1. Tyler Perry (born Emmitt Perry Jr.; September 13, 1969) is an American actor, filmmaker, television writer, television producer, television director, theatre director, theatre producer, playwright, author, and songwriter, specializing in the gospel genre.
2. Perry wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s.
3. In 2011, Forbes named him the highest paid man in entertainment; he earned US$130million between May 2010 and 2011.
4. Perry is known for both creating and performing as the Madea character, a 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.
5. Perry is estimated to have earned around US$75million by 2008. Many of Perry’s stage-play films have been subsequently adapted as professional films.
6. Perry has also created several television shows, his most successful of which is Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, a show that ran for eight seasons on TBS from June 21, 2006, to August 10, 2012.
7. On October 2, 2012, Perry struck an exclusive multi-year partnership with Oprah Winfrey and her Oprah Winfrey Network.
8. The partnership was largely for the purposes of bringing scripted television to the OWN network, Perry having had previous success in this department. Perry has created multiple scripted series for the network, the most successful being The Haves and the Have Nots.
9. As of 2014, The Haves and the Have Nots has given OWN its highest ratings to date.
10. Perry was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, as Emmitt Perry Jr., the son of Willie Maxine Perry (ne Campbell) and Emmitt Perry, Sr., a carpenter. As a child, Perry once went so far as to attempt suicide in an effort to escape his father’s beatings.
11. In contrast to his father, his mother took him to church each week, where he sensed a certain refuge and contentment.
12. Many years later, after seeing the film Precious, he was moved to relate for the first time
13. While Perry did not complete high school, he earned a GED. In his early 20s, watching an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, he heard someone describe the sometimes therapeutic effect the act of writing can have, enabling the author to work out his or her own problems.
14. This comment inspired him to apply himself to a career in writing.