In the wake of Luke Perry's passing, fellow actor Colin Hanks shared an incredible story about how the former 90210 defused a fight between two young brothers on an airplane.
In an Instagram post, Hanks recalled the only time he met Perry, and it was certainly memorable. During a flight that both stars were on, two small children got into a bad spat. It's every parent's nightmare and in such an enclosed space mixed with dozens of onlookers, there's not much a caregiver can do to calm down. Thankfully, this wasn't a normal fight, as an incognito Perry was nearby to spring into action.
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I only met him once but the story is too good not tell given todays sad events. 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 eachother. Their poor parents are powerless to stop the crying, yelling and screaming. If you're a parent you understand. Sometimes there's nothing you can do. It was like this for close to two hours. Then about 10 minutes before landing it starts to get real bad. Out of no where, 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. 15 minutes longer and it probably would have started WWIII, but we landed before that could happen. We get off the plane, are waiting on line in customs. Finally get a good look at the guy and I say to my wife "Holy shit. 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 kinda blew my mind. I start singing his praises about how long I've admired him and also about the move with the balloon. "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 very 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'll be damned if I don't start traveling with some spare balloons 🎈🎈🎈 #promove #rip #lukeperry #truegent
"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," wrote Hanks. "Kneeling, Head down, arms up. Kids calm down in milliseconds. Plane damn near bursts into applause."
According to Hanks, the trip was about two hours, and the fighting lasted quite a while before it hit fever pitch around 10 minutes before landing. Perry was dressed down to avoid being noticed, but his late-flight heroics definitely caused the weary travelers to notice him. We're not sure if it was common for the Riverdale star to carry balloons with him on every flight, or if he just happened to have some on him at the time, but we're sure everyone was just happy someone could calm things down. Hanks never met Perry before this moment, but instantly, he recognized the star. For him, it was unforgettable.
Dealing with fighting children is no easy task. Today's Parent recommends trying to intervene before things get physical, but every parent knows, that's not always possible. When two kids start to fight, it's important for parent's not to play favorites, and remember fights usually aren't the result of just one person. Still, when dealing with bored youngsters in a cramped space, a celebrity with balloons is probably the best way to calm things down.
This is just one of many stories regarding the late actor's kindness since his passing on March 4, 2019. The star suffered a stroke on Feb. 28, 2019, and conflicting reports said he was either sedated in the hospital or was in a coma. Before his death, Perry played a major role of Fred Andrews, Archie's father. Before that, he reached worldwide fame on Beverly Hills 90210, where he played Dylan McKay from 1990 until 2000 when the show ended.