R.I.P. Luke Perry, heartthrob star of 'Beverly Hills, 90210'

The television actor passed away at 52 after a stroke.

Image: The Everett Collection

Last week, Luke Perry, the '90s teen heartthrob of Beverly Hills, 90210, suffered a stroke, reported as "massive" by TMZ. Today, the actor, who currently appears as Archie's dad on Riverdale, passed away. He was 52 years old.

The Ohio native began his acting career as an adolescent in the 1980s. He landed an early gig in the 1985 Twisted Sister music video "Be Chrool to Your Scuel." That opened the door to stints on daytime soap operas Loving and Another World.

Perry's leap to stardom arrived in 1990, when Aaron Spelling cast the young man to portray Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210. McKay was the dark and moody cool kid of West Beverly High School Class of '93.

Recently, Perry found a career revival on a Gen-Z teen drama, as he portrayed Fred Andrews on Riverdale, the dark reboot of Archie Comics for the CW. The hit series cast several former Gen-X pinups in the adult roles, including Molly Ringwald, who played Archie's mother.

Over the past week, as Perry suffered his medical issues, news broke that 90210 would return in 2019 with original cast members. However, Perry was reportedly not attached to the project yet.

Beverly Hills, 90210 is available to stream on MeTV.com. Watch Perry's debut on the series below.

Save with
Enjoy even more classic shows on-air! Find where to watch MeTV in Washington D.C.
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
Close

5 Comments

Post a comment
Click here to learn about MeTV's new commenting system!
AndrewHass 5 months ago
My condolences to Luke Perry's family and loved ones at this time.However i'm wondering if in a way Luke Perry is better off dead because he may never have recovered from the stroke.
BubbaPacha77511 5 months ago
Rip to mr perry and all the rest. Also today the singer of the group prodigy (keith flint) died as well....he was even younger than perry. Just sad
Pacificsun 5 months ago
Sometimes (../..) the only thing that needs to be said (in respect to family and friends) is thank you for the years of enjoyment that Luke Perry brought to his audience; he will be missed.
stephaniestavropoulos 5 months ago
There is a saying that things, {deaths specifically?} come in threes. But it seems that in the recent past when this has happened, the deaths have not come in consecutive weeks. That bit of "logic" does not hold true with these last three passings. {Unless I am mistaken;} I don't think there has not been a week out of these last three, where a celebrity has not passed on. {Two weeks ago, it was Peter Tork, last week, Katherine Helmond, this Luke Perry. R.I.P. to Luke Perry. I was not a fan of his, but I know that he brought much enjoyment to those who were/are a fan, and will miss him terribly. Such a waste, {I realize that is a cliche thing to say,} I bet there are fans of RIVERDALE who will be wondering how Archie's father will be treated on the show: Will they let him pass, or recast. I have a sinking suspicion that a # of fans will want his father to be laid to rest. Who could they get to recast the part, viewers have been used to seeing Luke in the role.
From what the doctors have said, he was too young to have had a stroke. I guess a stroke is like cancer, it doesn't matter how old the person is. My condolences go out to his family, friends and fans who loved him over these years, and Luke is now at peace and will no longer be suffering. R.I.P again to Luke, Katherine and Peter.
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?