Perry never quite escaped the shadow of Beverly Hills, 90210. But this was not a failing – it was proof of how seminal the show, and Perry’s handsome rebel Dylan McKay, was to a generation
Teen pinups who free themselves of their TV origins can be counted on one hand with fingers to spare: Ron Howard. Michael J Fox. Zac Efron.
Luke Perry never quite made it to those ranks, but that’s no discredit to him. Despite working pretty regularly until the day he died – which is more than a lot of teen stars can say – he always knew his obituaries would read ‘Dylan McKay has died,’ referring to the bad(ish) boy he played in the original series of Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990-1995, and then again in 1998-2000 when he gamely, if through somewhat gritted teeth, revived the character. And so it has proved to be the case.