Actor Luke Perry has passed away due to complications of a massive stroke. He was 52. Best known for his role as Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210, Perry became a household heartthrob during the ’90s. His career continued with a solid credit list of television and film, with his most recent role as Fred Andrews on Riverdale. He was also in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which is set to release later this year.
I had the privledge of meeting Perry while I was working social media for a convention that featured a 90210 reunion. Perry and his cast mates (which included: Tori Spelling, Jason Priestly, Jennie Garth, Gabrielle Carteris, Vincent Young, James Eckhouse, and Christine Elise) reflected on memories of the series, which can be seen below.
During the weekend, Perry made fangirls’ dreams come true as they all got to hug “Dylan McKay”. He answered question after question about his role on the show, and spoke kindly of co-star Shannen Doherty, who is batting breast cancer.
Perry’s extensive body of work will be viewed and appreciated for years to come.
[Personal story from editor, Taylor Leddin]
In an unusual and exciting past work experience, I found myself in a room with (most of) the cast of Beverly Hills, 90210. They held an entertaining Q&A panel that fans had traveled far and wide to attend. Luke Perry shared story after story of fun times he had on the show, smiling at the memories. When it was over, the cast left the stage to go on about their day, but Luke stayed behind. A line had started to form of those who had fallen in love with Luke in their youth, and he knew how much it would mean to them to get a hug from “Dylan McKay”. So he stayed. He stayed until every last fan got their hug. Watching that occurrence was an amazing reminder of humility and kindness. May we all learn from Luke that, no matter how successful one may become, there’s always time to give a hug. Rest In Peace, Mr. Perry.