Luke Perry, ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ and ‘Riverdale’ star, dies at 52 after massive stroke
Luke Perry, who was best-known for his long-running job on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” has died after “suffering a massive stroke,”his representative, Arnold Robinson, told, He was 52.
“He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, (fiancee) 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,” Robinson said in a statement. “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, an Ohio native, was one of the early breakout stars from “90210” because of his job as Dylan McKay, a latter-day James Dean-type. In spite of the fact that he appeared to be an overnight success, that wasn’t the case.
He got his begin in acting in the wake of moving to Los Angeles following his secondary school graduation. In a 1991 People magazine cover story, he uncovered he got a large number of dismissals when he began in the showbiz – 216 altogether – and he kept every one.
Before landing the role that would make him a star, Perry showed up close by Bobcat Goldthwait and Alice Cooper in the 1986 music video for Twisted Sister’s “Be Chrool to Your Scuel.” A year later, he finally got his break when he landed the role of Ned Bates on the ABC soap opera “Loving.”
“I didn’t hit a home run with ‘Loving,’ ” Perry said at the time, “but I did get on base.”
Greater popularity came when he was cast on “90210,” an huge hit for the then-fledgling Fox organize and a pre-social media, water-cooler impression that handled its photogenic cast on magazine covers. His Dylan emerged as the knowing, awful boy loner in a gathering of crisp confronted rich children attending fictional West Beverly Hills High, and the character’s sentiment with Brenda Walsh (Shannen Doherty) gave the prime-time soap some early sizzle.
Perry left the series in 1995 after Season 6, long after it grasped ancient, opera tropes, to seek after other acting chances. He didn’t appreciate anyplace close to a similar achievement, enduring the drawback of pigeonholing that frequently goes with widely inclusive notoriety, and returned for the series’ final two seasons.
The actor moonlighted in the movie business while making “90210.” His outstanding film jobs incorporate the first 1992 filmversion of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” in which he played the affection enthusiasm to Kristy Swanson, and a rodeo icon in 1994’s “8 Seconds.” He also voiced roles in cartoons like “The Incredible Hulk” and “Mortal Kombat.”
Perry’s first film role was not one he recollected affectionately: 1990’s “Terminal Bliss,” in which he played a less redeeming version of Dylan. It was made two years before he became a star.
As his then-chief, Cyd Levin, told Details at the time, “It was our first film and every actor has to start somewhere. We just wish this one wasn’t the first.”
While trying to escape typecasting after “90210” finished, Perry searched out roles as various as could reasonably be expected, incorporating playing a minister in the HBO prison drama “Oz” in episodes from 2001 and 2002.
A week ago, Perry was hospitalized Wednesday after paramedics reacted to a 911 call about a conceivable stroke at his Sherman Oaks, California, residence.
That day he was hospitalized, Fox TV declared that it would run a six-scene return of “90210” that features most of the original cast, but Perry was not among those announced.
In 2016, Perry turned into a star with another age when he marked onto the comic-based CW series “Riverdale,” in which he played Fred Andrews, a candidate for mayor and father to Archie (K.J. Apa).
“I like playing the dad because I like being a dad,” Perry told The Hollywood Reporter in a 2017 interview. And though fans compared “Riverdale” to “90210,” Perry told the outlet he didn’t quite see it. “It’s the story of a ruggedly handsome young man who has to pick between a dark-haired girl and a blond-haired girl, right? That’s where the similarity ends.”
“Riverdale” executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater released a joint statement with Warner Bros. Television and CW following Perry’s death.
“We are deeply saddened to learn today about the passing of Luke Perry. A beloved member of the ‘Riverdale,’ Warner Bros. and CW family, Luke was everything you would hope he would be: an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart, and a true friend to all,” the statement read. “A father figure and mentor to the show’s young cast, Luke was incredibly generous, and he infused the set with love and kindness. Our thoughts are with Luke’s family during this most difficult time.”
Perry extended his interests a long ways past acting, distinguishing history as a passion and family a priority.
“When you are younger you can have only work, and I did for a long time,” he told the AP in 2006. “But it doesn’t command my attention that way anymore. A lot of the mysteries and the questions I had about it I’ve figured out, but life offers up mysteries every day.”
Perry’s co-stars and popular friends took to social media to mourn his death. Fellow “90210” star Ian Ziering shared his thoughts in an emotional post dedicated to his late co-star.
“Dearest Luke, I will forever bask in the loving memories we’ve shared over the last thirty years,” Ziering tweeted. “May your journey forward be enriched by the magnificent souls who have passed before you, just like you have done here, for those you leave behind.”