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Luke Perry

Luke Perry, February 14, 2004
Born Coy Luther Perry III
October 11, 1965 (1965-10-11) (age 44)
Mansfield, Ohio, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–present

Luke Perry (born Coy Luther Perry III; October 11, 1965)[1] is an American actor. Perry starred as Dylan McKay on the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210, a role he played from 1990–95, and then from 1998–2000. Much publicity was garnered over the fact that even though he was playing a sixteen year old when 90210 began, Perry was actually in his mid-twenties at that time. Perry returned to 90210 in 1998 (this time billed as a permanent "Special Guest Star") and remained with the series until its conclusion in 2000.


Acting Career

After appearing in the music video "Be Chrool To Your Scuel" for the band Twisted Sister alongside Alice Cooper, Perry's earliest roles were in the daytime soap operas Loving (1987–88) and Another World (1988–89).

Following this, he then won the role of brooding millionaire's son Dylan McKay on Fox's appealing teen drama, Beverly Hills 90210. Ironically, he had auditioned for the role of Steve Sanders, a role that went to actor Ian Ziering before being cast as Dylan McKay. While starring on 90210, Perry then won a supporting role in the original film version of the Joss Whedon-written Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992). Even though the film wasn't very successful, Perry had already become a very popular teen idol in the early 1990s. Perry also starred in Terminal Bliss in 1992.

Perry starred as Lane Frost in 8 Seconds in 1994. 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 departure would eventually turn out to be for only three years. During that time, Perry starred in the independent film Normal Life opposite Ashley Judd, starred in the TV sci-fi movie Invasion (1997), a Rodney King-era drama Riot (1997) and also had a small role in Luc Besson's sci-fi adventure film The Fifth Element (1997). Even though Perry had left 90210 in 1995, he returned in 1998 due to financial reasons. Perry starred in the 1999 film Storm. He then went on to star in a 2002 television movie called The Triangle.

From 2002 to 2004, he starred in the post-apocalyptic TV series Jeremiah. 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 in the 2008 western A Gunfighter's Pledge.

Perry appeared in the HBO series John from Cincinnati, which premiered on June 10, 2007, and ran for 10 episodes, with the series finale airing on August 12, 2007.

Perry also stars in the Swedish film Äntligen Midsommar (Finally Midsummer) which was released in the summer of 2009.

Guest work

Perry has done considerable voice-over work for various animated series, often playing himself. He played himself (as Krusty the Clown's half brother) in 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 then voiced himself once again in an episode of Family Guy, where he was labeled as gay by Peter and sues the family. Peter tries to seduce Perry into revealing his homosexuality and fails. However, by the end of the episode Perry is seen with Mayor Adam West, about to engage in sex. 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.

Aside from his self-parodying role on Family Guy, Perry has also guest-starred as gay characters in the sitcoms Spin City (1997) and Will and Grace (2005). He appeared as Carter Heywood's ex-boyfriend who subsequently fell in love with a woman on Spin City, and played a geeky birdwatcher who caught the eye of Jack McFarland on Will & Grace. In 2005, Perry was reunited with former 90210 co-star Jennie Garth when he guest starred in What I Like About You, where he played a character who claimed he had been dating Kelly's (Jennie Garth) best friend when he and Val became romantically involved (clearly a parody of the 90210 "Brenda years"). He guest-starred as Rev. Jeremiah Cloutier in the HBO television series Oz. He was also featured in a full-frontal nudity scene in Oz. In 2008, Perry guest-starred as rapist Noah Sibert, in the season premiere of the television series Law & Order: SVU.[2] He also guest-starred as cult leader Benjamin Cyrus in an episode of Criminal Minds.Perry also sang the hit song "Gorilla Hips" with Britney Spears in the spring of 2009. In late 2009, Perry starred in The Killers' music video for their fourth annual Christmas single Happy Birthday Guadalupe.

The stage

Perry appeared on Broadway in 2001 in a revival of The Rocky Horror Show playing Brad Majors.[3]

In 2004 he appeared in the London production of When Harry Met Sally as Harry, alongside Alyson Hannigan as Sally.[4]

Personal life

Perry was born in Mansfield, Ohio[1] and raised in Fredericktown, Ohio, where he was the school mascot, the Fredericktown High School Freddie. His mother, Ann Bennett, was a homemaker, and his father, Coy Luther Perry, Jr., a steelworker.[5] Perry likes to get home annually for the Fredericktown Tomato Show,[6] an annual street fair. For the 2009 Tomato Show, he has agreed to be Grand Marshall of the parade.[citation needed] It is mentioned here, that two other people were the Parade Marshall, not Luke Perry. He lied to Fredericktown, Ohio.

In an interview, Luke Perry revealed that he has had only one serious girlfriend, revealed to be actress Yasmine Bleeth, of whom he dated during the late 80s.

He is an avid fan of crossword puzzles and is frequently seen working on them. In addition, he has amassed a large collection of historical ballpoint pens.[7]

In the fall of 2008 he appeared at a rally with Bruce Springsteen and encouraged people to vote for Barack Obama.[citation needed]

Perry said of his role on Beverly Hills 90210 as bad boy 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,” however he has revealed he will definitely not be reprising his role on the spin-off.[citation needed] “When you're in the professional acting business,” he begins, “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.” He finally revealed a major reason as to why he doesn't want to be part of this revival, citing the show's long-time producer Aaron Spelling. “The difference between CW bringing something back and Aaron Spelling doing something back is significant,” he says. “And I cannot do it without Aaron.” However, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling will be reprising their roles.

During the 90s, Luke Perry was a very popular teen idol. He revealed that the crowd once got too big at a shopping mall and because of this he had to be escorted outside in a trolley by security. Luke once mentioned in an interview that he wished to sing along side Britney Spears.


Year Film Role Other notes
1991 Scorchers Ray Ray Alternative title: Jumper: Hot Lover
1992 Terminal Bliss John Hunter
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Oliver Pike
1994 8 Seconds Lane Frost
1996 Normal Life Chris Anderson
American Strays Johnny
1997 The Fifth Element Billy
Lifebreath Martin Devoe
1999 The Heist Jack
The Florentine Frankie
Storm Dr. Ron Young Alternative title: Storm Trackers
Direct-to-Video Release
2000 Attention Shoppers Mark Pinnalore
2001 The Enemy Dr. Michael Ashton
Dirt Attorney Alternative title: Dumber than Dirt
2002 Fogbound Bob
2003 Down the Barrel David Alternative title: Luxury of Love
Direct-to-Video Release
2005 Dishdogz Tony
2007 The Sandlot: Heading Home Tommy 'Santa' Santorelli Alternative title: The Sandlot 3
Direct-to-Video Release
Alice Upside Down Ben McKinley
2009 Äntligen midsommar! Sam Alternative title: A Swedish Midsummer Sex Comedy
Upstairs Ward Weaver
Silent Venom Lt. Comdr. James O'Neill Direct-to-Video Release
Sam Steele and the Junior Detective Agency The Cat
2010 Final Storm Silas awaiting release
Hanna's Gold Cole awaiting release
Good Intentions Chester Milford awaiting release
Year Title Role Notes
1982 Voyagers! Union Prisoner Uncredited Role
Episode: The Day the Rebs Took Lincoln
1987–1988 Loving Ned Bates
1988–1989 Another World Kenny 10 episodes
1990–1995, 1998–2000 Beverly Hills, 90210 Dylan McKay 199 episodes
1993 The Webbers Garbage Guy TV-Movie
1994–1995 Biker Mice from Mars Napoleon Brie Voice Role
6 episodes
1996 Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm Sub-Zero Voice Role
13 episodes
1996–1997 The Incredible Hulk Rick Jones Voice Role
4 episodes
1997 Spin City Spence Episode: Kiss Me, Stupid
Riot Boomer TV-Movie
Segment: Empty
Invasion Beau Stark TV-Movie
1998 Indiscreet Michael Nash TV-Movie
1999 The Night of the Headless Horseman Brom Bones Voice Role
1999, 2000 Pepper Ann Stewart Waldinger Voice Role
3 episodes
2001 Night Visions Dr. Michael Sears Episode: Now He's Coming Up the Stairs
The Triangle Stu Sheridan TV-Movie
2001–2002 Oz Rev. Jeremiah Cloutier 10 episodes
2002 Johnson County War Harry Hammett TV-Movie
2002–2004 Jeremiah Jeremiah 35 episodes
2003 Clone High Ponce de León Voice Role
Episode: Litter Kills - Literally
2005 Will & Grace Aaron Episode: The Birds & the Bees
What I Like About You Todd 3 episodes
Descent Dr. Jake Rollins TV-Movie
Supernova Dr. Chris Richardson TV-Movie
2006 Windfall Peter Schaefer 13 episodes
2007 Biker Mice from Mars Napoleon Brie Voice Role
Episode: Once Upon a Time on Earth (2)
John from Cincinnati Linc Stark 10 episodes
2008 A Gunfighter's Pledge Matt Austin TV-Movie
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Noah Sibert Episode: Trials
Criminal Minds Benjamin Cyrus Episode: Minimal Loss
A Very Merry Daughter Of the Bride Charlie TV-Movie
2009 Angel and the Badman Laredo TV-Movie
The Storm Stillman Miniseries

Awards and nominations

DVD Exclusive Awards

  • 2001: Nominated, "Best Supporting Actor" - Attention Shoppers

People's Choice Awards

  • 2009: Nominated, "Favorite Scene Stealing Guest Star" - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

TV Land Award

  • 2004: Nominated, "Favorite Male Teen Dream" - Beverly Hills, 90210
  • 2007: Nominated, "Break Up That Was So Bad It Was Good" - Beverly Hills, 90210


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