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Remembering Luke Perry, Who Wore His Heartthrob Status Well

Remembering Luke Perry, Who Wore His Heartthrob Status Well

Luke Perry, the actor who made a generation of viewers want to pack up their JanSports and move to Beverly Hills, died Monday at the age of 52.

As Dylan McKay on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” the Ohio native evoked a Pepsi-era James Dean. Perry’s Marlboro Lights, golden tresses and furrowing brow made him dangerous, caused hearts to skip beats and sparked far too many slumber-party debates about why marrying Brandon while cheating with Dylan must be the recipe for life’s true happiness. “Beverly Hills, 90210” enjoyed its best seasons when Brenda (Shannen Doherty) and Kelly (Jennie Garth) quarreled over Dylan – love triangle!

Sadly, the show missed the mark when Dylan’s daddy drama and alcohol and drug addictions veered into afterschool special territory When Dylan wasn’t bouncing in and out of rehab — did he want us to hate him that badly? — he had to rescue his half-sister Erica from

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