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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 »

Golden Globes Celebs Party Hard, Win or Lose

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Behind the Scenes ... Celebs Party Hard, Win or Lose!!!

Tyler Perry said it best at the 76th annual Golden Globes when he confessed the celebs in the room were just as drunk as they seem on TV -- and the pics of them partying are even more proof. Okay,… READ MORE >

Kid Rock Pays Off $81k in Layaways for Nashville Walmart Customers

Kid Rock
Follows Tyler Perry's Lead Pays Tab for 350 Walmart Shoppers

Kid Rock was feeling the Christmas spirit this week -- thanks in part to Tyler Perry -- and helped hundreds of Nashville residents save some cash for the holidays. The rocker announced Friday that… READ MORE >

- 167 days ago
Tyler Perry Drops Over $430k to Pay Off Walmart Layaway Items in Atlanta

Tyler Perry
Plays Santa Claus ... Drops Over $400K for Holiday Shoppers

Christmas came early for a bunch of lucky Walmart customers ... because Tyler Perry just picked up their tabs. Sources close to the situation tell TMZ ... the famous actor and filmmaker wrote a… READ MORE >

- 169 days ago
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 >

- 206 days ago
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 >

- 241 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 >

- 241 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 >

- 254 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 >

- 255 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 >

- 259 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 >

- 260 days ago
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