Tyler Perry

Actor, Playwright, Director
Within a few short years, writer-director-producer-actor Tyler Perry emerged not only as one of the most recognizable names in entertainment, but as a media brand unto himself. Beginning with his first theatrical ... Read more »
Born: 09/12/1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (47)

Too Darn Hot Party 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

Tyler Perry's House of Payne 2006 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gone Girl 2014 (Movie)

Tanner Bolt (Actor)

The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Tyler Perry Show 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

Tyler Perry's Madea's Tough Love 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club 2014 (Movie)

T.K. (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas 2013 (Movie)

Madea (Actor)

Alex Cross 2012 (Movie)

Alex Cross (Actor)

America's Next Top Model 2012 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

BET Awards '12 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 66th Annual Tony Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Tyler Perry's Good Deeds 2012 (Movie)

Wesley Deeds (Actor)

Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection 2012 (Movie)

Madea / Joe / Brian (Actor)

Conan 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

Madea's Big Happy Family 2011 (Movie)

Madea/Joe (Actor)

The BET Honors 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 41st NAACP Image Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tyler Perry Show 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

The Tyler Perry Show 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? 2010 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

Star Trek 2009 (Movie)

Admiral Richard Barnett (Actor)

The 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

The BET Honors 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Black List: Volume Two 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself 2009 (Movie)

Madea/Joe (Actor)

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail 2009 (Movie)

Madea/Joe/Brian (Actor)

The 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns 2008 (Movie)

Joe/Madea (Actor)

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys 2008 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

BET Awards '07 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual Quill Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? 2007 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

2005 BET Comedy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Madea's Family Reunion 2006 (Movie)

Madea/Brian/Joe (Actor)

The 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Diary of a Mad Black Woman 2005 (Movie)

Brian,Madea,Joe (Actor)
Writer (28)

Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas 2013 (Movie)

(from play: "A Medea Christmas") (Source Material)

Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor 2013 (Movie)

(from play: "The Marriage Counselor") (Source Material)

Tyler Perry's Good Deeds 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection 2012 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Madea's Big Happy Family 2011 (Movie)

from play: "Madea's Happy Family" (Source Material)

Madea's Big Happy Family 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

For Colored Girls 2010 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself 2009 (Movie)

(from play: "I Can Do Bad All by Myself") (Source Material)

Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail 2009 (Movie)

(from play: "Madea Goes to Jail") (Source Material)

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns 2008 (Movie)

(from play: "Meet the Browns") (Source Material)

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? 2007 (Movie)

(from stage play: "Why Did I Get Married") (Source Material)

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? 2007 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Madea's Family Reunion 2006 (Movie)

(from play: "Madea's Family Reunion") (Source Material)

Madea's Family Reunion 2006 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Diary of a Mad Black Woman 2005 (Movie)

(from play: "The Diary of an Angry Black Woman") (Source Material)

Diary of a Mad Black Woman 2005 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)
Director (22)

If Loving You Is Wrong 2006 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Love Thy Neighbor 2006 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

The Haves and the Have Nots 2006 - 2009, 2011 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse 2006 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns 2006 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Tyler Perry's Good Deeds 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Madea's Big Happy Family 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

For Colored Girls 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Madea's Family Reunion 2006 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (19)

Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Peeples 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tyler Perry's Good Deeds 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Madea's Big Happy Family 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

For Colored Girls 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Precious 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Madea's Family Reunion 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Diary of a Mad Black Woman 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (7)

Madea's Big Happy Family 2011 (Movie)

("Heaven Waits") (Song)

Madea's Big Happy Family 2011 (Movie)

("Come On In The Room") (Song Performer)

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns 2008 (Movie)

("Hallelujah") (Song)

Madea's Family Reunion 2006 (Movie)

("Keep Your Head Up") (Song)

Madea's Family Reunion 2006 (Movie)

Music (Original Music)

Diary of a Mad Black Woman 2005 (Movie)

("I Wanna Swing") (Song)

Diary of a Mad Black Woman 2005 (Movie)

(Music)

Biography

Within a few short years, writer-director-producer-actor Tyler Perry emerged not only as one of the most recognizable names in entertainment, but as a media brand unto himself. Beginning with his first theatrical production, 1999's "I Know I've Been Changed," Perry connected with an under-represented, yet fiercely loyal fan base as he presented shows on the urban theater circuit. Adapting his plays into modestly budgeted feature films, he introduced America to boisterous matriarch Madea, a one-woman Greek chorus, in highly-profitable offerings like "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" (2005) and "Madea's Family Reunion" (2006). Perry found an equally receptive audience on television with the broad sitcom, "House of Payne" (syndicated, 2006; TBS, 2007- ) and its subsequent spin-off series. Astonishingly prolific, he churned out several non-Madea films, as well, including "Why Did I Get Married?" (2007) and "The Family That Preys" (2008). Together with his friend and inspiration, Oprah Winfrey, Perry went on to produce the heart-wrenching drama, "Precious" (2009). By the following decade, he had grown in stature to the degree that he was deemed fit to fill the great Morgan Freeman's shoes when he took on the role of the eponymous fictional detective in the thriller, "Alex Cross" (2012). Decried as heavy-handed morality plays populated with stereotypical caricatures by most critics and many in the African-American entertainment community, there was no denying that Perry's offerings struck a chord with a broad cross-section of audiences who saw their own families in his raucous slices of life.

Relationships

Tyra Banks Actor

Companion
Briefly dated in 2006 No longer together

Emmitt Perry

Father
Perry had a troubled relationship with his father who was physically abusive

Maxine Perry

Mother
Worked at the New Orleans Jewish Community Center Died in December 2009

Milestones

2013

Wrote and directed "Tyler Perry's Temptation"

2012

Wrote, directed, and starred in comedy "Madea's Witness Protection"

2012

Played title role crime thriller "Alex Cross," based on James Patterson's novel Cross

2012

Wrote and directed drama "Good Deeds"; also starred as title character opposite Thandie Newton and Gabrielle Union

2011

Reprised role of Madea for "Madea's Big Happy Family"; also wrote, produced, and directed

2010

Wrote, directed, and starred in sequel "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?"; re-teamed with Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, and Tasha Smith

2010

Helmed film adaptation of Ntozake Shange's stage play "For Colored Girls"

2009

Teamed with Oprah Winfrey to produce "Precious," a movie based on novel Push by Sapphire

2009

Wrote and directed "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail"; also co-starred with Derek Luke and Keshia Knight Pulliam

2009

Wrote, directed, and produced film adaptation of his play "Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself"; once again portrayed Madea

2008

Directed adaptation of his play "Meet the Browns," (also wrote and produced) featuring Angela Bassett; reprised characters of Madea and Uncle Joe

2008

Directed (also co-produced and starred) "The Family That Preys" with Alfre Woodard and Sanaa Lathan

2007

Wrote, directed, and starred in "Daddy's Little Girls," a reverse-"Cinderella" tale co-starring Gabrielle Union

2007

Wrote, directed, produced and, co-starred with Janet Jackson and Jill Scott in "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?"

2007

Created TBS sitcom "Tyler Perry's House of Payne"; network ordered 100 episodes before first episode aired

2006

Signed deal with indie firm Debmar-Mercury to develop original TV comedy series titled "House of Payne" for first-run syndication; made occasional guest appearances

2006

Released "Madea's Family Reunion," a film adaptation of the play; featured him playing several characters

2005

Adapted stage play "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" for big screen; played three roles opposite Kimberly Elise, Shemar Moore, and Cicely Tyson

2005

Began touring "Madea Goes to Jail," once again bringing to life Madea Simmons

2004

Portrayed life's ups and downs in debut and tour of "Meet the Browns"; first play not featuring Madea since character was introduced

2003

Continued success with Madea persona by staging "Madea's Class Reunion – The Class that had No Class!"

2002

Once again donned Madea persona for "Madea’s Family Reunion"

2001

Second independent but fifth touring project, "Diary of a Mad Black Woman"

2000

Followed with play "I Can Do Bad All By Myself," which marked first appearance as Mabel 'Madea' Simmons persona; dressed in drag for role

2000

Staged another Jakes adaptation, Broadway Gospel show called "Behind Closed Doors"

1999

Released second play, a staging of Bishop T.D. Jakes' book "Woman Thou Art Loosed"

1998

Re-released production of "I Know I've Been Changed" at the House of Blues and later at Fox Theater; show was a hit and sold out

Wrote series of letters to himself about his childhood pain, which he later turned into the play "I Know I've Been Changed"; initial production he financed and directed flopped

Bonus Trivia

.

The nickname Madea of his running character Mabel 'Madea' Simmons (a female character played by Perry himself) came from a Southern African American contraction of the words "mother dear." Madea was modeled after an aunt of Perry's who lived in Houston, TX.

.

"I've got millions of loyal fans, predominantly African-Americans, who have supported me over the years. My plays bring in 30,000 to 40,000 people a weekend, but my entire story has been completely underground." – Perry quoted in USA Today, March 1, 2005

.

"Madea speaks across generations. Madea is saying the same things that Bill Cosby is saying but in a way that people are embracing." – Perry quoted in EW, March 3, 2006

.

"I don't want to give something to a public that's buying my brand that is not me. If I have no say in it, then they're not buying my brand – they're buying something that's been watered down or changed or tainted. It's not that I'm a control freak. I can absolutely work with people as long as the idea I have is coming across." – Perry to Entertainment Weekly, June 19, 2007

.

In 2009, Perry revealed he was abused as a child by his father and others. "I always thought I would die before I grew up," the comedian wrote in an uncharacteristically somber letter to fans on his Web site (www.tylerperry.com). Beginning with his mother's failed attempt to leave his abusive father, Perry recounted a horrific list of beatings and hardships he suffered. "My father came home, mad at the world," he wrote. "He was drunk, as he was most of the time. He got the vacuum cleaner extension cord and trapped me in a room and beat me until the skin was coming off my back." Perry went on to relate accounts of being seduced by a friend's mother at age 10, to being molested by another friend's father, to finding out that his own father was molesting a friend.

SIMILAR ARTICLES