Coy Luther "Luke" Perry III (October 11, 1966 – March 4, 2019) was an American actor. He became a teen idol for playing Dylan McKay on the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990 to 1995, and again from 1998 to 2000. He also starred as Fred Andrews on the CW series Riverdale, had guest roles on notable shows such as Criminal Minds, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Simpsons, and Will & Grace, and also starred in several films, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), 8 Seconds (1994), The Fifth Element (1997), and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019), his final feature performance.
He is also known as A Famous Teen Idol and Coy Luther III Perry.
Perry suffered a massive ischemic stroke at his home in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles on February 27, 2019. After a second stroke, his family followed the medical team's recommendations to remove him from life support, and he died on March 4 at the age of 52. He was buried near his home in Vanleer, Tennessee, where he had a farm and lived since 1995. In the aftermath of his death, the Reelz channel announced a documentary titled Luke Perry: In His Own Words. In an op-ed column for CNN, journalist Jill Filipovic wrote,