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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 -- 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 >

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 >

- 1034 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 >

- 1252 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 >

- 1658 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 >

- 1658 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 >

- 1728 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 >

- 1932 days ago
Tyler Perry's Alleged Stalker -- Government Ties

Tyler Perry's Alleged Stalker
Government Ties

TMZ has learned the woman accused of stalking Tyler Perry -- and emailing him about the devil -- once held a pretty serious job ... working for the United States government. Dawne Wilson, who is… READ MORE >

- 1944 days ago
Tyler Perry's Alleged Stalker Charged

Tyler Perry's Alleged Stalker
Charged

We've learned the woman who emailed Tyler Perry that he deserves to be murdered has been charged with felony aggravated stalking. And we've learned the alleged stalker had face-to-face contact… READ MORE >

- 1947 days ago
Tyler Perry Alleged Stalker Threatens Murder

Tyler Perry Alleged Stalker
Threatens Murder

TMZ has obtained the restraining order against the woman accused of stalking Tyler Perry -- and the document is nothing short of shocking .... the alleged stalker saying Tyler is a candidate for… READ MORE >

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