Tyler Perry (born September 13, 1969 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, producer, author, and songwriter, specializing in the gospel genre.
Perry wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2011, Forbes named him the highest paid man in entertainment; he earned $130 million between May 2010 and 2011. Perry is known for both creating and performing (in drag) as the Madea character, a tough elderly woman.
Perry also creates films, some produced as live recordings of stage plays, and others professionally filmed using full sets and locations with full editing. Perry is estimated to have earned around $75 million by 2008. Many of Perry's stage-play films have been subsequently adapted as professional films. Perry has also created several television shows, his most successful of which is Tyler Perry's House of Payne, a show that 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 purposes of bringing scripted television to the OWN network, Perry having had previous success in this department. Perry has created multiple scripted series for the network, the most successful being The Haves and the Have Nots.
As of 2014, The Haves and the Have Nots has given OWN its highest ratings to date. The series has also been critically acclaimed as being "one of OWN's biggest success stories with its weekly dose of soapy fun, filled with the typical betrayals, affairs, manipulations and a bitch slap or two." Perry describes himself as a Christian. He has become good friends with Janet Jackson, Will Smith, and Oprah Winfrey.
Many of the themes in his work reflect theology and social behavior indicative of the predominantly Black church culture, such as the many scenes in both his stage and screen work that feature church settings and worship styles commonly found in predominantly African American churches, including showcases of gospel music and artists. In 2007, he bought a 17-acre (6.9 ha) estate in the Paces neighborhood of Buckhead, Atlanta.
In 2013, his company, ETPC LLC, purchased around 1,100 acres (4.5 km2) acres in the Manchester, Georgia area of Douglas County, Georgia. On July 20, 2009, Perry sponsored 65 children from a Philadelphia day camp to visit Walt Disney World, after reading that a suburban swim club, the Valley Swim Club in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, had shunned them. He wrote on his website, "I want them to know that for every act of evil that a few people will throw at you, there are millions more who will do something kind for them."
On December 8, 2009, his mother, Willie Maxine Perry, died at age 64, following an illness. As of 2013, he is unmarried. He lives and works in Southwest Atlanta where he operates the Tyler Perry movies and TV studios. In August 2010, it was reported that he had purchased Dean Gardens, a 58-acre (23 ha) estate in the Atlanta suburb of Johns Creek. He was reportedly planning to tear down the existing 32,000-square-foot (3,000 m2) mansion and build a new, environmentally friendly home on the property.
On September 25, 2014, it was announced that Perry was expecting his first child with his girlfriend Gelila Bekele, whom he has been dating on and off for five years. On November 30, 2014, Bekele gave birth to their son Aman Tyler Perry.
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