Five Unforgettable Characters Created By Tyler Perry

The director and writer brought these icons to the big screen.

Tyler Perry is a prolific writer, director and actor known for creating some of the most unforgettable characters in film. His unique storytelling style has given birth to an array of memorable on-screen moments; these five characters are just a glimpse into the brilliant mind, and pen, of Perry.

  • Madea (Tyler Perry)

    Perry's iconic character, Madea, is a no-nonsense, sharp-witted and outrageously funny elderly woman who has become a beloved fixture in his films.

  • Joe (Tyler Perry)

    Perry takes on the role of Joe, Madea's brother, who provides guidance and support to his over-the-top family. 

  • Melinda (Taraji P. Henson) - "Acrimony" (2018)

    Taraji P. Henson delivers a powerful performance as Melinda, a woman whose deep-seated resentment and anger drive the intense drama of "Acrimony."

  • Angela (Tasha Smith) - "Why Did I Get Married?" (2007)

    Angela, played by Tasha Smith, is a feisty and outspoken character dealing with the complexities of marriage, leaving a lasting impression in this ensemble drama.

  • Helen McCarter (Kimberly Elise) - "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" (2005)

    Kimberly Elise portrays Helen McCarter, a woman who finds strength and self-discovery after her marriage falls apart in one of Perry's early classics.

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