Luke Perry

Coy Luther "Luke" Perry III (born October 11, 1966), is an American actor. He is known for playing Dylan McKay on the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990 to 1995, and again from 1998 to 2000. He currently stars as Fred Andrews on the CW series Riverdale. Perry was born in Mansfield, Ohio, and raised in Fredericktown, Ohio. There, he was the school mascot, the Fredericktown High School Freddie. His mother, Ann Bennett, was a homemaker, and his father, Coy Luther Perry Jr., was a steelworker. Perry likes to go home annually for the Fredericktown Tomato Show, an annual street fair.



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Luke Perry
Perry in 2017
Coy Luther Perry III

(1966-10-11) October 11, 1966 (age 52)
Years active1982present
Rachel Sharp
(m. 1993; div. 2003)

Coy Luther "Luke" Perry III (born October 11, 1966),[1] is an American actor. He is known for playing Dylan McKay on the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990 to 1995, and again from 1998 to 2000. He currently stars as Fred Andrews on the CW series Riverdale. [citation needed]

Early life

Perry was born in Mansfield, Ohio,[1] and raised in Fredericktown, Ohio. There, he was the school mascot, the Fredericktown High School Freddie. His mother, Ann Bennett, was a homemaker, and his father, Coy Luther Perry Jr., was a steelworker.[2] Perry likes to go home annually for the Fredericktown Tomato Show,[3] an annual street fair.[citation needed]

Perry moved to Los Angeles shortly after high school to pursue acting, as he had no opportunities to do so in Ohio. He worked as a paver and lived in various cities including Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Downey, and Paramount.[citation needed]


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.[citation needed] 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 won the role of the brooding millionaire's son Dylan McKay on Fox's teen drama, Beverly Hills, 90210. He had originally auditioned for the role of Steve Sanders but lost to actor Ian Ziering. While starring on 90210, Perry won a supporting role in the original film version of Joss Whedon's Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992). Perry had already become a popular teen idol in the early 1990s. He also starred in Terminal Bliss in 1992.

Perry at the 1991 Emmy Awards

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), and a Rodney King drama Riot (1997), and he had a small role in Luc Besson's science fiction adventure film The Fifth Element (1997). In 1998 he returned to 90210 for financial reasons.[citation needed] Perry then starred in the 1999 film Storm and went on to star in a 2002 television movie called The Triangle.

From 2001 to 2002, he starred in the HBO prison drama Oz, as the Reverend Jeremiah Cloutier. 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 he appeared in the 2008 western A Gunfighter's Pledge.

Perry also appeared in the HBO series John from Cincinnati, which premièred on June 10, 2007, and ran for 10 episodes; the series finale aired on August 12, 2007. He also starred in the Swedish film Äntligen Midsommar (Finally Midsummer), which was released in the summer of 2009.

He said of his role on Beverly Hills, 90210 as 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, 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."

Perry finally revealed a major reason why he did not want to be part of this revival, citing the show's longtime producer Aaron Spelling: "The difference between CW bringing something back and Aaron Spelling doing something back is significant. 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 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.

Perry has 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!"

Also in 2009, Luke 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, Marisa Tomei, and John Schneider.[5][6]

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. Owing to scheduling conflicts with Shannen Doherty, he was subsequently written out of the episode. He appeared as the American version of Inspector Space-Time in an episode of Community. In 2010 he played a con man/psychic on the TV show Leverage S2/Ep13.

Perry returned to television in 2015 in the Up Network original series Detective McLean: Ties That Bind. He played Tim Olson, the brother of the lead character, who is arrested by his sister and sent to prison. Subsequently, the show revolves around his sister taking in his teenage kids. Perry also starred in the Hallmark Channel movie Love in Paradise in 2016.[9]

As of 2017, Perry stars as Frederick "Fred" Andrews, Archie's father, on the CW series Riverdale.

Personal life

Perry was married to Rachel Minnie Sharp from 1993 to 2003.[10][11] The couple have two children, Jack (born June 15, 1997) and Sophie (born June 7, 2000). His son, Jack, is a professional wrestler known by his ring name "Jungle Boy" Nate Coy, who is signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW).[12][13][14]

Perry became an advocate for testing for colon cancer after undergoing a colonoscopy in 2015 that revealed precancerous growths.[15]

On February 27, 2019, Perry suffered a major stroke at his home in Sherman Oaks, California. He was hospitalized in Los Angeles.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Scorchers Ray Ray
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 Masterson
Lifebreath Martin Devoe
Riot Boomer Television film
Segment: "Empty"
Invasion Beau Stark Television film
1998 Indiscreet Michael Nash
1999 The Night of the Headless Horseman Brom Bones Voice
Television film
The Heist Jack
The Florentine Frankie
Storm Dr. Ron Young Direct-to-video
2000 Attention Shoppers Mark Pinnalore
2001 The Enemy Dr. Michael Ashton
The Triangle Stu Sheridan Television film
Dirt Attorney
2002 Fogbound Bob
Johnson County War Harry Hammett Television film
2003 Down the Barrel David Direct-to-video
2005 Dishdogz Tony
Descent Dr. Jake Rollins Television film
Supernova Dr. Chris Richardson Television film
2007 The Sandlot: Heading Home Tommy "Santa" Santorelli Direct-to-video
Alice Upside Down Ben McKinley
2008 A Gunfighter's Pledge Matt Austin Television film
A Very Merry Daughter Of the Bride Charlie Television film
2009 Angel and the Badman Laredo Stevens Television film
Äntligen midsommar! Sam
Upstairs Ward Weaver
Silent Venom Lt. Comdr. James O'Neill Direct-to-video
Sam Steele and the Junior Detective Agency The Cat
2010 Redemption Road Boyd
Final Storm Silas Hendershot Direct-to-DVD
Hanna's Gold Cole
Good Intentions Chester Milford
2011 Goodnight for Justice John Goodnight Television film
2012 Goodnight for Justice: The Measure of a Man John Goodnight Television film
Goodnight for Justice: Queen of Hearts John Goodnight Television film
2013 Red Wing Carl Blanton
2013 Scoot and Kassie’s Christmas Adventure Paul Stevenson
2014 Beat Beneath My Feet Max Stone
2015 Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise Richard Steele
2015 Welcome Home
2016 Love in Paradise Avery Ford Television film
2016 Dudes & Dragons Lorash
2019 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Wayne Maunder Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Voyagers! Union Prisoner Uncredited
Episode: "The Day the Rebs Took Lincoln"
1987–1988 Loving Ned Bates
1988–1989 Another World Kenny 10 episodes
Beverly Hills, 90210 Dylan McKay 199 episodes
1993 The Simpsons Himself Voice
Episode: "Krusty Gets Kancelled"
1994–1995 Biker Mice from Mars Napoleon Brie Voice
6 episodes
1996 Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm Sub-Zero Voice
13 episodes
1996–1997 The Incredible Hulk Rick Jones Voice
4 episodes
1997 Spin City Spence Episode: "Kiss Me, Stupid"
19992000 Pepper Ann Stewart Waldinger Voice
3 episodes
2000 Johnny Bravo Himself Voice
Episode: "Luke Perry's Guide to Love"
Family Guy Himself Voice
Episode: "The Story on Page One"
2001 Night Visions Dr. Michael Sears Episode: "Now He's Coming Up the Stairs"
2001–2002 Oz Rev. Jeremiah Cloutier 10 episodes
2002–2004 Jeremiah Jeremiah 35 episodes
2003 Clone High Ponce de León Voice
Episode: "Litter Kills - Literally"
2005 Will & Grace Aaron Episode: "The Birds & the Bees"
What I Like About You Todd 3 episodes
2006 Windfall Peter Schaefer 13 episodes
2007 Biker Mice from Mars Napoleon Brie Voice
Episode: "Once Upon a Time on Earth"
John from Cincinnati Linc Stark 10 episodes
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Noah Sibert Episode: "Trials"
2008, 2018 Criminal Minds Benjamin Cyrus Episodes: "Minimal Loss" and "300"
2009 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 Pound Puppies Fang Voice
Episode: "Rebel Without A Collar"
2012 Raising Hope Ghost of Arbor Day Episode: "Arbor Daze"
2012–2013 Body of Proof CDC Officer Dr. Charlie Stafford 5 episodes
2013 Community American Inspector Spacetime Episode: "Conventions of Space and Time"
2014 Major Crimes Jon Worth Episode: "Cutting Loose" (2015)
2016 The Edge and Christian Show That Totally Reeks of Awesomeness Himself Episode: The 90's
2017–present Riverdale Fred Andrews main cast


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  3. "Fredericktown Tomato Show | An Annual Street Fair Since 1976". Retrieved 2015-01-28.
  4. "Luke Perry to Guest on "Law & Order: SVU"". The Insiders. July 30, 2008. Archived from the original on July 31, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-20.
  5. "The Word of Promise: Cast". Archived from the original on 2014-10-29.
  6. "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".
  7. Stephen M. Silverman (2001-06-29). "From 90210 to 10036: Perry on B'way". People. Retrieved 2007-07-01.
  8. Anne Hansford And Stephen M. Silverman (2004-01-08). "Hannigan Orgasmic over New Stage Role". People. Archived from the original on 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2007-07-01.
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  11. August 16, Daily Dish on; AM, 2012 at 11:05 (16 August 2012). "Jennie Garth turns to Luke Perry for post-split support". Daily Dish.
  12. "Luke Perry Supports His Son Jungle Boy at Wrestling Match". E! Online. 17 January 2017.
  13. "Luke Perry reveals why he'd never let his daughter date Dylan McKay".
  14. "A baby girl joins Luke Perry, wife". 10 June 2000.
  15. Carlton, Lindsay (17 March 2017). "'90210' actor Luke Perry opens up about 2015 cancer scare". Fox News.
  16. Jami Ganz; Nancy Dillon (February 28, 2019). "Luke Perry, star of "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Riverdale", hospitalized after suffering stroke". New York, NY: New York Daily News. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
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