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Fans And Friends Share Nice Stories About Luke Perry

By Kristy Puchko | TV | March 5, 2019 |

By Kristy Puchko | TV | March 5, 2019 |


Luke Perry defined cool and caring as Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills 90210. But it was more than pose for the cameras. In the wake of his untimely death, friends and fans shared stories about what a warm and wonderful man he was. Over and over, it was said he brought joy wherever he went. And it seems he knew the effect he had on people, regarding the starstruck with a care and respect that was treasured. So, here’s an anecdote round-up of Luke Perry being the best, including my own.

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

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Luke Perry was a prince. When I met him at SDCC 2016, this #90210 kid was totally overwhelmed. And he was so cool and warm, and when I asked for a selfie he proposed a prom pic pose. It's hard to explain how much that meant. It was like a girlhood fantasy come true. I later learned that was Luke Perry's go-to pose for female fans. But that didn't make this memory feel less special. It made me feel a part of a community who grew up crushing on Dylan McKay, then got to experience for a brief moment the chaste fantasy of being his girl. I'd go on to interview him a couple of more times. And each time, Perry was a dream. Funny, charming and totally respectful of the fandom and the weird career that brought him to that moment. I saw him accept love of Riverdale, 90210 and his Simpsons cameo with equal relish. I'll never forget how cool and kind he was that day. He didn't just snap a selfie and go. He led me into a spot w/better lighting. He offered the prom pose, and gave not just his time, but a little bit of himself to that moment. And it meant the world. #riplukeperry

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