Tyler Perry (September 13, 1969 - ..)
Born: 13th September, 1969
Nationality: American
Profession/Occupation: Actor
Region: New Orleans, Louisiana, "Nobody's Fool", "Acrimony", "A Madea Family Funeral", "Diary of a Mad Black Woman", "For Colored Girls", "Why Did I Get Married?", "I Know I've Been Changed"
Notable works: Charlie Wachtel - Facts , Jessica Chastain - Facts , Will Fetters - Facts , Vice - Facts , Kim Novak - Facts

Tyler Perry Facts

Biography

Tyler Perry, original name Emmitt Perry, Jr., (born September 13, 1969, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.), American playwright, actor, screenwriter, producer, and director whose works--in which he often portrayed the character Mabel ("Madea") Simmons, an outspoken grandmother--combined humour, religious wisdom, and personal triumph.

Perry had a difficult childhood. He grew up with a physically abusive father (he later changed his name to disassociate himself from his father), attempted suicide, and dropped out of high school, although he eventually passed a high-school equivalency exam. After he heard television personality Oprah Winfrey suggest that writing down personal experiences could be cathartic, Perry began to keep a journal, which evolved into his first play, I Know I've Been Changed. Perry worked a number of odd jobs to raise money for its first staging, which took place in Atlanta in 1992. His self-funded production--in which he also starred--received almost no attention and sent him into extreme poverty. In 1998, however, he restaged the play and sold out performances for eight days in a row before moving it to Atlanta's nationally acclaimed Fox Theatre. Perry's work was distinct in its blend of traditional theatre with African American Southern entertainment, which had been largely untapped by larger commercial enterprises.

Perry's second stage production, a 1999 adaptation of Woman, Thou Art Loosed! by T.D. Jakes, grossed more than $5 million in five months. Perry's trademark character, Madea, was created in his play I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2000; film 2009). The brutally honest, rambunctious gun-toting grandmother, whose name comes from the frequent African American contraction of "Mother Dear," was played by Perry in drag. She was a recurring figure in a number of his later plays, such as Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2001; film 2005), Madea's Family Reunion (2002; film 2006), Madea's Class Reunion (2003), Madea Goes to Jail (2005; film 2009), Madea's Big Happy Family (2010; film 2011), A Madea Christmas (2011; film 2013), and Madea's Neighbors from Hell (2014).

Perry moved to feature films in 2005 by writing, producing, and acting in a screen version of Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Its feel-good narrative, in which Madea counsels her granddaughter through a failed marriage, helped Perry gain a wider audience. He reprised the role of Madea in subsequent film adaptations of his plays, which he also produced and directed. A 2007 adaptation of his play Why Did I Get Married? (2004), an exploration of modern relationships, allowed Perry to move beyond the Madea character on-screen. He additionally began writing and directing films that were not based on previous work, such as Daddy's Little Girls (2007) and The Family That Preys (2008).

In 2010 Perry wrote and directed Why Did I Get Married Too?, in which he also starred, and For Colored Girls, an adaptation of Ntozake Shange's groundbreaking ensemble theatre piece For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf (1975). He later wrote and directed himself in Good Deeds (2012), a drama about a CEO seeking personal fulfillment; Madea's Witness Protection (2012); Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016) and its sequel (2017); and A Madea Family Funeral (2019). Tyler Perry's Temptation (2013), which Perry adapted from his play The Marriage Counselor (2008), offered another tale of romantic tumult. He then wrote and directed the uplifting The Single Moms Club (2014). His movies from 2018 included the thriller Acrimony, in which Taraji P. Henson played a wife seeking revenge against her deceptive husband, and the comedy Nobody's Fool, which starred Tiffany Haddish as a recently paroled ex-convict who helps her straightlaced sister with her love life.

Beginning with Star Trek (2009), Perry occasionally accepted acting roles in others' films. For instance, in Alex Cross (2012), an adaptation of a James Patterson novel, he portrayed the titular detective, a role originated on-screen by Morgan Freeman. He later appeared as a defense attorney in David Fincher's thriller Gone Girl (2014) and played villainous scientist Baxter Stockman in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016). Perry was then cast as Secretary of State Colin Powell in Vice (2018), a biopic of Dick Cheney, vice president in the administration of George W. Bush.

Perry's first book, Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life (2006), was a best seller. Perry's work also translated successfully to television with his sitcoms House of Payne (2006-12); Meet the Browns (2009-11), which evolved from a play (2004) and a film (2008); and For Better or Worse (2011-17), which centred on characters from Why Did I Get Married? and its sequel. The latter series was picked up by Oprah Winfrey's OWN channel in its third season following its cancellation by TBS. Perry created several additional television shows for OWN: the soap operas The Haves and the Have Nots (2013- ) and If Loving You Is Wrong (2014-16) as well as the comedies Love Thy Neighbor (2013-17) and The Paynes (2018- ).

Top 109 Tyler Perry quotes

I've always wanted to work with Blair, and finally the timing was right. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. I think he's a hugely underrated actor in Hollywood.
Actor
Always
Amount
Blair
Finally
He
Him
Hollywood
Hugely
I think
Respect
Right
Think
Timing
There's a huge demand for my entertainment, and I can't meet the need. So I decided to try a TV show to reach as many of my fans as possible.
Decided
Demand
Entertainment
Fans
Huge
Many
Meet
Need
Possible
Reach
Show
Try
Tv
Tv show
I work three months really hard, nonstop, and then I take a month off. Then I do it all over again. I work hard but I give myself four breaks a year.
Again
Breaks
Four
Give
Hard
Month
Months
Myself
Nonstop
Off
Over
Really
Take
Then
I know my audience, and they're not people that the studios know anything about.
About
Anything
Audience
Know
People
Studios
It's not an easy journey, to get to a place where you forgive people. But it is such a powerful place, because it frees you.
Because
Easy
Forgive
Get
Journey
People
Place
Powerful
Where
You
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'll keep it up.
Also
Church
Fact
Finally
Go
Hollywood
How
Keep
Long
Movies
People
See
Sure
Them
I was a very poor young black boy in New Orleans, just a face without a name, swimming in a sea of poverty trying to survive.
Black
Boy
Face
Just
Name
New
New orleans
Orleans
Poor
Poverty
Sea
Survive
Swimming
To survive
What do you spend $200 million on, with a film? I can't wrap my brain around that one.
Around
Brain
Film
Million
Spend
Wrap
You
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.
Day
Four
Hollywood
Show
Shows
Sitcom
Studio
Takes
Three
Week
Tyler Perry's brand is faith, family and this whole thing that I've built, while my company, 34th Street Films, is like Disney's Touchstone. We can do anything. People don't know what to expect from me yet.
Anything
Brand
Built
Company
Disney
Expect
Faith
Family
Films
Know
Like
Me
People
Perry
He who has the gold makes the rules.
Gold
He
Makes
Rules
Who
I didn't have a catharsis for my childhood pain, most of us don't, and until I learned how to forgive those people and let it go, I was unhappy.
Catharsis
Childhood
Forgive
Go
How
Learned
Most
Pain
People
Those
Unhappy
Until
Us
What I've learned is you treat women right.
Learned
Right
Treat
Women
You
You can never be upset with the people who forced you into your dream or up higher.
Dream
Forced
Higher
Never
People
Up
Upset
Who
You
Your
Your dream
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.
Been
Either
Get
Go
God
Good
Has-been
Here
Me
Money
Out
Sell
Some
Too
I'm not sure why no one wants to admit there's a viable audience out there that believes in God and wants to see a movie with their family. The demand is there. The supply is not.
Admit
Audience
Believes
Demand
Family
God
Movie
No-one
Out
See
Supply
Sure
Viable
Wants
Everyone can relate to love, hurt, pain, learning how to forgive, needing to get over, needing the power of God in their life.
Everyone
Forgive
Get
God
How
Hurt
Learning
Life
Love
Needing
Over
Pain
Power
Relate
I know that there are a lot of people out there with stories far worse than mine but you, too, can make it. To those of you who have, welcome to life. I celebrate you.
Celebrate
Far
Know
Life
Lot
Make
Mine
Out
People
Stories
Than
Those
Too
Welcome
I've never chased money. It's always been about what I can do to motivate and inspire people.
About
Always
Been
Chased
I can
Inspire
Money
Motivate
Never
People
I think that with everything I've done, in the end, whoever the central character is, they would find a way to forgive, because that's really important to me.
Because
Central
Character
Done
End
Everything
Find
Forgive
I think
Important
In the end
Me
Really
Think
Forgiveness is important in families, especially when there are so many secrets that need to be healed - for the most part, every family's got them.
Every
Families
Family
Forgiveness
Got
Healed
Important
Many
Most
Need
Part
Secrets
Them
I'm not afraid to have a character say, 'I am a Christian,' or, 'I believe in God,' because I think they represent real people on this Earth.
Afraid
Am
Because
Believe
Character
Christian
Earth
God
I am
I believe
I believe in
I think
People
Real
The most important thing that I learned in growing up is that forgiveness is something that, when you do it, you free yourself to move on.
Forgiveness
Free
Growing
Growing up
Important
Important thing
Learned
Most
Most important thing
Move
Move on
Something
The most important
Thing
My father who was there in the house, he wasn't at all a role model. And my mother, who was trying to protect me from him as best she could, she took me everywhere with her, which gave me a tremendous amount of sensitivity to the things women go through.
Amount
Best
Could
Everywhere
Father
Gave
Go
He
Her
Him
House
Me
Model
Mother
I think it's important to show a husband and a wife together, in a room, raising children, because you don't see that anymore.
Anymore
Because
Children
Husband
I think
Important
Raising
Raising children
Room
See
Show
Think
Together
Wife
I get a lot of flack from critics that my comedies are all over the place, my dramas are all over the place, they're schizophrenic - as if I don't know that!
Comedies
Critics
Dramas
Get
Know
Lot
Over
Place
Schizophrenic
As I experience life and go through things, that's what I write about.
About
Experience
Go
I write
Life
Things
Through
Write
My first show was called 'I Know I've Been Changed' in '92. I tried to do this show for years and years. It kept failing over and over and over again. Every time I went out to do the show, nobody showed up. I was like, 'What is this about?'
About
Again
Been
Changed
Every
Every time
Failing
First
I tried
Kept
Know
Like
Nobody
Out
Happiness for me is totally just being at peace knowing that, everything I'm doing, God is pleased with that. It's complete peace for me.
Being
Complete
Doing
Everything
God
Happiness
Just
Knowing
Me
Peace
Pleased
Totally
I didn't want to be the kind of man that my father was. So I've tried, my entire life, to be the complete and utter opposite of that. And it has served not only the art well, but I think the audience well.
Art
Audience
Complete
Entire
Entire life
Father
I think
Kind
Life
Man
Only
Opposite
Served
Think
What I know about me is that, in order to lead, you also have to know how to follow.
About
Also
Follow
How
Know
Lead
Me
You
I think every one of us, in life, have some sort of moment that has happened that we wish we could have done differently or that we wish could have had a different outcome.
Could
Different
Differently
Done
Every
Had
Happened
I think
Life
Moment
Outcome
Some
Sort
Think
You don't try to do anything that Morgan Freeman does. He was the voice of God in a movie. That's Morgan Freeman!
Anything
Does
Freeman
God
He
Morgan
Morgan freeman
Movie
Try
Voice
You
I've been doing television with TBS for quite some time, and it's been a great journey.
Been
Doing
Great
Journey
Quite
Quite some time
Some
Television
Time
Statistics say that I'm supposed to be in jail. And I'm not supposed to be alive.
Alive
Jail
Say
Statistics
Supposed
Children love their mothers. Especially with a boy child and his mother, there's a bond that's unbreakable.
Bond
Boy
Child
Children
His
Love
Mother
Mothers
The Bible says that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose. I believe that. Because I've seen it all work.
According
All things
Because
Believe
Bible
Good
His
I believe
I believe that
Lord
Love
Purpose
Says
Seen
I don't think the dreams die - I think that people give up. I think it gets too hard.
Die
Dreams
Gets
Give
Hard
I think
People
Think
Too
Up
We are all allowed to support whoever we'd like to in this country. That's the greatest part about being an American - one of them, that is; you know what I mean?
About
Allowed
American
Being
Country
Greatest
Know
Like
Mean
Part
Support
Them
Whoever
You
My life has always been - there's never been a middle. Either I had or I didn't. Either I was up or I was down.
Always
Been
Down
Either
Had
Life
Middle
My life
Never
Up
You know, people at Wal-Mart are standing there with their uniforms on. I feel like I'm putting on a uniform to do a movie. I don't feel like it's dressing in drag.
Drag
Dressing
Feel
I feel
I feel like
Know
Like
Movie
People
Putting
Standing
Uniform
Uniforms
Wal-mart
'Madea' is a Southern term. It's short for 'mother dear.' So there are a lot of Madeas out there.
Dear
Lot
Mother
Out
Short
Southern
Term
Oprah is very, very, very special to me. She's an amazing woman.
Amazing
Me
Oprah
She
Special
Very
Woman
I feel like I died as a child.
Child
Died
Feel
I feel
I feel like
Like
My mother was truly my saving grace, because she would take me to church with her. I would see my mother smiling in the choir, and I wanted to know this God that made her so happy. If I had not had that faith in my life, I don't know where I would be right now.
Because
Choir
Church
Faith
God
Grace
Had
Happy
Her
Know
Life
Made
Me
Mother
My mother wasn't strong like my aunt. She was just very passive.
Aunt
Just
Like
Mother
Passive
She
Strong
Very
You close the door on me and tell me I can't, I'm gonna find a way to get in.
Close
Door
Find
Get
Gonna
Me
Tell
Way
You
I think there's something that happens at 40 where you settle into your own skin and you stop caring what people think - you realize life is a gift from God and you want to live it to the fullest.
Caring
Fullest
Gift
God
Happens
I think
Life
Life is a
Live
Own
People
Realize
Settle
Skin
I love to see a woman in high-heeled shoes. There's something about the curve of the feet up the leg to the butt that's really, really wonderful, and the right pair of shoes can give you the right silhouette.
About
Butt
Curve
Feet
Give
I love
Leg
Love
Pair
Really
Right
See
Shoes
Silhouette
Don't believe the hype. I don't care how many number ones you have at the box office, I don't care how much they say you're great, don't believe it. Just stay in your lane and do what you're supposed to do.
Believe
Box
Care
Great
How
How much
Hype
Just
Lane
Many
Much
Number
Office
Say

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