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Fans Thank TV Channel For Re-Airing Luke Perry’s ‘Vintage’ SNL Episode

by : Julia Banim on : 10 Mar 2019 17:12
Luke Perry's SNL episode is set to air.Luke Perry's SNL episode is set to air.NBC/Hulu/PA Images

Luke Perry had one of the most iconic faces of the nineties, having risen to fame as bad boy Dylan McKay in classic teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210, which aired from 1990 to 2000.

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A teenage idol, Perry went on to have a starring role in high school series Riverdale, as Archie’s father, Fred.

Fans may not be aware however, that Perry also hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live (SNL) in 1993, just one year after playing Buffy’s love interest Oliver Pike in the original film version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The episode was a memorable one, with musical guest Mick Jagger impersonating Rolling Stones band mate Keith Richards, and an appearance from the late, great Phil Hartman’s Obi-Wan Kenobi, who humorously mistook Perry for Luke Skywalker.

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Other highlights included a pre-Austin Powers Mike Myers impersonating Jagger, complete with rock star hip gyrations.

As reported by The Wrap, NBC paid tribute to Perry by airing the episode prior to a new SNL on Saturday March 9 hosted by Idris Elba.

The episode hosted by Perry was the 12th episode of season 18, and originally aired on February 6, 1993.

Many fans have expressed their emotions at seeing the actor being such an excellent SNL host, showing sparkling wit and star quality at such a young age.

Many have thanked NBC for the ‘amazing’ tribute, which showcased Perry’s talents as an entertainer as well as his warmth as a human being.

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One person tweeted:

Amazing tribute from @nbcsnl to Luke Perry. Thanks for airing it!

It was so sad to see Chris Farley, Luke Perry and Phil Hartman gone too soon!

Another said:

The SNL episode NBC just played with #LukePerry as host in his memory was amazing!! Look at all of the great stars in only one skit!

Perry was taken to hospital on February 28, after suffering a massive stroke at his home in Sherman Oaks, California. He passed away on the morning of Monday March 4 at the age of 52 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank.

Perry is survived by his two children, Jack and Sophie.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Luke Perry at this difficult time.

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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

Topics: Film and TV

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  1. The Wrap

    Luke Perry-Hosted ‘SNL’ From 1993 to Re-Air on Saturday