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Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry (born Emmitt Perry, Jr.; September 13, 1969) is an American actor, director, screen writer and playwright, producer, author, and songwriter. Perry wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s. He is known for creating, and performing in drag, the character Mabel "Madea" Simmons. He has created many feature films, starting with Diary of a Mad Black Woman, in 2005, featuring Madea. In 2011, Forbes named him the highest paid man in entertainment, earning $130 million between May 2010 and 2011. Perry was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, as Emmitt Perry, Jr. His family consisted of three siblings, his mother, Willie Maxine Perry (née Campbell), and his father, Emmitt Perry, Sr., a carpenter. Perry once said his father's "answer to everything was to beat it out of you". As a child, Perry once went so far as to attempt suicide in an effort to escape his father's beatings. In contrast to his father, his mother took him to church each week, where he sensed a certain refuge and contentment. At age 16, he had his first name legally changed from Emmitt to Tyler in an effort to distance himself from his father. Many years later, after seeing the film Precious,

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Tyler Perry -- Cops Launch Internal Investigation into Allegedly Racist Traffic Stop

Tyler Perry
Cops Launch Investigation into Allegedly Racist Traffic Stop

Tyler Perry presents ... a possibly racist incident with police in Atlanta. The Atlanta Police Department says it's launched an internal investigation .... after Perry publicly accused two… READ MORE >

Whitney Houston's Body Flown Back East on Tyler Perry's Jet

Whitney Houston's Body
To Be Flown Back East On Tyler Perry's Jet

Whitney Houston's body will be transported to the East Coast today on Tyler Perry's private jet ... TMZ has learned.We're told Whitney's body is currently on its way to the airport -- and the… READ MORE >

- 1042 days ago
Jamie Foxx & Tyler Perry Sued By Prisoner -- You Jacked My Bad Movie Idea!!!

Jamie Foxx & Tyler Perry
Sued By Prisoner -- You Jacked My Bad Movie Idea!!!

Jamie Foxx and Tyler Perry are being sued for $1 million each by a prisoner -- who claims the duo jacked his idea for a groan-worthy new comedy ... starring Foxx, Perry, and Martin Lawrence ...… READ MORE >

- 1089 days ago
Tyler Perry -- I Do ... Still Want Kim Kardashian To Be in My Movie

Tyler Perry
I Do ... Still Want Kim Kardashian To Be in My Movie

Kim Kardashian has already lost one man in her life this week, but she won't be losing another -- Tyler Perry is keeping her in his new film ... despite a serious outcry for him to divorce her… READ MORE >

- 1141 days ago
Kim Kardashian -- Birthday Girl, Working Girl

Kim Kardashian
Birthday Girl, Working Girl

Kim Kardashian had plenty of reason to celebrate last night in New York with hubby Kris Humphries -- not only was it her 31st birthday, but news broke she'll have a big role in the next Tyler… READ MORE >

- 1157 days ago
Tyler Perry Writer's Car EXPLODES

Tyler Perry Writer's Car
EXPLODES

A writer for Tyler Perry's hit show "Meet the Browns" is in the market for a new car ... because dude's old ride exploded in a ball of fire ... and TMZ has video of the blast.Brian Ronalds' wife… READ MORE >

- 1375 days ago
Tyler Perry Lawsuit -- The Devilish Similarities

Tyler Perry Lawsuit
The Devilish Similarities

TMZ has obtained a copy of the gospel song Tyler Perry allegedly stole for his show "Meet the Browns" -- and let's just say Tyler's in for a hell of a fight. Here's the song as it appeared on the… READ MORE >

- 1781 days ago
Tyler Perry Sued Over a Song About The Devil

Tyler Perry
Sued Over a Song About The Devil

Tyler Perry is facing one hell of a lawsuit -- dude's accused of using a Gospel song on his show "Meet the Browns" without forking over any green to the guy behind the music. It's all over a 2009… READ MORE >

- 1781 days ago
Tyler Perry Sued Over Praising Jesus

Tyler Perry
Sued Over Praising Jesus

Tyler Perry used too much of the goodness of Jesus in his movie, "Madea Goes to Jail," at least according to a new federal lawsuit obtained by TMZ.The suit, filed by the personal representative of… READ MORE >

- 1851 days ago
Tyler Perry's Alleged Stalker Indicted

Tyler Perry's Alleged Stalker
Indicted

Court sources tell TMZ Tyler Perry's alleged stalker was indicted yesterday on a felony aggravated stalking charge.We're told the Fulton County, Ga. grand jury in the Dawne Wilson case concluded… READ MORE >

- 2055 days ago

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