Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry


9/13/1969, New Orleans, Louisiana

Birth Name

Tyler A. Perry



Also Known As

  • Producer/director Tyler Perry arrives at...
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He was one of four kids in his family. Being born and raised in New Orleans, he was physically abused as a child and lived in severe poverty. After years of blaming his parents and others for his unsuccessful life, he watched an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • After 65 black and Hispanic children were refused entry to a Philadelphia swimming club, Tyler Perry paid to send all of them to Walt Disney World.

    • Tyler Perry's mansion outside of Atlanta is named "Avec Chateau", a French phrase meaning "with home," is the opposite of homelessness and a lot of other things.

    • Tyler Perry was homeless and lived in his car for eight years. Now he lives in a five million dollar home.

    • In Tyler Perry's film, "Diary of a Mad Black Woman", the palatial mansion shown during the opening credits and throughout the story is Tyler Perry's real-life home.

    • In his plays, Tyler Perry plays the part of a mean and threatening 68 year-old woman named Madea. The name Madea is actually a contraction of "Mother Dear".

    • Tyler Perry created a television sitcom "House of Payne", that is scheduled to debut nationally in fall 2007.

    • Tyler Perry's film "Daddy's Little Girl" will open in theaters February 2007.

    • In 2006, Tyler Perry Studios was opened in Atlanta, Georgia. It is 60,000 square feet and will house both an acting school and a theater company.

    • Tyler Perry's book: "Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings" won the Quill Award for Book of the Year.

    • Tyler Perry hosted Film Life's 2006 "Black Movie Awards - A Celebration of Black Cinema: Past, Present & Future."

    • Tyler Perry's films "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" and "Madeas Family Reunion" both cost less than 6 million dollars to produce.

    • Perry's last film, Madea's Family Reunion, has grossed $63 million dollars and had a $30 million dollar opening weekend.

    • Tyler is the same type of drag performer, a straight man who happens to play a female character, as Barry Humphries, aka Dame Edna Everage.

    • Has a 12-acre estate outside of Atlanta.

    • His plays often has reference to The Color Purple (1985), which starred Oprah Winfrey. He credits The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) with inspiring him to write.

    • Before becoming a successful filmmaker with Diary of a Mad Black Woman(2005), Tyler was already the owner of a successful play company that tours the country and caters to African-Americans. His plays are also recorded and sold as DVDs.

    • As of March 2005, his eight plays have grossed over US $75 million in tickets and DVD sales.

    • Tyler been writing plays since the age of 18.

    • Had rumors going around that he was dating model/actor tyra banks, which they both denyed.

    • He is known for his Madea plays.

  • Quotes

    • Tyler Perry: I was watching the Oprah show one day and she said that it's cathartic to write things down, so I started writing down the stuff that was happening to me. I started using different characters' names, because if someone had found my journal, I didn't want them to know I had been through that kind of stuff. That's how my first play "I Know I've Been Changed" started, which features a character who confronts an abuser, forgives him and moves on.

    • Tyler Perry: I was unhappy and miserable during the first 28 years of my life...The things that I went through as a kid were horrendous. And I carried that into my adult life. 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.

    • (Tyler Perry talking about his oft played character Madea)
      Tyler Perry: Everyone knows her. We watch with nostalgia when we think about this type of grandmother. Madea being a southern term for mother dear...she's not around anymore. When she was around, everybody's kid belonged to her. She kept the entire neighborhood straight. Now we're in a different time and different age where grandmothers are in their early and late 30s. People are looking for this Madea, the 68-year-old who doesn't care about being politically correct. She doesn't care what you think about her. She's going to tell the truth.

    • Tyler Perry: There's nothing like real forgiveness, a deep-down forgiveness where you don't hold any grudges against people. I forgave [everybody] for the things they didn't know and for the things they didn't know to do.

    • (Tyler Perry talks about his home near Atlanta, Georgia)
      Tyler Perry: I wanted this house to be vast. I wanted to make a statement, not in any grand or boastful way, but to let people know what God can do when you believe...I don't care how low you go, there's an opposite of low, and as low as I went I wanted to go that much higher. And if there was an opposite of homelessness, I wanted to find it.

    • Tyler Perry: My theater productions were designed to be a bridge between the traditional urban theater circuit - pejoratively referred to as the "chitlin' circuit" - and a more traditional theater format

    • (Tyler Perry talking about the company that has acquired the rights to his films as of 2006)
      Tyler Perry: Lionsgate is my family, the home for all my movies and videos...and they've given me exactly what you want in a home: a supportive environment and the room to grow.

    • Tyler: 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.

    • Tyler: I know my audience, and they're not people that the studios know anything about.

    • (Trying to categorize his performances)
      Tyler: It's schizophrenic -- that's how I describe it. It's all over the place, man. It's joy, it's happy, it's sad, it's everything. It's just an emotional roller coaster, you know? Even the plays themselves, you come to see them and it's like a stand-up comedic routine. I'm breaking the wall. I'm talking to the audience. It's theater. It's some of everything. It's concert.

    • Tyler: 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.

    • Tyler: What is important to me about my movies is that the stories and messages are for anyone. Anyone who needs to learn about forgiveness will enjoy it no matter who they are.

    • Tyler: I've always wanted to work with Blair (Underwood), 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.

  • Tyler Perry was born in New Orleans. He wrote many plays and movies such as, plays: Madea's Class Reunion, Madea's Family Reunion, Madea Goes to Jail, and so much more. Currently he has two tv shows on TBS House of Payne and Meet the Browns.moreless

    This man is a genius with the entertainment! I really love his work with Meet the Browns and House Of Payne. I am not saying this because of my race. To all of the reviewers who said that his show is homophoic and not funny and any other negative comments about him I say leave him alone you all don't comedy besides you all are just jealous of what he does so stop hating. Tyler Perry is a real person on and off set. His shows are based on real life issues and they're funny. Unlike the current shows MTV,Nickelodeon, and Disney Channel; the characters are not only funny but they are what these other shows should is themselves. I also like Madea and Brown hilarious. Keep going and continue doing what you do Mr. Perry as a fan I expect even greater things from you in the near future.moreless
  • Tyler Perry is the #1 favorite actors of all time.

    When I first saw Tyler Perry,he was Mabel "Madea" Simmons on stage plays like:I Can Do Bad By Myself, Family Reunion, Class Reunion, but he wasn't in the play Meet the Browns with David and Tamela Mann. A year later he portrayed himself as "Madea" in Madea Goes To Jail. He is still in the movie industry he directed and portrayed himself in movies like in the 2005 movie Diary of a Mad Black woman,a year later Family Reunion the Movie. In 2007 he write and direct the TV show called: Tyler Perry's House of Payne with Allen Payne as CJ. Months later he wrote and portrayed himself in the movie in Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married.I was an A+ movie of all time. This year he portrayeed himself as "Madea" and her brother "Uncle Joe" in Meet the Browns. Tyler is doing all the good work and accepting NAACP awards in his work he's doing in the past,present, and the future. Keep it up Tyler.moreless