Actor Perry King

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on January 25, 2004

I am a Perry King fan. The last movie I saw him in was The Cowboy and the Movie Star. Is he still acting?

—Vicki S., Nebraska

Yes, although King, 55, says he is currently focusing mostly on raising his 12-year-old daughter, Hannah. Children are one of King’s passions in life and he strongly believes that they need consistency in the family, so he’ll shift his focus back to acting when she’s a little older. You can see King in a summer 2004 release, The Day After Tomorrow, which also stars Dennis Quaid. He plays a supporting role as the president of the United States in the big-budget motion picture about an abrupt climate change with cataclysmic consequences for the planet. King, who you may remember from the TV shows Riptide and Melrose Place, recently completed an independent film, Stranger at the Door, with Linda Purl. The divorced father, who studied at Yale and Julliard, is the grandson of the famous literary editor Maxwell Perkins. In addition to his film and television career, he is an avid motorcyclist involved with the annual Love Ride and Cruise 4 for Kids in Los Angeles. He also is the national spokesperson for Olive Crest Homes for Abused Children in Orange County, Calif. A native of Alliance, Ohio (pop. 23,253), he divides his time between Los Angeles and his 500-acre ranch in northern California.