Luke Perry is an American actor best known for his role as Dylan McCay in the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210.
Perry was born in Mansfield and raised in Fredericktown, Ohio, where he was the school mascot, the Fredericktown High School Freddie. His mother, Ann Bennett, was a homemaker, and his father, Coy Luther Perry, Jr., a steelworker. They got divorced when he was six and when his mother remarried, he and his brother Thomas and sister Amy got a step sister, Emily. Perry likes to get home annually for the Fredericktown Tomato Show, an annual street fair. He didn't do really well in school, although he played sports on the tennis team and the baseball team. He states that the coolest thing he did was dressing up as the school mascot, Freddie Bird, for all of the football games.
He spent his teenager years with no real aim in life except for a vague desire to become an actor someday. That desire solidified into reality when Perry headed for Los Angeles in 1984, took acting lessons, and sought out auditions. He did a myriad of odd jobs,from selling shoes to chauffeuring people around, to maintain himself while he auditioned a total of 217 times before landing his first acting gigs in the daytime soap operas Loving (1987–88) and Another World (1988–89).
Following this, he then won the role of brooding millionaire's son Dylan McKay on the appealing teen drama, Beverly Hills, 90210. While starring on 90210, Perry then won a supporting role in the original film version of Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992). Even though the film wasn't very successful, Perry had already become a very popular teen idol in the early 1990s. Perry also starred in Terminal Bliss in 1992.
Perry starred in 8 Seconds in 1994. After that experience and in an attempt to find more mature roles, he decided to leave Beverly Hills, 90210 in 1995. In the same year, he took a part in the Italian movie Vacanze di Natale '95, playing himself. Although he announced that 90210 was behind him, his departure would eventually turn out to be for only three years. During that time, Perry starred in the independent film Normal Life, in the TV sci-fi movie Invasion (1997), a Rodney King-era drama Riot (1997) and also had a small role in Luc Besson's sci-fi adventure film The Fifth Element (1997). Even though Perry had left 90210 in 1995, he returned in 1998 due to financial reasons. Perry starred in the 1999 film Storm. He then went on to star in a 2002 TV movie called The Triangle.
From 2002 to 2004, he starred in the post-apocalyptic TV series Jeremiah. In 2006, Perry co-starred in the ensemble drama series Windfall, about a group of friends who win the lottery. The series ran for 13 episodes during the summer of 2006. In 2007, he landed the role of Tommy 'Santa' Santorelli on the film The Sandlot: Heading Home and in the 2008 western A Gunfighter's Pledge. Later on, Perry appeared in the series John from Cincinnati, which ran for 10 episodes and also starred in the Swedish film Äntligen Midsommar (Finally Midsummer) which was released in the summer of 2009.
Perry has done considerable voice-over work for various animated series, often playing himself. He played himself (as Krusty the Clown's half brother) in an episode of The Simpsons (1993). He voiced himself in an episode of Johnny Bravo, giving Johnny dating advice after Johnny saved him from a stampede of fan girls. Perry then voiced himself once again in an episode of Family Guy, where he was labeled as gay by Peter and sues the family. His other voice work includes The Incredible Hulk, Biker Mice from Mars, Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, and The Night of the Headless Horseman.
Aside from his self-parodying role on Family Guy, Perry has also guest-starred as gay characters in the sitcoms Spin City (1997) and Will and Grace (2005). In 2005, Perry guest starred in What I Like About You, (clearly a parody of the 90210 'Brenda years'). Next, he guest-starred as Rev. Jeremiah Cloutier in the television series Oz. In 2008, Perry landed a role as rapist Noah Sibert, in the season premiere of the television series Law & Order: SVU and later as cult leader Benjamin Cyrus in an episode of Criminal Minds.
He appeared in the music video Be Chrool To Your Scuel for the band Twisted Sister alongside Alice Cooper. Years later, Perry sang the hit song Gorilla Hips with Britney Spears in the spring of 2009. In late 2009, Perry starred in The Killers' music video for their fourth annual Christmas single Happy Birthday Guadalupe.
Perry appeared on Broadway in 2001 in a revival of The Rocky Horror Show playing Brad Majors. In 2004 he made his West Enddebut withthe London production of When Harry Met Sally as Harry. During this production he was labeled a hero after rescuing people trapped, tending to some of the injured and helping with the London Theater's evacuation when a ceiling fell while he was performing.
- Hanna's Gold (2010) - Cole
- Good Intentions (2010) - Chester Milford
- Final Storm (2009) - Silas
- Leverage - The Future Job (2010) TV episode - Dalton Rand
- Sam Steele and the Junior Detective Agency (2009) - The Cat
- The Storm - The Storm, Part 1 and Part 2 (2009) TV episodes - Stilman
- Angel and the Badman (2009) - Laredo
- Silent Venom (2009) - Lt. Comdr. James O'Neill
- Upstairs (2009) - Ward Weaver
- Äntligen midsommar! (2009) - Sam
- A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride (2008) - Charlie
- Criminal Minds - Minimal Loss (2008) TV episode - Benjamin Cyrus
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Trials (2008) TV episode - Noah Sibert
- A Gunfighter's Pledge (2008) - Matt Austin
- Alice Upside Down (2007) - Ben McKinley
- John from Cincinnati - 10 episodes (2007) TV episodes - Linc Stark
- The Sandlot 3 (2007) - Tommy Santorelli
- Biker Mice from Mars - Once Upon a Time on Earth: Part II (2007) TV episode (voice) - Napoleon Brie
- Windfall - 13 episodes (2006) TV episodeS - Peter Schaefer
- Supernova (2005) - Dr. Chris Richardson
- Descent (2005) - Dr. Jake Rollins
- What I Like About You - Dangerous Liaisons, My Boyfriend's Back and Enough Is Enough (2005) TV episodes - Todd
- Will & Grace - The Birds and the Bees (2005) TV episode - Aaron
- Dishdogz (2005) - Tony
- Jeremiah - 34 episodes (2002-2004) TV episodes - Jeremiah
- Down the Barrel (2003) - David
- Clone High - Litter Kills: Literally (2003) TV episode (voice) - Ponce de Leon
- Johnson County War (2002) - Harry Hammett
- Fogbound (2002) - Bob
- Oz - 10 episodes (2001-2002) TV episodes - Reverend Jeremiah Cloutier
- The Triangle (2001) - Stu Sheridan
- Night Visions - Now He's Coming Up the Stairs (2001) TV episode - Dr. Michael Sears
- Dirt (2001) - Attorney
- The Enemy (2001) -
- Pepper Ann - Beyond Good and Evel/One of the Guys, Unhappy Campers/The Search for Pepper Ann Pearson and The Finale (1999-2000) TV episodes (voice) - Stewart Walldinger
- Attention Shoppers (2000) - Mark Pinnalore
- Beverly Hills, 90210 - 199 episodes (1990-2000) TV episodes - Dylan McKay
- The Night of the Headless Horseman (1999) (voice) - Brom Bones
- Storm (1999) - Dr. Ron Young
- The Florentine (1999) - Frankie
- The Heist (1999) - Jack
- Indiscreet (1998) - Michael Nash
- Lifebreath (1997) - Martin Devoe
- The Incredible Hulk - 4 episodes (1996-1997) TV episodes (voice) - Rick Jones
- The Fifth Element (1997) - Billy
- Invasion (1997) - Beau
- Riot (1997) - Boomer (segment Empty)
- Spin City - Kiss Me, Stupid (1997) TV episode - Spence
- Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm - 13 episodes (1996) TV episodes (voice) - Sub-Zero
- American Strays (1996) - Johnny
- Normal Life (1996) - Chris Anderson
- Biker Mice from Mars - 6 episodes (1994-1995) TV episodes (voice) - Napoleon Brie
- 8 Seconds (1994) - Lane Frost
- The Webbers (1993) - Garbage
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) - Pike
- Terminal Bliss (1992) - John Hunter
- Scorchers (1991) - Ray Ray
- Another World - 10 episodes (1988-1989) TV episodes - Kenny
- Loving - Episode dated 15 January 1988 (1988) TV episode - Ned Bates
- Voyagers! - The Day the Rebs Took Lincoln (1982) TV episode (unaccredited) - Union Prisoner
- Jeremiah - executive producer - 34 episodes (2002-2004)
- Dead Man's Gold (2011)
- Beverly Hills, 90210 - Fortune Cookie and Laying Pipe (1999) TV episodes
- Alice Upside Down (2007) (performer: Over and Over)
- For an up-to-date Filmography: imdb.com/Luke Perry
- Born on the same day as Sean Patrick Flanery.
- He is an avid fan of crossword puzzles and is frequently seen working on them. In addition, he has amassed a large collection of historical ballpoint pens.
- Auditioned for the role of Steve on Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) before being cast as Dylan, a new character wrote specifically for him.
- During the 90s, Luke Perry was a very popular teen idol. Once, the crowd got so big at a shopping mall that he had to be escorted outside in a trolley by security.