With the recent passing of 90's bad boy heartthrob Luke Perry, I’ve decided to use this week’s Throwback Thursday as a tribute to him.
Luke Perry was born October 11,1966 in Mansfield, Ohio and passed away on March 4, 2019 in Burbank, California at the age of 52.
Perry was currently starring is CW’s hit tv series Riverdale, playing the famous Archie’s father Fred Andrews. Luke was famously known for his James Dean type character Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills 90210 from 1990-1995 and 1998-2000. 90210 producers had recently announced a revival in which the original cast has signed on to star. Producers announced that Luke was not signed on due to his current filming schedule for Riverdale. While there was some talk that Perry was intending on a few reoccurring spots for the revival, nothing official was ever announced.
Luke Perry had a successful career in tv and movies. In addition to starring on 90210 and Riverdale, Perry also appeared on Spin City and Will and Grace. Other than his iconic role of Dylan McKay, Perry is most remembered for starring in the cult classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie (prior to the CW series) and his role as Lane Frost in 8 Seconds.
Personally, I adored Luke Perry as Dylan McKay but most of all for his role as Lane Frost. 8 seconds is the based on the true-life story of bull rider Lane Frost. Frost died from an injury sustained during bull riding. As a result of his best friend’s death, Cody Lambert designed a safety vest to prevent such injuries. The safety vest is designed to absorb shock and physical blows to the body as well as protecting the chest. Not long after the vest a helmet was designed for bull riders. Currently the helmet is not mandatory but wearing the protective vest is a requirement for all bull riders.
Much like his role as Lane Frost, Luke Perry’s life was taken at a far too early age. It reminds us that we never know what tomorrow will bring and we are only guaranteed the here and now. We should embrace life and spend it with the ones we love ensuring everyday they know how much they mean to us. As the youngest daughter of a now retired law enforcement officer I saw firsthand when his partner was killed in the line of duty that each day when I told my daddy I loved him and kissed him good-bye I knew it could be the last.
My dad never left without saying goodbye and I never said goodbye without telling him I love you. My parents, my four children and my grandchildren can tell you I say the words I love you often and always when saying goodbye. I encourage all my readers to live this day as it was your last. Strive to be a better person, live your best life and love big.
As a tribute to Luke Perry I have some popular clips of him below for all to enjoy and remember what an amazing person and actor he was.