Earlier this month, actor Luke Perry passed away at the age of 52, from a stroke. From his time on Beverly Hills, 9010 to his recent role on Riverdale, Perry always delighted audiences. A beloved star and symbol of ’90s teenagers, he will be missed.
“Forever Bask In The Loving Memories We Shared”
Best known as Dylan on Beverly Hills, 90210, Luke Perry passed away on March 4th after suffering a massive stroke. Perry was 52 in his passing, leaving behind his children Jack and Sophie, and also a fiancee, Wendy Madison Bauer. His family laid him to rest in Dixon, Tennessee, where he owned a farm and home.
“He was surrounded by his children […] fiancee […] ex-wife, mother… and other close family and friends,” Perry’s representative, Arnold Robinson, said in a statement. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time.”
Many of Perry’s co-stars and friends voiced their sadness and mourning via social media. 90210 co-star Ian Ziering wrote on Twitter, “I will forever bask in the loving memories we’ve shared over the last thirty years. May your journey forward be enriched by the magnificent souls who have passed before you, just like you have done here, for those you leave behind.”
Luke Perry And 92010
Luke Perry always seemed destined for stardom, even in high school. While attending Fredericktown High School in Ohio, he played Freddie Bird, the school mascot. Following high school, Perry moved from Ohio to L.A to pursue an acting career. And, after hundreds of rejections, the casting directors of Beverly Hills, 90210 finally discovered his talent. He portrayed Dylan McKay, one of the most loved characters on the show. Many consider Perry’s Dylan a “modern version of James Dean,” and he quickly became the audiences’ main crush. Dylan was the “bad boy,” the loner in a super rich high school.
In 1995, Perry left the series and went on to act in many soap operas and daytime dramas. Although he never found a role quite as successful as Dylan, his 90210 character forever remains a pop-culture icon, and for many represents youth and teenage love – a true ’90s symbol.
Joining The Riverdale Family
In 2016, after years of daytime television roles, Perry reentred primetime as part of Riverdale, CW’s hit, Archie comics-inspired series. There, he portrayed Fred Andrews, father of Archie Andrews. Perry enjoyed his role as a father because he loved fatherhood in real life, he said in an interview in 2017.
The Riverdale crew also shared nothing but wonderful memories. Executive producers said in a statement, “We are deeply saddened to learn today about the passing of Luke Perry. A beloved member of the Riverdale […] family, Luke was everything you would hope he would be: an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart, and a true friend to all. A father figure and mentor to the show’s young cast, Luke was incredibly generous, and he infused the set with love and kindness. Our thoughts are with Luke’s family during this most difficult time.”
“My heart is broken,” fellow cast member Molly Ringwald tweeted. “I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family.”
May Luke Perry rest in peace; we extend our thoughts and prayers to his friends and family.