The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 30, 1997 · Page 25
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Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, April 30, 1997
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Wednesday, April 30,1997 Born to act '90210's' Perry can't remember when he didn't want to act By LUAINE LEE Scripps Howard News Service PASADENA, Calif. — One of the high school hunks of "Beverly Hills, 90210" has graduated, in more ways than one. Luke Perry figured he was too hot not to cool down when he left the show. After riding a bull in the movie "8 Seconds," about a rodeo champ, Perry took a year off. "I just had been doing too much, too many talk shows," he says, at the end of a long day in a hotel room here. "I just needed to take some time off to make sure this is what I wanted to do with my life." What he wanted to do is what he's always longed for, ever since he was a boy sitting in his trailer, entranced by "Lost-in Space," "The Twilight Zone," "Wild, Wild West." "I always wanted to act. I don't ever remember not wanting to do it," he says. "When I was a little kid I always thought that, realistically, if it didn't work as an actor I'd be a fireman 'cause that's a good job, a good service to provide. But I was born an actor," he shakes his head, "no question about it. I do believe that." , On Sunday and Monday Perry will star on NBC's "Robin Cook's "Invasion,"' a sci-fi thriller in which aliens unleash a deadly virus on the unsuspecting. Perry plays the first person infected by this mind-altering curse which turns him power- hungry and unstoppable. Perry also is starring in Luc Besson's movie, "The Fifth Element," and will co-star on Showtime's "Riot" on April 27. He has finished "Normal Life" for New Line, "American Strays" and "Life Breath." All that sounds like he's making up for lost time. But Perry had a purpose, even when he dropped out of "90210," against everyone's advice. "You hear all the horror stories: 'You won't work again. You can't turn your back on this and that.' I stayed as long as I could, did as much of the work as I could do. But at some point I wasn't helping anybody. I didn't feel like I was doing a very good job on the show. I knew when I was crying on my way home from work every night this was not a job that I wanted to be doing. Because more than anything — more than being a famous TV star or a famous movie star — I want to be a good actor. And I wasn't being afforded that opportunity." During his self-imposed exile, he didn't do anything for the first few months. "I was physically tired and mentally I couldn't get up for any of the scripts I was reading. The worst thing you can do is show up to do a job that you're not really down for doing. So I wanted to be sure not to do that." In spite of the avalanche of adulation that swept over him when he played the free-thinking Dylan Mo Cay on "90210," Perry managed to maintain his equilibrium. "People take themselves so seriously and a tremendous amount of scrutiny goes on when you're a person of any fame. It's not just at work, but is in your whole life. It's too much for a lot of people. I don't like to be scrutinized in my own life. My personal life is my own. I take great refuge in being a private person when I'm working. I don't go hang out in hot spots in Hollywood. You don't see me at nightclubs getting tattoos and all that bs. I'm not interested in it. Hollywood is where I work, not the lifestyle that I choose." The Associated Press Luke perry, who played Dylan McCay on the hit TV series 'Beverly Hills, 90210," always has been a bit of a daredevil, participating In extreme games such as rock climbing, bull riding and bungee jumping. , He's been married to his wife, Minnie, for three years and has no children, though he would like a family someday. "It was love at first sight for me," he says. "I was having breakfast with a friend of hers. She sat across the table and that was it for me. She was unimpressed, and I had to woo her. I'd done my first episode of '90210' and it hadn't aired yet so I wasn't any big deal," he grins. Perry, 30, grew up in Ohio, his fa- ther was a construction worker, his mother a housewife. His parents divorced when he was 6. A self-described "uncontrollable" teenager, he's always been a daredevil. Bungee jumping? Rock climbing? Bull riding for eight seconds? Been there, done that, is his motto. There are, some challenges left. A devoted Evil Knievel fan, he says he's always wanted to jump over the fountains at Caesar's Palace. "They're still there," he says with a smile. I That's a wrap Seinfeld, girl break up NEW YORK — The comedian and the coed have called it quits, a newspaper has reported. After five years together, Jerry Seinfeld and Shoshanna Lonstein went their separate ways in February, the New York Post said. "There was no nasty scene. They both just knew it was time for a break," the newspaper quoted one friend it did not identify as saying. The 42-year-old star of the NBC series "Seinfeld" began dating Lonstein when she was 16. Now 21, she was a senior at the University of California at Los Angeles but has gone back to her family in New York, the paper said. The M&M man Bolton sued over concerts NEW YORK — After a sweaty, hair-flinging concert, Michael Bolton likes to quench his thirst with Red Zinger or Lemon Zinger teas. And for those extra tough concerts — peanut M&Ms. At least that's what an Australian promoter said as he listed Bolton's backstage demands in a lawsuit. Michael Coppel said the singer, who won over mainstream audiences with the Otis Redding hit "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," backed out of a $1.2 million concert tour. "His management said, 'The dates that you're doing aren't going to sell out, and we can't deal with him playing less than sold-out shows." Gotta have heart Arnie goes under the knife LOS ANGELES — Arnold Schwarzenegger was back home just six days after heart surgery on a faulty valve. The bodybuilder-turned-actor opted to have an valve replaced, though it wasn't causing him any problems. "Choosing to undergo open heart surgery when I never felt sick was the hardest decision I've ever made," Schwarzeneg- ger said. "I can now look forward to a long, healthy life with my family." He plans to rest until the end of May, when he will begin promoting "Batman and Robin." He plays the villainous "Mr. Freeze." I Lifetime Free Service Bend It Break It Bust It Even Get A Briar In It Basically You're Covered BIKE^TEK The Screen Factory 645 E Crawford 825-7314 SCREENS 1-800-825-9202 Across From Farmers Coop Call Avonne for an Appointment Avonne 9 Salon 825-2761 216 W. Minneapolis * Salina SUNFLOWER HOME CARE 645 £. Iron / Suite F / Salina, KS 913-825-9220 /1-800-826-0786 • Skilled Nursing • TLC Services • Home Health Aide • Physical Therapy/ Occupational Therapy Ramada Inn - Captain's Table Feature of the week Italian Veal, Chicken & Seafood Dishes Serving Prime Rib Nightly Sunday Lunch Buffet $ 6 50 913-825-8211 • 1949 N. 9th MVP MAXIMUM VACUUM POWER • Powerful 12 amp motor. • 50% more suction at the hose than conventional brands. > Extra long 32-foot cord. • On-board tools for above floor cleaning. 109.99 Model 088305 vli r o 1820 S. Ninth Mon.-Sat. 8am-10pm Sun. 11am-7pm FAMILY TIP MAY KIDS CALENDAR Family First LMIIESTONE. chimney service and stove store 545 5. F=lfth /Salina. KS Steve Miles & Jim Kerby tit to Build Your Child's Self-Esteem 1. Hugs 2. Praise 3. Talking and Listening 4. Time Together 5. "I Love You" Pizza Service INFORMATION GATHERED BYYtt EVERY MONDAY EVENING PARENTS HELPING PARENTS 6-8 PM Family Hppe Center 308 S. 8th CAPS/Heart Land Education Program INF.: 825-4493 (Free Child Care) CA CHILD CARE REFERRAL SERVICE EVERY TUES. & THURS, MORNING RNING OUT FOR MOMS/DADS 9-11:30:1st United Methodist Church 122 N. 8th CAPS Reservation Call 825-4493 (Free Child Care) MONTHLY MEETINGS CHADD Support Group • For children & adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Thursday, May 15,7:00-9:00 p.m. Central KS Mental Health, 800 Elmhurst, 823-6322 FREE Parenting Classes - Keys for Innervision - Parent Training by Marianne Adams, LSCSW Mondays, June 2 - July 7,6:00-8:00 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 308 S. 8th For reservations or free child care, call CAPS 825-4493 ON GOING HEALTH DEPARTMENT 125 WEST ELM PHYSICAL EXAMS FOR CHILDREN 0-18 YEARS OF AGE (Physical examinations for entry to Kindergarten or other things such as camps and child care.) (No Sports Physicals offered). Sliding fee scale. HEALTH CONNECT PHYSICALS 0-20 YEARS OF AGE SRS Medical Card Accepted CALL FOR APPOINTMENT: 826-6602 IMMUNIZATION CLINICS Monday & Tuesday 8:30 am-4:00 pm Wednesday .....8:30 am-6:30 pm Fridays * 8:30 am-1:30 pm NO IMMUNIZATION CLINICS ON THURSDAY WIC (Women, Infants & Children Program) A F«dwal nutrition program lor pregnant, bnuiUNdlng md pMlputum wonwo, Inlmtt md cWklrtn up to S ywt ol ig«. Provldw vouchers for nutritious foods, and nutrition education to prevwt or cornet health proMnni uuMd by poor nutrition. Eligibility gukWInti apply. Certification by appolntmMiL CALL FOR APPOINTMENT: 826-6602 __ "SALINA CARES" CLINIC & DENTAL 125 WEST ELM, OFFICE HOURS, Call for Information: 826-6609 Monday, Friday 12:00-4:00 Tuesday 10:00-4:00 Wednesday, Thursday 9:00-4:00 CLINIC HOURS: Monday evenings 6:30-Close FEE: MINIMUM DOWN LIFE SKILLS Budgeting Class, Responsive Discipline, Job Readiness, Nutrition Class, House Cleaning Tips. To find out more about these classes call 827-7111.( Free Child Care is Provided). PARENT CRISIS LINE - 827-5555 RELATED TO ALCOHOL OR DRUGS REGARDING A PROBLEM WITH YOUR CHILD Helping Make ifa flflffar ""Salina Journal Salina Regional Health Center

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