While serving with the British Police Unit in Cyprus, he was guarding a prisoner in Nicosia Hospital when terrorist gunmen opened fire, although mortally wounded he returned fire, saving a colleague's life, before he died.
This story of an African-American woman Helen Mc Carter (Kimberly Elise) struggling to rebound after a painful separation, whose life is invaded (in more ways than one) by the obnoxious, loudmouthed, chainsaw-wielding (!
Shot in the head and fatally wounded on 30 December 1969 and two other officers shot, one fatally, as they tried to disarm a man who started shooting as they searched a house in which proceeds of a robbery were found.
Shot and fatally wounded at Blackpool when, unarmed and knowing two officers had already been shot, he pursued a gang of armed robbers and, despite being threatened with a pistol, attempted to arrest one of them.
Perry didn't fully enter the public spotlight, however, until he cropped up in mid-2005 with the oddball A-lister Diary of a Mad Black Woman, self-adapted from his own hit play.
When inspired by Oprah Winfrey to channel his creativity through writing, Perry put pen to paper as a method of healing the wounds that lingered from a painful childhood.