Luke Perry had a solid 30-year acting career, but he became an instant ‘90s icon with one of his first roles: dreamy “bad boy” Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210. When he died March 4 after a massive stroke at age 52, the outpouring of public grief was overwhelming. He was still young and starring as a dad on the teen drama Riverdale, so it took his untimely death for most of us to calculate how much he had meant to us.
With the help of guest Kristen Baldwin, Entertainment Weekly’s TV critic, Pop Literacy co-host Jennifer Keishin Armstrong discusses the on-screen magic of Luke Perry, how it helped 90210 survive its (kinda boring?) earliest days, his other roles, his return to teen drama on Riverdale, his joyous real-life personality, and how he turned Kristen’s shy request for a photo with him into one of the greatest celeb selfies of all time. We also talk about the prospects of the recently announced 90210 reboot and the path forward for Riverdale.
Jennifer's tribute to Dylan as a sex symbol of Generation X and the model for every future teen show "bad boy" is here at the Washington Post.