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May 7, 1933 |
Davenport, Iowa, US
In the 1960–1961 television season, Perry portrayed a handsome young attorney, Jim Harrigan, Jr., in the ABC/Desilu Studios sitcom Harrigan and Son, with co-stars Pat O'Brien, Helen Kleeb, and Georgine Darcy.
Perry guest-starred on numerous American television series from the 1950s through the 1980s. His first television appearance was as Ted Jarvis in the 1958 episode "Paper Bullets" of the syndicated crime drama, U.S. Marshal, starring John Bromfield. Perry appeared with James Coburn and John Dehner in the 1960 episode "Friend of the Family" of the CBS western series, The Texan, starring Rory Calhoun.
One of his best-known roles was that of Captain John Christopher in NBC's Star Trek episode "Tomorrow Is Yesterday". Other television series where he appeared as guest star or as a semi-regular cast member included Love, American Style, Ironside, The F.B.I., The Eleventh Hour, Barnaby Jones, The Facts of Life, and Falcon Crest.
Perry starred in two popular American International Pictures (AIP) horror films featuring the vampire character, Count Yorga. In 1970's Count Yorga, Vampire, Perry portrayed Dr. James Hayes, the protagonist who uncovers the true nature of Yorga (but is attacked and killed by Yorga's brides). However, Perry returned as a different lead character in the sequel, The Return of Count Yorga (1971) as Professor David Baldwin. In the sequel, Baldwin (like Dr. Hayes before him) is the first to uncover / believe Yorga is a vampire, and launches an attack mission against the undead / rescue of his fiancee Cynthia Nelson (played by Mariette Hartley) at Yorga's mansion. In the end, Baldwin rescues Cynthia...but turns to vampirize her, as he had been mortally wounded by bites inflicted by Yorga's vampire harem only minutes earlier.
Perry served as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force during the early 1950s.
- "The Texan". Classic Television Archive. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
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