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Overview (3)

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Birth NameEmmitt Perry Jr.
Height 6' 5½" (1.97 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Perry was born and raised in New Orleans, to Willie Maxine (Campbell) and Emmitt Perry, Sr. His mother was a church-goer and took Perry along with her once a week. His father was a carpenter and they had a very strained and abusive relationship, which led Perry to suffer from depression as a teenager.

In 1991, he was working an office job, when he saw an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) discussing the therapeutic nature of writing. This inspired him to begin writing and he worked through his bad experiences by writing letters to himself. He adapted his letters into a play, "I Know I've Changed", about domestic abuse. Unfortunately, after renting a theater in Atlanta to put on the play, he failed to attract audiences.

He took on a series of odd jobs and found himself living in his car. But, in 1998, he was given a second chance to stage his play and, this time, he was more business-savvy with his marketing. The play was sold-out and drew attention from investors.

Tyler has gone on to established a successful career as a writer, director and producer for stage, television and film.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kad

Family (1)

Parents Willie Maxine Perry
Emmitt Perry Jr.
Willie Maxine (Campbell) Perry
Emmitt Perry Sr.

Trade Mark (4)

His films/TV series take place in Atlanta, Georgia or Louisiana
His films/TV series include African-American themes
Often plays multiple characters, including in drag, in his films or on stage
Towering height

Trivia (17)

Has been writing plays since he was age 18. As of March 2005, his eight plays have grossed over US$75 million in tickets and DVD sales.
Before becoming a successful filmmaker with Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005), he was already the owner of a successful play company that tours the country and caters to African-Americans. His plays are also recorded and sold as DVDs.
His plays often reference The Color Purple (1985), which starred Oprah Winfrey. He credits The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) with inspiring him to write.
Has a 12-acre estate outside Atlanta. He bought the former Dean Gardens in Johns Creek, Georgia for $7.6 million (previously listed as high as $40 million). The property has 1200 feet adjoining the Chattahoochee River, a golf course and is 58 acres.
Often quotes famous black-focused movies such as What's Love Got to Do with It (1993) and The Color Purple (1985). These two are especially quoted in Madea's Family Reunion (2006).
Ranked #7 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood (2007).
Attended high school with rapper Mystikal.
His mother, Willie Maxine Perry, passed away on December 8, 2009 at age 64. She was a preschool teacher who worked at the New Orleans Jewish Community Center for most of her life.
Spent a period of time destitute and living on the streets of Atlanta after his play ''I Know I've Been Changed'' flopped.
Worked in construction before his movie career became successful.
Good friends with Oprah Winfrey, Janet Jackson and Will Smith.
Has one son with girlfriend Gelila Bekele: Aman Tyler Perry (born November 30, 2014).
Purchased the shuttered Fort McPherson Army Base (1885-2011) for his "Tyler Perry Studios" operation, a 330-acre complex in southwest Atlanta where his own personal offices are housed in "The Dream Building". With this acquisition, Perry becomes the first African-American to own a major film studio outright. [June 2015]
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7024 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on October 1, 2019.
Owns vacation properties in both Wyoming and the Bahamas.
Friends with comedian Steve Harvey.
Is a huge fan of country music.

Personal Quotes (7)

I know my audience, and they're not people that the studios know anything about.
Hollywood is finally waking up to the fact that people who go to church also go to the movies. I'm not sure what took them so long to see that or how long they will keep it up.
Did you know you can't say 'Jesus' in a sitcom? They told me that and I was like, You gotta be kiddin' me. If you don't want my God here, you don't want me here either. God has been too good to me to go and try to sell out to get some money. It ain't gonna happen.
He who has the gold makes the rules. (60 Minutes (1968), 25 October 2009)
It takes a week to do a sitcom in Hollywood. I do a show a day in my studio, three or four shows a week.
[on Spike Lee's criticism of him] I'm so sick of hearing about damn Spike Lee. Spike can go straight to hell! You can print that. I am sick of him talking about me, I am sick of him saying, "This is a coon, this is a buffoon." I am sick of him talking about black people going to see movies. This is what he said: "You vote by what you see," as if black people don't know what they want to see.
I've never been one to knock on the door and say, "Please let me in". I have always tried to make my own way. I do not think change comes from asking people to let you in. I think change comes by becoming owners of studios, owners of projects, owners of content.

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