|Born||Emmitt Perry, Jr.|
|September 14 1969|
|New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.|
|Occupation||Actor, author, screen and playwright, producer, director, songwriter|
Tyler Perry (born Emmitt Perry, Jr.; September 13, 1969) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, producer, author, and songwriter, specializing in the gospel genre. Perry wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2011, Forbes named him the highest paid man in entertainment; he earned $130 million between May 2010 and 2011.
Perry is known for both creating and performing in drag the Madea character, a giant, overreactive, and thuggishly tough elderly woman. Perry also creates films, some produced as live recordings of stage plays, and others professionally filmed using full sets and locations with full editing. The former debuted in 1998 with I Know I've Been Changed, the latter in 2005 with Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which features his signature character Madea. Many of Perry's stage-play films have been subsequently adapted as professional films.
Perry has also created several television shows, his most successful of which is Tyler Perry's House of Payne, a show that ran for 8 seasons on TBS from June 21, 2006, to August 10, 2012. On October 2, 2012, Perry struck an exclusive multi-year partnership with Oprah Winfrey and her Oprah Winfrey network. The partnership was largely for the purposes of bringing scripted television to the OWN network, Perry having had previous success in this department. To date, Perry has created two original series for the network, The Haves and the Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor. The Haves and The Have Nots has supplied OWN with very successful ratings and has also been critically acclaimed as being "one of OWN’s biggest success stories with its weekly dose of soapy fun, filled with the typical betrayals, affairs, manipulations and a bitch slap or two."
In late 2013, Perry will return to the big screen with A Madea Christmas (film based on the play), slated for release on December 13, 2013. In addition, Perry has announced that he's working on a Madea animated film for kids.
- Tyler Perry at the Internet Movie Database