EFE / Javier Romualdo
Washington, 4 Mar (EFE) – The actor Luke Perry, one of the most representative icons of television of the 1990s for his role of rebel Dylan McKay in the series “Beverly Hills, 90210”, is remembered on Monday by the followers of the program when the news of the death of the popular “bad boy.
The actor, who died in California at 52 after suffering a stroke a few days ago, was a regular on the small screen in the 1990s and 2000s with appearances in the series “Law & Order”, “Will & Grace”, “Another World” and “Criminal Minds”.
But it was his role in “Beverly Hills, 90210” that marked a generation of viewers who saw in him, with his sideburns, leather jackets and undisciplined attitude, an icon for a new generation of teenagers.
Thanks to his solitary character, in the fight against alcoholism and marginalized from his family, Perry starred on the cover of People magazine, which named him “the biggest heartbreaker on television,” a title that explains the riots he caused in some of his public appearances.
When he visited a shopping mall in Seattle to sign autographs in 1991, Perry had to be moved in a laundry basket after a crowd of young people rushed towards him.
Also that same year, 21 people were injured when more than 8,000 fans took to the stage to see him up close in South Florida.
“I don’t know why it happened. I don’t even sing,” Perry joked then in statements to The Washington Post.
The series “Beverly Hills, 90210” premiered in 1990 and eventually, thanks to its summer broadcasts, achieved great popularity that kept it on screen for 10 seasons in which millions of viewers were hooked on the glamorous life of students at West Beverly Hills High School, located in the rich and exclusive city of West Los Angeles (USA).
The series was a pioneer in addressing issues such as AIDS, date rape, learning disabilities and teen pregnancy.
It also served as an example for future teen dramas such as “Dawson’s Creek,” “The O.C.” and “Zoey 101,” and generated a spinoff series: “Melrose Place.
Perry was hospitalized last week, the same day it was announced that the series that led him to stardom would return with a new approach and with former cast members such as Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling.
“I’m going to be attached to that character until the day I die, but that’s fine with me. I created Dylan McKay. He’s mine,” Perry explained in the past about the character that made him a celebrity.
According to the TMZ website, the actor had agreed to appear in the new production as a guest, but couldn’t have a more relevant role due to his commitments to the “Riverdale” agenda, the series based on the “Archie” comics in which he was currently working as the main character since 2017.
Among his latest performances Perry also participated in the shooting of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, Quentin Tarantino’s new film to be released in the summer of 2019.
On the big screen he also appeared in films such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “8 Seconds” and “The Fifth Element”.
Perry was born in rural Mansfield, Ohio, on October 11, 1966, and grew up near Fredericktown, where, he recalled, he “had classes on how to give birth to cows and drive tractors” at his high school.
He moved to Los Angeles after graduating and worked casual jobs as a shoe salesman and doorknob worker in a doorknob factory, while looking for work as an actor, guided by dreams of becoming the next Paul Newman.
He himself said he was turned down 216 times before getting roles in the soap operas “Loving” and “Another World,” after which he met a casting director who suggested he create the teen complex Dylan McKay in “Beverly Hills, 90210.