Tyler Perry is an American actor and filmmaker. He is the creator and performer of the Madea character, a tough elderly woman. Perry’s films vary in style from orthodox filmmaking techniques to filmed productions of live stage plays. Many of his stage-play films have been subsequently adapted as feature films.
Tyler Perry Net Worth
|Net Worth:||100 crores USD|
|Date of Birth:||Sep 13, 1969 (52 years old)|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Profession:||Screenwriter, Playwright, Film Producer, Television producer, Actor, Film director, Theatre Director, Television Director, Author, Songwriter|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
Emmitt Perry Jr. or Tyler Perry was born on September 13, 1969, to parents Emmitt Perry Sr. and Willie Maxine Perry along with three other siblings. He had a rough childhood as he was being physically abused by his father and he often had suicidal thoughts. On one occasion he even tried to commit suicide. He found comfort with his mother and attended church with her every single Sunday. When he was 16 years old, he changed his name to Tyler to further distance himself from his father, and he also dropped out of high school. As a young man, he heard a comment on the Oprah Winfrey show stating that writing helped people conquer their depression and inspire them. So, he began writing his musical ‘I Know I’ve Been Changed’ which would later be performed in 1992.
Perry legally changed his first name at the age of 16 in order to distance himself from his abusive father, Emmitt Perry, Sr. However, years later, a DNA test revealed that Emmitt Sr. was not Perry’s biological father. Although unmarried, Perry has been in a relationship with model and social activist Gelila Bekele since 2009. In November 2014, Bekele gave birth to their son Aman Tyler Perry. Outside of television and film, Perry supports a number of charitable causes and frequently lends resources to those in need. For example, in 2009, Perry sponsored 65 children from a Philadelphia day camp to visit Walt Disney World.
Tyler Perry Private Jet
Tyler owns a Gulfstream III private jet that reportedly cost $125 million to acquire and customize. The jet features a screening room with 42-inch LCD flat screen and satellite hookup. He spent at least $50 million on customizations and furnishing for the formal living room, kitchen and VIP bedroom. He has used the jet on a number of occasions to philanthropic missions, delivering supplies to countries recently-hit by tragedies. He owns a second similar private jet.
Tyler Perry Controversy
The Writers Guild of America, West filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging that Tyler Perry Studios unlawfully fired four writers in October 2008 in retaliation of their attempt to get a union contract. The dispute was settled a month later. In early 2009, Perry threatened to take legal action against a Memphis–based tax preparation company, Mo’ Money Taxes, for running a television ad that he claimed offensively parodied his work—most specifically, Madea Goes to Jail. The ad depicted a large Caucasian man dressed in drag, named Ma’Madea. The television spot was eventually dropped from circulation.
Tyler Perry Highlights
Here are some of the best highlights of Tyler Perry’s career:
- The BET Honors, Media Award (2009)
- NAACP Image Awards, Chairman’s Award (2010)
- NAACP Image Awards, Outstanding Direction in a Motion Picture (2011)
- People’s Choice Awards, Favorite Humanitarian (2017)
Tyler Perry Movies:
- Diary of A Mad Black Woman (2005)
- Madea’s Family Reunion (2006)
- The Family That Preys (2008)
- Madea Goes to Jail (2009)
- Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010)
- Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011)
- Madea’s Witness Protection (2012)
- Alex Cross (2012)
- Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)
- Tyler Perry’s Acrimony (2018)
- A Madea Family Funeral (2019)
- A Fall From Grace (2020)
Although he was financially unstable, Tyler repeatedly rewrote and reproduced his musical after its initial performance. In 1998 Tyler’s musical ‘I Know I’ve Been Changed’ was well received by audiences and continued to put on shows at several different locations.
In 2000 he produced a second play ‘I Can Do Bad All by Myself’ which featured Tyler Perry’s iconic ‘Madea’ a character played by himself. A year later, he produced ‘Diary of a Mad Black Woman’ followed by ‘Madea’s Family Reunion’ the next year and both of these received positive reactions. In 2003 came ‘Madea’s Class Reunion,’ this led to him promoting his plays on his very first tour. The year 2005 brought Perry’s debut on the big screen with his film ‘Diary of a Mad Black Woman’ which instantly became a huge success.
In 2006 Perry filmed ‘Madea’s Family Reunion’ and he launched his new television series on TBS called ‘Tyler Perry’s House of Payne’. Later that same year he published his best-selling book titled ‘Don’t Make A Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea’s Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life.’
In 2007 he released the film ‘Daddy‘s Little Girls’ and in 2008 his film ‘Meet the Browns’ did so well that the following year it was adapted into a television sitcom. Since then he has produced numerous films including ‘Madea’s Big Happy Family,’ ‘Why Did I Get Married Too?’, ‘Good Deeds,’ ‘A Madea Christmas,’ ‘The Single Moms Club,’ and more recently ‘Acrimony.’