Tyler Perry is an American writer, actor, and filmmaker, who reached the heights of Hollywood from the hard streets. He has made several successful films, plays, and wrote a best-selling book. Here are some interesting facts about Tyler Perry you might not know.
1. Early life and family
Tyler Perry or Emmitt Perry Jr. was born on September 13, 1969, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Willie Maxine Perry and Emmitt Perry, Sr., a carpenter, and has 3 siblings.
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2. Educational background
3. Daddy issues
He had difficult times with his father, as he used to physically abuse Perry a lot.
4. Even attempted suicide
During his childhood, he even attempted suicide to escape his father’s beatings. On the other hand, his mother took him to church every week, where he felt gratification.
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5. Movies and music taste
He loves listening to R & B, Jazz, and Gospel music, and his favorite movies are: Aliens, The Wiz, The Color Purple, The Illusionist.
6. Reason behind changing his name
His initial name was taken from his father’s name, which he wanted to get rid off. So, he decided to change his name legally from Emmitt Perry Jr. to Tyler.
7. Oprah Winfrey was his inspiration
In his 20’s, he watched an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, where someone was telling the positive effects of writing, which could lead to personal breakthroughs.
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8. Celebrity friends
He has a good repo with Janet Jackson, Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey, Cicely Tyson, Oliver Ripley, Jennifer Hudson, and Gayle King.
9. Famous Madea character
His famous Madea’s fictional character is based on Perry’s mother, his aunt, and Eddie Murphy’s character of The Klumps. It was initially intended as a small role in one of his plays, but its high appreciation turned it to be a long-running character.
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10. Nervous directorial debut
He directed his first movie, Madea’s Family Reunion, in 2006. He was initially not used to the camera work and got nervous, but things got settled down with learning.
11. Success as an author
Writing was his first love, and he highly succeeded with his first book called “Don’t Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea’s Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life”, in 2006. Around 30,000 copies of this book were sold, and was voted Book of the Year, Best Humor Book.
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12. Animosity with Spike Lee
There is a long-running feeling of animosity between him and Spike Lee, though, once also criticized by Idris Elba. But, Spike Lee’s comments like “coonery buffoonery”, really took this to an another level.
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13. Net worth
He is counted among one of the highest paid man in entertainment, and has a net worth of around $400 million.
14. Personal life
15. Awards received
He has been the recipient of many awards, such as: AAFCA Award, BET Comedy Award, Black Film Critics Circle Award, Image Award, Black Movie Award, etc.