Tyler Perry

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On December 8, 2009, Tyler's mother, Willie Maxine Perry, died at the age of 64, following an illness. As of 2011, Perry remains unmarried

On December 8, 2009, Tyler’s mother, Willie Maxine Perry, died at the age of 64, following an illness. As of 2011, Perry remains unmarried

Tyler Perry (born Emmitt Perry, Jr.; September 13, 1969) is an American actor, director, playwright, screenwriter, producer, author, and songwriter. Perry wrote and produced many stage plays in the South during the 1990s and early 2000s.

In 2005, Tyler Perry released his first film, Diary of a Mad Black Woman. In 2009, Perry was ranked by Forbesmagazine as the sixth highest-paid man in Hollywood. As of July 2009, Perry’s films had grossed nearly $400 million worldwide.

Perry was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, as Emmitt Perry, Jr. His family consisted of three siblings, his mother, Willie Maxine Perry (née Campbell), and his father, Emmitt Perry, Sr., a carpenter. Perry once said of his father, “his only answer to everything was to beat it out of you.” As a child, Perry once went so far as to attempt suicide in an effort to escape his father’s beatings. In contrast to his father, his mother took him to church each week, where he sensed a certain refuge and contentment. At age 16, he had his first name legally changed from Emmitt to Tyler in an effort to distance himself from his father. After seeing the film Precious, he was moved to relate for the first time accounts of being molested by a friend’s mother at age 10; he was also molested by three men previous to this, and he later found out that his own father was molesting a friend.

While Perry did not complete high school, he earned a GED. In his early 20s, watching an Oprah Winfrey talk show, he heard someone describe the sometimes therapeutic effect that the act of writing can have, enabling the author to work out his or her own problems. This comment inspired him to apply himself to a career in writing. He soon started writing a series of letters to himself, which became the basis for the musical, I Know I’ve Been Changed.

Perry received a $5.5 million budget to fund his first movie, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which went on to gross $50.6 million domestically, while scoring a 16 percent approval rating at the film review web site, Rotten Tomatoes. On its opening weekend, February 24–26, 2006, Perry’s film version of Madea’s Family Reunion opened at number one at the box office with $30.3 million. The film eventually grossed $65 million. Perry and his co-stars promoted the film on The Oprah Winfrey Show. As with Diary, almost all of the Madeas’ earnings have been generated in the United States.

Tyler Perry’s Filmography

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    [tab_1]2014 Single Moms Club
    2013 Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas
    2013 The Haves and the Have Nots
    2013 Tyler Perry’s Temptation
    2013 Madea Gets a Job
    2012 Aunt Bam’s Place
    2012 Madea’s Witness Protection
    2012 Good Deeds
    2011 Madea’s Big Happy Family
    2010 For Colored Girls
    2010 Why Did I Get Married Too?
    2009 I Can Do Bad All by Myself
    2009 Madea Goes to Jail
    2008 The Family That Preys
    2008 Meet the Browns
    2007 Why Did I Get Married?
    2007 Daddy’s Little Girls
    2006 Madea’s Family Reunion[/tab_1]
    [tab_2]2014 Gone Girl
    2014 Single Moms Club
    2013 Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas
    2013 Madea Gets a Job
    2012 Alex Cross
    2012 Madea’s Witness Protection
    2012 Good Deeds
    2011 Ties That Bind (short)
    2011 Madea’s Big Happy Family
    2010 Why Did I Get Married Too?
    2009 I Can Do Bad All by Myself
    2009 Star Trek
    2009 Madea Goes to Jail
    2008 The Family That Preys
    2008 Meet the Browns
    2007 Why Did I Get Married?
    2006 Madea’s Family Reunion
    2005 Diary of a Mad Black Woman[/tab_2]

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