Tyler Perry Biography
Tyler Perry,an American writer, actor, producer and director was born Emmitt Perry Jr. on September 13, 1969, in New Orleans, Louisiana.He is the son to one Willie Maxine Campbell and Emmitt Perry who was a carpenter by profession.
At age 16, he had his first name legally changed from Emmitt to Tyler in an effort to distance himself from his father who he described as abusive.
Tyler Perry Movie Career
Perry moved to Atlanta in the year 1990, where two years later I Know I’ve Been Changed was first performed at a community theater which was financed by his $12,000 life savings.The play included Christian themes of forgiveness, dignity, and self-worth, while addressing issues such as child abuse and dysfunctional families.The play however did not get a good reception as it drew a measly 30 people to see the show.
Even after the failure, Perry did not give up,he persisted and in 1998, at age 28, he succeeded in rewriting the play and re-staging it in Atlanta, first at the House of Blues, then at the Fox Theatre. Soon Perry was performing to sell out crowds and the musical was moved to a larger theater. After so many years of hard work, he finally earned critical acclaim as well as commercial success.
Perry raised a US $5.5 million budget in part from the ticket sales of his stage productions to fund his first movie, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which went on to gross US$50.6 million domestically.For his next project, Perry worked on his most famous character Madea, the gun-toting, sharp-tongue grandma who first appeared in his 2000 play, I Can Do Bad All by Myself.
Gathering quite the interest from people, Madea has also starred in a number of plays,including Madea’s Family Reunion in 2002 and Madea’s Class Reunion in the year 2003.In his next Lionsgate project, Daddy’s Little Girls, starred Gabrielle Union and Idris Elba and was released in the United States on February 14, 2007 and it grossed over US$31 million.
He also wrote, directed, produced and starred in his next film Why Did I Get Married? where he explores the relationships of several married couples. Perry’s seventh film with Lionsgate Entertainment,Madea Goes to Jail opened at number one on February 20, 2009, grossing US$41 million and becoming his largest opening to date.
Tyler Perry also had a role in the big screen volume of the Star Trek saga—another 2009 release.The talented actor has also launched several new series in recent years including Love Thy Neighbor, The Haves and the Have Nots, For Better or Worse and If Loving You Is Wrong.
In 2016, Perry played scientist Baxter Stockman in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows andd in mid January 2016, Perry started filming his seventeenth film another Madea franchise, Boo! A Madea Halloween. The film was released on October 21, 2016.
Tyler Perry Wife
Although not married officially as of 2017,Tyler Perry is said to have been in a relationship with one Gelila Bekele with whom he has a child with.
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Tyler Perry Children
On September 25, 2014, it was announced that Tyler Perry was expecting his first child with his partner Gelila Bekele and on November 30, 2014, Bekele gave birth to their son Aman Tyler Perry.
Tyler Perry Awards
Tyler Perry has over the years bagged numerous awards for his exemplary performance on stage and also in films.These awards include: Black Movie Awards, BET Comedy Awards, Black Reel Awards, MTV Movie Awards, Black Movie Awards, Image Awards, Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, Golden Raspberry Awards, African-American Film Critics Association Awards and several other awards.