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Also Known As: Coy Luther Perry Iii Died:
Born: October 11, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Mansfield, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, model, hotel employee, chauffeur, doorknob factory worker, video store employee, shoe salesman, paver, construction worker, cook

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The intense and brooding Luke Perry was living proof that there existed a substantial, more rewarding second act for an actor supposedly pigeon-holed as a teen heartthrob in the public's often unforgiving mind. The former "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox, 1990-2000) bad boy who, along with co-star Jason Priestley, single-handedly re-introduced the 1950s James Dean sideburns/slicked pompadour to the fashion-challenged 1990s, managed to successfully segue from dreamy troubled teen to dependable leading man and character actor by successfully taking on a variety of roles since his "90210" heyday.

The intense and brooding Luke Perry was living proof that there existed a substantial, more rewarding second act for an actor supposedly pigeon-holed as a teen heartthrob in the public's often unforgiving mind. The former "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox, 1990-2000) bad boy who, along with co-star Jason Priestley, single-handedly re-introduced the 1950s James Dean sideburns/slicked pompadour to the fashion-challenged 1990s, managed to successfully segue from dreamy troubled teen to dependable leading man and character actor by successfully taking on a variety of roles since his "90210" heyday.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Red Wing (2013)
4.
 Redemption Road (2011)
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6.
 Final Storm, The (2010)
7.
 Good Intentions (2010)
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10.
 Silent Venom (2009)
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Moved to Los Angeles shortly after graduating high school
1987:
Portrayed country boy Ned Bates on the ABC daytime serial, "Loving"; relocated to NYC
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Briefly appeared on another daytime soap opera, "Another World"; also did ads for Levi's 501 jeans
1990:
Moved back to Los Angeles
1990:
Played bad boy Dylan McKay on Fox TV's popular "Beverly Hills, 90210"
1991:
Mobbed by fans (5000 in Seattle, Washington, 10,000 in Plantation, Florida) during personal appearances at shopping malls
1991:
Feature film debut in "Terminal Bliss"
1994:
First screen lead in "8 Seconds"
1996:
Starred in the NBC miniseries "Robin Cook's 'Invasion'"
1997:
Signed exclusive TV series deal with ABC
1998:
Rejoined the cast of "90210" reprising his role as Dylan McKay
2001:
Joined cast of HBO's "Oz", portraying televangelist Jeremiah Cloutier for seven episodes
2001:
Had leading role in "The Enemy"; aired on HBO in lieu of a theatrical release
2001:
Played the straight-laced Brad Majors in the Broadway revival of "The Rocky Horror Show" (replacing Jarod Emick)
2002:
Co-starred with Malcolm-Jamal Warner in the Showtime sci-fi series "Jeremiah"
2004:
Portrayed Billy Crystal's character, New York neurotic Harry in London's west end theater production of "When Harry Met Sally"
2005:
Reunites with former 90210 sweetie Jennie Garth on the WB comedy "What I Like About You"; will guest star in the final two episodes of the season
2007:
Cast in the HBO series, "John from Cincinnati"
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Education

Fredericktown High School: Fredericktown , Ohio - 1984

Notes

Musing over his success in "Beverly Hills 90210", Perry noted, "It beats other jobs I've had. Kissing girls for a living is not a bad way to go." --From US, September 1991

"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 quoted in PEOPLE, September 9, 1991

Perry owned a pet Vietnamese potbellied pig named Jerry Lee.

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companion:
Yasmine Bleeth. Actor. Appeared on ABC soap opera "Ryan's Hope" when Perry was on "Loving"; later acted on "One Life to Live"; lived with Perry in New York but broke up shortly after he moved back to Los Angeles.
wife:
Minnie Sharp. Former model, former furniture saleswoman. Born c. 1969; met in 1991 at a dinner party; married on November 20, 1993; daughter of screenwriter Alan Sharp; seperated in April 2003.

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father:
Coy Luther Perry II. Steelworker. Died of a heart attack in 1980.
mother:
Ann Perry Bennett. Homemaker. Parents divorced when Perry was 6; married Steve Bennett c. 1978.
step-father:
Steve Bennett. Construction worker.
brother:
Thomas Perry. Navy recruiter. Born c. 1965.
sister:
Amy Perry. Secretary. Born c. 1970.
step-sister:
Emily Bennett. Born c. 1976; daughter of Steve Bennett by a previous marriage.
son:
Jack Perry. Born on June 15, 1997; mother, Minnie Sharp.
daughter:
Sophie Perry. Born in June 2000; mother, Minnie Sharp.
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