Tyler Perry

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Overview: Biography, Net Worth and Movies of Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry is an acclaimed multi-hyphenate who turned life’s hardships into one of entertainment’s great success stories. Born Emmitt Perry Jr. in 1969 in New Orleans, he endured a traumatic childhood of abuse and poverty. He found solace through his mother’s church plays, inspiring him to start writing and performing his own faith-based musical comedies centered on the character Madea. Despite years of struggle and homelessness, these plays soon caught fire in regional African-American theater circuits in the early 2000s due to their signature mix of Christian values and humor.

Leveraging this grassroots fandom, Perry expanded into the film industry by adapting his hits like Diary of a Mad Black Woman into major box office sensations. Now with a billion dollar media empire across stage theater, TV and over two dozen popular movies, Perry has achieved remarkable cinematic success largely catering first to underserved black audiences. His works prominently feature strong female protagonists and messages of faith and perseverance that widely resonate with fans.

Though sometimes critiqued by reviewers, Perry has managed to turn life’s hardships into uplifting art and entertainment that empowers people. Off-screen he remains committed to philanthropy, especially for the poor. His against-the-odds journey to becoming one of entertainment’s most financially successful figures reveals Perry’s resilience and creative vision.

BornSeptember 13, 1969
BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
BirthNameEmmitt Perry Jr.
NicknameTyler
Height6′ 5
SpouseNever married
ChildrenNone
ParentsWillie Maxine Perry(Father)
Emmitt Perry Sr.(Mother)

Tyler Perry’s Net Worth and Earnings

Tyler Perry‘s remarkable rise from struggling playwright to one of entertainment’s billionaires epitomizes his underdog spirit translated into sheer financial success through serving underrepresented audiences. Tyler Perry net worth is estimated $1 billion.

Tyler Perry’s Earnings from Movies

MovieYearEarnings
Diary of a Mad Black Woman2005$50.6 million
Madea’s Family Reunion2006$63.3 million
Daddy’s Little Girls2007$31.3 million
Madea Goes to Jail2009$90.5 million
Why Did I Get Married Too?2010$60.1 million
Madea’s Big Happy Family2011$53.3 million
Good Deeds2012$35.0 million
Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor2013$53.1 million
The Single Moms Club2014$15.2 million
Boo! A Madea Halloween2016$73.2 million
Boo 2! A Madea Halloween2017$47.3 million
A Madea Family Funeral2019$73.3 million
A Fall from Grace2020N/A (Netflix film)

Awards won by Tyler Perry

AwardYearWork
Quill Award for Book of the Year2006Don’t Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings
BET Comedy Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series2012Tyler Perry’s House of Payne
People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Humanitarian2014Philanthropy Work
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star2019Lifetime Achievement