Tyler Perry

Actor/Filmmaker

The New Orleans native (born Emmitt Perry, Jr.) began his career in the Atlanta chitlin circuit writing, directing, and starring in plays centered around the fictional gun-wielding, good-hearted matriarch Mabel “Madea” Simmons. In 2005, Perry went on to write, produce and star in his first film, Diary of a Mad Black Woman (also featuring Madea) and won BET Comedy Awards for outstanding writing and acting. He has since written, directed, starred in and/or produced dozens of projects, ranging from the TV series Tyler Perry’s House of Payne to a 2010 film adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s classic play For Colored Girls. In 2008 he opened Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, the first major television and movie studio owned by an African-American producer.

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The Real: Tyler Perry Expands His Studio

Highlights: Tyler Perry says keep on dreaming. (1/19/2016)

The Real: Tyler Perry on Fatherhood

Highlights: Tyler Perry has a son. (1/19/2016)

Tyler Perry Claps Back at Black Twitter

"Everybody has the right to tell their story," he says.

Tyler Perry Will Bring Jesus to Your TV Screen

He will host a religious musical event.

Tyler Perry's Tribute to Bobbi Kristina

Family asks media mogul to share private funeral video.
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