While appearing on Hey Dude… The 90s Called podcast with David Lascher and Christine Taylor, Jason Priestley recounted the loss of his Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star and beloved longtime friend Luke Perry, who passed away at 52 years old following a stroke.
Priestley reflected on the late Perry’s life and legacy during the podcast. “Luke and I obviously were really good friends when we were working on the show together,” he told the hosts. “We were reallllly good friends outside of that, too.”
Jason Priestley reveals that Luke Perry came to his house unannounced
Priestley revealed during the podcast that Perry, who played Brandon’s best friend, Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210, would often visit him unannounced at his home during their free time while filming. He also joked that in real life, Perry did not show up in Dylan’s classic convertible Porsche. “He lived three blocks away from me in Los Angeles and he would just ride his bike over to my house and ring the doorbell,” Priestley explained. “I’d be like, ‘Who’s here?’ and I’d open the door and it’d be Luke, like, ‘Hey dude, what’s up!’”
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The 53-year-old claimed that he and Perry remained close even after their time on the show’s set and they continued to work together on other projects until his unexpected death. “We worked together a number of times outside of the show and we really enjoyed all the years we had together, but unfortunately, that got cut short,” Priestley explained. “It’s bittersweet every March when we go by the anniversary of his passing.”
Jason Priestly and other cast members of ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ share their tribute to Luke Perry.
The actor further detailed how devastated he was when he heard about Perry’s death. “It was a real freak thing that happened with him,” he said, “and it was a good reminder to spend time with people you love and never take any of it for granted.”
Another Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star, Tori Spelling, also reminisced about her connection with the late actor, who was a heartthrob on TV, and shared a story about how he had defended her against her abusive ex-boyfriend. Reflecting on Perry was not an experience unique to Priestley, as other members of the Class of ’93 also had stories to share about their relationship with him.