Actor Luke Perry died last night, following a stroke suffered last week. Perry was 52.
The actor was surrounded by close family and friends at the time of his death.
Luke Perry was most famous for playing the character of Dylan McKay in the hit TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990 to 2010. ‘Dylan’ was loosely based on Rebel Without A Cause actor James Dean, and Perry’s tall, dark, handsome looks fit the bill perfectly.
Luke Perry auditioned for an astonishing 256 acting jobs in New York before landing his first acting role.
The actor’s career went fairly quiet in the early 2000s but he made a comeback to play the role of Fred Andrews, father of Archie Andrews, on the teen series Riverdale, a noir adaptation of the Archie comics currently showing on Netflix.
Riverdale has temporarily shut down production in the wake of Perry’s death, while doubt is now in play for a 90210 reboot that was only announced last week.
Luke Perry had auditioned for an astonishing 256 acting jobs in New York before landing his first acting role, in the daytime soap Loving. Prior to this he had only appeared in a Twisted Sister music video, and after this, he landed a role in the more popular daytime soap, Another World.
Despite being somewhat pigeon-holed in his 90210 role, he performed as a voice actor in many animated films including The Incredible Hulk and Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, and starred in theatrical productions such as When Harry Met Sally in London, and The Rocky Horror Show on Broadway.
Tributes continue to flow online from industry peers and fans.