Luke Perry did well enough on the high school baseball team, but he was a below-average student, with no real aim in life except for a vague desire to become an actor someday. That desire solidified into reality when Perry headed for Los Angeles in 1984, took acting lessons, and sought out auditions while supporting himself with construction and asphalting jobs. Eventually he landed the role of Ned Bates on the TV daytime drama Loving.
In 1990, Perry was cast in the Fox Network's Beverly Hills, 90210 in the supporting role of Dylan McKay. Audience response to Perry was so overwhelming that, by the time 90210 swung into its second season, he was not only one of the series' leading characters, but a full-fledged teen idol. Perry finally left 90210 for the greener pastures of theatrical films.
- Second child with ex-wife Minnie Sharp, a daughter named Sophie Perry, was born June 7, 2000, weighing 7 lbs 14 ounces.
- Auditioned for the role of Steve on Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) before being cast as Dylan.
- Graduated high school in 1984 and was voted "Biggest Flirt" by his high school classmates.