Tyler Perry was born Emmitt Perry Jr. on September 13, 1969, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Willie Maxine Perry (née Campbell) and Emmitt Perry Sr., a carpenter.
Perry is an American actor and director. He created and played the strong elderly woman character Madea. The styles of Perry’s films range from conventional methods of filmmaking to video renditions of live stage plays. Many of his stage-play films have now been transformed into feature films.
He has three siblings. Perry allegedly went so far as to suicide in order to escape his father’s beatings as a child, claiming that his father’s approach to everything was to “beat it out of you.”
Unlike his father, his mother took him to church every week, and he felt a sense of safety and pleasure there. In an effort to disassociate himself from his father, he legally changed his first name from Emmitt to Tyler when he was 16 years old.
After watching the movie Precious many years later, Perry was moved to finally admit that he had been molested by a friend’s mother when he was 10 years old. Perry had also been molested by three men earlier in his life, and he later discovered that his own father had also molested his friend. Perry’s DNA test revealed that Emmitt Sr. was not his biological father.
Despite not finishing high school, Perry received a General Educational Development diploma (GED).
While watching The Oprah Winfrey Show in his early 20s, he overheard someone discuss the sometimes therapeutic effect writing can have, allowing the author to work out their own problems. He was motivated by this remark to work hard at pursuing a writing profession. He quickly began writing a number of letters to himself, and these letters served as the inspiration for the musical “I Know I’ve Been Changed.”
Additionally, Perry has performed in movies that he did not direct, write, or produce.
Perry was listed among Time’s top 100 thinkers for the year 2020.
He got the Governors Award from the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2020, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy Awards the following year. He was honored with a star on the Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame in 2022.
After learning that the Valley Swim Club in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, had rejected them, Perry funded 65 kids from a day camp in Philadelphia to travel to Walt Disney World on July 20, 2009. He wrote on his website, “I want them to know that for every act of evil that a few people will throw at you, there are millions more who will do something kind for them.”
For the movie “For Colored Girls,” Perry won Outstanding Motion Picture and Outstanding Director for a motion/television movie in 2011. He also won Best Supporting Actor for “Gone Girl” and Worst Actress for A Madea Christmas in 2014. In 2009, he won Best Cast for “Star Trek”. In 2005, he won Outstanding Writing for Theatrical Film for the movie “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” In 2005, he won Outstanding Writing for Theatrical Film for “Diary He also received the Worst Supporting Actor award for “Diary if a Mad Black Woman.” in 2005.