Luke Perry Biography

Coy Luther 'Luke' Perry III was a popular American actor. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about him.

Luke Perry
Quick Facts

Birthday: October 11, 1966

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors American Men

Died At Age: 52

Sun Sign: Libra

Also Known As: Coy Luther Perry III

Born in: Mansfield, Ohio, United States

Famous as: Actor

Height: 5'10" (178 cm), 5'10" Males

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Rachel Sharp (m. 1993–2003)

father: Coy Luther Perry Jr.

mother: Ann Bennett

siblings: Amy Perry, Emily Bennett, Thomas Perry

children: Jack Perry, Sophie Perry

Died on: March 4, 2019

place of death: Los Angeles

U.S. State: Ohio

Cause of Death: Stroke

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Coy Luther "Luke" Perry III was a popular American actor. Performing since his mid-teens, he was active in the industry more than 35 years. After finishing school, Perry moved to Los Angeles in 1984 to pursue a career in acting as there wasn’t any opportunity to do so in Ohio, his home state. The initial years of his professional life were filled with struggle. He had to do multiple off-the-wall jobs to support himself while taking acting lessons to get better at his chosen craft. He gave audition after audition until one day his persistence and hard work finally paid off. He appeared in an uncredited part in 1982 in the science fiction television series ‘Voyagers’. In 1990, he was cast as Dylan McKay, his breakthrough role, in the TV series ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’. Playing one of the main characters in an internationally popular show, Perry finally found some stability in his career. He made his big screen debut a year later in the Faye Dunaway and James Earl Jones starrer ‘Scorchers’. Since then, he brought to life a wide range of characters, including Oliver Pike in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, Billy Masterson in ‘The Fifth Element’, and Rev. Jeremiah Cloutier in ‘Oz’.

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Luke Perry
Childhood & Early Life
  • Luke Perry was born on October 11, 1966, in Mansfield, Ohio to parents Ann Bennett and Coy Luther Perry Jr. His father was a steelworker while his mother took care of their home and children. He has a brother, Thomas, and two sisters, Amy and Emily.
  • Raised in Fredericktown, a village in Ohio, he studied at Fredericktown High School where he was the school’s mascot, Freddie. He was also a member of its baseball team though he was an inattentive student when it came to academics. Every year, he goes back home for the Fredericktown Tomato Show, which is an annual street fair.
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Career
  • Graduating in 1984, Luke Perry travelled to Los Angeles to start his career as an actor. He worked in construction as a paver and in other capacities which helped him to pay off the fees for the acting classes. He also spent considerable time in other cities such as Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Downey, and Paramount.
  • He played an uncredited role in the series ‘Voyagers’, following which he couldn’t find work on any other project until 1987, when he landed the part of Ned Bates in ABC’s soap opera ‘Loving’. A year later, he was cast in another soap opera, NBC’s ‘Another World’.
  • His role in ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ made Perry a teenage heartthrob in the 1990s and the offers began to pour in. Besides the ensemble drama ‘Scorchers’ (1991), he appeared in his first leading role in a film in ‘Terminal Bliss’ (1992).
  • Later, he appeared as Oliver Pike in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, a comedy-horror based on Joss Whedon’s script. He co-starred with Kristy Swanson in the film. Whedon would later develop a darker and critically acclaimed television series of the same name.
  • While most of his significant works were on television, Perry, over the years, also built up an impressive filmography. He played Lane Frost in ‘8 Seconds’ (1994), Mark Pinnalore in ‘Attention Shoppers’ (2000), and Richard Steele in ‘Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise.’
  • He worked with Massimo Boldi in ‘Vacanze di Natale '95’ (1995), Bruce Willis and Gary Oldman in ‘The Fifth Element (1997), and Bill Paxton in ‘Red Wing’ (2013).
  • Luke Perry starred in the crime-drama film ‘Normal Life’ (1996), comedy-drama ‘Alice Upside Down’ (2007), and the apocalyptic thriller ‘The Final Storm’ (2010). Recently, he appeared in the 2016 release ‘Dudes & Dragons’.
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  • He played himself in TV shows such as ‘The Simpsons’ (1993), Johnny Bravo (2000), and Family Guy (2000).
  • Perry had also done a substantial amount of voice-work in his career. He provided voice for Napoleon Brie in ‘Biker Mice from Mars’ (1994-95), Sub-Zero in ‘Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm’ (1996), Rick Jones in ‘The Incredible Hulk’ (1996-97), Stewart Waldinger in ‘Pepper Ann’ (1999-2000), Ponce de León in ‘Clone High’ (2003), and Fang in ‘Pound Puppies’ (2011).
  • In Thomas Nelson's audio Bible production ‘The Word of Promise’ (2009), he portrayed Saint Stephen and Judas the disciple.
  • Coming to his stage career, in 2001, he was cast as Brad Majors in the Broadway production of ‘The Rocky Horror Show’. He performed opposite Alyson Hannigan in the London production of ‘When Harry Met Sally’ in 2004.
  • After ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’, his next important project on television was HBO’s drama ‘Oz’ (2001-02). Perry was cast as Rev. Jeremiah Cloutier, who is sent to the prison after being convicted of embezzling money from his church.
  • From 2002 to 2004, he played the eponymous character in the American-Canadian post-apocalyptic action-drama ‘Jeremiah’. In 2006, he portrayed the character Peter Schaefer in NBC’s sitcom ‘Windfall’.
  • He starred as Linc Stark, a surf talent scout and entrepreneur, in ‘John from Cincinnati’ (2007), an HBO drama about the surfing community of Imperial Beach, California. In Dana Delany’s ‘Body of Proof’ (2012-13), he acted as CDC Officer Dr. Charlie Stafford.
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  • Perry’s contribution to the small screen is not limited just to television shows. He has acted in many television films and miniseries, including ‘Riot’ (1997), ‘Supernova’ (2005), ‘A Gunfighter's Pledge’ (2008), and ‘Love in Paradise’ (2016).
  • His last show ‘Riverdale’ was based on the characters in Archie Comics. He played Frederick "Fred" Andrews, the father of Archibald “Archie” Andrews (KJ Apa).
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Major Works
  • Luke Perry was best known for portraying the role of Dylan in ‘Beverly Hills, 90210.’ There are only a handful of television shows that have been as influential in their respective genres as ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ had been among teen dramas. Originally aired from 1990 to 2000, the series can very well be seen as the perfect documentation of the 1990s, and the fashion and lifestyle that were prevalent in that decade.
  • His character Dylan McKay was a dark, brooding son of a millionaire. He was virtually a lone wolf, who, in the course of the series, grows close to the other main characters. Perry left the show in 1995 to pursue more mature roles but returned in 1998 for financial reasons. He received a People’s Choice Award nomination and a Kids’ Choice Award nomination for his performance.
  • Perry declined the offer to be part of the 2008 revival, ‘90210’, primarily due to his sense of loyalty towards Aaron Spelling, one of the creators of the original series, who also wasn’t part of the revival. However, he maintained that he felt possessive of the character, stating that, "I'm going to be linked with him until I die, but that's actually just fine. I created Dylan McKay. He's mine."
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Awards & Achievements
  • Luke Perry won the Bravo Otto Award for Best Male TV Star (TV-Star m) back-to-back in 1993 and 1994.
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Family & Personal Life
  • Luke Perry married model Rachel Minnie Sharp in 1993. She gave birth to their son Jack on June 15, 1997 and daughter Sophie on June 7, 2000. After their divorce in 2003, they agreed to share the custody of their children.
  • In 2015, following a colonoscopy, Perry was told that he had precancerous growths in his colon. Later he underwent surgery to remove the growths. Since then collaborated with the advocacy group Fight Colorectal Cancer and its national campaign Strong Arm Selfie to raise awareness about one of the most lethal forms of cancers and encourage others to get screened.
  • Luke Perry suffered a massive stroke on on February 27, 2019. at his home in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles. He died on March 4, 2019 due to complications from stroke.
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Trivia
  • Perry was voted the ‘Biggest Flirt’ by his classmates at the Fredericktown High School.
  • He was a co-executive producer on the ongoing web series ‘Trouble Creek’.
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1. Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood (2019)

  (Comedy, Drama)

2. Le cinquième élément (1997)

  (Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure)


3. 8 Seconds (1994)

  (Sport, Western, Biography, Drama)

4. Normal Life (1996)

  (Drama, Crime)



5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

  (Action, Fantasy, Comedy, Horror)

6. Alice Upside Down (2007)

  (Drama, Family, Adventure, Comedy)




7. The Final Storm (2010)

  (Thriller, Horror, Action)

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- May 31, 2019

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