Luke Perry Quotes: On James Dean, Riverdale, 90210

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There was a time when Luke Perry was considered his generation’s James Dean. Perhaps, tragically, he was fated to also die (somewhat) young.

Perry, of course, made it to middle age, dying from a massive stroke at age 52 on March 4, 2019. However, that’s too young to go. He had so much life left to live. So much creativity left to offer. He had a family that loved him. He had fans who wanted to see what else he would accomplish on the small screen. He had transitioned from 90210 to Riverdale, entrancing a new generation.

Perry has left some lasting quotes. Here are some of the best Luke Perry quotes about James Dean, Riverdale, Beverly Hills 90210 and more.


On James Dean

Luke Perry Talks James Dean Comparison In 1992 Interview | TODAYIn a 1992 interview for NBC’s “First Person,” Luke Perry talks to Maria Shriver about becoming a teen heartthrob on “Beverly Hills, 90210.” He reflects on where he wants his career to go and what he wants his legacy to be, saying, “I want to happen to my life, I don’t want my life to happen to me.” » Subscribe to TODAY: http://on.today.com/SubscribeToTODAY » Watch the latest from TODAY: http://bit.ly/LatestTODAY About: TODAY brings you the latest headlines and expert tips on money, health and parenting. We wake up every morning to give you and your family all you need to start your day. If it matters to you, it matters to us. We are in the people business. Subscribe to our channel for exclusive TODAY archival footage & our original web series. Connect with TODAY Online! Visit TODAY's Website: http://on.today.com/ReadTODAY Find TODAY on Facebook: http://on.today.com/LikeTODAY Follow TODAY on Twitter: http://on.today.com/FollowTODAY Follow TODAY on Google+: http://on.today.com/PlusTODAY Follow TODAY on Instagram: http://on.today.com/InstaTODAY Follow TODAY on Pinterest: http://on.today.com/PinTODAY #LukePerry #BeverlyHills90210 #TodayShow Luke Perry Talks James Dean Comparison In 1992 Interview | TODAY2019-03-04T20:04:51.000Z

One fan wrote on Twitter: “I’m truly sorry to hear that Luke Perry had passed away today. So young, handsome and talented. I always referred to him as the Modern Day James Dean of The 90’s, due to his Dylan character on Beverly Hills 90210. Me and my daughter loved that show.”

Others, of course, also made the James Dean/Luke Perry comparison, and the actor was asked about it. Here’s what he said:

“At one point or another, everybody gets called ‘the new James Dean.’”

Well, not everyone. It was typical Perry, though – full of humility – and it’s arguably his best quote. He also said this, though, perhaps topping himself quote-wise:

“I’m not James Dean. And no one else is, either.”

Some sites give the fuller version of that quote: “I’m not James Dean. And no one else is either. There’s always someone being called the next James Dean. But there was only one. And he’s dead.”


Being on the Outside

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“I’m lucky: I always wanted to be an actor. But I never felt the need to be in with the crowd. I didn’t mind being on the outside. I was always looking forward or upwards, not in,” Perry said.

Feeling like an outsider was a refrain that Perry frequently returned to in interviews. “I always felt like something of an outsider,” Perry told Geocities in 1993. “But I identified with people up on the screen. That made me feel like I wanted to be up on the screen too. I felt like eventually I would get there.”


Keeping it Humble

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“Porsches are glorified Volkswagens, man,” Perry said, perhaps revealing his humble Midwestern roots.

“I go four- wheeling in my truck. I also like to fish, cook, do stuff around my house. I even studied fencing for awhile,” Perry said, according to Brainy Quote.


On 90210 & Dylan McKay

E! Remembers "Beverly Hills, 90210" Star Luke Perry | E! Red Carpet & Award ShowsBack in 1990, the late "Riverdale" actor explained what it was like filming the iconic '90s series. Plus, catch Luke's adorable outro for E! Full Story: https://www.eonline.com/news/1020566/watch-luke-perry-dish-reflect-on-early-days-of-90210-in-this-1990-interview #LukePerry #ERedCarpetAndAwardShows #CelebrityNews Subscribe: http://eonli.ne/RedCarpetSubscribe About E! Red Carpet and Award Shows: E! is the ultimate destination for Red Carpet coverage. And for the first time ever we’re taking you from the E!’s People’s Choice Awards directly into the show as E! is the new home of the People’s Choice Awards. From the Academy Awards to the Emmys, we give you an insider's view of the arrivals, exclusive interviews and of course, cover every stitch of the fabulous fashion. Only "Live From the Red Carpet" hosts Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic, along with E!’s entire awards team of fashion and entertainment experts, have the most comprehensive LIVE coverage of the biggest premieres and events. Connect with E! Red Carpet and Award Shows: Visit the E! News WEBSITE: http://eonli.ne/enews Follow E! Live from the Red Carpet on TWITTER: http://eonli.ne/RedCarpetTwitter Follow E! News on TWITTER: http://eonli.ne/ENewsTW Like E! News on FACEBOOK: http://eonli.ne/ENewsFB Check out E! News on INSTAGRAM: http://eonli.ne/ENewsIG E! Remembers "Beverly Hills, 90210" Star Luke Perry | E! Red Carpet & Award Shows https://youtu.be/jPyB-mcJRp8 https://www.youtube.com/ERedCarpetandAwardShows2019-03-04T22:18:25.000Z

“It’s not me they’re coming out to see, it’s this character I play,” Perry told ET of Beverly Hills 90210. “I’m very flattered that it’s gone over as well as it has.”

“I’m going to be linked with him until I die, but that’s actually just fine. I created Dylan McKay. He’s mine,” he said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


On Riverdale

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Riverdale introduced Luke Perry to a new generation of audiences. This is what he said about that show, according to THR: “I like playing the dad because I like being a dad, and I think it’s a great character in the milieu of this show that I’m the grounded one, and I’m the guy who really cares about K.J., who cares about doing a good job and being a good construction worker. I love that.”


On the Pressures of Fame

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Perry spoke in interviews about how it felt to go from a small-town Ohio boy to a famous actor. “It’s hard and sometimes it’s scary,” he said, according to EOnline. “It still amazes my mother. I went home for Christmas one year and there were fans all over the front lawn, hoping to see me.”


On What He Was Like In High School

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Perry gave a lengthy interview to Geocities. In it, he explained: “My high school was nothing like West Beverly High, let me tell you. I grew up in Fredericktown, Ohio. It was a small town [population 2,300]. I didn’t do that well in school, although I was voted ‘The Biggest Flirt.’ I played sports I was on the tennis team and also the baseball team. But the coolest thing I did was that I dressed up as our school mascot, Freddie Bird, for all of the football games. My step-father had a helicopter and I got the helicopter to drop me onto the football field. It was cool.”