Remembering Luke Perry: Actor and Part time Tennessee Resident

Luke Perry, who was best known for his roles as Dylan McKay in “Beverly Hills, 90210” and Fred Andrews on the CW series “Riverdale” passed away on Monday March 4, after suffering a massive stroke. He was 52 years old.

Last week, Perry was hospitalized after paramedics responded to a Wednesday 911 call about a possible stroke at his Sherman Oaks, California, residence. Five days later, he passed away due to complications from the stroke.

Although he grew up in Ohio, and lived in California, he also called Middle Tennessee home. News of his initial arrival to Tennessee was in 1995, the same year he ended his run on “90210”. Since then, Perry owned a farm in Vanleer, TN. He lived there part time and the main house is part of a 400 acre farm. He kept a low profile in his part time home, aside from fundraising and volunteer work.

During the Nashville Flood of 2010, Perry teamed up with Nashville based non profit Soles 4 Souls by helping distribute water, shoes and food to flood victims.

In 2014, he portrayed Andrew Jackson at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center for the the 2014 Hermitage Gala.  Perry was a Jackson aficionado and offered a performance of reading that included Jackson’s farewell letter as he left the office of President.