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Fans Remember And Pay Tribute To Luke Perry

Remembering Actor Luke Perry Unlike many television actors, Luke Perry’s celebrity and fanbase straddled generations. Those who grew up in the 1990s will remember him best as brooding heartthrob...

Remembering Actor Luke Perry

Unlike many television actors, Luke Perry’s celebrity and fanbase straddled generations. Those who grew up in the 1990s will remember him best as brooding heartthrob Dylan McKay in “Beverley Hills, 90210.”

But many younger fans know him as Fred, the father of Archie Andrews, from comic book adaption “Riverdale.” Since news of his death broke on Monday, fans young and old have been sharing their memories of, and warm encounters with, the late star.

Like many others her age, Deborah Muller was a big fan of “90210” growing up. She remembers that the show was all that her friends used to talk about and Perry’s Dylan was always her favorite. In 1994, when she was 20, she spotted the actor among other celebrities at the opening of a Planet Hollywood restaurant in Orlando.

“I was so shy back then, he was eating and I didn’t want to interrupt him,” she said when speaking to reporters. After she got the courage to interrupt him, she recalls him being gracious, friendly and taking extra photographs in case her eyes were closed in the first.

“He was just the most humble and gracious and so very nice of all the people that I met that night,” she says. For many people, the character of Dylan McKay was their first on-screen crush.

One Twitter user named Jennifer Quirino, from California, shared photographs of her meeting her idol back in 1997. She remembers being woken up by her mom, and the two rushed to a local K-mart grocery store where Perry was scheduled to be.

Jennifer waited for more than an hour for the actor, armed with a collage book of photographs of him ready to be signed. “My heart stopped,” she says. “He saw me crying and jumping up and down and walked over to me and hugged me and wiped my tear and said, ‘Honey don’t cry, people will be afraid to come to K-mart.'”

Annabel Rackham is a big fan of “Riverdale” – which airs on the CW network and on Netflix. She explains that as the father of protagonist Archie Andrews, Perry’s character has been central to the show for a number of years.

“He’s been at forefront of this TV show for around three years now,” she explains. “Despite him being 52, he had a lot of young fans and you can see that by the reaction on social media. This isn’t an actor that had faded into obscurity. This was someone that young people were used to seeing on a very, very popular drama week in, week out.”

Another “Riverdale” fan posted: “Luke Perry was one of the most genuine, kindhearted, and thoughtful actors I’ve ever had the chance to meet. When I last saw him at NYCC, he made sure to thank each reporter at my press table, saying how much he appreciated us being there. Just the nicest guy. I’ll miss him. RIP.”

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