Luke Perry Fans Remember And Pay Tribute To ‘Nicest Guy’
5 March 2019 Entertainment
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 favourite.
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 tells the BBC.
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.
Since learning about his stroke, she had been checking articles on the internet all week to try and get an update on his health.
“I can’t even explain the sadness that I’m even feeling right now,” she says, after seeing the news of his death on a friend’s Facebook page.
“When I saw that literally just tears rolled down my face and I was searching all over to find that picture.”
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.