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Tyler Perry Biography

Birth Name:
Emmitt Perry Jr.
Birth Place:
New Orleans, Louisana, United States
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


  • 2006Black Reel Awards-Best Screenplay: nominated


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