When Luke Perry suddenly passed away on March 4, he left behind a legacy of memorable TV and movie roles and legions of fans across the world.
The former Beverly Hills 90210 heartthrob and more recent star of Riverdale left us way too early at the age of 52.
Here are 15 facts about the late actor’s life and career.
1. Luke’s not his real name…
His birth name was Coy Luther Perry III.
2. He’s done the whole soap thing.
Before Beverly Hills 90210, Perry appeared in the soap operas Loving and Another World.
3. He’s always been charming.
Perry was voted “Biggest Flirt” by his high school classmates.
4. He has his own Simpson’s character.
He made a cameo on The Simpsons in 1993 as Krusty the Clown’s half-brother.
5. He’s a mascot.
He was the school mascot “Freddie Bird” at his high school in Ohio.
6. He’s a good friend.
Perry remained good friends with many of his 90210 castmates and crew members long after the show went off the air.
7. He used to do hard labor.
Before he got the role of Dylan McKay on 90210, Perry worked construction laying asphalt.
8. He started 90210 when he was 24.
The first episode of Beverly Hills 90210 aired on October 11, 1990, Perry’s 24th birthday.
9. He was funny.
Perry appeared as himself on the hit animated show Family Guy.
10. He was a dad.
Perry had two children, son Jack and daughter Sophie.
11. He’s kind of a rock legend.
Perry appeared in Twisted Sister’s music video “Be Crool to Your Scuel” in 1985
12. His success wasn’t easy.
Perry said he went to more than 250 auditions before he got his first role.
13. He was a badass.
Perry learned how to ride a bull and performed many of his own stunts in the movie 8 Seconds.
14. He wasn’t supposed to be Dylan.
Perry originally tried out for the role of Steve Sanders on 90210 but was cast as Dylan McKay instead
15. He left behind one final film for us.
Perry’s final film role will be in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which will be released in July 2019