After appearing in the music video "Be Chrool to Your Scuel" for the band Twisted Sister alongside Alice Cooper, Perry's earliest roles were in the daytime soap operas Loving (1987–1988) and Another World (1988–1989).Following this, he then won the role of brooding millionaire's son Dylan Mc Kay on Fox's teen drama, Beverly Hills, 90210.
"It was a very cool attitude, until it wasn't." The cast of did indeed hook up with each other.
There, he was the school mascot, the Fredericktown High School Freddie.
Though the memoir is not as deeply "tell-all" as some fanatics might have hoped, he does offer some fun tidbits on first loves, not-yet-famous friends and on-set shenanigans, six of which are recapped here: Priestley's first love was Holly Robinson (Peete).
The two met in the makeup trailer while shooting , which Robinson was starring in when young Priestley, a high school senior and five years her junior, was cast in an episode. The feeling was apparently mutual as the two dated seriously for some time, flying back and forth between Los Angeles, where Priestley soon moved to pursue a Hollywood career, and Vancouver, where Robinson was shooting.
With Perry on board, Fox Network’s ratings soared, largely due to his overwhelming appeal as a teen heartthrob.
The media commonly compared him to actor James Dean, who had also been known for his brooding good looks, his cool demeanor and his role as a rebellious but inwardly tormented teen.
She left the series in 1995 to host her own short-lived talk show, .
She continued to return to the series and also continued to make numerous television and made-for-TV movie appearances.
He had auditioned for the role of Steve Sanders, a role that went to actor Ian Ziering, before being cast as Dylan.