Everyone is still reeling over the fact that Luke Perry, after suffering a major stroke, has died at the age of 52. In the immediate aftermath, his costars from Beverly Hills, 90210 and Riverdale have been expressing their thoughts and tributes to him, while his loving family is as stunned as everyone else.
As an actor, it’s important to realize that there was a lot more to Luke’s career than just 90210 and Riverdale. He worked in soap operas, costarred in the big screen version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, used his voice to bring a wide variety of animated characters to life and appeared in a wide number of movies and television shows.
Luke was born Coy Luther “Luke” Perry III on October 11, 1966, in Mansfield, Ohio. Shortly after graduating from high school, he made the move to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming an actor, though he did go to different cities in search of work. According to an interview he once gave, he underwent 215 auditions before scoring his first television commercial, which was followed by the Twisted Sister music video “Be Chrool to Your Scuel.” From there, the previously mentioned soap operas — Loving and Another World — which kept him employed for a total of four years. Then, in 1990, everything changed for him when he was cast as Dylan McKay on 90210, the success of which led to his being cast in the Buffy film. By 1994, he was discovering that he could score work on the big screen as well as the small, and never looked back.
But we are looking back, with a guide to some of Luke’s roles, showcasing his growth from a supporting player to full-fledged star.
Scroll down to relive the career of the late Luke Perry.