Remembering dad. Late actor Luke Perry would have turned 53 years old on Friday, October 11, and his children make sure to honor his memory even though he’s passed. Sophie and Jack Perry each took to Instagram to share heartfelt photos of their dad, along with sweet messages on his birthday.
“Happy birthday, fashion icon 💁🏼♀️ I can hear you doing your best Tim Gunn impersonation now 💛 love you the most,” Sophie, 19, captioned two photos of her and father. In one photo, Perry wore a navy blue suit jacket but Sophie cropped the picture so the bottom part of Perry’s outfit was not immediately visible. The second photo revealed the bottom, which was a pair of gray and black plaid shorts. In both shots, Sophie hugged her dad in a tight embrace.
Sophie’s brother, 22-year-old Jack, also shared a message to their father on what would have been his 53rd birthday. Jack chose a black-and-white photo collage of Perry that highlighted his facial features during various stages of his life. “Happy birthday, old man. I’ll see you somewhere. ♥️,” Jack captioned the post.
Perry passed away on March 4, 2019, just five days after he suffered a massive stroke from which he never recovered. Since then, Perry’s friends, family, fans and costars shared an outpouring of love via tributes on social media.
The Hollywood heartthrob was best known for his role as the broody bad boy Dylan McKay on the popular ’90s TV series, Beverly Hills, 90210. At the time of his death, Perry starred on hit CW series Riverdale as Fred Andrews, the father of main character Archie Andrews. Just days before what would have been Perry’s 53rd birthday, season 4 premiered with a tribute episode to Perry and fans learned the fate of his character on the show.
Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa revealed Perry’s children, Sophie and Jack, were very hands-on in the production of the episode which paid homage to their dad’s life with real photos.
“One of our executive producers, Sarah Schechter, was very close to Luke and very close to his family, and we involved them as much as we could,” Roberto told reporters on October 2. “I think they read the script and then they provided those great photos.”