He played a con man/psychic in a second season episode of Leverage in 2010,[23] and then appeared as the American version of Inspector Spacetime in an episode of Community in 2013, titled "Biology 101".[24]

From 2017 until his death, Perry starred as Frederick "Fred" Andrews, Archie's father, on the CW series Riverdale.

Personal life and death

Perry married Rachel Minnie Sharp on November 20, 1993 in Beverly Hills.[25] They separated in 2003.[26][27] The couple had two children, Jack and daughter Sophie (born June 7, 2000).[28] Jack is a professional wrestler known by his ring name "Jungle Boy" Nate Coy, who is signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW).[29][30]

Perry became an advocate for testing for colorectal cancer after undergoing a colonoscopy in 2015 that revealed pre-cancerous growths.[31]

Perry had a massive stroke at his home in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, on February 27, 2019. He died from complications on March 4 at the age of 52.[32] At the time of his death, Perry was engaged to Wendy Madison Bauer.[33][34]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Scorchers[5] Ray Ray  
1992 Terminal Bliss[5] John Hunter  
1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer[35] Oliver Pike  
1994 8 Seconds[35] Lane Frost  
1995 Vacanze di Natale '95 (Christmas Holidays '95) Himself[36]  
1996 Normal Life Chris Anderson[37]  
1996 American Strays Johnny[37]  
1997 The Fifth Element[35] Billy Masterson  
1997 Last Breath Martin Devoe[37]  
1998 Indiscreet Michael Nash[37]  
1999 The Heist Jack[36]  
1999 The Florentine Frankie[37]  
1999 Storm Dr. Ron Young[36] Direct-to-video
2000 Attention Shoppers Mark Pinnalore[37][36]  
2001 The Enemy Dr. Michael Ashton[36]  
2001 Dirt Attorney[36]  
2002 Fogbound Bob  
2003 Down the Barrel David Direct-to-video
2005 Dishdogz Tony  
2007 The Sandlot: Heading Home Tommy "Santa" Santorelli[36] Direct-to-video
2007 Alice Upside Down Ben McKinley[36]  
2009 Äntligen midsommar! Sam[36]  
2009 Upstairs Ward Weaver  
2009 Silent Venom Lt. Comdr. James O'Neill[36] Direct-to-video
2009 Sam Steele and the Junior Detective Agency The Cat  
2010 Redemption Road Boyd[36]  
2010 The Final Storm Silas Hendershot[36] Direct-to-DVD
2010 Hanna's Gold Cole  
2010 Good Intentions Chester Milford[36]  
2013 Red Wing Carl Blanton[36]  
2013 Scoot and Kassie’s Christmas Adventure Paul Stevenson[36]  
2014 Beat Beneath My Feet Max Stone[36]  
2016 Dudes & Dragons Lorash[36]  
2019 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Wayne Maunder[36] Post-production, posthumous release


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Voyagers! Union Prisoner Uncredited
Episode: "The Day the Rebs Took Lincoln"
1987–1988 Loving Ned Bates  
1988–1989 Another World Kenny[37] 10 episodes
Beverly Hills, 90210 Dylan McKay[37] 199 episodes
1993 The Simpsons Himself[37] Voice
Episode: "Krusty Gets Kancelled"
1994–1995 Biker Mice from Mars Napoleon Brie Voice
6 episodes
1996 Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm Sub-Zero[37] Voice
13 episodes
1996–1997 The Incredible Hulk Rick Jones[37] Voice
4 episodes
1997 Spin City[35] Spence[37] Episode: "Kiss Me, Stupid"
1997 Riot Boomer[36] Television film
Segment: "Empty"
1997 Invasion Beau Stark[37] Television film
1999 The Night of the Headless Horseman Brom Bones[36] Voice
Television film
1999–2000 Pepper Ann Stewart Waldinger Voice
3 episodes
2000 Johnny Bravo Himself Voice
Episode: "Luke Perry's Guide to Love"
2000 Family Guy Himself Voice
Episode: "The Story on Page One"
2001 Night Visions Dr. Michael Sears Episode: "Now He's Coming Up the Stairs"
2001 The Triangle Stu Sheridan[37] Television film
2001–2002 Oz Rev. Jeremiah Cloutier[37] 10 episodes
2002 Johnson County War Harry Hammett Television film
2002–2004 Jeremiah Jeremiah[37] 35 episodes
2003 Clone High Ponce de León[37] Voice
Episode: "Litter Kills - Literally"
2005 Will & Grace[35] Aaron Episode: "The Birds & the Bees"
2005 What I Like About You Todd[37] 3 episodes
2005 Descent Dr. Jake Rollins Television film
2005 Supernova Dr. Chris Richardson[36] Television film
2006 Windfall Peter Schaefer 13 episodes
2007 Biker Mice from Mars Napoleon Brie Voice
Episode: "Once Upon a Time on Earth"
2005 John from Cincinnati Linc Stark[37] 10 episodes
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Noah Sibert[37] Episode: "Trials"
2008 A Gunfighter's Pledge Matt Austin Television film
2008 A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride Charlie[36] Television film
Criminal Minds Benjamin Cyrus[37] Episodes: "Minimal Loss" and "300"
2009 The Storm Stillman[37] Miniseries; 2 episodes
2009 Angel and the Badman Laredo Stevens[36] Television film
2010 Leverage Dalton Rand[37] Episode: "The Future Job"
2010 Generator Rex Jacob Voice
Episode: "The Architect"
2010 FCU: Fact Checkers Unit Luke 8 episodes
2011 Pound Puppies Fang Voice
Episode: "Rebel Without A Collar"
2011 Goodnight for Justice John Goodnight[36] Television film
2012 Goodnight for Justice: The Measure of a Man John Goodnight[36] Television film
2012 Goodnight for Justice: Queen of Hearts John Goodnight[36] Television film
2012 Raising Hope Ghost of Arbor Day Episode: "Arbor Daze"
2012–2013 Body of Proof CDC Officer Dr. Charlie Stafford 5 episodes
2013 Community American Inspector Spacetime Episode: "Conventions of Space and Time"
2014 Major Crimes Jon Worth[37] Episode: "Cutting Loose"
2015 Welcome Home Stewart Paylor[36] Television film
2015 Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise Richard Steele Television film
2016 Love in Paradise Avery Ford[36] Television film
2016 The Edge and Christian Show That Totally Reeks of Awesomeness Himself Episode: "The 90's"
2017–2019 Riverdale Fred Andrews[37] Main cast












































































































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