How much was Luke Perry worth at the time of his death? $10 million
How did Luke Perry earn his money and wealth?
Luke Perry, a well known American actor, was born in Mansfield, Ohio, and raised in Fredericktown, Ohio. His mother, Ann Bennett, was a homemaker, and his father, Coy Luther Perry Jr., was a steelworker.
Perry moved to Los Angeles immediately after high school to pursue acting. In an interview with Whoopi Solgberg, Perry revealed that he auditioned for 215 acting jobs in New York before getting work on a TV commercial. After appearing in the music video “Be Chrool to Your Scuel” for the band Twisted Sister alongside Alice Cooper, Perry’s earliest roles were in the daytime soap operas Loving (1987–88) and Another World (1988–89).
Right after that, Perry was cast as brooding millionaire’s son Dylan McKay on Fox’s teen drama, Beverly Hills, 90210. While starring on 90210, Perry won a supporting role in the original film version of Joss Whedon’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992). The role of Dylan McKay from 1990 to 1995, and again from 1998 to 2000 made him a teen idol. That role also brought with itself a lot of fame and money for Perry. He said of his role on Beverly Hills, 90210 as Dylan McKay: “I’m going to be linked with him until I die, but that’s actually just fine. I created Dylan McKay. He’s mine.”
From 2001 to 2002, Perry starred in the HBO prison drama Oz, as Jeremiah Cloutier. From 2002 to 2004 he starred in the post-apocalyptic TV series Jeremiah. In 2000s, Perry did several TV roles, but most of his wealth came from lending his voice talents. In 2009, he voiced Thomas Nelson’s audio Bible production known as The Word of Promise. Earlier in the 90s, Perry did considerable voice-over work for various animated series, often playing himself. He played himself in an episode of The Simpsons (1993). He voiced himself in an episode of Johnny Bravo, giving Johnny dating advice after Johnny saved him from a stampede of fan girls. Perry also parodied himself in an episode of Family Guy.
Perry returned to television in 2015 in the Up Network original series Detective McLean: Ties That Bind. Perry also starred in the Hallmark Channel movie Love in Paradise in 2016. But his real comeback happened when he was cast as as Frederick “Fred” Andrews, Archie’s father, on the CW series Riverdale. He also had guest roles on notable shows such as Criminal Minds, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Will & Grace.
Perry was married to Rachel Minnie Sharp from 1993 to 2003. The couple had two children — a son and a duaghter –Jack and Sophie. Perry suffered a massive stroke at his home in Sherman Oaks, California, on February 27, 2019. Five days later, on March 4, 2019, Perry died due to complications from his stroke. The last movie he shot was ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ that is scheduled to release in July, 2019. The film is directed by Quentin Tanratino and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margo Robbie, Al Pacino and of course, Luke Perry. We all miss our teen idol and hope that we will get a chance to see Perry, in all his glory, one last time on the big screen.
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