Luke Perry’s Family: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Luke Perry, who gained fame on “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Riverdale,” was a father of two who was raised by a single mother in Ohio. Perry died March 4 at the age of 52, days after he was hospitalized after suffering a massive stroke, his publicist said. Perry suffered the stroke on Wednesday, February 27.

Perry was starring on the show, “Riverdale” and is probably best known for playing the character Dylan McKay on 90210. Perry is survived by his 21-year-old son, Jack Perry, his 18-year-old daughter, Sophie Perry, his fiancee, Wendy Madison Bauer, his mother, Ann Bennett, his stepfather, Steve Bennett, his brother Tom Perry, his sister Amy Coder and his ex-wife, Minnie Sharp.

Here’s what you need to know about Luke Perry’s family:


1. Luke Perry Was Married Once to Rachel ‘Minnie’ Sharp & Was Engaged to Wendy Madison Bauer When He Died

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6/7/98 Los Angeles, CA. Luke Perry with his wife, Minnie Sharp and their baby at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

According to his IMDB profile, Luke Perry has two children with ex-wife Rachel Sharp. His children are named Jack and Sophie, and he and Rachel divorced in 2003. She also goes by the name Minnie Sharp.

Sharp was “a onetime furniture saleswoman who, according to tabloid reports, caught his attention … when she mailed him her lace bra,” according to People Magazine. However, People reports, Perry denied that account, saying he met Sharp in a restaurant. “It’s about that simple,” he said, according to the magazine.

They lived together with his three potbellied pigs on property he called an “old house on one acre,” People reported. They were married for 10 years. Perry’s love life has been pretty private since then, although he was photographed holding hands with a brunette at a Hollywood event in 2017.

According to his publicist, Perry was engaged to Wendy Madison Bauer. Little is known about Bauer, including how long they had been dating before she became his fiancee. His publicist said Bauer was among the members of Perry’s family at his hospital bedside when he died. Bauer, 68, is a family therapist.


2. His Mother Was a Single Parent With 3 Kids Until She Remarried

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Luke Perry attends Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con Bash held at FLOAT, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 21, 2018 in San Diego, California sponsored by HBO.

Luke Perry was born in Ohio on October 11, 1966. Biography.com reports that Perry’s real name is Coy Luther Perry III and his parents were then known as Coy Perry Jr. and Ann Perry of Mansfield, Ohio. They divorced in 1972, and Perry’s mother and stepfather raised him in a rural town in Ohio called Fredericktown.

Perry’s biological dad also died young – even younger than Luke. Perry’s dad died in his 30s when Luke was a teenager of a heart attack. He was a steelworker.

Their relationship was complex. Luke told People in 1991 that his relationship with his biological father “sucked” because “I don’t like anybody who hurts my mom.” To Vanity Fair, he said of his birth dad, “He was violent. He was a drunk. He treated my mother very poorly. Had I been big enough at the time, I would have beat his ass. But I wasn’t. So I always felt that I should have been able to protect her better, but I was a six-year-old kid.”

He has two siblings and a stepsister who are named Tom, Amy, and Emily, Biography.com reports.

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FacebookLuke Perry with his sister, Amy Coder.

Perry once described being raised without much in the way of material goods to Page Six, saying, “There were times where my mother was a single parent [with] three kids. It was never easy. I know what it is like to be worried like that and to be the kid in school that doesn’t have the nice clothes and the new shoes.”

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FacebookTom Perry

People Magazine reported that Perry’s mother remarried, to Steve Bennett, and went by Ann Bennett. To People Magazine, Perry said of his mom that she was “the one who taught [him] the important things [he] needed to know about being a man.”


3. Perry Once Said He Would Not Want His Daughter to Date Dylan McKay

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GettyLuke Perry attends the ‘Riverdale’ Press Line during Comic-Con International 2018 at Hilton Bayfront on July 21, 2018 in San Diego, California.

In 2017, US Magazine reported that Perry’s kids were teenagers. Jack was 19 and Sophie was 16.

He indicated on Facebook Live that he would not approve of his daughter dating Dylan McKay. “I know that brother, I know what he’s up to,” he said, US Magazine reported.

Incidentally, Perry is not related to Matthew Perry or Katy Perry. One thing that confuses people is the fact that Matthew Perry’s dad is named John Bennett Perry (his mom is Suzanne Perry.) Katy Perry’s real name was not Perry. She was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson.


4. Perry’s Son Is a Professional Wrestler


Luke Perry Attends Local Event To Support His Son, Aspiring Wrestler Named ‘Jungle Boy’Former 90210 star Luke Perry attended a wrestling event known for death matches this weekend in East Los Angeles, but not because he’s a fan — the actor was there to support his son “Jungle Boy“. Watch the video and read the full story at ProWrestlingSheet.com.2017-01-17T00:09:38.000Z

Luke Perry’s son, Jake, is a professional wrestler known for his mane of long curls. He goes by the names “Jungle Boy” Nate Coy as a wrestler, reports Woman’s Day. JaKe Perry is now 21.

The magazine notes that Perry has been photographed at his son’s wrestling matches. However, it appears that Jake got his curled locks from his mother, not from Luke Perry.


War of the Underground: Michael Nothing vs Jungle BoyLive at The Ritz: Jungle Boy takes on Michael Nothing in a qualifying tournament match from UGWA: War of the Underground on July 9th, 2017 Commentary by Kevin Gill Match shot by Jose Portillo, HenRy Slasher, & George Clark Edited by HenRy Slasher Like us on Facebook for updates on upcoming events! facebook.com/UGWA-304515133515/2017-10-20T20:03:24.000Z

In 2019, “Jungle Boy” signed with All Elite Wrestling. According to Wrestling News World, Luke Perry was involved in the decision. “Jack, his father and his legal team felt it was best for him to not sign a deal over 2 years at this point in his early career,” the site reported in January 2019. The site reports that Jungle Boy has started to gain “mainstream attention.”


5. Perry Was Surrounded by His Family When He Died

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GettyLuke Perry suffered a stroke.

Luke Perry was surrounded by his family at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank, California, when he died Monday morning, his publicist told TMZ.

“Luke was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiance Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends,” his rep told TMZ.

Perry was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday, February 27, after suffering a massive stroke at his home in Sherman Oaks, California. Perry was responsive and talking when paramedics arrived, but was later reported to be unresponsive at the hospital, according to reports. He was sedated by doctors to help his chances of survival, but he could not recover.