When actor Luke Perry died, he left behind two grown children. One of the star’s children ended up joining the exhilarating sport of wrestling while the other one mainly stayed out of the spotlight.
Luke Perry was best known for his roles on television series like “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Riverdale.” Besides his acting career, the late star was also a loving father to two children – Sophie and Jack Perry.
Both children are now grown-ups, and they’ve made their own paths in life. Below we get to know more about them, what they’re doing with their lives, and the bond they shared with their father.
Luke Perry during the “Welcome Home” panel discussion at the UP Entertainment portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour on July 30, 2015, in Beverly Hills, California, son Jack in the ring on August 23, 2021, and daughter Sophie on December 14, 2021, in London, UK | Photos: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images & Instagram/boy_myth_legend and lemonperry
Luke and his former wife Rachel “Minnie” Sharp are the parents to Jack, now-24. Instead of following in his father’s footsteps career-wise, the young man started pursuing a professional wrestling career as a high school senior.
Jack, who is not a fan of his father’s show, “Beverly Hills, 90210,” actually started having an interest in wrestling while watching WWE programming and seeing the Boogeyman eat worms.
Luke Perry poses at the Video Software Dealers Association’s annual home video convention on July 26, 2005, in Las Vegas, Nevada | Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
He spent one year in college and tried film school, but he was more interested in stunt work and ended up as a professional wrestler instead. In the wrestling ring, he’s known as “Jungle Boy,” which is a Tarzan-like character.
However, he initially went by Nate Coy, one of his other favorite fighters, but then the announcer gave him the nickname “Jungle Boy Nate Coy.” Jack hated the name but ended up warming up to it and then dropped the “Nate Coy.”
According to Sports Illustrated, Jack ensured that his career choice didn’t overshadow his father’s success. He once confessed that his family was a part of him but that he was trying to make his way.
Luke’s son explained that he didn’t want to use his father’s fame to succeed and wanted to make his own successes. One of the people he trains with is his late father’s longtime friend, David Arquette.
A few weeks before June 2021, there had been rumors that Jack was seeing someone special. Since then, the All Elite Wrestling (AEW) athlete has confirmed his relationship with fellow wrestler Anna Jay, 22.
Via Instagram and Twitter, Jack shared a photo of him kissing Jay in June 2021. The image appeared to be taken in Jacksonville, Florida, outside of the TIAA Bank Field and confirmed the rumors.
Luke’s other child, Sophie, is also shared with the late star and his ex-wife, Sharp. The “Riverdale” actor and the “Teen Wolf Too” actress were married in 1993 before separating in 2003.
Luke’s daughter, who stays out of the spotlight, took her father’s death quite hard. After the star passed away in March 2019 after suffering a massive stroke at age 52, she mourned his death via Instagram.
However, she noted that she wouldn’t hole up in a room crying all day until people on the internet felt it was now appropriate to do otherwise. She said those who knew her father knew he wouldn’t have wanted her to.
In December 2020, People shared a report by ProWrestlingSheet.com that revealed how Luke had once attended his son’s wrestling matches. The late star attended the Los Angeles match when Jack wrestled for Underground Empire Wrestling.
Luke’s [Perry] daughter [Sophie Perry] noted how it was different especially because it was happening in the public eye.
In March 2019, Luke’s former “Beverly Hills, 90210” co-star, Shannen Doherty, recalled how fondly the late star had spoken about his children. She said he loved his family and often talked about how proud he was of them.
A few days after Luke died, Jack took to social media to pay tribute to him. The wrestler noted how his late father had been a lot of things to other people, but to him, he was just his “dad,” adding:
“I’ve learned so much from you, and my heart is broken thinking about everything you won’t be here for.”
The day after the actor’s death, Sophie shared a lovely photo of her and her father as a tribute. She thanked everyone for the touching messages and confessed she didn’t know what to do with the loss.
Luke’s daughter noted how it was different, mainly because it was happening in public. She asked her father’s fans to bear with her and to know she was grateful for the love.