May 25, 2018

Luke Perry: From Teen Idol to Hot Gay Nerd to Riverdale Dad

Viewers of the prison drama Oz in the spring of 2001 were treated to the sight of disgraced evangelical preacher Jeremiah Cloutier (Luke Perry) having his towel stolen as he leaves the shower, forcing him to walk back to his cell naked and swinging.

Male frontal nudity was commonplace on Oz, but this was Dylan McKay!

His character was homophobic, but what do you expect from an evangelical preacher?

Luke Perry got some teen idol attention while he was playing troubled Dylan on Beverly Hills 90210 (1990-2000), but not a lot of beefcake shots, so even seeing his tight, hairy chest was a big deal.

The versatile actor has been in several other gay-subtext vehicles:

The Triangle (2001): Two buddies (Luke, Dan Cortese) and a third guy get trapped in the Bermuda Triangle.

 Jeremiah (2002-2005) about two buddies (Luke, Malcolm Jamal Warner) wandering around in a postapocalyptic world.

And he's played gay characters:

Family Guy (2000): When Peter "accuses" Luke Perry of being gay in Meg's school newspaper, he sues them for slander. But he turns out to be gay after all.

Will and Grace (2005): he plays a "hot gay nerd" who Jack dates.

Today he's playing Archie Andrews' dad, Fred Andrews, on Riverdale, the teen angst revamp of the comic book series.


  1. Hey, Family Guy predicted fake news.

    It's kind of interesting to see how teen drama works. 28 years later, you're the dad. Especially since teen dramas like 90210 began in part deconstructing John Goldwater's idyllic image of teen life in 30s America.

    1. There's a lot of deliberate casting of former teen stars on "Riverdale." Madchen Amick, Robin Givens, Molly Ringwald, Lochlin Munro.

  2. Luke Perry is very hot as Archie's father in "Riverdale"


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