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Luke Perry, '90210' and 'Riverdale' Star, Dies at 52

Luke Perry, '90210' and 'Riverdale' Star, Dies at 52
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Monday, 04 March 2019 12:55 PM

Actor Luke Perry, known for roles in "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Riverdale," has died after suffering a stroke on Wednesday. He was 52.

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. The show became a phenomenon, catapulting Perry to full-blown teen idol status. He appeared on a racy Vanity Fair cover in July 1992.

Perry had two runs on "90210," one from 1990 to 1995 and another from 1998 to the show's end in 2000, during which time his character struggled with alcohol abuse and drug addiction, and went through a series of tumultuous relationships with several other main characters including Brenda (played by Shannen Doherty) and Kelly (played by Jennie Garth).

Coincidentally, the Perry was hospitalized the same day Fox announced a six-episode revival of the show, featuring returning cast members Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, and Tori Spelling. Perry had not been announced to return.

While starring in "90210," Perry made a brief appearance as Billy Masterson in Luc Besson's whacky sci-fi pic "The Fifth Element" in 1997.

More recently, Perry made a successful return to the TV drama genre with a regular role on the CW show "Riverdale." He played Fred Andrews, the conservative, old-fashioned yet soft father of the show's lead Archie Andrews (KJ Apa).

He will appear posthumously in Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," playing the real-life Canadian-American actor Wayne Maunder who starred in the CBS Western TV show "Lancer."

Perry is survived by his daughter Sophie and his son Jack, a professional wrestler who goes by the ring name "Jungle Boy" Nate Coy.

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Actor Luke Perry, known for roles in "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Riverdale," has died after suffering a stroke on Wednesday. He was 52. 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...
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