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Updated on January 10, 2013


Born Emmit Perry Jr., Tyler was born in New Orleans to Emmit and Willie Maxine Perry. His father built houses for a living and was an abusive man. His mother, died at age 64, gave him tremendous love and introduced Jesus to his life.Tyler suffered much physical and mental abuse by his father, who refuse to build his own house because he was satisfied with receiving a paycheck every week.

Mr. Perry does have a woman in his life but will only say that he wishes to have kids to share and leave all that he has accomplish in life to. He says she is very special to him and that he doesn't feel the pressure to get married.

He lives west of Atlanta for now but has a house in Beverly Hills and an apartment in New York. He has six cars and two airplanes--a Gulfstream 3 and a seaplane that takes him to his 25-acre island home in the Bahamas, that he bought two years ago. The place in the Bahamas is the place he goes to when he needs to calm his brain down says Ron Eastman, President of Tyler Perry, Inc.

Perry's says" Too many people focus on the money because they think it gives them value.But if your an ass without money you'll just be an ass with money."



Perry is a very generous man. He gives of large and small. Most of his donations are done through the Tyler Perry Foundation. There are three categorizes that his foundation contributes to faithfully: the homeless, because in early years when he was first stating out in the business he was living out of his car for a while,diabetes, this is what afflicted his mother and social justice. He donated $1 million dollars to the NAACP, the largest individual donation they have ever received and another million to help rebuild Haiti after the earthquake.

He has sent 60 black kids to Disney world after the Philadelphia campers were denied use of a local swim club when members complained. He has funded the digging of well in Africa. He has also built a new home for an elderly woman who lost her home due to a fire. He seen this on the news so he no longer watches the news



Perry's power and success penetrates television, home videos, and books. His first novel, Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings, was a New York Time best-seller and did great at the theater.

Tyler is not the richest African-American in the nation but he is running a very close second to his friend Oprah. He has been ranked No. 19 on Forbes' Celebrity 100 list of the most powerful people in the entertainment industry. He earned $130 million in 2010.

Perry has a 300,000-square-foot facility in the Greenbriar area of Atlanta, Georgia, where Tyler Perry Studio is housed. He has more than 100 full time employees who are from every ethnic background there is on earth.

Mark Swinton, who is a show runner, producer and director has worked for Perry for four years says,"There's something special going on here. Tyler Perry is our Berry Gordy."

Perry has several television shows, House of Pain and Meet the Browns. He's done several plays that are centered around everyday problems,which his favorite character that he plays, Medea,is hilarious.

There are several more irons in the fire, such as a deal with TBS for his newest show, For Better or Worse, which is based off the characters from his film, Why Did I Get Married? A new Medea is in the works.

Tylers plays, the root of his success, continues to sell out major arena natoinwide.



Life would not be the same if there was no drama to contend with and yes, Perry has some too.Spike Lee, a notably director criticized Perry on his films saying that they created unfavorable stereotypes by some of Perry's characters.

Tyler Perry's response is that he believes that Spike can do what he does and that he can do what he does. "We both have a voice and very different experiences in this life." says Perry

Perry says he feel like he is just beginning and that he loves the new guy he has become." I'm more of myself than I've ever been."




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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I love Tyler and his wonderful comedy. I live outside Atlanta so I keep up with his 'doings" I love him, he is totally awesome!

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      roshall 5 years ago from Ohio

      so true and glad to see his dreams come true.

      thanks for commenting

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      roshall 5 years ago from Ohio

      I would love to meet him too. thanks for commenting.

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      trusouldj 5 years ago from Indiana

      Funny how Wayans Brothers and Martin Lawrence did the most outlandish antics on their shows, but never felt a tenth of the criticism that Tyler gets. I applaud him for not letting his critics block his vision.

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      jimmy kabulyeni 5 years ago

      o i need is to meet tyle perry plz y cant u come to zambia?

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      roshall 5 years ago from Ohio

      do watch they are very funny

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      roshall 5 years ago from Ohio

      glad u like

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      roshall 5 years ago from Ohio

      glad u enjoyed it will be checking you out soon.

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      roshall 5 years ago from Ohio

      me too and he should

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      roshall 5 years ago from Ohio


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      roshall 5 years ago from Ohio

      thanks for reading KIM TRICE and i agree with every world. many blessing to you.

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      KIM TRICE 5 years ago


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      roshall 5 years ago from Ohio

      thanks for comment and be glad for you advice. I know my writing is not perfect but it gets my point across and i feel i speak fairly good as a "black folk"

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      Jocelyn 6 years ago

      I applaud the author of this site and I applaud your accomplishment. However, we ahould strive to be the best and in that sense, the editor of this website should have proofed this article more closely. There are myriad grammatical and spelling errors and we should strive to be the absolute best. We teach people who we are with how we express ourselves and how we communicate....especially as black folks.

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      roshall 6 years ago from Ohio

      thanks and do come again

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      richard frimoing 6 years ago

      wowow..i have really enjoy this site and am grateful for all i have read..and hoping to hear more of them

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      ankets 6 years ago

      i love his work,he should start more african hero moves

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      Darylen Cochrane 6 years ago from New York, NY

      Nice hub on Tyler Perry. I've always been a fan of his movies. Spike Lee should have no criticism on this man. As Tyler said, he does what he does, and Spike can do what he chooses to do.

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      roshall 6 years ago from Ohio

      hi small revolution thanks for commenting and they are great movies. he has some new shows coming on t.v. too. have a good day

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      Smallrevolution 6 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I want to watch those videos in time

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      lisa calloway 6 years ago

      love this man and i have all his movies and plays. he will go far in this world.


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