Heard on the Hill

His father delivered Luke Perry. Now Sherrod Brown is mourning him

Perry, 52, died after a stoke. He starred in the popular teen dramas ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ and ‘Riverdale’

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks with reporters in the Capitol after the Senate vote to reopen the government on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When Sherrod Brown mourned actor Luke Perry on Monday, it wasn’t as a typical fan. The senator’s father was the one who brought the heartthrob into the world.

Perry was born in Ohio on Oct. 11, 1966, and Charles Gailey Brown Jr. was the doctor who delivered him.


At a campaign rally in 2006, when Sherrod Brown was first running for Senate, he got Perry’s full-throated support. 


“His father was my doctor for the first 12 years of my life ... he taught me about patience and compassion. He taught me how to sew myself up,” Perry said at the rally.

Brown returned the compliment.

“About a week and a half before [my father] died, he got a call from Luke Perry ... he just called to see how my dad was doing and to thank him for his taking care of him as a child,” Brown said at the time.

Perry, 52, suffered a stroke last week and died Monday. He starred in the popular teen dramas “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Riverdale.”

“Luke Perry represented what makes our state great — generosity, humility, and a fighting spirit. Connie and I join the Mansfield and Fredericktown communities in offering our deep sympathies to Luke’s family and friends on their loss,” Brown said Monday in a statement.

He also took to Twitter to offer his condolences. Perry was a “warm, kind person who made his home state proud,” Brown tweeted.

The elder Brown died in 2000. He was small-town doctor in Mansfield, Ohio, and a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II.

The younger Brown is fresh off a tour of early-primary states and will decide in the “next few days” if he is going to run for president, his wife told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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