In Honour Of His Death, Let’s Remember Luke Perry’s Roles Beyond The 90210 Bad Boy And Riverdale Dad

So much work in a life too short.

Luke Perry, the actor who stole hearts as teen heartthrob on Beverly Hills, 90210, and dad heartthrob on Riverdale, has died at age 52. Perry suffered a massive stroke at his home in California last week and passed away Monday morning in hospital.

Family, friends and fellow cast members past and present have publicly shared support, and now mourning for Perry. In honour of the remarkable career Luke Perry had in Hollywood during his lifetime, we are taking a trip down memory lane to some of the roles that you might have forgotten he blessed us with.

But first we’ll start with Perry’s two major roles that we all know and love.

Berverly Hills, 90210

Perry’s career kicked off in the 80s when he came on the scene as the pinnacle teen bad boy to reign over TV bad boys for all time. No one compares to Luke Perry’s Dylan McKay, who graced our screens from 1990 to 2000.


Luke Perry has been a staple character on Riverdale since the start, and the show will be worse off without Archie’s dad Fred Andrews around. Right up until his death, Perry was a core part of the Hot Dad Club and he will be missed.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Do not forget that in 1992, Luke Perry played Pike in the Buffy movie, and killed it.

The Simpsons

In the 1993 episode, ‘Krusty Gets Cancelled’, Luke Perry plays himself. In The Simpsons universe, he is also Krusty the Clown’s maternal half-brother. To refresh your memory, he was shot out of a cannon on the Krusty Comeback Special and smashed through several buildings. But he survived! And he makes it to the after party at Moe’s.

Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm

in 1996, Perry voiced Sub-Zero in the Mortal Kombat animated TV series.

The Fifth Element

In 1997, the world was blessed with one of the best science-fiction films of all time – The Fifth Element. And Luke Perry was a part of that. He has a minor role at the beginning as Billy, has a few lines, shoots an alien (accidentally). 10/10 would revisit this movie.


From 2001-2002 Perry played Reverend Jeremiah Cloutier in HBO’s series Oz. 


Never forget that Perry was Inspector Spacetime in Community in 2013, a parody of Doctor Who and an all round hero.

Perry also filmed  a role in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Charles Manson movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, so we have that to look forward to. But other than that we can only look back at the great career Luke Perry had during his too-short lifetime. 

Riverdale Is Getting A Musical Spinoff So That We Never Run Out Of Trashy TV

Somehow, Riverdale prevails.

In spite of a few rough seasons of some incredibly low-calibre drama, there are in fact a lot of people still watching Riverdale. Levitating babies and impromptu juvenile detention centre musical performances aside, this show sparks joy for a lot of viewers. They find love in a hopeless place, if you will, and now there’s more content coming to satisfy those trashy TV needs.

Yep, Riverdale is getting a spinoff. Technically, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a spinoff, but this one is dealing with characters that are actually from the Archie Comic Universe.


The CW is bringing us the new Riverdale-flavoured drama, along with teen show mastermind Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Michael Grassi, so expect more of the same kind of viewing experience. This is going to be a musical series based on ACU favourite Katy Keene – a model, actress, and singer in the comic series, who is aspiring to make it as a fashion designer in New York City. 

So it sounds kind of like Glee when Rachel moves to New York, except Katy is brining three of her ACU mates with her to keep her company.

If you’re into Riverdale and Glee, this sounds like the kind of show you can add to your ‘mindlessly watch’ playlist.


The Riverdale Teens Look Eerily Like Their TV Parents Did Back In The Day In The Flashback Episode

Points for attention to detail.

While we’re still only up to episode three of Riverdale’s wild new season, the hype for the upcoming flashback episode is too real.

We know that in episode four ‘The Midnight Club’, we’ll get to have a better look at the back stories of Fred, Alice, FP, Hermione and the whole parent gang, via their TV kids playing them as teens. So it’s all the hot teens playing their hot parents, in full 80’s gear. 

The episode is meant to be some kind of dark version of The Breakfast Club, but honestly the eeriest thing is how closely the actors resemble the actual younger-versions of their TV parents.

I mean damn. Casting on point.

The best look-alike and in my opinion the best glow up is Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) with a ‘bad girl’ makeover.

Betty Cooper as Alice Cooper

It is almost TOO perfect.

Madchen Amick as Shelly Johnson in Twin Peaks, 1990.

Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) is honestly nailing the young FP/Skeet Ulrich aesthetic. Further proof that Jug absolutely must lose the beanie, please.

Jughead as FP Jones

Oh Skeet, you could get it then and you could absolutely get it now.

Skeet Ulrich in Scream, 1996.

I feel like they had some fun with making Archie (KJ Apa) look so much like he’s recreating Luke Perry’s iconic 90210 role.

Archie as Fred Andrews

Because it is so spot on.

Luke Perry

Kevin (Casey Cott) kind of looks the same except is hair is quaffed.

Kevin as his hot Sheriff dad (Tom Keller)

But it’s the same quaff that young Martin Cummins rocked so it’s pretty accurate.

Martin Cummins in Poltergeist: The Legacy, 1998

Veronica (Camila Mendes) as young Hermione looks like she is a private school girl who accidentally stumbled into a public school and doesn’t know what to do now.

Veronica as Hermione Lodge.

But she really does look like a young Marisol Nichols, and we assume the plot will have some kind of explanation for the school girl outfit.

Marisol Nichols, 2001, Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage

Cheryl looks so damn cute, as per usual.

Cheryl as Penelope Blossom.

Just like Mama Blossom (Nathalie Boltt).

Nathalie Boltt in Isidingo, 1998.

And of course there’s Josie (Ashleigh Murray), who is absolutely rocking this era.

Josie as Sierra McCoy.

Like mother like daughter because Robin Givens also rocked the 80’s

Robin Givens, 1986, Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis.

The flashback Riverdale episode drops on Netflix on November 8 so get ready for all of these glorious glow ups and a healthy dose of drama. Riverdale’s specialty.


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