Born in Mansfield, Ohio, Perry moved to Los Angeles after high school to pursue acting. His TV career began when he was 16, and the actor cut his teeth acting in soap operas like ABC’s Loving and Another World on NBC, and doing voice work for animated series such as The Incredible Hulk and Biker Mice From Mars.
However, in 1990, Perry became a household name for playing the brooding loner Dylan McKay on the smash hit teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210 on Fox. He then co-starred in the 1992 movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer, made a brief appearance as Billy Masterson in The Fifth Element in 1997, and co-starred in the 2007 HBO series John From Cincinnati. He had recurring roles on series including Jeremiah, Oz, and What I Like About You.
Notably, Perry later went on to team up with fellow Buffy actor Alyson Hannigan to do a stage performance of the movie When Harry Met Sally at London's Theatre Royal. More recently, Perry made a successful return to the TV drama genre with a regular role on the CW show Riverdale.
On March 4, 2019, he passed away because of complications from a stroke, at 52 years old.
- ↑ Will Thorne, "Luke Perry, ‘90210’ and ‘Riverdale’ Star, Dies at 52". Variety, March 4, 2019.