Luke Perry was born Coy Luther Perry III on October 11, 1966. I remember first seeing Luke on the teen drama Beverly Hills 90210 where he played Dylan McKay. He had auditioned for the role of Steve Sanders, but Ian Ziering ended up getting that part. Before his days on 90210 he appeared on a couple of Soap Operas. He played Ned Bates on Loving from 1987–1988 & Kenny on Another World from 1988-1989.
While starring on 90210 Luke was offered a supporting role on the 1992 movie Buffy The Vampire Slayer which also starred Kristy Swanson. This film was written by Joss Whedon, who later created the TV series of the same name starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. Sarah can be seen this fall in her new TV series Ringer. Perry made his feature film debut starring in “8 Seconds”, the remarkable account of champion bullrider Lane Frost
Luke left Beverly Hills 90210 in 1995, hoping to find more mature roles. He landed a role in the movie Normal Life opposite Ashley Judd, he starred in the TV science fiction movie Invasion and The Fifth Element in 1997. He however did return to 90210 due to financial reasons.
He appeared on a couple of more TV series the post-apocalyptic TV series Jeremiah (2002-2004) and the drama series Windfall, about a group of friends who win the lottery (2006). He also was in the HBO series John from Cincinnati, which ran from June – August 2007. And he shot a 10 episode arc for HBO’s critically acclaimed series, “OZ”, in which he portrayed a new member of the prison population.
Luke has done a lot of voice-over work for various animated series including The Simpsons, Johnny Bravo & Family Guy. Other voice-over work includes The Incredible Hulk, Biker Mice from Mars, Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm, and The Night of the Headless Horseman. He has also done some stage work. In 2001 he was on Broadway doing a revival of The Rocky Horror Show playing Brad Majors. In 2004 he appeared in the London production of When Harry Met Sally as Harry, alongside Alyson Hannigan as Sally. Alyson Hannigan is known for her roles as Willow Rosenberg on the TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer and the hit comedy series How I Met Your Mother.
On a personal note Luke was married to Minnie Sharp from 1993 to 2003. He shares joint custody of their 2 children Jack & Sophie.
Luke Perry Tidbits:
-He is the voice of Judas and Steven in “The Word of Promise,” a dramatized audio book of the New Testament released by Thomas Nelson in October of 2007.
-He took acting lessons in 1984.
-He has done commercials for Levi’s 501 Jeans.
-He has worked as a shoe salesman, construction worker, cook, paver, video store and hotel employee.
-He has appeared in several movies like The Fifth Element, American Strays, Normal Life, and Storm.
-Before becoming an actor, Luke Perry was a model.
-He co-produced the movie 8 Seconds.
-He got the scar in his eyebrow from running into a soda machine at a bowling alley when he was younger.
-While in high school, Luke Perry used to dress up as his school’s mascot, Freddie Bird, for all of the football games game.
-He was in training for 18 months for his role in 8 Seconds.
-He used to work at a doorknob factory.
-He wears boxer briefs.
-He grew up in Fredericktown, Ohio
-In between acting gigs, Luke sold shoes and chauffeured people around in their limousines.
-He was reunited with former Beverly Hills co-star Jennie Garth when he guest appeared on What I Like About You playing her former flame. They even used the 90210 theme song.
-Luke Perry was born Coy Luther Perry but changed to Luke after the character in his favorite movie, Cool Hand Luke.
-He had two potbellied pigs. One was named “Violet” and the other one was named “Jerry Lee,” named after Jerry Lee Lewis.
-He is one of many famous actors to star in the play Love Letters.
-He is left-handed.
-He was voted “Biggest Flirt” by his high school classmates.
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