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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 »

Tyler Perry Says He Goes to Churches Where Guards are Armed

Tyler Perry
I Go to Churches with Armed Guards ... It's a Sad Testament

Tyler Perry thinks houses of worship should remain holy and sacrosanct, but the sad reality is that armed guards may be necessary. The "Nobody's Fool" director was in NYC Tuesday, where he… READ MORE >

Nicki Minaj Pays 'Cosby' Actor Geoffrey Owens $25k, He Gives it to Charity

Nicki Minaj
Keeps $25k Promise to Geoffrey Owens ... He Donates to Charity

Nicki Minaj has paid up her promised $25,000 to former 'Cosby Show' actor Geoffrey Owens, and he's taking the money ... and paying it forward. Sources tell us Nicki's team recently reached out and… READ MORE >

- 50 days ago
Tyler Perry Gifts House to Mother of Actor He Hired 20 Years Ago

Tyler Perry
Takes Care Of His Actors ... Here's a Home for Your Mom!!!

Tyler Perry is the boss you've always wanted, but never had ... because we've learned he gifted a house to the mother of a woman he worked with nearly 20 years ago!!! Tyler dropped $350,000 on a… READ MORE >

- 50 days ago
Nicki Minaj Has Not Paid Geoffrey Owens Her $25,000 Pledge

Nicki Minaj
Broken Promise ... Actor Geoffrey Owens Hasn't Received a Dime

Nicki Minaj can dodge a shoe, host a weekly radio show and get millions of views on her music videos ... but when it comes to honoring a pledge to help a struggling actor -- so far, nothing. Last… READ MORE >

- 63 days ago
Geoffrey Owens Lands Another TV Gig After Trader Joe's Pic on 'NCIS: New Orleans'

Geoffrey Owens
Will Guest Star on 'NCIS: New Orleans' ... TJ's Pic Scores Again!!!

Getting job shamed is turning out to be very good for Geoffrey Owens' career ... he just booked another TV role in wake of his viral Trader Joe's photo. Sources close to "NCIS: New Orleans" tell… READ MORE >

- 63 days ago
Geoffrey Owens Accepts Offer From Tyler Perry and Will Appear on 10 Episodes

'Cosby' Star Geoffrey Owens
Accepts Offer from Tyler Perry 10-Episode Run!!!

Geoffrey Owens is about to get a hell of a lot of screen time thanks to Tyler Perry -- he's accepted the mega producer's offer for an acting gig -- and it's a big one! Owens, who starred on "The… READ MORE >

- 68 days ago
Nicki Minaj Says She's Donating $25k to 'Cosby Show' Star Geoffrey Owens

Nicki Minaj
No Shame in Geoffrey Owens' Game ... I'm Giving Him $25k!!!

Nicki Minaj is still pissed about actor Geoffrey Owens catching flak for his side gig at Trader Joe's ... so much so, she's dropping a big stack o' cash on him. Nicki just announced on… READ MORE >

- 68 days ago
Tyler Perry Says FL Missing Persons Cases Remind Him of 'Jim Crow Lynchings'

Tyler Perry
These Were 'Jim Crow Lynchings'!!! Ups Reward in FL Mystery

Tyler Perry is standing by the mother of the Florida man who went missing in 2004, and says the missing person case smells like an old-fashioned southern lynching at the hands of a rogue cop.… READ MORE >

- 70 days ago
Tyler Perry Offers $200k Reward for Lead in 2 Missing Persons Cases

Tyler Perry
Offers $200k Reward In Missing Persons Cases

Tyler Perry's upping the reward for any info that leads to solving a mysterious case of 2 missing men in Florida ... in which a former cop is the main person of interest. The famed actor and… READ MORE >

- 71 days ago
Pastor Charles H. Ellis III Says Aretha Franklin's Funeral is NOT a Concert

Aretha Franklin's Funeral
Presiding Pastor Promises We're Taking You to Church, Not a Show

The man in charge of Aretha Franklin's funeral, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, wants her fans around the world to know one thing -- get ready for church.  The pastor told us he's well… READ MORE >

- 75 days ago
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