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

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Getty Luke Perry's family includes his brother and sister and ex-wife (shown here with one of his children.)

Luke Perry, the beloved Beverly Hills 90210 and Riverdale actor who died after suffering a massive stroke, leaves behind siblings in addition to other family members.

His family also includes an ex-wife, two children (a son with a wrestling career and a daughter), his mother, a stepfather and a girlfriend. Perry was raised by a sometimes 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, 2019.

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


1. Perry Leaves Behind a Brother & Sister, Who Were With Him When He Died

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Luke Perry with his sister, Amy Coder.

Luke Perry is survived by two siblings, and they were at his side at the end.

Perry’s sister is named Amy Coder. According to her Facebook page, she lives in Cardington, Ohio and is from Fredericktown, Ohio. Her page is filled with family photos, news stories, and photos of animals.

His brother is named Tom Perry. On Facebook, he posted a photo in a military uniform and wrote “Sailors.” People thanked him for his service in the comment thread. He indicated he was a retired chief petty officer in another post.

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Tom Perry

Perry’s representative said in a statement released to People Magazine that Perry’s siblings were among those at his side when he died. He “was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé 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,” the statement read.

It continued, “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time.”


2. Luke Perry Leaves Behind an Ex-Wife & Was Engaged at the Time of His Death

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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.

Perry’s marriage – ill-fated though it was, despite producing two children – is well known. He was married to Rachel Sharp, who is better known as Minnie Sharp. What is less known is that he had a fiancee at the time of his death. Her name is Wendy Madison Bauer.

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.

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. She is older than Perry; Bauer, 68, is a family therapist.


3. For a Time, Perry’s Mother Raised Perry & His Siblings on Her Own After His Dad Died Young

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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 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.”

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

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.”

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.”


4. Perry Once Said He Would Not Want His Daughter to Date Dylan McKay, His 90210 Character

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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.

Perry’s children are adults. His son is 21, and his daughter is 18-year-old Sophie Perry.

Luke Perry appears to have had a close and loving relationship with his kids. He once 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.


5. Perry’s Son Is a Professional Wrestler Nicknamed ‘Jungle Boy’

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 only son is known for more than his famous dad; he’s also known for his mane of distinctive curls, something he probably inherited from his mom.

Luke Perry’s son, Jake, is a professional wrestler who 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 was photographed at his son’s wrestling matches.

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! https://www.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.”

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