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11 October 1966 – 4 March 2019
Luke Perry, Buffy movie actor, dies aged 52
Luke Perry, who has died aged 52 from complications following a stroke, was a popular screen heart-throb of the 1990s. With his aloof manner and sharply defined handsomeness, he became an obvious pin-up – a poster boy for poster boys. He was a regular on the hit television show Beverly Hills, 90210, which was watched by more than 21 million US viewers at its peak and syndicated across the world.
Along with Jason Priestley, Tori Spelling and Shannen Doherty, Perry was part of the original cast of this glossy teen phenomenon about the lives and loves of a group of wealthy and blemishless southern Californian students (the digits in the title refer to a renowned Beverly Hills postcode).
But Perry arguably received a more intense dose of idolatry than his co-stars. Tabloids compared him to James Dean and linked him romantically to Madonna; a character in the 1995 film comedy Clueless is said to be “saving herself for Luke Perry”. Countless fans were similarly devoted. After one public appearance, Perry had to be smuggled to safety in a laundry basket to avoid being mobbed. He never hid his profound discomfort with the hysteria that accompanied his fame.
His character, the rebellious loner Dylan McKay, did not appear in the pilot episode in 1990. But the producer, Aaron Spelling, best known for Dynasty, called for a character who was “a little dangerous, a little on the edge”. The show’s creator, Darren Star, said: “When Luke walked into the audition, it was like ‘Wow, that’s the person.’ He seems exactly like James Dean to me, but it isn’t a conscious imitation – he’s really being himself.” Before the first two seasons were over, Dylan had struggled with alcoholism, seen his tycoon father arrested for white-collar crimes, taken his girlfriend’s virginity on prom night and moved in with her against her parents’ wishes.
The show itself was not an instant smash. Ratings were initially poor but they improved after new episodes were screened during the summer, a time when the US TV schedules are traditionally dominated by repeats. When it tackled difficult subjects, such as Aids, rape and cancer, it could be compulsive viewing. (Responding to its penchant for tragedy and sensationalism, Mad magazine nicknamed it Beverly Hills 911.)
As the series went on, the plots became somewhat strange. Perry’s storylines alone were a mark of how detached the show was becoming from its origins. His character’s heroin addiction and near-bankruptcy were one thing. But by the time Dylan was discovering a past life while undergoing hypnotherapy, or setting out to avenge his father’s death by wooing the daughter of the gangster who killed him, only to then fall in love with her, the early seasons seemed like social realism by comparison.
After the gangster nonsense, Perry sensibly jumped ship. He had already proved himself an appealing film actor in the original movie version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), which later spawned the successful TV series with a different cast, and as the rodeo rider Lane Frost in 8 Seconds (1994). Having left the show, he was free to accept challenging roles that went against the grain of his image.
The most rewarding of these was Normal Life (1996), in which Perry swapped his 90210 pompadour for a seedy moustache to star as a rookie cop in love with an all-round bad girl played by Ashley Judd, who turns up to his father’s funeral on rollerblades. Falling under her spell, he robs banks to support her. The film came close to trashy John Waters territory but Perry’s muted and vanity-free performance gave it an emotional grounding. Few of his other roles were anywhere near as interesting, and he rejoined Beverly Hills, 90210 in 1998, staying until the show ended two years later.
He was born Coy Luther Perry III in Mansfield, Ohio. His father, Coy Luther Perry Jr, was a steelworker, while his mother, Ann (nee Bennett), raised Luke and his two siblings, Tom and Amy. He grew up mainly in Fredericktown, also in Ohio, which he described as a redneck backwater and a rural paradise. “Both are true,” he said.
He was 12 when he realised he wanted to be an actor. After graduating from Fredericktown high school, he moved to Los Angeles to take acting lessons, though it was in New York that he got his first work, appearing on the daytime soaps Loving (1988) and Another World (1988-89). He was doing odd jobs, including laying asphalt and working in a doorknob factory, when he was cast as Dylan.
Once the series finished, he had a recurring role in the tough, highly original HBO prison drama Oz (2001-02) and appeared in many other TV series. He took the Billy Crystal part in a 2004 London stage adaptation of When Harry Met Sally, though most critics agreed his looks worked against the character’s supposed awkwardness. Matt Wolf in Variety said, “he’s in no way right for the role” while Michael Billington in this paper called his interpretation “under-cooked”.
He chose not to participate in a 90210 reboot planned for this year. Recent work included playing a grizzled but gentle divorcee in the popular television drama Riverdale (2016-19). His last completed performance came n Quentin Tarantino’s thriller Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (due to be released this summer), set in Los Angeles in the late 60s and early 70s, and also starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Perry is survived by his fiancee, Wendy Madison Bauer, his children, Jack (also known by his professional wrestling name, “Jungle Boy” Nate Coy) and Sophie, from his marriage to Rachel Sharp, daughter of the screenwriter Alan Sharp, which lasted from 1993 until the couple’s divorce in 2003, and his mother, brother and sister.
Born : 26 May 1979 ( 39 )
Elisabeth Harnois is an American actress.
Her career started at the age of five, where she began appearing in a number of film and television roles. She starred as Morgan Brody in the CBS forensics drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation from 2011 to 2015.
Harnois appeared in two films at the age of five, One Magic Christmas and Where Are the Children?. She did commercials until landing the role of Emily in Timeless Tales from Hallmark and the role of Alice in the 1992 Disney Channel series Adventures in Wonderland. In 2005, she starred in the short-lived Fox teen mystery/supernatural/horror drama Point Pleasant as Christina Nickson, and also landed a role opposite Evan Rachel Wood in the black comedy/satirical film Pretty Persuasion, portraying the best friend of Wood's character.
In May 2011, Harnois guest-starred in the long-running CBS police procedural drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in Season 11, episode 21, called "Cello and Goodbye", as Morgan Brody, a CSI from the L.A.P.D. Scientific Investigation Division. In September that same year, Harnois began starring on the show starting with the Season 12 premiere, called "73 Seconds", wherein her character transfers to the Las Vegas Crime Lab. Harnois remained on the show until it ended in September 2015.
Pompey returned to winning ways in the league in some style, with a 5-1 rout of Bradford at Fratton Park.
Gareth Evans got the ball rolling from the penalty spot, while Tom Naylor ensured the interval lead was a comfortable one.
Hope Akpan did reduce the deficit for the struggling Bantams, only for Jamal Lowe to immediately restore the two-goal advantage.
Ben Close then ensured the scoreline received a gloss by adding a brace to cap a fine individual display.
The downside for the Blues were injuries suffered by Oli Hawkins, Ronan Curtis, Matt Clarke and Nathan Thompson – the latter two following a clash of heads.
Throw in a delay while a drone flew over the ground and it was certainly an eventful afternoon on the south coast.
Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that won at Bury to reach the Checkatrade Trophy final earlier in the week.
Lowe came in for Viv Solomon-Otabor out wide, with Christian Burgess making a quicker than expected return from an ankle injury.
There was a minute’s applause before kick-off in memory of Division Three title-winner Bobby Doyle, who sadly passed away earlier in the week.
The start of the first half was a disjointed affair, with neither goalkeeper being called into action during the early stages.
Hawkins did almost break the deadlock on six minutes, stooping to head against the post after Evans had lifted the ball into the mixer.
Close then swivelled neatly inside the box moments later, although failed to guide his shot on target.
Those opportunities aside, it was not exactly proving to be a flowing contest, but Pompey started to dominate as the game progressed.
They were handed an excellent chance to open the scoring midway through the half when Oliver Langford pointed to the spot.
Evans had sent a corner into the box and with Hawkins being hauled to the ground by Anthony O’Connor, the referee had no choice.
It was EVANS who stepped up to take the penalty and confidently slammed his penalty into the top corner.
The traffic was mostly one-way from that point, with Hawkins proving to be a particular menace to the Bantams back-line.
He played a fine pass through to Curtis on 34 minutes, but the ball got stuck under the forward’s feet and Lowe’s effort was blocked.
And their pressure paid off late in the half when the advantage was doubled, courtesy of another Evans corner.
It was flapped at by Richard O’Donnell and the ball fell for Curtis, whose strike cannoned off the underside of the bar.
The forward thought it had crossed the line, but there was no signal from the officials and NAYLOR followed up to slot home.
Bradford City 0
Pompey continued to look bright once the action restarted and Clarke glanced an Evans corner past the post.
But there was a bizarre incident just past the hour mark, when the referee called both sets of players to the sidelines.
Everybody was looking up in the air and there was a drone hovering overhead, but it eventually flew off and the action was able to restart.
It was the Bantams who were next to go close, with Craig MacGillivray doing well to palm over Akpan’s drive.
But Akpan did score from the resulting corner, driving the ball into the net after Kelvin Mellor’s had headed the ball into his path
Pompey’s response was immediate and when Lee Brown whipped a dangerous cross into the box, LOWE got down to convert with his chest.
But Hawkins had picked up an injury and was withdrawn by James Vaughan – not that it stopped the hosts’ momentum.
They soon had a fourth goal, as Evans met a delivery from Curtis with a half-volley that was turned into the net by CLOSE.
There was more injury concern for the Blues following a sickening clash of heads between Clarke and Nathan Thompson.
Both medical teams were quickly on the case and the right-back was withdrawn for Anton Walkes, with Clarke carrying on after getting bandaged up.
Pompey continued to attack and almost increased their lead, only for O’Donnell to tip over Lowe’s fierce drive.
A bloodied Clarke was struggling, however, and Jackett made his final change by bringing him off for Dion Donohue.
The action continued at a breathless pace and the hosts did have a fifth goal on 87 minutes, with Curtis’ pass being cut out, but the ball breaking for CLOSE to fire into the bottom corner.
The various injuries and drone interruption meant there were 10 minutes of stoppage-time displayed by the fourth official.
And Pompey finished the contest with 10 men, as Curtis pulled up while chasing the ball and hobbled off the pitch.
But the final moments passed by incident-free, as the Blues brought an impressive week to a close by collecting all three points.
Pompey (4-1-4-1): MacGillivray; Thompson (Walkes 77), Burgess, Clarke (Donohue 84), Brown; Naylor; Lowe, Evans (c), Close, Curtis; Hawkins (Vaughan 69)
Goals: Evans 23 (pen), Naylor 41, Lowe 67, Close 70, 87
Subs not used: Bass, Haunstrup, Solomon-Otabor, Pitman
Bradford (4-2-3-1): O’Donnell; Caddis (c) (Mellor 46), O’Connor, Knight-Percival, Wood (Miller 62); Akpan, Butterfield; Ball, Payne (Clarke 72), O’Brien; Doyle
Goals: Akpan 65
Booked: Caddis, Knight-Percival
Subs not used: Wilson, Anderson, Maltby, Patrick
Referee: Oliver Langford
Attendance: 17,657 (493 away fans)