Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry
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Perry being interviewed for Boo! A Madea Halloween in 2016
Emmitt Perry Jr.

(1969-09-13) September 13, 1969 (age 52)
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
Years active1992–present
Partner(s)Gelila Bekele (2009–2020)

Tyler Perry (born Emmitt Perry Jr., September 13, 1969)[1] is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter.[2] In 2011, Forbes listed him as the highest-paid man in entertainment, earning US$130 million between May 2010 and May 2011.[3]

Perry created and performs the Madea character, a tough elderly woman.[4][5][6] Perry's films vary in style from orthodox filmmaking techniques to filmed productions of live stage plays. Many of Perry's stage-play films have been subsequently adapted as feature films.

Perry wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s. Perry has developed several television series, most notably Tyler Perry's House of Payne, which ran for eight seasons on TBS from June 21, 2006 to August 10, 2012. On October 2, 2012, Perry struck an exclusive multi-year partnership with Oprah Winfrey and her Oprah Winfrey Network. The partnership was largely for the sake of bringing scripted television to OWN, based on Perry's previous success in this area.[7] Perry has created multiple scripted series for the network, The Haves and the Have Nots crime drama being its most successful. The Haves and the Have Nots gave OWN some of its highest ratings during its 8 year series run,[8] the program hailed as "one of OWN's biggest success stories with its weekly dose of soapy fun, filled with the typical betrayals, affairs and manipulations."[9]

Perry has also acted in films not directed, written or produced by himself, including as Admiral Barnett in Star Trek (2009), the titular character in Alex Cross (2012), Tanner Bolt in Gone Girl (2014), Baxter Stockman in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016), Colin Powell in Vice (2018), Arthur in Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021), and Jack Bremmer in Don’t Look Up (2021). Perry has also done voice acting for animated films such as, The Star (2017) and PAW Patrol: The Movie (2021).

Perry was included in Time's list of the 100 most influential people of 2020.[10] In 2020, Perry was awarded the Governors Award from the Primetime Emmy Awards and the following year, he received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy Awards. In 2022, he will be inducted into the Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame.[11]

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  2. ^ Fiza, Pirani (March 27, 2019). "Tyler Perry to end 'Madea' franchise". Celebrity Buzz Blog. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  3. ^ Aitken, Peter C. (September 13, 2011). "Tyler Perry tops Forbes' list of the highest-paid men in entertainment with $130 million made in a year". Daily News. New York. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  4. ^ Saul Austerlitz (2010). Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy. Chicago Review Press. p. 444. Retrieved December 30, 2012.
  5. ^ "10-movies". 10-movies. Archived from the original on April 23, 2013. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
  6. ^ Sheri Parks (2010). Fierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman in American Life and Culture. Random House Publishing Group. p. 131. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  7. ^ "Oprah Strikes Partnership with Tyler Perry". Oprah.com. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
  8. ^ Kissell, Rick (March 12, 2014). "'Haves and Have Nots' Sets OWN Ratings Record With Its Finale". Variety. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  9. ^ Halterman, Jim. "Aaron O'Connell & Gavin Houston On 'The Haves and the Have Nots' Gay Story". thebacklot.com. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  10. ^ "Tyler Perry: The 100 Most Influential People of 2020". Time. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  11. ^ Nazareno, Mia (December 17, 2021). "Smokey Robinson, Berry Gordy, Jr. & More to Be Inducted at 2022 Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame". Billboard. Retrieved December 27, 2021.

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