Luke Perry

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Luke Perry
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Perry in 2004
Born Coy Luther Perry III
(1966-10-11) October 11, 1966 (age 47)
Mansfield, Ohio, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1982 – present
Spouse(s) Minnie Sharp (m. 1993–2003)
Children 2
Parents Coy Luther Perry, Jr.
Ann Bennett

Coy Luther "Luke" Perry III (born October 11, 1966)[1] 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.

Early life[edit]

Luke Perry was born October 11, 1966 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.[2] Luke Perry has revealed he likes to go home annually for the Fredericktown Tomato Show,[3] an annual street fair.[citation needed]

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.

Acting career[edit]

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).

Perry at the 1991 Emmy Awards

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 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.

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 did not reprise his role on the spin-off. He stated "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.

Guest work[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5][6]

The stage[edit]

Perry appeared on Broadway in 2001 in a revival of The Rocky Horror Show playing Brad Majors.[7]

In 2004 he appeared in the London production of When Harry Met Sally as Harry, alongside Alyson Hannigan as Sally.[8]

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'.

Personal life[edit]

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.


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
1995 Vacanze di Natale '95 (Christmas Holidays '95) Himself
1996 Normal Life Chris Anderson
American Strays Johnny
1997 The Fifth Element Billy
Lifebreath Martin Devoe
1998 Indiscreet Michael Nash
1999 The Heist Jack
The Florentine Frankie
Storm Tracker Dr. Ron Young Alternative title: Storm Trackers
Direct-to-Video Release
2000 Attention Shoppers Mark Pinnalore
2001 The Enemy Dr. Michael Ashton
The Triangle Stu Sheridan
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 Redemption Road Boyd
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
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 200 episodes
1993 The Simpsons Himself "Krusty Gets Kancelled"
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
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
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
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")
2014 Major Crimes John Worth Guest star (Episode: "Cutting Loose")


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