Perry in 2004
|Born||Coy Luther Perry III
October 11, 1966
Mansfield, Ohio, United States
|Years active||1982 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Minnie Sharp (1993-2003)|
|Parents||Coy Luther Perry, Jr.
Coy Luther "Luke" Perry III (born October 11, 1966) is an American actor. Perry starred as Dylan McKay on the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210, a role he played from 1990–1995, 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 the 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.
Perry was born in Mansfield, Ohio 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. Luke Perry has revealed he likes to go home annually for the Fredericktown Tomato Show, an annual street fair.
Perry stated on The B.S. Report Podcast that he moved to Los Angeles shortly after high school to pursue acting as he didn't have any opportunities to do so in Ohio. He worked as a paver and lived in various cities including Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Downey, and Paramount.
In an interview with Whoopi Goldberg in the 1990s, Perry said he auditioned for 215 acting jobs in New York before finally scoring a TV commercial. 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 (1987–1988) and Another World (1988–1989).
Following this, he then won the role of brooding millionaire's son Dylan McKay on Fox's appealing teen drama, Beverly Hills, 90210. 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's Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992). 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 science fiction movie Invasion (1997), a Rodney King drama Riot (1997) and also had a small role in Luc Besson's science fiction adventure film The Fifth Element (1997). Even though Perry had left 90210 in 1995, he returned in 1998 for financial reasons. Perry starred in the 1999 film Storm. He then went on to star in a 2002 television movie called The Triangle.
From 2001 to 2002, he starred in the HBO prison drama Oz, in which he performed a full frontal nude scene, as Reverend Jeremiah Cloutier. From 2002 to 2004, he starred in the post-apocalyptic TV series Jeremiah. In 2005 Perry was rumored to be in Day of the Dead 2: Contagium, but did not appear to be in the film. 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 also stars in the Swedish film Äntligen Midsommar (Finally Midsummer) which was released in the summer of 2009.
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. "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 did not 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 reprised their roles in the 2008 revival of the series.
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 parodied himself in an episode of Family Guy, in which he was labeled as gay by Peter and he sues the family. 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 role on Family Guy, Perry has also guest-starred as gay characters in the sitcoms Spin City (1997) and Will & 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 on What I Like About You in a loose parody of their 90210 characters' relationship. In 2008, Perry guest-starred as rapist Noah Sibert in the season premiere of the television series Law & Order: SVU. He also guest-starred as cult leader Benjamin Cyrus in an episode of Criminal Minds. In late 2009, Perry starred in The Killers' music video for their fourth annual Christmas single "¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!".
In 2009, Luke also lent his voice talents in the Thomas Nelson's audio Bible production known as The Word of Promise. In this dramatized audio, Perry played the characters of Saint Stephen and Judas the disciple. The project also featured a large ensemble of other well known Hollywood actors including Jim Caviezel, Lou Gossett Jr., John Rhys-Davies, Jon Voight, Gary Sinise, Jason Alexander, Christopher McDonald, Marissa Tomei and John Schneider.
Following his appearance in the stage adaptation of When Harry Met Sally, Perry was asked to reprise his role as Dylan McKay in a guest appearance on 90210. Due to scheduling conflicts with Shannen Doherty, he was subsequently written out of the episode. He guest appeared as the American version of 'Inspector Space-time', in the third episode of 2013 season of ' Community'.
Perry was married to Minnie Sharp from 1993 to 2003. The couple share joint custody of their two children, Jack (born June 15, 1997) and Sophie (born June 7, 2000). Perry dated Mindy McKay from early 2010 to mid 2011.
|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|
|1995||Vacanze di Natale '95 (Christmas Holidays '95)||Himself|
|1996||Normal Life||Chris Anderson|
|1997||The Fifth Element||Billy|
|Storm Tracker||Dr. Ron Young||Alternative title: Storm Trackers
|2000||Attention Shoppers||Mark Pinnalore|
|2001||The Enemy||Dr. Michael Ashton|
|The Triangle||Stu Sheridan|
|Dirt||Attorney||Alternative title: Dumber than Dirt|
|2003||Down the Barrel||David||Alternative title: Luxury of Love
|2007||The Sandlot: Heading Home||Tommy 'Santa' Santorelli||Alternative title: The Sandlot 3
|Alice Upside Down||Ben McKinley|
|2009||Äntligen midsommar!||Sam||Alternative title: A Swedish Midsummer Sex Comedy|
|Silent Venom||Lt. Comdr. James O'Neill||Direct-to-Video Release|
|Sam Steele and the Junior Detective Agency||The Cat|
|Final Storm||Silas Hendershot||Direct to DVD release|
|Hanna's Gold||Cole||awaiting release|
|Good Intentions||Chester Milford||awaiting release|
|2013||Red Wing||Carl Blanton|
|1982||Voyagers!||Union Prisoner||Uncredited Role
Episode: "The Day the Rebs Took Lincoln"
|1988–1989||Another World||Kenny||10 episodes|
|1990–1995, 1998–2000||Beverly Hills, 90210||Dylan McKay||200 episodes|
|1993||The Simpsons||Himself||"Krusty Gets Kancelled"|
|1994–1995||Biker Mice from Mars||Napoleon Brie||Voice Role
|1996||Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm||Sub-Zero||Voice Role
|1996–1997||The Incredible Hulk||Rick Jones||Voice Role
|1997||Spin City||Spence||Episode: "Kiss Me, Stupid"|
|1999||The Night of the Headless Horseman||Brom Bones||Voice Role
|1999, 2000||Pepper Ann||Stewart Waldinger||Voice Role
|2000||Johnny Bravo||Himself||"Luke Perry's Guide to Love"|
|Family Guy||Himself||"The Story on Page One"|
|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|
|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|
|2010||Leverage||Dalton Rand||Episode: "The Future Job"|
|Generator Rex||Jacob||Episode: "The Architect"|
|FCU: Fact Checkers Unit||Luke||8 episodes|
|2011||Goodnight for Justice||John Goodnight||TV-Movie|
|Pound Puppies||Fang||"Rebel Without A Collar"|
|Goodnight for Justice: The Measure of a Man||John Goodnight||TV-Movie|
|Goodnight for Justice: Queen of Hearts||John Goodnight||TV-Movie|
|Raising Hope||Ghost Of Arbor Day||"Arbor Daze"|
|2012 - 2013||Malibu Stacy||Robbie Newton||15 episodes|
|2012 - 2013||Body of Proof||CDC Officer Dr. Charlie Stafford||5 Episodes|
|2013||Community||American Inspector Spacetime||Guest star (Episode: "Conventions of Space and Time")|
- James Brady (2006-06-25). "In Step With... Luke Perry". PARADE. Retrieved 2007-07-15.
- "Luke Perry to Guest on "Law & Order: SVU"". The Insiders. July 30, 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-20.
- "The Word of Promise: Cast".
- "BELIEFS : Stars lined up for elaborate audio Bible : Michael York, Jason Alexander and many others gave voice to a 79-CD reading of Old and New Testaments".
- Stephen M. Silverman (2001-06-29). "From 90210 to 10036: Perry on B'way". People. Retrieved 2007-07-01.
- "Hannigan Orgasmic over New Stage Role". People. 2004-01-08. Retrieved 2007-07-01.