Tyler Perry

  • Birth Name: Emmitt Perry Jr.
  • Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisana, United States
  • Profession: Writer, Director, Actor, Producer
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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.

Awards

  • 2017, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Humanitarian: Winner

Relationships

  • Emmitt Perry — Father
  • Maxine Perry — Mother
  • Aman Tyler Perry — Son
  • Gelila Bekele — Significant Other
MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)
MYKAL-MICHELLE HARRIS, ARICA HIMMEL, ETHAN WILLIAM CHILDRESS

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