Perry, an Ohio native who also appeared in the films Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Fifth Element, and 8 Seconds, passed away on Monday, March 4. He was surrounded by his close family and friends, his publicist said in a statement, including his son and daughter, fiancé Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, stepfather Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, and sister Amy Coder. Other family and friends were also present.
“The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning,” his rep Arnold Robinson said in the statement. “No further details will be released at this time.”
Perry had two children
Perry had two children with his ex-wife Sharp, 21-year-old Jack and 18-year-old Sophie. Sharp and Perry married in 1993 and divorced in 2003.
Jack Perry is a professional wrestler who goes by the name “Jungle Boy” Nate Coy. He was recently signed by All Elite Wrestling, according to Wrestling News World. His father apparently advised him on the deal.
Perry also supported his son’s career like any proud dad would. In 2017, he was spotted ringside at one of Jack’s matches, using his phone to document the event.
Less is known about Sophie, though her dad did once reveal that he wouldn’t be too happy if his teenage daughter started dating a guy like Dylan McKay, the bad-boy character he portrayed on 90210.
“I know that brother, I know what he’s up to,” Perry told US Weekly in 2017. “He’s absolutely a man of character, so she could do worse. But it wouldn’t be my first pick, no.” He also said he wouldn’t let his son ride McKay’s preferred form of transportation – a motorcycle.
As for his advice on parenting teenagers, Perry had this to say: “Love them as much as you can. Talk to them as much as you can. Make time for them.”
What his kids thought of his career
Like many kids who don’t pay too much attention to what their parents do for work, Perry’s kids apparently weren’t too interested in their dad’s career.
“I have seen my children sit on the couch with the remote control and flip by me like three different times. I’ll be on three different channels and they’ll stop at like a mayonnaise commercial,” the actor told US Weekly.
Though he did reveal that his kids watched Riverdale, they apparently didn’t care much about his work on 90210. But he didn’t take their lack of interest personally.
“That’s the way it should be, though, I don’t want them to dwell on it,” he said.
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