...She’s a very big part of the success of this show. She taught me a lot. I’m glad she was my scene partner
—Perry about Doherty at 2016 RewindCon
Luke Perry is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Dylan McKay on FOX teen soap Beverly Hills, 90210.


Luke Perry did well enough on the high school baseball team, but he was a below-average student, with no real aim in life except for a vague desire to become an actor someday. That desire solidified into reality when Perry headed for Los Angeles in 1984, took acting lessons, and sought out auditions while supporting himself with construction and asphalting jobs. Eventually he landed the role of Ned Bates on the TV daytime drama Loving.

In 1990, Perry was cast in the Fox Network's Beverly Hills, 90210 in the supporting role of Dylan McKay. Audience response to Perry was so overwhelming that, by the time 90210 swung into its second season, he was not only one of the series' leading characters, but a full-fledged teen idol. Perry finally left 90210 for the greener pastures of theatrical films.


I think he was the most three-dimensional of all the characters. That’s not saying I did anything in particular, it was done on the page
—Perry on Dylan McKay[1]


  • Perry's favourite couple on Beverly Hills, 90210 is Brenda and Dylan.[2]
  • Perry originally went in to audition for the role of Steve Sanders, but didn't, as he didn't think he was right for the part, before he was later cast as Dylan.[3]
  • Graduated high school in 1984 and was voted "Biggest Flirt" by his high school classmates.[4]


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