RIP: Luke Perry, 'Beverly Hills, 90210' And 'Riverdale' Actor Dies At 52 After Massive Stroke

RIP: Luke Perry, 'Beverly Hills, 90210' And 'Riverdale' Actor Dies At 52 After Massive Stroke

He was best known for playing Dylan McKay on 'Beverly Hills, 90210' from 1990 to 1995, and again from 1998 to 2000. He was also noted for playing Andrews on Riverdale.

Actor Luke Perry, who rose to fame with Beverly Hills 90210 and Riverdale, has died after suffering a major stroke at the age of 52. The actor was admitted to a nearby hospital last Wednesday after a stroke at his home in Sherman Oaks, California, where he remained under observation for five days before breathing his last on March 4. His rep Arnold Robinson told THR. "He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends," said Robinson. "The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time."



Perry was born in Mansfield, Ohio, and raised in Fredericktown, Ohio, by his mother, Ann Bennett, who was a homemaker, and his father, Coy Luther Perry Jr., a steelworker. He then moved to Los Angeles shortly after high school to pursue a career in acting. He has also worked as a paver and lived in various cities including Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Downey, and Paramount, before finding his break in acting.



Perry had once revealed in an interview that he had auditioned for 215 acting jobs in New York before eventually landing a TV commercial. After being part of the music video 'Be Chrool to Your Scuel' for the band Twisted Sister alongside Alice Cooper, his initial roles were in daytime soap operas Loving (1987–88) and Another World (1988–89). However, he shot to fame and became a household name for portraying the role of the brooding millionaire's son Dylan McKay on Fox's teen drama, Beverly Hills, 90210.



He played the role from 1990–1995 and then again from 1998–2000. Thanks to his role on Beverly Hills, he landed a supporting role in the original film version of Joss Whedon's Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992). Speaking about his role on the show, he said in an interview, "I'm going to be linked with him until I die, but that's actually just fine. I created Dylan McKay. He's mine." However, he did not reprise his role on the 2008 spin-off of the series. "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." Perry became a popular teen idol and TV star in the early 1990s. 



It is worth noting that Perry was rushed to the hospital on the same day when Fox announced an upcoming reboot of the teen drama series Beverly Hills. Though his original costars Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling and Ian Ziering have all signed on to the new project, Perry did not. He has also made guest appearances in the sitcoms Spin City (1997) and Will & Grace (2005). He was seen as Carter Heywood's ex-boyfriend who subsequently falls in love with a woman on Spin City, while he portrayed a geeky birdwatcher who catches the attention of Jack McFarland on Will & Grace. He was also seen as Frederick "Fred" Andrews, Archie's father, on the critically acclaimed and commercially successful CW series Riverdale.



Apart from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Perry's film credits also include 8 Seconds, Terminal Bliss and The Fifth Element, among others. Meanwhile, Perry will appear posthumously in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which will see him playing the real-life Canadian-American actor Wayne Maunder who starred in the CBS Western TV show Lancer



Off-screen, Perry was married to Rachel Minnie Sharp from 1993 to 2003. The couple has two children together: Jack (born June 15, 1997) and Sophie (born June 7, 2000). Since their divorce, the couple has shared joint custody of  Jack and Sophie. Jack is a professional wrestler who is known by his ring name 'Jungle Boy' Nate Coy, who is signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW).


Tributes started to pour in across social media as soon as news of the actor's death broke. Shoshannah Stern wrote, "I didn’t know Luke Perry personally but every time I saw him in a restaurant he would stop and make silly faces with a random baby. Every single time. Rest In Peace." Eric West‏ wrote, "Wow... Luke Perry was one of the coolest dudes growing up! So much swag! RIP! Too young. So talented. Sleep well legend!"


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