Coy Luther “Luke” Perry III 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. Take a look below for 32 more awesome and interesting facts about Luke Perry.
1. He starred as Fred Andrews on the CW series “Riverdale,” had guest roles on notable shows such as “Criminal Minds,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “The Simpsons,” and “Will & Grace.”
2. Perry was born on October 11, 1966, in Mansfield, Ohio, to parents Ann Bennett and Coy Luther Perry Jr.
3. His father was a steelworker while his mother took care of their home and children.
4. He has a brother, Thomas, and two sisters, Amy and Emily.
5. Raised in Fredericktown, a village in Ohio, he studied at Fredericktown High School where he was the school’s mascot, Freddie.
6. He was also a member of its baseball team, though he was an inattentive student when it came to academics.
7. Every year, he goes back home for the Fredericktown Tomato Show, which is an annual street fair.
8. Graduating in 1984, Perry traveled to Los Angeles to start his career as an actor.
9. He worked in construction as a paver and in other capacities, which helped him pay off the fees for the acting classes.
10. He spent considerable time in other cities such as Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Downey and Paramount.
11. 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.”
12. A year later, he was cast in another soap opera, NBC’s “Another World.”
13. His role in “Beverly Hills, 90210” made Perry a teenage heartthrob in the 1990s and the offers began to pour in.
14. Besides the ensemble drama “Scorchers”, he appeared in his first leading role in a movie in “Terminal Bliss.”
15. 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 movie.
16. Despite his fame for being such as a brooding loner teen on TV, Perry was actually voted “Biggest Flirt” by his high school classmates.
17. He worked with Massimo Boldi in “Vacanze di Natale “95””, Bruce Willis and Garry Oldman in “The Fifth Element,” and Bill Paxton in “Red Wing.”
18. Perry starred in the crime-drama movie “Normal Life,” comedy-drama “Alice Upside Down,” and the apocalyptic thriller “The Final Storm.”
19. He played himself in the TV shows such as “The Simpsons,” “Johnny Bravo,” and “Family Guy.”
20. In Thomas Nelson’s audio Bible production “The Word of Promise,” he portrayed Saint Stephen and Judas the Disciple.
21. Coming to his stage career, in 2001, he was cast as Brad Majors in the Broadway production of “The Rocky Horror Show.”
22. he performed opposite Alyson Hannigan in the London production of “When Harry Met Sally” in 2004.
23. From 2002 to 2004, he played the eponymous character in the American-Canadian post-apocalyptic action-drama “Jeremiah.”
24. He starred as Linc Stark, a surf talent scout and entrepreneur in “John from Cincinnati,” an HBO drama about the surfing community of Imperial Beach, California.
25. From 2017 until his death, Perry starred as Frederick “Fred” Andrews, Archie’s father and owner of Andrews Construction, on the CW series “Riverdale.”
26. He played Wayner Maunder in the 2019 movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” a Quentin Tarantino movie about 1960s Hollywood stunt doubles, around the time of the Charles Manson murders.
27. Perry married Rachel Minnie Sharp on November 20, 1993, in Beverly Hills. They separated in 2003.
28. The couple had two children, son Jack Perry and daughter Sophie Perry.
29. Jack Perry is a professional wrestler known by his ring name “Jungle Boy” Nate Coy, and is signed to All Elite Wrestling.
30. Perry became an advocate of colorectal cancer testing after undergoing a colonoscopy in 2016 that revealed pre-cancerous growths.
31. Perry suffered a massive ischemic stroke at his home in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, on February 27, 2019.
32. After a second stroke, his family followed the medical team’s recommendations to remove him from life support, and he died on March 4 at the age of 52.