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R.I.P. Luke Perry, heartthrob star of 'Beverly Hills, 90210'

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Last week, Luke Perry, the '90s teen heartthrob of Beverly Hills, 90210, suffered a stroke, reported as "massive" by TMZ. Today, the actor, who currently appears as Archie's dad on Riverdale, passed away. He was 52 years old.

The Ohio native began his acting career as an adolescent in the 1980s. He landed an early gig in the 1985 Twisted Sister music video "Be Chrool to Your Scuel." That opened the door to stints on daytime soap operas Loving and Another World.

Perry's leap to stardom arrived in 1990, when Aaron Spelling cast the young man to portray Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210. McKay was the dark and moody cool kid of West Beverly High School Class of '93.

Recently, Perry found a career revival on a Gen-Z teen drama, as he portrayed Fred Andrews on Riverdale, the dark reboot of Archie Comics for the CW. The hit series cast several former Gen-X pinups in the adult roles, including Molly Ringwald, who played Archie's mother.

Over the past week, as Perry suffered his medical issues, news broke that 90210 would return in 2019 with original cast members. However, Perry was reportedly not attached to the project yet.


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