Birth name: Emmitt Perry, Jr.
Birth Date: 13th September, 1969
Height: 6 ft 5 in
Weight: 200 pounds
Biography and Career:
Tyler Perry is an American actor, producer, director, screenwriter, and author.
Tyler Perry was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1969. He lived with his family of 3 siblings, a mother and an abusive father. Tyler's childhood was far from perfect. He was tortured by his father's beatings, and went to an extent of thinking suicide as well. His mother being a staunch Christain, took him to the church every week. Later during the days of financial crippling, Perry would grow up, and become much involved with a local Christain church.
Perry never completed high school. He got inspired by a discussion on the act of writing
on Oprah Winfrey show, and from thereon he grew interest in writing as a career. He kept a diary of daily thoughts, did lot of intense letter-writing to himself, tried to let go of pain, and practised forgiveness. The writings led to the making of "I know I've been changed", and off Tyler went, to Atlanta, with his dreams and perseverance to deal with what was to come. Spending a lot on staging the song, he crumpled in poverty, being forced to sleep in cheap hotels and sometimes his car. His strong belief in God and involvement with the church gave him continuous strength to hold on, and to keep going. He struggled for 6 years. At 28, when his mother started being concerned about him, Perry decided to give it one last shot. His determination paid off, and the performance at church in Atlanta led to his staging at Atlanta's prestigious Fox theatre, making him never to look back.
Perry has humour attached to his personality. He acted in "I Can Do Bad All By Myself", playing Madea. The play led to spawning of a series of other Madea- plays. In 2005, the first feature film, "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" was released and was a massive success. Tyler has had many successful movies and wrote a book as well, in 2006. In 2008 fall, he opened his 200,000 sq ft. studio in Atlanta.
Why do we like Tyler Perry?
We like Perry because of his works in the fields of writing, as a playwright, and also as a director, actor, and producer.
Why is Tyler Perry famous?
Perry's fame can be credited to the popular character of "Madea". Perry has won many awards in categories like Outstanding Theatrical film, Screenwriting, Motion Picture, Direction and has been nominated for many others. In 2008, he was one of the highest paid men in Hollywood.
by FW Editor
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