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Luke Perry Talks at UCR Palm Desert

UCR Palm Desert to kick off “Nuts and Bolts” series with Actor Luke Perry and a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Entertainment Industry

"Beverly Hills 90210" actor speaks at public event about the entertainment industry from an actor's perspective

(January 5, 2006)

Luke Perry

Luke Perry

PALM DESERT, Calif. — — Actor Luke Perry will come to UCR Palm Desert on Saturday, Jan.14 to talk about the entertainment industry from an actor’s perspective. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. RSVP’s are requested by calling 760-834-0926 or emailing

Perry, best known for his role as Dylan McKay on TV’s “Beverly Hills 90210,” will speak on his experiences in theatre, film and television, taking questions from the audience. An informal chat at about 7 p.m. will follow the presentation.

Perry's latest work includes a starring part in an upcoming NBC television series titled "Windfall," scheduled to begin airing in March. He's also recently done theatrical work in a London stage adaptation of "When Harry Met Sally," had roles on several cable TV series and in two upcoming films.

“We are very excited to have an actor with such a wide array of experiences come to the campus and community to talk about the entertainment industry,” said Charles Evered, UCR Palm Desert MFA Professor. “Luke is a down-to-Earth guy who will tell it like it is. It will be great for our students to hear what he has to say.”

Professor Evered created the “Nuts and Bolts” speaker series to give UCR Palm Desert students “face time” with actual practitioners in the entertainment industry. Events will take place quarterly with different representatives from the entertainment industry presenting their experiences.

UCR Palm Desert is a satellite campus of the University of California, Riverside. UCR Palm Desert sits at the heart of the Coachella Valley offering a Master’s of Business Administration program in Entrepreneurial Management through its Richard J. Heckmann International Center for Entrepreneurial Management. The Educational Center offers a Master’s of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts. Visit or call 760-834-0800 for more information.



The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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