Tyler Perry

  • Birth Name: Emmitt Perry Jr.
  • Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisana, United States
  • Profession: Writer, Director, Actor, Producer

Fast Facts

  • Wrote his first play, I Know I've Been Changed, to deal with issues from his childhood.
  • Created the character Madea for the 2000 play I Can Do Bad All by Myself.
  • Published his first book, Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life, in April 2006.
  • Established the Tyler Perry Foundation to help economically disadvantaged people overcome adversity by achieving a better quality of life.
  • Topped Forbes' list of the Highest-Paid Men in Entertainment in 2011, earning $130 million between May 2010 and May 2011.


  • 2017, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Humanitarian: Winner


  • Emmitt Perry — Father
  • Maxine Perry — Mother
  • Gelila Bekele — Significant Other
  • Aman Tyler Perry — Son