While young fans know Perry best for playing Archie's (KJ Apa) dad on Riverdale, many from the previous generation grew up with him starring on Beverly Hills, 90210. On the iconic teen soap, Perry played the cool bad boy Dylan McKay, a '90s equivalent to Gilmore Girls' Jess Mariano or Gossip Girls' Chuck Bass.
Perry's heartthrob status during the show's 10-year run solidified him as the first crush for many a teenage girl. In addition to touching tributes about Perry's kindness, work ethic and humor, many fans and celebs alike took to social media to remember him as their first crush.
In a series of tweets, actress Olivia Munn said Perry was her "obsession," and said she used to "dream about making it to LA just to meet him."
Luke Perry was my 1st crush. Eh, more like obsession (I wore pins w his face on them to school 🙊) I used to dream of making it to LA just to meet him. I never got to, but I've always heard he was a really great person. 😔 Praying for his family & kids.... Rest in love ❤️❤️❤️❤️🌥
Broadway star Patti Murin revealed one of her "prized possessions" to be a Beverly Hills, 90210 sweatshirt, and said she still remembers "where I was when Dylan kissed [Jennie Garth's] Kelly."
One of my prized possessions in 5th grade was my Beverly Hills, 90210 sweatshirt with the whole cast on it. I still remember where I was when Dylan kissed Kelly. Heartbroken to hear about Luke Perry #RIP
Singer Ingrid Michaelson said Perry was her "teenage dream" and revealed that she wrote him fan letters and had posters of him.
Luke Perry was my first real crush. I wrote him fan letters. I had posters of him. He was IT. He was my teenage dream. His passing at the age of 52 is truly devastating. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.
Read on for more celebs and fans who counted Perry as their first crush.
Luke Perry. This is heartbreaking. So many peoples’ first tv crush. To be that charismatic and endearing on screen is not just a skill, it’s an aura. What an icon. Sending so much love to his family and friends. #RIPLukePerry
RIP Luke Perry, I was so in love with Dylan McKay as a teenager & thought you were amazing as Fred Andrews, my heart hurts for your family & all the fans like me who watched you on 90210 & @CW_Riverdale 💔😞🙏🏼 #youwillbemissed
Dylan McKay was my very 1st crush. I had this poster on my wall. I remember finding out that Luke Perry loved @Jeopardy so I became a fan of Jeopardy. I was so delighted to find out that Luke was an October Libra. I thought it was meant to be. Prayers to his family. 💔 #90210 pic.twitter.com/bgRttoqy7M