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Remembering Luke Perry through his best roles

American actor, Luke Perry, has passed away on March 4, 2019, after suffering from a massive stroke. And in memory of the late TV icon and heartthrob, let’s take a look at his most notable roles.

The millionaire’s son, Dylan McKay in ‘Beverly Hills 90210’

Luke Perry portrayed Dylan McKay, the brooding son of a millionaire and the series’ notorious bad boy. In the show, McKay struggled with alcohol dependence and coming to terms with the arrest of his father – who was consequently sentenced for some white collar crimes.


McKay was a character that required Perry to express a variety of emotions – and luckily, his efforts paid off as this role rose him to stardom.

Buffy Summers’s love interest, Oliver Pike in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’

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Perry played Oliver Pike, a character who actually resented Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and her snobby, rich friends. Later on in the series, they become friends, develop romantic feelings for each other, and then, become allies to defeat vampire king, Lothos.

Bull rider, Lane Frost in ‘8 Seconds’


Luke Perry played the character of Lane Frost, a rodeo legend who was the only professional bull rider to score eligible rides from the 987 World Champion and 1990 ProRodeo Hall of Fame bull, Red Rock – a bull no one had ever been able to stay on for 8 seconds.

Police offer, Chris Anderson in the ‘Normal Life’

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The show featured Luke Perry as the police officer, Chris Anderson, who meets attractive, sexy and problematic Pamela and is quickly heads over heels for her. And his love for her is endless – to the point that he would do anything for her even robbing a bank. 

Archie Andrews’ dad, Fred Andrews in ‘Riverdale’

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Possibly, a role as legendary as Dylan McKay. Perry plays Archie’s (KJ Apa) father, Fred. His role in the series is pretty important as he was the pivotal character who understood the teenagers of Riverdale. More importantly, he was Archie’s number one support system. Without him, the show would be different.

Photo Credit: IMDB

Perry’s roles have made a huge impact on his fans. Whether they’re fans of Beverly Hills 90210 from the 90s or Riverdale fans from 2000, netizens took it to Twitter to mourn the passing of the actor. 

We can’t deny how widespread Luke Perry’s influence was as an actor. And we’re sure that his legacy will live on through his many unforgettable roles. 

Tell us in the comments below, what’s your favorite Luke Perry role?/FM

InqPOP! Creator Community/ Vanessa Martinez 

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