Colin Hanks shares brilliant Luke Perry tale as stars pay tribute

Those who knew Luke Perry – or just admired him from afar – have been paying tributes to the Riverdale actor, who died yesterday after having suffered a stroke.

The tributes paint a picture of a much-loved member of the Hollywood acting community, making his death at the age of just 52 all the more tragic.

Colin Hanks, Fargo actor and son of Tom Hanks, detailed a particularly impressive encounter with the Beverly Hills 90210 star.

"I only met him once, but the story is too good not [to] tell given today's sad events," Hanks said.

"My wife and I are on a plane back from Mexico. Couple of rows ahead of us, these two brothers, young kids, are beating the hell out of each other. Their poor parents are powerless to stop the crying, yelling and screaming.

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Actor Luke Perry during his guest appearance on MTV's TRL UK, at the MTV Studios in Camden, north London. Luke is currently appearing in the West End production of "When Harry Met Sally".
LAS VEGAS, NV, USA - SEPTEMBER 22: Actor Luke Perry poses in the press room during the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 2 held at T-Mobile Arena on September 22, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Sipa USA)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 25: Luke Perry at PaleyFest 2018 - "Riverdale" at the Dolby Theatre on March 25, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Scott KirklandPictureGroup/Sipa USA)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 25: AJ Apa, Madelaine Petsch and Luke Perry at PaleyFest 2018 - "Riverdale" at the Dolby Theatre on March 25, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Scott KirklandPictureGroup/Sipa USA)
Actor Luke Perry during his guest appearance on MTV's TRL UK, at the MTV Studios in Camden, north London. Luke is currently appearing in the West End production of "When Harry Met Sally".
Alyson Hannigan and Luke Perry at the photocall for the West End stage production of When Harry Met Sally, The Theatre Royal, London. Doug Peters/allactiondigital.com
MARCH 4TH 2019 - Actor Luke Perry has died in Los Angeles, California following a massive stroke suffered Wednesday morning February 27th at his home in Sherman Oaks, California. - File Photo by: Peter Kramer/STAR MAX/IPx 1999 11/2/99 Luke Perry at the Cancer Support Program Promotional Event in New York City. (NYC)
MARCH 4TH 2019 - Actor Luke Perry has died in Los Angeles, California following a massive stroke suffered Wednesday morning February 27th at his home in Sherman Oaks, California. - File Photo by: Michael Germana/STAR MAX/IPx 2005 10/11/05 Luke Perry at the premiere of "Domino". (Los Angeles, CA)
MARCH 4TH 2019 - Actor Luke Perry has died in Los Angeles, California following a massive stroke suffered Wednesday morning February 27th at his home in Sherman Oaks, California. - File Photo by: Michael Germana/STAR MAX/IPx 2005 10/11/05 Luke Perry at the premiere of "Domino". (Los Angeles, CA)
***FILE PHOTO*** LUKE PERRY DEAD AT 52 Luke Perry at the ìLovingî Studio on June 20, 1987 in New York City. Credit: Walter McBride/MediaPunch /IPX
***FILE PHOTO*** LUKE PERRY DEAD AT 52 Luke Perry in New York City on May 1. 1996 Credit: Walter McBride/MediaPunch /IPX
***FILE PHOTO*** LUKE PERRY DEAD AT 52 Luke Perry arrives for the Fox Network Upfronts at the Four Seasons Hotel on May 20, 1996 in New York City. Credit: Walter McBride/MediaPunch /IPX
***FILE PHOTO*** LUKE PERRY DEAD AT 52 Luke Perry arrives for the Fox Network Upfronts at the Four Seasons Hotel on May 20, 1996 in New York City. Credit: Walter McBride/MediaPunch /IPX
***FILE PHOTO*** LUKE PERRY DEAD AT 52 Luke Perry attends the Soap Star Bowling Benefit at Bowlmar on February 20, 1985 in New York City. Credit: Walter McBride/MediaPunch /IPX
***FILE PHOTO*** LUKE PERRY DEAD AT 52 Gabrielle Carteris and Luke Perry 1992 Photo By Adam Scull/PHOTOlink/MedaPunch /IPX
***FILE PHOTO*** LUKE PERRY DEAD AT 52 Luke Perry at the premiere of "Open Range" at the Cinerama Dome, Hollywood, CA 08-11-03 Credit: David Edwards/DailyCeleb/MediaPunch /IPX
***FILE PHOTO*** LUKE PERRY DEAD AT 52 Luke Perry, Michael Cudlitz, Jason Priestley at the "Dark Tourist" Los Angeles Premiere, Arclight, Hollywood, CA 08-14-13 David Edwards/DailyCeleb/MediaPunch /IPX
***FILE PHOTO*** LUKE PERRY DEAD AT 52 Luke Perry at Mr. Chow's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, CA. 08-10-04 Credit: David Edwards/DailyCeleb/MediaPunch /IPX
Actor Luke Perry attends The CW Network's 2016 Upfront at The London Hotel in New York, NY, on May 19, 2016. (Photo by Anthony Behar) *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***
***FILE PHOTO*** LUKE PERRY DEAD AT 52 Luke Perry, Naomi Lowde-Priestley, Jason Priestley at the "Dark Tourist" Los Angeles Premiere, Arclight, Hollywood, CA 08-14-13 David Edwards/DailyCeleb/MediaPunch /IPX
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"If you're a parent you understand. Sometimes there's nothing you can do. It was like this for close to two hours.

"10 minutes before landing it starts to get real bad. Out of nowhere, a man comes from first class. Hat, beard, sunglasses, blowing up a balloon. He ties it off, hands it off like he's holding out a sword to a king.

"Kneeling, head down, arms up. Kids calm down in milliseconds. Plane damn near bursts into applause. 14 minutes longer and it probably would have started WWIII, but we landed before that could happen.

"We got off the plane, are waiting on [sic] line in customs. Finally get a good look at the guy and I say to my wife 'Holy s—. I think that balloon man/hero is Luke Perry.

"As luck would have it we end up standing next to each other. Out of the blue he turns to me and says some kind words about Fargo, which kind blew my mind.

"I started singing his praises about how long I've admired him and also about the move with the ballon. 'That's a pro move! You can't teach that!' I say.

"He tells me he always flies with a couple of balloons for that reason, to give to screaming kids. Don't know if that's true, but have no reason to believe it wasn't. Guy seemed like a true gent. Gone way too damn soon. Also, I gotta start traveling with some spare balloons."

Perry himself was a father to 21-year-old Jack and 18-year-old Sophie.

Many others joined in with their praise for Perry, and their sadness at having lost him.

Leonardo DiCaprio, who recently worked with Perry on Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In America, called him 'an incredibly talented artist'.

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