Luke Perry’s biographyLuke Perry is an American actor, a star of the Beverly Hills, 90210 series. Due to his role as bad guy Dylan McKay, he became the idol of millions of viewers. Unlike many colleagues on the series, he didn’t disappear from the radars: he played more than eighty roles in movies and television series’ and in 2017 he declared himself in the Riverdale TV series.
Childhood and youthThe future actor’s Childhood and youth passed in Ohio. Coy Luther Perry III was born in Mansfield to a poor American family. His father was a steelworker, his mother was a housewife and raised Luke, his older brother Tom and his younger sister Amy.
Luke Perry and Matthew Perry are not relatives but namesakes.When our hero was seven years old his parents divorced and soon his mother remarried. The family moved to the small village of Fredericktown, where Luke went to first grade. He could not boast of excellent performance, but the whole school was proud of his achievements in sports.
Since then Luke liked to be in the center of attention and attract the enthusiastic views of others. Therefore, after graduation, he made an unexpected decision for his parents to become an actor and went to Los Angeles, the center of the American film industry, and the city of great opportunities.
First stepsAt first life in the huge metropolis was not at all what the young ambitious provincial had imagined. At the auditions and casting, he was most often pointed to the door, so Luke had to sell shoes, install door handles, and even lay asphalt to earn a living.
Finest HourIn 1990 Perry was invited to the casting of the new Beverly Hills, 90210 teen series, which Aaron Spelling launched. At first, Luke auditioned for the role of Steve Sanders but lost to Ian Ziering. But Spelling liked the actor and the producer offered him the role of a secondary character, Dylan McKay, a charming adventurer and conqueror of women's hearts.
In the summer of 1991, it already became obvious that the series had become a lucky ticket for all the young actors who took part in it. The history of the golden teenagers who experienced the same problems on the screen as their peers from simple families became a real TV hit of the 90s.
Luke declared that the quality of the script and the storylines sucked from the finger ceased to suit him. Later the actor admitted that he didn’t want to play without Spelling, who was pushed by The CW channel.After leaving the series Perry switched to the big cinema. He played a policeman in the Normal Life (1995) crime picture, which appeared in the cult The Fifth Element by Luc Besson (1997). However, the image of Dylan had stuck to the actor so firmly that the audience hardly perceived him in other roles. And the fees were disparately less than the huge amounts he earned in the series. Therefore, in 1998 the actor returned to the Beverly Hills (mainly due to financial means) and remained there until the last season, which was released in 2000.
Life after The Beverly HillsIt is hard to say that Luke was out of work after the series ended but he failed to jump above his head. Though there are quite a few lines in his filmography, with rare exceptions he had secondary characters. But in 2001 he appeared on Broadway, in a revival of The Rocky Horror Show.
For two seasons (2001–2002), he starred in the Oz TV series, then spent two years on the Jeremiah TV series, where he was given the lead role - the hero of the post-apocalyptic world, surviving after a devastating pandemic.