Perry King was born on April 30, 1948 in Alliance, Ohio. He is the grandson of the famous literary editor, Maxwell Perkins; the fourth of five children born to a physician, and has ancestral ties to the Declaration of Independence.
Perry received a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama at Yale University and proceeded on to Julliard to study under John Houseman. He's made over 50 films and made-for-television movies; including a few television series' and stage appearances; directed productions; contributed his voice as Han Solo in the National Public Radio's "Star Wars" series and participated in the CD-ROM game "Emergency Room". He is widely known for portraying 'Cody Allen' in the 1984 -1986 NBC Series Riptide; 'Hayley Armstrong' in the Fox series Melrose Place in 1995; and most recently, 'Richard Williams' in the 2000 NBC Series Titans.
In 1984 he was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion picture Made for Television for his performance in The Hasty Heart co-starring Gregory Harrison and Cheryl Ladd.
Perry married Karen Hryharrow, his college sweetheart, when he was 19 and had a daughter, Louise, on November 5, 1970. From all accounts I've read, their marriage ended amicably in 1980. King remains a devoted father to his daughter, Louise.
An avid motorcyclist with over 30 in his collection, he met Jamison [Jamie] Elvidge, an avid motorcyclist in her own right and one-time editor of the motorcycle magazine, American Woman Road Riding. On June 9, 1990 they were married and in February 1992, daughter Hannah was born. The couple have since divorced. He also enjoys auto racing and competes in several celebrity/charity events.
Perry is involved with the annual 'Love Ride' and 'Ride for Kids' in Los Angeles. He is also the national spokesperson for the Olive Crest Homes for Abused Children in Orange County, California, and has been involved with that particular charity for almost 20 years.
Thirty years after his debut in The Possession of Joel Delaney, Perry King is still performing a multitude of different films as well as television appearances.