Hollywood Pays Tribute to Luke Perry
Ian Ziering, Molly Ringwald, Josh Gad, Charlie Sheen and more stars took to social media to remember the actor who died on Monday at the age of 52.
Hollywood stars took to social media to pay tribute to Luke Perry.
The actor was hospitalized on Wednesday after suffering a major stroke. He died on Monday at the age of 52.
Perry was best known for his role as Dylan McKay on the Fox teen drama series Beverly Hills, 90210. He most recently played Fred Andrews on The CW series Riverdale.
Perry's Beverly Hills, 90210 costar Ian Ziering addressed a tweet to the late actor. "Dearest Luke,I will forever bask in the loving memories we've shared over the last thirty years," he wrote. "May your journey forward be enriched by the magnificent souls who have passed before you, just like you have done here, for those you leave behind."
Fellow 90210 actor Gabrielle Carteris, who played Andrea Zuckerman on the series, said in a statement on Monday: "I am absolutely heartbroken. Luke was a tremendous force in the lives of so many. He was a very sensitive soul who was kind, generous and he fought for the underdog. He was a strong voice and an advocate who will be so missed by all who knew him. He has left his mark – never to be forgotten. My heart goes out to his family, friends and fans around the globe."
Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa took to Twitter to pay tribute to Perry. "So heartbroken about Luke. He was a father, brother, friend, and mentor. Each night before he had to shoot a scene, he’d call me and we’d talk about...everything. I will miss those calls," he tweeted along with a photo of Perry. "And my heart goes out to all his family and friends."
The actor's Riverdale costar Molly Ringwald, who played his ex-wife on the show, said her heart was "broken" on Twitter. "I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family," she wrote.
Fellow Riverdale star Lili Reinhart called the loss "devastating" in a post on her Twitter account. "I’m finding it hard to grasp that he will no longer be around to give long hugs and share his wisdom and kindness with all of us," she wrote. "I’m thinking of his family. His children. I pray for them to heal and find peace in this devastating loss." A few minutes later she added, "I just can't believe it."
Josh Gad took to Twitter to call the news of Perry's death "absolutely heartbreaking." The post was accompanied by a news report of his passing.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon remembered the first time he met Perry, who appeared in the 1992 film. "The first time I met Luke Perry we talked about what kind of movie we wanted 'Buffy' to be. I asked if he’d ever seen 'Near Dark' and he gave me a look of HOW DARE YOU SIR and I knew we’d get along," he tweeted. "Funny, committed, and always gracious. He shouldn’t be gone."
Perry's Buffy co-star Kristy Swanson paid tribute to her friend, writing on her Instagram, "I abruptly woke at 4:30am thinking about you Luke & I couldn’t go back to sleep, then 5 hours later I hear you are gone. The tears won’t stop & they never ever will. You were that guy, that forever friend, we always had each others back & I will always remember you this way."
Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played the role of Buffy on the small screen, said, "My entire high school experience was shaped by Brenda and Dylan. Now I have to hold my dear friend [90210 star Shannen Doherty's] hand, while she mourns the loss of #lukeperry This is not how it’s supposed to happen. I hope his family knows many lives he touched."
Doherty, in a statement given to People, said of her friend and co-star's passing, "I am in shock. Heartbroken. Devastated by the loss of my friend. I have so many memories with Luke that make me smile and that are forever imprinted on my heart and mind." She added, "Luke was a smart, quiet, humble and complex man with a heart of gold and never-ending well of integrity and love. Luke reached out to me during my cancer journey and we picked right back up, albeit older and wiser, but that connection remained in tact." She also told the outlet that she and Perry had hoped to work together again, and before his death the two were "working on show ideas for us."
Fellow 90210 star Jennie Garth told People, "My heart is broken. He meant so much to so many. Such a very special person. I share my deep sadness with his family and all who loved him. Such a terrible loss."
Tori Spelling, who also starred on 90210, shared her shock in a statement given to People. "I’m in utter shock and heartbroken," she said. "I’m saddened for his kids whom he adored beyond words. He was so proud of Jack and Sophie."
"Luke was one of the kindest and most humble human beings I’ve ever known," continued Spelling. "I’m grateful for the years of friendship we had. He truly was family to me, a protector and a brother. I’m so sorry for the loss that everyone is experiencing."
The writers on Riverdale also took to Twitter to honor Perry. "You were a joyful and vibrant soul. You will be missed but most certainly your legacy will be remembered forever," they wrote on a shared Twitter account. "Rest in love and peace, friend."
In a statement, Netflix, which has second-window streaming rights to Riverdale, said they "were saddened" to hear the news of Perry's death. "Luke left an impression on viewers around the world through his work on Riverdale, and this is a very sad day both for his fans, and for our staff who worked closely with him," the statement continued. "Our hearts go out to his family and friends."
Chris Nassif, who was Perry's agent during his 90210 days, shared his well wishes to the actor's family and friends, saying in a statement, "Luke will be missed, a friend gone way too soon. It seems like yesterday that I was Luke’s agent negotiating his role on Beverly Hills, 90210. I would like to express my condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time."
The Killers paid tribute to Perry by sharing a music video clip from the band's 2009 holiday single "¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!" After the band shared on Instagram that they were sad to hear the news, they reflected on his work for the music video. He did an amazing job in '¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!' for no compensation, because all went to charity," the band members wrote. "An honor to have him in the video. He will be greatly missed."
Jason Priestley, who starred on 90210 as Brandon Walsh, took to Instagram on Thursday to pay tribute to Perry. "It’s taken me a couple of days to figure out how to write this... My dear friend of 29 years, Luke Perry, was one of those truly special people who really cared," he wrote in the post, which was accompanied by a recent photo of the two and a throwback photo from their 90210 days. "Luke was not only a star, he was an incredibly bright light that was extinguished far too soon... and that is why I, and so many others, are in so much pain today."
"If you had the good fortune to know Luke, or to have ever crossed his path, I know you are sad today as well... the candle that burns twice as bright only burns for half as long... you burned oh, so brightly Luke," Priestley continued. "Goodnight Sweet Prince."
Tiffani Thiessen, who joined the cast of 90210 in the show's fifth season, also shared a tribute on Instagram. "My heart has been weighing heavy. The loss of a man who started as my co-star but quickly became my friend. He welcomed me on my very first day of #90210 with open arms," she captioned a photo of the two together.
The actress wrote that she was nervous to join the show so late in its run, though Perry made the transition easy for her. "This man took me under his wing and made me feel at home. Made me feel like I belonged in his TV family. He was sincere, sweet, warm, kind, professional and funny as all heck. And most of all, the definition of a gentleman," she said. "Luke, our world has a hole in it now that you aren’t here. But heaven definitely gained you as an angel."
Riverdale actress Camila Mendes captioned a photo of the two on Instagram, "He took care of us all. an authentic man who took pleasure in offering us his guidance and wisdom. his presence was healing; he had the ability to make you feel comfortable and at ease within seconds of seeing him. i will never forget the collective shock and distress we experienced when the news broke on set. we lost a dear friend. my heart hurts for his family and anybody who had the pleasure of knowing him. rest in peace, luke. although you’re no longer around to wrap me in the warmth of your hug, i can still remember what it felt like. whenever i think of you, i will remember that feeling."
Cole Sprouse, who also stars in Riverdale, reflected on Perry in an interview with the Associated Press. "It's really easy to get jaded in an industry when you work in it as long as he had and I think he was an incredible optimist and an incredible role model for so many people and that's why the world is lamenting his passing," he said. "Out of respect for his family and the privacy of it, I say it's not too appropriate to continue speaking about it."
See what other stars had to say below.
It’s taken me a couple of days to figure out how to write this... My dear friend of 29 years, Luke Perry, was one of those truly special people who really cared... Luke was not only a star, he was an incredibly bright light that was extinguished far too soon... and that is why I, and so many others, are in so much pain today... If you had the good fortune to know Luke, or to have ever crossed his path, I know you are sad today as well... the candle that burns twice as bright only burns for half as long... you burned oh, so brightly Luke... Goodnight Sweet Prince.
Yesterday morning I got a phone call that devastated me. I’m struggling with this loss and am having a hard time with my thoughts. But, my heart goes out to his family and friends who were blessed by his light in their (and mine) lives. Processing this is impossible right now.
So heartbroken about Luke. He was a father, brother, friend, and mentor. Each night before he had to shoot a scene, he’d call me and we’d talk about...everything. I will miss those calls. And my heart goes out to all his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/2GaFkV2mI7— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) March 4, 2019
I abruptly woke at 4:30am thinking about you Luke & I couldn’t go back to sleep, then 5 hours later I hear you are gone. The tears won’t stop & they never ever will. You were that guy, that forever friend, we always had each others back & I will always remember you this way...
My entire high school experience was shaped by Brenda and Dylan. Now I have to hold my dear friend @theshando hand, while she mourns the loss of #lukeperry This is not how it’s supposed to happen. I hope his family knows many lives he touched. “I chose. I chose you. I want you. I’ve always wanted you” - my favorite quote
Dearest Luke, I will forever bask in the loving memories we've shared over the last thirty years. May your journey forward be enriched by the magnificent souls who have passed before you, just like you have done here for those you leave behind. God please give him a seat close to to you, he deserves it.
My heart is broken. I will miss you so much Luke Perry. Sending all my love to your family. #LukePerry— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) March 4, 2019
RIP Luke Perry. In high school we all wanted to be as cool as you.— Bryan Greenberg (@bryangreenberg) March 4, 2019
RIP Luke Perry. pic.twitter.com/g6rR5lqLUG— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) March 4, 2019
RIP Luke Perry. My heart hurts for your family— Viola Davis (@violadavis) March 4, 2019
Luke Perry was a kindhearted and incredibly talented artist. It was an honor to be able to work with him. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his loved ones.— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) March 4, 2019
Luke Perry. My teen crush. I’m glad I got to tell you. Sheepishly red faced and all. You were lovely and you gave great hugs. Grateful to witness and experience your kindness and warmth. #RestInPeace love. Blessings to your family.— Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) March 4, 2019
Just heard about the passing of the beautiful and kind Luke Perry. He was a gorgeous man, but more importantly, he had a fabulous sense of humor. I’ll miss him. Gone way too soon.— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 4, 2019
Condolences to the family of Luke Perry.— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 4, 2019
When I was lucky enough to work with Luke Perry I told him about the pillow of his face I used to sleep with and he yelled "You are such a weirdo!" at me and it was the best. Sending love to his friends and family.— Leslie Grossman (@MissLeslieG) March 4, 2019
The first time I met Luke Perry we talked about what kind of movie we wanted “Buffy” to be. I asked if he’d ever seen “Near Dark” and he gave me a look of HOW DARE YOU SIR and I knew we’d get along. Funny, committed, and always gracious. He shouldn’t be gone.— Joss Whedon (@joss) March 4, 2019
I'm so sad about Luke Perry he was such a kind person. Enthusiastic and encouraging to everyone around him. <3 #RIP— Felicia Day (@feliciaday) March 4, 2019
The news of Luke Perry's death is absolutely devastating. He was a friend to our organization and to the LGBTQ community. Our hearts go out to his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/gCj1WscAst— GLAAD (@glaad) March 4, 2019
Luke Perry was humble and kind every time we crossed paths. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing.— scott foley (@scottkfoley) March 4, 2019
From Buffy to 90210 to Riverdale, thanks for entertaining us with your humor and charm. RIP Luke Perry.— New York Comic Con (@NY_Comic_Con) March 4, 2019
Our hearts go out to his family, friends and Riverdale co-workers during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/07dUxihfLX
Dear Liuke ..love love and my heart is so sad I’m sending love to your family and Alexis is waiting for you ,you will laugh and dance God bless you— Rosanna Arquette (@RoArquette) March 4, 2019
L.P.— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) March 4, 2019
your giant heart,
enchanted so many
with brilliant aplomb.
R.I.P good sir.
to have known you
all of these years.
RIP my friend. Too soon. #LukePerry— Jim Beaver (@jumblejim) March 4, 2019
I’m finding it hard to grasp that he will no longer be around to give long hugs and share his wisdom and kindness with all of us.— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) March 4, 2019
I’m thinking of his family. His children.
I pray for them to heal and find peace in this devastating loss.
Luke Perry... you were a joyful and vibrant soul. You will be missed but most certainly your legacy will be remembered forever. Rest in love and peace, friend. #Riverdale— Riverdale Writers Room (@RiverdaleWriter) March 4, 2019
With the heaviest of hearts, I am stunned and devastated to tell you that Luke passed away. I am still in shock and I have no words beyond saying he was a truly kind gentleman. He will be mourned and missed by everyone who knew him and the millions who love him. RIP, dearie Luke. Your time here was far too short.
I’m totally heartbroken. Luke took me under his wing the day I was cast and made me feel like I belonged. He was the most generous, wise soul with unmatched kindness. He treated everyone with love and joy. We had so much fun. Praying for his family.— Casey Cott (@CaseyCott) March 5, 2019
Luke Perry— Janel Parrish (@JanelParrish) March 4, 2019
Crushed. Luke Perry was truly a great guy. Warm, kind, generous and hard working. We met very young, I witnessed the grace with which he became a pop icon & parent. He’s been an awesome example of how to stay decent in a swirl of crazy. Love to his family https://t.co/bGlTX8mNbB— Seth Green (@SethGreen) March 4, 2019
So shocking so young! RIP sweet Luke. My love goes out to your family and friends. “Luke Perry passes away just days after the Beverly Hills 90210 star was rushed to the hospital” pic.twitter.com/lkTlKbh8Fj— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) March 4, 2019
Luke Perry was a great actor and truly one of a kind. Watching him on 90210 was one of the reasons why I wanted to move to LA. Thinking of his family and friends on and off the set. Rest in peace.— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) March 4, 2019
Woke up this morning a ball of tears. Luke Perry was the kindest, warmest, most loving human being. He always went out of his way to make me feel safe, heard and seen in his presence. I love you so much Luke. Thank you for being a ray of light for me and so many pic.twitter.com/xv2lsUCSpS— ASHA (@ashabrom) March 4, 2019
Rest in love, Luke Perry. pic.twitter.com/5wpLcbYdUD— Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) March 4, 2019
RIP Luke Perry https://t.co/UATA0mlFqV— Aubrey Plaza (@evilhag) March 4, 2019
I don’t understand how he’s gone.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 4, 2019
His soul always shined so bright. His smile. His talent. His kindness. He was always the coolest person in the room.
Rest with the angels, sweet Luke. I will never forget you. pic.twitter.com/17AzJD491m
one of the kindest most gentle souls this world has ever known #riplukeperry— Robin Givens (@Therocknrobn) March 4, 2019
I never met Luke Perry, but he touched the lives of many people I know, and even more that I don’t know. RIP.— Brent Spiner (@BrentSpiner) March 4, 2019
Luke Perry dead at 52? Oh man, that's so wrong and so sad. Condolences to family, friends, and fans all over this round world. :-(— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 4, 2019
Absolutely devastating news. Luke Perry~ you left us way too soon. Such a kind soul. My prayers are with his family and dear friends.— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) March 4, 2019
Met Luke Perry in Vancouver on the set of my first ep of The Flash. He was shooting @CW_Riverdale and stopped by to say hi. Dude was incredibly sweet and as friendly as he was charming. Sad loss of a good guy from Ohio. My heart goes out to his family, friends and fans. #Dylan https://t.co/8IRQA0neU7— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) March 4, 2019
So heartbroken to hear about Luke Perry. He was a good friend - I really admired his work ethic and kindness to all. I recently saw Luke at a Comic Con, looked so great and we had a wonderful reunion. We will deeply miss him and my thoughts go out to his family. #LukePerry pic.twitter.com/APyai6nVlC— David Hasselhoff (@DavidHasselhoff) March 4, 2019
My heart goes out to Luke Perry's family, he was a really good guy. I’ll miss seeing you around, buddy. pic.twitter.com/TU7Vt34VAx— Danny Trejo (@officialDannyT) March 4, 2019
Remembering Luke Perry. pic.twitter.com/5QvaaOk5ce— Will & Grace (@WillAndGrace) March 4, 2019
My mom loved #LukePerry We all did. He lived at our house when he got cast in 90210 - He was a real farm kid. He could fix anything. Had a pet mini pig before anyone did. This is a picture of us at Alexis Bday Kareoke Party. He got me on #BuffyTheVampireSlayer Thank you brother pic.twitter.com/aVOcY06gNQ— David Arquette (@DavidArquette) March 5, 2019
Angel...no words pic.twitter.com/YIQg71kL7B— Vanessa Morgan (@VanessaMorgan) March 5, 2019
I only met him once but the story is too good not tell given todays sad events. My wife and I are on a plane back from Mexico. Couple of rows ahead of us, these two brothers, young kids, are beating the hell out of eachother. Their poor parents are powerless to stop the crying, yelling and screaming. If you're a parent you understand. Sometimes there's nothing you can do. It was like this for close to two hours. Then about 10 minutes before landing it starts to get real bad. Out of no where, a man comes from first class. Hat, beard, sunglasses, blowing up a balloon. He ties it off, hands it off like he's holding out a sword to a king. Kneeling, Head down, arms up. Kids calm down in milliseconds. Plane damn near bursts into applause. 15 minutes longer and it probably would have started WWIII, but we landed before that could happen. We get off the plane, are waiting on line in customs. Finally get a good look at the guy and I say to my wife "Holy shit. I think that balloon man/hero" is Luke Perry". As luck would have it we end up standing next to each other. Out of the blue he turns to me and says some kind words about Fargo, which kinda blew my mind. I start singing his praises about how long I've admired him and also about the move with the balloon. "That's a pro move! You can't teach that!" I say. He tells me he always flies with a couple of balloons for that very reason, to give to screaming kids. Don't know if that's true, but have no reason to believe it wasn't. Guy seemed like a true gent. Gone way too damn soon. Also, I'll be damned if I don't start traveling with some spare balloons #promove #rip #lukeperry #truegent
I worked with him just once, on an episode of #PoundPuppies where our cartoon characters fell I love. We didn’t record together but it is still a career highlight for me. My Cookie loved Luke’s coyote character for REAL real. But I had already been in love with #LukePerry since I was a teenager watching #DylanMcKay break hearts all up and thru Beverly Hills 90120. I met him and got to chat with him just this one time in 2017. We laughed about our coyote/doggie romance on our cartoon and he let me properly fangirl about my love for him. For a fan, that is a gift. Hearing that he never recovered from his stroke from last week and is gone at 52...I just...there are just no words. Rest In Peace, kind Sir. Thank you for being everything I imagined you’d be that one time our paths crossed in NYC. You were loved by me and countless others. #RIPLukePerry
I was fortunate enough to work w #LukePerry albeit briefly.Even in that short time,his caring manner,soft-spoken nature,&good humor spoke volumes as to his integrity&his kind soul.Thank you for touching so many lives.We lost you too soon. You’re remembered w love&respect by many. pic.twitter.com/8goSIqFssw— Katherine McNamara (@Kat_McNamara) March 5, 2019
Luke Perry used to come into the restaurant I worked in over a decade ago and he was always so kind to me and friendly in an industry where most people would just dismiss me. Always remembered that. RIP. And be kind and compassionate to those around you y’all.— Alexandra Daddario (@AADaddario) March 5, 2019
My heart has been weighing heavy. The loss of a man who started as my co-star but quickly became my friend. He welcomed me on my very first day of #90210 with open arms. A day that was not an easy one for me. I was coming in to a show, a family really, that had been together for over 4 years. But this man took me under his wing and made me feel at home. Made me feel like I belonged in his TV family. He was sincere, sweet, warm, kind, professional and funny as all heck. And most of all, the definition of a gentleman. Luke, our world has a hole in it now that you aren’t here. But heaven definitely gained you as an angel. #RIP #LukePerry #gonetoosoon
It’s the suddenness of him leaving. The unexpectedness and loss of this amazing person who made me and so many countless others smile, laugh, and be inspired. He was beyond a joy to work with, a true professional who epitomized generosity both on and off screen. Everyone who knows Luke loves him...and Luke knew everyone. He was the heart of our show as @writerras put it and it’s still raw and incomprehensible that he’s gone. Luke, I hope you know how much you meant to me, to us. You left us way too soon. We miss you terribly. Take care, my friend.
my heart is heavy. One of the kindest men I’ve met since I began this journey has passed. Someone who always encouraged me and everyone on set. Luke genuinely cared about everyone he worked with, and if you work in entertainment, you know how special that is. You offered to co-sign for my car when the dealership wouldn’t let me finance it. I’m so lucky I was able to call you a friend in this life, Luke. It’s hard to believe. Condolences to your family and friends. I hope you are at peace. I hope you are happy and safe. You deserve the most beautiful afterlife
Luke, I am so lucky to have known you & gotten so close to you these last 3 years. You were such a light in our lives; the most genuine & kind soul I will ever know. From day one of this show you were the most amazing mentor to me. Thank you for teaching me not only about this industry, but also about kindness and being a family and how to foster and nurture those important relationships… you were the absolute best at that. I love you Luke, you and those sweet forehead kisses will forever be missed.
he took care of us all. an authentic man who took pleasure in offering us his guidance and wisdom. his presence was healing; he had the ability to make you feel comfortable and at ease within seconds of seeing him. i will never forget the collective shock and distress we experienced when the news broke on set. we lost a dear friend. my heart hurts for his family and anybody who had the pleasure of knowing him. rest in peace, luke. although you’re no longer around to wrap me in the warmth of your hug, i can still remember what it felt like. whenever i think of you, i will remember that feeling.