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Perry was born and raised in New Orleans, to Willie Maxine (Campbell) and Emmitt Perry, Sr. His mother was a church-goer and took Perry along with her once a week. His father was a carpenter and they had a very strained and abusive relationship, which led Perry to suffer from depression as a teenager. In 1991, he was working an office job, when he saw an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) discussing the therapeutic nature of writing. This inspired him to begin writing and he worked through his bad experiences by writing letters to himself. He adapted his letters into a play, "I Know I've Changed", about domestic abuse. Unfortunately, after renting a theater in Atlanta to put on the play, he failed to attract audiences. He took on a series of odd jobs and found himself living in his car. But, in 1998, he was given a second chance to stage his play and, this time, he was more business-savvy with his marketing. The play was sold-out and drew attention from investors. Tyler has gone on to established a successful career as a writer, director and producer for stage, television and film.  See full bio on IMDb »

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Nev Schulman
I'm Going Hollywood ... Thanks To Tyler Perry

Nev Schulman's life is already becoming a movie thanks to Tyler Perry, who's putting Nev and his entire 'Catfish' crew in his next flick alongside Tiffany Haddish. We got Nev at LAX on his way… READ MORE >

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Tyler Perry
Building a Massive 35k Square Foot Mansion On 1,200 Acres!!!

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- 87 days ago
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- 259 days ago
Tyler Perry Donates $1 Mil for Harvey Relief to Various Charities, Including Joel Osteen

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Donating $1 Mil for Harvey Relief $250K to Osteen's Church

Tyler Perry's joining the Hurricane Harvey million dollar club ... donating his own cash to relief efforts and spreading it around to charities that have boots on the ground. Tyler commended the… READ MORE >

- 266 days ago
Tyler Perry Passes Himself Off as Drake to Oblivious French Fan

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- 296 days ago
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Blasts Oprah, Lee Daniels AND Tyler Perry ... 'Y'all Can Suck My D***!'

Oscar winner Mo'Nique went NUCLEAR on Lee Daniels, Tyler Perry and Oprah ... blaming the trio for her getting shut out of Hollywood -- in not so many words. The… READ MORE >

- 375 days ago
Tyler Perry Says He Hopes for Trump Every Day (VIDEO)

Tyler Perry
I'm The People's Choice ... I Hope for Trump Every Day

Tyler Perry says he has a mantra every day about soon-to-be President Donald Trump. We got Tyler leaving Catch Wednesday and he said he actually has hope for Trump, but lays everything at… READ MORE >

- 491 days ago
Tyler Perry -- So, I Cast White Actors ... Get Over It, People! (VIDEO)

Tyler Perry
So, I Cast White Actors ... Get Over It, People!

Tyler Perry's color-blind ... and he's firing back at all the haters giving him crap over his new TV series. We caught up with him Monday night at Craig's in WeHo and our photog asked him about… READ MORE >

- 640 days ago
Tyler Perry -- Madea Makes a Buttload o' Dough ... Sells Atlanta Palace (PHOTOS)

Tyler Perry
Madea Makes a Buttload o' Dough ... Sells Atlanta Palace

Tyler Perry's version of Versailles just sold for a record setting $17.5 MILLION ... and that was the discounted price! Tyler's Atlanta estate is a 34,688 sq. foot mansion, sitting on 17 acres,… READ MORE >

- 746 days ago
Tyler Perry's Bobbi Kristina Tribute ... Moving and Very Sad (VIDEO)

Tyler Perry
Bobbi Kristina Tribute Moving ... and Very Sad

Tyler Perry just released a tribute he produced for Bobbi Kristina's private funeral, and it's extremely touching. It contains footage of a montage featuring Whitney Houston's daughter through… READ MORE >

- 992 days ago
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