Name:
Luke Perry
Birth Date:
October 11, 1965
Birth Place:
Mansfield, Ohio, USA
Height:
5' 9''
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
His role as Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990-1995)
Profession:
actor
Education:
Fredericktown High School in Fredericktown, Ohio.
BIOGRAPHY
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Dylan McCay

Background:

“I got a letter the other day from a girl who mentioned the show we did on parental drug abuse. She wrote about catching her father freebasing in the basement. I get letters like that all the time, from people all over the country.” Luke Perry

American actor Luke Perry, born Coy Luther Perry III, became famous while portraying the brooding, but sensitive, Dylan McCay in the worldwide hit series “Beverly Hills, 90210” (1990-95, 1998-2000). The slim, powerful, smoky-voiced actor also had roles in such series as “Oz” (2001-02), “Jeremiah” (2002) and “What I Like About You” (2005). He currently stars as the father of two and devoted husband Peter in NBC’s “Windfall” (2006). As a movie actor, Perry has played roles in countless vehicles but has not transformed his small screen success to movie stardom. His most praised work is the John G. Avildsen-helmed biopic 8 Seconds (1994), where he starred as the real-life rodeo champion Lane Frost. In 2006, he will costar with Bruce Davison, Louis Gossett Jr. and Paul Sorvino in the thriller The Real Catch.

Off screen, one of TV Guide’s “25 Greatest Teen Idols” (2005), Perry was invited to officially begin the Dodge Charger 500 by waving the green flag at the Darlington Raceway, which was held on May 13, this year. An animal lover, he keeps two boxers named Mack and Chuck, as well as a potbellied pig named Jerry Lee. As for his romantic life, Perry was married to former model Minnie Sharp (born in 1969) from 1993-2003 and has two children with her. He was also involved with actress Yasmine Bleeth (born in 1968), who lived with him in New York. The relationship ended shortly after Perry moved back to Los Angeles.


Biggest Flirt

Childhood and Family:

Son of Coy Luther Perry (died of a heart attack in 1980) and Ann Perry Bennett (homemaker), Coy Luther Perry III, who is most-famous as Luke Perry, was born on October 11, 1966, in Mansfield, Ohio. His parents split up when Luke was six and his mother later married construction worker Steve Bennett in 1978. He has an older brother named Thomas, a navy recruiter who was born in 1965, and his younger sister is Amy, a secretary who is four years his junior. Additionally, Luke is a step-brother to Emily Bennett (born in 1976).

Luke was educated in Fredericktown High School in Fredericktown, where he was named “Biggest Flirt” by his school peers. He graduated in 1984. After completing his studies, he relocated to Los Angeles.

As for his private life, 5’ 9” Luke married Minnie Sharp, a former model and daughter of screenwriter Alan Sharp, on November 20, 1993. The two met at a dinner party in 1991 and moved in together shortly after they began dating. Luke and Minnie welcomed their first son, Jack Perry, on June 15, 1997, and their daughter, Sophie, was born in June 2000. The couple divorced in April 2003.


8 Seconds

Career:

A native of Ohio, Luke Perry moved to Los Angeles after graduating high school. He worked odd jobs (worked at a doorknob factory and laying asphalt) while also making the audition circuits. After attending a total of 217 auditions, he finally kicked off his acting career by nabbing a regular role as country boy Ned Bates in the daytime soap “Loving” (1987), a role he stayed with for a year, before moving to another daytime series, “Another World,” (1988-89), where he played Kenny.

With limited acting experience, Perry hit the big time when he won the role of Dylan McKay on the Fox series “Beverly Hills, 90210” in 1990. The series became an international hit and Perry rose to fame with its phenomenal success. Despite the success, he left the Dylan role five years later, in 1995.

While enjoying his triumphant TV role, Perry appeared in several independent films and major studio productions. Making his film debut with a small part in the comedy Scorchers (1991, not released till 1992), he then starred with Tim Owen in the teen drama Terminal Bliss and had a supporting turn in the horror/comedy Buffy the Vampire Slayer (both 1992). Perry then received some good reviews for playing rodeo legend Lane Frost in the biopic 8 Seconds (1994), for director John G. Avildsen. Wanting to give his all, he spent 18 months working on the techniques of bull riding so he could perform many of his own stunts.

Perry made several other films such as the crime/drama Normal Life (1996, starred with Ashley Judd), the action/comedy American Strays (1996), Riot (1997, TV), Invasion (1997, TV), the box office hit The Fifth Element (1997) and Lifebreath (1997) before returning to the cast of “90210” in November 1998 where he reprised his Dylan McKay role until the series came to an end in 2000. During the 1998-2000 periods, Perry also took on roles in Indiscreet (1998, TV), The Heist (1999), The Florentine (1999, costarred with Michael Madsen, Chris Penn and Mary Stuart Masterson), Storm (1999), the animated The Night of the Headless Horseman (1999, TV), The Last Buckaroo (2000, TV) and Attention Shoppers (2000).

Perry next starred with Olivia d’Abo and Roger Moore in the spy thriller The Enemy (2001), was featured as an attorney in the Michael Covert-directed comedy Dirt (2001, starred Tracy Fraim, Covert and Jack Kehler), played Stu Sheridan in the TBS thriller The Triangle (2001), starred as Bob in the drama Fogbound (2002) and costarred in the Western television film Johnson County War (2002). He returned to TV series with the role of Reverend Jeremiah Cloutier on ten episodes of the Tom Fontana-created prison series “Oz” (2001-02) and was seen in the title character in the Showtime sci-fi series “Jeremiah” (2002), in which he costarred with Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Aside from TV and film appearances, Perry tasted the waters of Broadway with the revival of “The Rocky Horror Show,” (2001) where he replaced Jarod Emick as the priggish Brad Majors. In 2004, he reemerged on stage as New York neurotic Harry in an adaptation of “When Harry Met Sally…,” along with Alyson Hannigan. Performed at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, the production also marked Perry’s West End debut.

Vanishing from the wide screen for a few years, the actor made his comeback with a supporting turn as Tony in Mikey Hilb’s action Dishdogz (2005). The same year, he also did a spot on an episode of “Will & Grace,” joined the cast of the WB comedy “What I Like About You” in the recurring role of Todd, starred with Natalie Brown as Dr. Jake Rollins in the sci-fi television movie Descent, and played Dr. Chris Richardson in the miniseries “Supernova,” opposite Tia Carrere and Peter Fonda.

The actor now stars as Peter, the faithful husband and father of two, in the NBC drama “Windfall” (2006). The series also stars Jason Gedrick and Lana Parrilla (“Boomtown”) and Sarah Wynter (“24”). Perry is set to play Timothy Carter in Benjamin Louis’ thriller The Real Catch (2006), alongside Bruce Davison, Louis Gossett Jr. and Paul Sorvino.

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